Joel Montrose, a young blacksmith, loves Irene Hughson, the village belle. Irene scorns his poverty, and he marries Kate Stanfield, a sincere and lovable young girl, who loves her stalwart husband devotedly. The Alaskan gold excitement lures Joel to the bleak Northwest where he disappears for years. Just as he strikes luck and finds himself a millionaire, he reads in the home paper a statement that his "divorced" young wife has just met with an accident. This was a typographical error, and should have read "devoted" wife. In a frenzy of anger at what he thinks to be Kate's treachery, he writes to Irene and excites her cupidity by telling her of his good fortune. Irene answers his letter in person, by meeting him when the boat arrives at Seattle. In the meantime Kate, alarmed at Joel's continued silence, determines to find him and starts for Alaska. In Seattle, while searching for traces of Joel, she learns of his presence in the city, and finds him. The plans of Irene are frustrated, ...
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