Dan Wilson, working on the Kennebec River, is very much in love with his landlady's daughter, Jess. The feeling is reciprocated, which causes Alec, the foreman of the job, also in love with Jess, to become jealous and he tries his best to make life miserable for Dan by abusing his authority as foreman. One day a poorly clothed tramp applies for work and is put to loading ice under Dan's direction. The cold, however, is too severe and while stopping to warm up he is reprimanded by the foreman, and is about to be discharged, when Dan removes his coat and gloves and gives them to the tramp. This action so angers Alec that be flings the garments to the ground. Dan forces him to pick them up again and hand them to the half-frozen wretch. This incident only serves to increase the ill feeling existing between the men. Later in the day while Dan is cutting ice, bordering the open channel of the river, Alec sees his opportunity to avenge himself and, stealing up behind him, pries loose the ...
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