Left an orphan as she is just emerging from her teens, Nance O'Shaughnessy finds herself quite unprotected in the slums of Greater New York. She goes to work to earn an honest living, but soon attracts the attention of one of those human hawks that ever hover over innocence, in the person of Pat McGuire, a smug spieler of a cheap dancing academy. The so-called "dancing academy" is probably one of the worst vice-breathers masquerading under the form of amusement, that has ever been created. The girls in the laundry where Nance works frequent McGuire's with their "steadies," and induce the new girl to join them. Nance does not care for the man himself, but she is crazy over the dancing and the only liberty that comes into her circumscribed life seems to be in the waltz when McGuire places his arms about her and swings her cleverly about the floor to the rhythmic move of the music. Presently drinks begin to follow the dance and lead poor Nance up to the brink where darkness lurks in the ...
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