Bill Bones, the village undertaker, sheriff, judge and a holder of a few minor offices, is the sworn, avowed lover of Exeter, who has the writing fever. His suit has met with little success, owing to her interest in her new profession and Bill is stumped. Romeo Ham, from the legit's stage, and a long ways from it at that, has had a streak of hard luck and arrives in the village. His capital amounts to the sum of one "jitney" and he calls on the village merchant to buy some refreshment. Romeo learns that Exeter is writing a play and at once his professional instincts are aroused. He introduces himself and he and Exeter at once find a common interest. Romeo suggests that she produce the play and act the leading part in it. He agrees to look after the production. This just suits Exeter and plans are put under way for the effort. Ham has learned that Exeter has a large bank account and his zeal is influenced mostly by the sight of her ample bank book. The rehearsal proves quite a task and time after time Romeo is on the verge of quitting, but each time the vision of the bank roll comes to bolster up his courage. At last the play is produced and proves a "frost." The audience start out in disgust and then Exeter discovers that her manager has eloped with the cash, so she marries Bill and leaves the stage.
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