Incompatibility and dissension between John Mathews and his wife bring about a very unhappy state of affairs in their household. One day, while quarreling, Mrs. Mathews, in anger, threatens to kill her brutal husband. Her words are heard by their little child. A few days later, a hunter, in passing the house, sees a squirrel on the fence and shoots it, just as John Mathews is turning the corner of the house. The bullet from the hunter's gun kills him and the man disappears. Mrs. Mathews is convicted of her husband's death on circumstantial evidence and the testimony of her child. She is sentenced to die and during her imprisonment, she is seen by the matron surreptitiously sewing some baby clothes. The matron takes an interest in Mrs. Mathew's case, makes a personal appeal to the governor, that two lives cannot be taken by the state for one. The governor commutes Mrs. Mathew's sentence. The hunter, who accidentally did the killing, conscience-stricken at the thought of an innocent ...
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