A story of the Civil War, opening at Headquarters of General Logan. He is conversing with his officers as an aide enters and hands him a card reading, "Nell Belmont, United States Secret ... See full summary »
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A story of the Civil War, opening at Headquarters of General Logan. He is conversing with his officers as an aide enters and hands him a card reading, "Nell Belmont, United States Secret Service." The young lady is ushered in, goes to a map on the table and explains certain conditions. At this moment a telegraph operator hands the general a message from Burke, Captain of the Scouts, recommending that all important dispatches be sent in duplicate by two messengers taking different routes. Mack, a young officer, volunteers to take one, while Nell signifies her willingness to deliver the other. The young man starts off, the girl changes her clothes for male attire and also departs. Through the woods she comes upon a squad of Rebel cavalry, but successfully eludes them. Shortly after, she is forced to abandon her horse, and down the road comes upon a house, which proves to be deserted. In a closet she finds a dress which she quickly dons and ready to impersonate the mistress. Her fellow ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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11 April 1909 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with The Infernal Machine (1909). See more »

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It is stirring and interesting, without bloodshed
13 September 2014 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A Vitagraph war story which introduces some well-known characters. It opens at Gen. Logan's headquarters, where a woman secret service agent volunteers to carry a duplicate message of great importance through a country infested with the enemy. He sends another dispatch by another rider. The man falls into the hands of the enemy, but the girl escapes, though shortly afterward her horse gives out and she takes refuge in a deserted house. She finds a dress in a closet, which she dons, and this enables her more the readily to assume the role of mistress. The soldiers bring their prisoner there. He has been wounded and the woman offers to dress his wound. In doing this she is able to prevent the dispatch, which is concealed in the bandage around his head, falling into the hands of the enemy. The squad rides away, all but one, taking their prisoner with them. This one is suspicious, and watching the woman through the window he sees her pick the dispatch out of the discarded bandage. He enters the house, only to be forced into a closet at the muzzle of a revolver. She hastily mounts his horse and rides away toward the Union lines, reaching Gen. Grant's headquarters with the dispatches all in good time. One feature of this film is attractive. The ground is covered with snow, and the manufacturers have not forgotten to work out details. Every actor is prepared for Winter. The rides are not so long as to become tiresome and the technical quality of the picture is excellent. It is stirring and interesting, without bloodshed. Withal it is well worth adding to any programme. - The Moving Picture World, May 15, 1909


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