Benedict Arnold (1909)
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Arnold, reproved by General Washington, decides, with the bitter hatred of a small nature, to betray West Point into the hands of the British, and to that end enters into negotiation with Major Andre, as the representative of the British General. In a secluded spot along the Hudson Arnold waits for Andre, who presently is seen to arrive from the opposite shore. He hurries into the woods to the waiting traitor and with his aversion to his mission none too well concealed, bargains for the plans, promising the money and position in the British army that are to be the price of Arnold's treachery. He starts to ride southward and by mischance he encounters an outpost of patriots. Provided with the pass which Arnold gave him, Andre does not fear the encounter and dismounts willingly enough, but the decision to search him in spite of the pass he carries puts another complexion upon the matter. Skillfully the Continentals search his clothing and come upon the incriminating papers and Andre is hustled off to prison. Arnold receives warning of the discovery and flees from the danger, leaving his wife and child behind. Andre, whose good humor and resignation to his fate have won the admiration of his jailers, is led out to be hanged, his request that he be permitted to die like a soldier facing the guns of a firing squad having been denied. Even his jailer is moved to tears as he bravely marches forth to an ignominious death and draws the curtains of the window that the last sad scene may not be witnessed. As a fitting climax there is shown Arnold's miserable death in a London garret, sick, penniless and despised by all, going forth to meet his Maker, unattended save by his own guilty fears and the vision of the flag to which he had been faithless
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