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Pinto Peters and his pal Chuckwalla Bill acquire a newspaper in the town of Cinnabar, which is run by the mayor and boss Joe Reedly, guardian of Jane with whom Pinto is in love. They decide to wage a reform campaign and are elected sheriff and mayor, respectively, through the efforts of Judge Fay, who speaks in their behalf. Jane, however, is won over by Blackie, owner of a gambling house. Pinto thrashes Reedly for bothering Eliza, the judge's daughter, and orders him from town. When Reedly is mysteriously killed, Eliza's fiancé, Nathan, is blamed, but Pinto suspects Blackie and catches him trying to abscond with Jane and her fortune. He is jailed, and Jane is reunited with Pinto.