In a little rose-covered cottage in a village of France lived Simmonet, a respectable citizen, his wife and their little daughter Mathilde. Their happiness was complete but short-lived, as his wife died after a short illness. Simmonet, nearly insane with grief, takes to drink, neglects his business and sinks to the depths of an outcast of society. He is aroused to a sense of his condition, but fails to regain a foothold; it is too late. He becomes vindictive, hates all mankind, and makes a vow that by no matter what means, he would save his child from the pangs of poverty. He takes his child to Paris, where she grows to womanhood, ignorant of her father's double life. Simmonet loses his identity and assumes the name of Jagon. He soon drifts into the underworld of Paris, and. owing to his superior strength and powerful personality, becomes the leader of the dreaded gang known as "The Stranglers of Paris." A wealthy, elderly gentleman, Claude Guerin, is attracted by Mathilde's beauty, ...
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