Mathias, an innkeeper, receives notice that his rent is due, and that if it is not paid at once, his tavern will be taken from him. In the midst of a terrible snowstorm, a Jew arrives in his sleigh. While paying his bill, he displays to Mathias' eyes a bag of gold. This sets him to thinking how much he needs that money. The Jew gets up at night and has his sleigh taken from the barn. He must be off to town, and starts with all the bells of his sleigh ringing. This awakens Mathias. He slowly gets out of bed and follows the Jew through the snow. Creeping up behind the sleigh he murders the Jew. He feels safe for no one has seen him leave the house, but through the fifteen years that follow he never sees a golden coin without hearing the sleigh bells as they rang on the night of December 24th, when he murdered the Jew in his sleigh. Mathias has a daughter, Annette, who becomes engaged to Christian, a young soldier. Mathias leaves his inn to purchase Christmas presents in a neighboring ...
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