Mr. Gladwin has one son, Jack, of whom he is very fond. The boy wants to go abroad and finish his studies in music. His father has saved the money but does not want to tell the boy until his birthday. One night Jack finds the money and thinking of his ambition, he feels justified in taking the money. He leaves a note for his father saying only "Goodbye." The old man is heartbroken. Looking into the cupboard he sees Jack's birthday cake, the one he had bought to surprise him on the day he was to give him the money. He loses his mind and peers into the face of every young man who speaks to him; he is looking for his son. Every night he gets out the cake and lights the candles and waits for the boy who never comes. The doctor says he is dying of a broken heart and nothing but Jack's return will cure him. In Paris. Jack, overcome with remorse decides to return. He enters the old home to find the cake on the table with the old man crouching near. Jack counts the candles and realizes. ...
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