Mabel Winter, engaged to Howard Wallis, is admired very much by Count de Gironde, who also admires her father's millions. Elizabeth Deacon is in love with Howard, and she and the Count get their heads together to devise some way in which they can separate the lovers. Their chance comes when Howard is called away from a ball to attend his mother who is quite ill. He leaves a note for Mabel which is stolen and destroyed by the Count. Elizabeth tells Mabel that Howard has been paying her attention, and the girl, hurt by her sweetheart's apparent neglect, believes her. Howard writes repeatedly to Mabel, but his letters are all secured by the Count who bribes the butler to attend to his end. Mabel, thinking Howard has fallen in love with Elizabeth, accepts the Count's proposal and they are married. Meanwhile Howard, grieved over not hearing from Mabel, reads of her marriage in the society columns of the papers and is heartbroken. He turns for consolation to the gambling tables. Sometime ...
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