To the little town of Sunset Pass came the Widow Brown and little daughter, Ruth, The little mother had consumption, and although she grew weaker each day, she bravely concealed it from her daughter, until death placed its hand upon her. She was only a dance pianist, but was beloved by all and even Big Bill, the cruel proprietor of the dance hall, paused for a moment to look upon her face as they carried her out. Jack Keen, the best and squarest gambler in Sunset Pass, closed his game when he heard the strains of "Nearer my God to Thee." The player was little Ruth, the widow's daughter, who wanted to begin where her mother left off. Jack stepped forward to learn who the player was, just as the proprietor was about to eject the little child for playing a hymn in his dance hall, but Jack informed him that Ruth would from that moment be known as his adopted daughter, and demands the respect of all who heard him make the announcement. Ruth was only eight years old, when she was started ...
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