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(1913)

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  • Howard, a wealthy businessman, has a number of clerks, among them Jim, and as it is vacation time, all are thinking of how they will spend their holidays. Howard's daughter, Gertrude, comes to see him and excites Jim's admiration, but to which she pays no attention, being a supercilious young woman. At the noon hour, when the other clerks have gone to luncheon, Jim falls asleep. In his dream Jim finds himself at a beautiful spot in the country. Gertrude and Howard come in an automobile and are very friendly. Afterwards Jim takes Gertrude for a walk, Howard approving. They climb a rock to get a better view. Gertrude slips and injures her ankle. Jim goes for help. Some Italians, who are lurking in the neighborhood, see Gertrude and join her, and the idea of abducting her occurs to their wicked minds. Returning with help, Jim meets a girl and a farmer who have seen Gertrude with the Italians, and hastens to rescue her. The Italians become aware of the pursuit. They bind Gertrude and place her in a boat. They also light a bomb, but in their hurry to escape, inadvertently put it in the boat with Gertrude. Jim finds Gertrude afloat in the boat and in deadly peril. Jim dives from a bridge and swims after the boat; he reaches it in time to hurl the bomb into the water and rescues Gertrude. For this he receives the heartfelt gratitude of Howard, and needless to say, Jim's union with Gertrude is assured, and then the clerks return from luncheon and waken him. At this happy moment Howard sends his secretary, with a notice that owing to the pressure of business, no vacations will be allowed to the clerks. Jim thinks sadly that only in the illusion of sleep he has had his vacation.


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