Jim Black, a handsome young locomotive engineer, is in love with Mary Stevens, the pretty telegraph operator at Clay Junction. Mary's father is the section foreman at that point. One ... See full summary »

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Jim Black, a handsome young locomotive engineer, is in love with Mary Stevens, the pretty telegraph operator at Clay Junction. Mary's father is the section foreman at that point. One morning after her father has left on the handcar with his men to repair some track at a distance, Mary, with her two little sisters, is left in charge of the station. Some rough characters, seeing her isolated position and suspecting that there is money in the safe, determine to rob the place. One of them enters the station and engages Mary in conversation. She mistrusts him because of his suspicious movements and locks the safe. While he is in the station the train dispatcher informs Mary that Jim Black will be at Clay Junction in a few minutes and to order him to proceed immediately to Rockland Siding, ten miles away, for special service. The stranger leaves the station. When Jim arrives at Clay Junction Mary tells him of her fears. He tries to allay them, looks about for strange men, they have gone. ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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7 January 1910 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with Ashes (1910). See more »

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Action is what they like
18 February 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A thrilling railroad melodrama, illustrated with all the vim and finished dramatic work which characterizes the work of the Edison players. A girl station agent in a lonely station is beset by thieves. She wires to a distance for help. Her sweetheart jumps on his locomotive and goes to her assistance. The last part of the film, showing alternately the progress of the locomotive and the steady retreat of the girl as the robbers force door after door is thrilling, and causes one to become almost breathless as the swift-flying locomotive with its assistance seems to crawl. The story is strong and the pictorial work is clear and quite up to the requirements of the subject and the story. No question need trouble the manager of a motion picture theater if he will watch the crowd when a story of this sort is on the screen. Action is what they like, and a thrilling rescue of this character causes a wonderfully impressive exhibition of interest. Such a film will never fail of pleasing the average audience. - The Moving Picture World, January 22, 1910


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