It's a simple start to a whole lot of trouble, a clock salesman sets out from the store with his stock in a bag. A tramp steals the goods while the salesman is waiting for a car and makes off with his plunder. He is tickled at the thought of winning a prize, but the ticking of the clocks suggests the workings of an infernal machine and the tramp is so scared that he almost is willing to go to work. He enlists the aid of a police officer and the latter decides to arrest the bag and take it to the station house. It does not take long for the to get around and soon there is a crowd following, enjoying the thrills that come with the thought that any moment something may happen that will leave only a large hole as a souvenir of their late residence on earth. At the station house the sergeant is no more willing to welcome the terrible instrument of destruction and advises the man to take it out in the back yard and open it to see what it contains. The policeman has a large family and a sick...
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