A woman's sweetheart is prevented from killing himself by two burglars who are afraid they will be accused of murder if he pulls the trigger.

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John Lacy
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John Lacy had everything that a man could desire, including wealth and the love of a girl. One day there was a panic in the stock market and Lacy's wealth was wiped out. So great was the shock that he determined to end his life. But he wanted to have one last dance with his sweetheart, so he calmly dressed and proceeded to a ball. While he was gone burglars broke into his house. Lacy discovered them on his return home when he turned on the light in the library. The intruders tried to escape, but found two policemen in the street near the house. Then they were startled to find Lacy pick up a pistol and to hear him announce that he was about to end his own life. Realizing that if he did so, the policemen would hear the shot and accuse them of the crime, so they seized Lacy and gagged him. Then one of them discovered on the table the farewell note which he had written to his sweetheart, and they decided to telephone to her, since they could not escape in any other way. She came quickly ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Crime | Drama | Short

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25 May 1911 (USA)  »

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This story wouldn't be out of place in several of the monthly magazines
1 February 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

The good turn is done by two burglars to a despondent man who is about to commit suicide. If he kills himself, they will be accused of murder, and two policemen are sitting on the steps of the house smoking, so they bind him and call up his sweetheart, getting her name from the man's "last" letter. If told in good English prose, this story wouldn't be out of place in several of the monthly magazines; but such an incident is not of a very virile quality. It is perfectly clear and will be acceptable, for the acting of Mr. Johnson as the despondent man and Miss Lawrence as the heroine is good. Such stories can hardly be counted as important. - The Moving Picture World, June 10, 1911


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