Thomas Singleton broke down when his wife died giving birth to their daughter. He eventually recovered, but his half-brother Morse kept him locked up at the asylum. After seventeen years, Singleton escapes and tracks down his daughter, Rose, who is due to inherit a fortune on her eighteenth birthday. Convinced that his half-brother will try to trick Rose out of her inheritance, Singleton sends her to live with his former gardener, where she meets wealthy Theodore King. Romance begins to blossom, until Morse tracks the couple down and hires a thug to kill King.
ent; not so Virginia.
"Matty's a good nigger!" she insisted, passionately. "She'd do anything she could for me!"
Seemingly the man was not impressed by this, for his strong jaws were set and unyielding upon the unlighted cigar clenched between his teeth.
"I might as well tell you to-night as to-morrow," he concluded, dropping the cigar on the table. "Your mother left you her money and property when she died."
"I know it, sir, and it's a lot, too! Matty told me about it one night along with 'er ghost stories, sir.... Ever heard Matty's ghost stories, sir?"
"No, but I didn't bring you here to talk about Matty. And tell me, what makes you say 'sir' to me all the time?"
His impatient tone, his sharp, rasping voice, didn't change Virginia's respectful attitude. She only bent her head a trifle and replied:
"Anybody must always say 'sir' to another body when she's kind of half afraid of him, sir."
She was composed for a moment, then went on:
"It isn't ev
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