Stark, a man of the Kentucky hills, believes it is unjust that he should be obliged to pay toll while Judge Randolph, the owner of the road, rides free. He therefore succeeds in arousing ... See full summary »

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Stark, a man of the Kentucky hills, believes it is unjust that he should be obliged to pay toll while Judge Randolph, the owner of the road, rides free. He therefore succeeds in arousing the people of his community to such an extent that the judge is petitioned to sell his road. Randolph, however, refuses to consider the proposition. A band of toll gate raiders is organized by Stark and a notice is placed on the toll house, warning the judge that unless he sells, the house will be burned down. Millie Brant, the daughter of the toll gate keeper, is taken ill and Charlotte, the judge's daughter, comes to spend the night with her, as Brant has been called to town. That night the raiders set fire to the house and the two girls are rescued by Charlotte's sweetheart, James Staunton. The judge, realizing that the community is against him, agrees to sell the road to the county. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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11 December 1912 (USA)  »

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It was taken in the very place of the story
12 April 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

There's a good deal of fresh historical interest in this picture of Kentucky at the time of the toll contentions. When the country was first being opened up, highways were constructed by private corporations which levied tolls every few miles. This was but a form of special privilege, ah old world, undemocratic practice, that soon incensed the common people who had to pay the price. The trouble was not confined to Kentucky; New York had its share with other states. The incident pictured in this offering is melodramatic. The raiders have set the toll house on fire and by chance, not only the keeper's daughter but the daughter of the road's chief owner is in danger and both are rescued from the flames by a young lawyer. Without doubt it was taken in the very place of the story and the photography is clear enough. The players are pleasing and their work fair. As an offering it is better than the average. - The Moving Picture World, December 28, 1912


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