Old David Findley, pauper and idealist, cherishes the ambition of turning a waterfall to account and making millions. By the town folk he is considered crazy, but Lois Sinclair, an intuitive young girl, and Jasper Randall, a young engineer, are kind to him. Old David's chimerical millions become real, and are the cause of his murder. Young Randall is accused on circumstantial evidence, but the real criminal confesses. The young people's romance comes to a happy conclusion and a substantial legacy from old David assures their future comfort.
ox, cupboard, and pocket-book empty. He had sat huddled on the seat for most of the way up the road, but when near the store he lifted his eyes and fixed them curiously upon the people before him. There was something pathetically appealing in the expression upon his face. He seemed like a man trying to recall something to his mind. He appeared strangely out of place in that rough farm waggon. Even his almost ragged clothes could not hide the dignity of his bearing as he straightened himself up and tried to assume the appearance of a gentleman. The people saw this effort on his part, and several wondered and spoke about it afterwards.
At first the old man did not seem to realise the purpose of the gathering. But when he saw the auctioneer mount a box alongside of him and call for bids, the truth of the entire situation dawned upon him. He was to be sold as a pauper to the lowest bidder, so he heard the auctioneer say. For an instant a deep feeling of anger stirred within his bosom, and he lifted his
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