There is a carpenter by the name of Maule who owns a pretty little cottage in the historic town of Salem. A great man of the village, Col, Pyncheon by name, fancies this place as a site for a great house for his own family. He makes an offer of purchase which Maule refuses, he then insists upon buying whether the poor man will or no. When he meets with a stubborn refusal his wits set to work, and the days of witchcraft being at their height, he soon sees a way of accomplishing his purpose. Maule is accused of witchcraft and is arrested in his own home and dragged away from his wife, daughter and son. Then a startling scene is shown in which the carpenter is being led to the stake to be burned. The fires are lighted, and as the flames leap toward their victim we see the unfortunate man pronounce a curse upon Colonel Pyncheon and upon his house and children and their children's children. The next scene shows Maule's son, a young man, engaged upon some finishing touches in the work of ...
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