Bessie Graham has been a sort of maid-of-all-work in her mother's boarding house for years. Determined to make a change, she tells her mother that she is going to strike out for herself and try to get a position in the city. Arrived in the city, she rents a cheap room and starts to look for work. At two or three different places she is told that only trained assistants are required. Coming out of an office building, where she has met with another refusal, she starts down the street, almost in tears. A woman of the underworld, flashily dressed, sees her, and so does the woman's male companion. Approaching Bessie, the woman tells her that if she is in trouble, she may be able to help her. Bessie is glad. The man trails along behind, and suddenly coming up with them, speaks. The woman introduces him to Bessie as her husband. Together the three continue down the street. Turning a corner, they run into a tough-looking customer, who, the moment he sees the woman's "husband," halts the party...
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