When Edward Pendleton drove through the little village of Rosedale, in the late nineties, he passed a girl of extraordinary beauty, with whom he promptly fell in love. Instead of passing through Rosedale, as he had at first intended, he stopped at the little inn there, formed an acquaintance with the girl, Margaret Brown, won her love, married her and took her away to the city. John Forbes, a very young farmer, had worshiped Margaret with all the intensity of a boy's devotion. When Pendleton took her away, Forbes received the greatest hurt of his life. Bitterly angry, he swore to be revenged on the man who had taken away the only girl he could ever possibly care for, and devoted the remainder of his life to the accomplishment of his vindictive purpose. Sixteen years later, John Forbes had risen from a mere farmhand to the position of one of the most powerful financiers in the great city. He had never lost sight of his hatred for Pendleton during all these years, and finally, after ...
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