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When Helen Girard learns of her husband's mode of life she refuses to accept support from him. Girard is a drunken and worthless specimen of the wealthy criminal class. She lives in his ... See full summary
When Helen Girard learns of her husband's mode of life she refuses to accept support from him. Girard is a drunken and worthless specimen of the wealthy criminal class. She lives in his home, however, in order to conserve her family reputation, but supports herself by writing articles for a morning newspaper. She is assigned by the editor to study the sociological aspects of the New York night courts, and in the execution of her duty is brought many times in the company of Exton Manley, a lawyer. In an altercation with her husband, Helen struggles with him for the possession of a revolver with which he has declared his intention of killing her. She is knocked unconscious, and when she regains her senses she sees her husband lying on the floor, dead, with the discharged pistol beside him. James Hale, the butler, who had sworn vengeance on his employer, is arrested for the crime and prosecuted by Manley to a conviction and sentence of death. Only after the man's sentence does Manley ...

No. 7 of 15 in "The Perils of Our Girl Reporters" series.


Cast overview:
Earl Metcalfe Earl Metcalfe
Helen Greene Helen Greene - Helen Girard
William H. Turner William H. Turner - (as W.H. Turner)
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