(I) (1913)


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  • Thieves steal the famous Remington diamonds; in order to throw the police off the track, they take possession of a country house where they hide with their plunder until the affair blows over. To further safeguard themselves, they make strange noises to imply the house is haunted.

  • A country house has the reputation of being haunted. Two boys are frightened away by a thief who pretends to be a ghost. He has made the place a receptacle for the Remington diamonds, which he and his pals have stolen. They are waiting for the affair to blow over, so that they can remove their plunder in safety. Jim, a young man of the village, is in love with Gertrude, but her father, Howard, withholds his consent to their marriage until Jim shall have made some money. Jim hears the boys' tale of the ghost, and laughs at it, and Reed, a smart young chap, offers to bet Jim ten dollars that he dare not spend the night in the haunted house. Jim takes the bet and goes to the house. Reed tells Gertrude what Jim has done and she is greatly concerned. She appeals to her father to go and induce Jim to abandon his plan; he refuses, and Gertrude goes alone. The thief, who has fallen asleep in the house, is wakened by Jim's entrance. Jim overcomes him, and takes away the Remington diamonds. But the other members of the gang arrive, and Jim is compelled to escape to an upper room. The gang follows, but is delayed by the necessity of breaking down the intervening doors. By means of a fireplace and a chimney Jim reaches the roof. The thieves return to the ground, and begin shooting at him. Meanwhile Gertrude has reached the house, discovered Jim's peril and has gone for help. She returns with the constable and some armed villagers. They find Jim crouched behind the chimney, seeking shelter from the shots of the gangsters, who are surprised and captured. Afterward Jim receives a reward of five thousand dollars for the return of the Remington diamonds, and Howard withdraws his objection to Jim's marriage to Gertrude.


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