Mary Lawson's Secret (1917)

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Dr. Brundage (William Davidson) comes to town and takes away much of the business of the village doctor, Dr. Kirk (J.H. Gilmour). He also makes advances to Mary Lawson (Charlotte Walker), which she repulses. So when Dr. Brundage is found dead and Mary standing over him, holding a knife, she is accused, and then convicted of the murder. With the help of the village cobbler (N.S. Wood) she escapes and runs away to another town. There, she gets a job in a factory and meets fellow worker, John Harlow (Robert Vaughn). Harlow turns out to be a rich man who was working in the factory on a bet, and he and Mary fall in love and wed. But their happiness is interrupted when Dr. Kirk, now on the skids, comes to town. Under threat of exposure, he forces Mary to take him into her home as her "uncle." Detectives finally catch wind of Mary's whereabouts and she tells her husband the whole story. They try to escape in a boat, which wrecks in a storm. They make it home to find that Dr. Kirk has committed suicide -- but not before admitting that he was the one who killed Dr. Brundage.