The schemes of certain English merchants and politicians require that the Emperor Napoleon be unseated whether by fair means or foul. Hearing of ex-Captain Lacroix, who has been degraded by Napoleon, they send an emissary to arrange with him for the emperor's assassination. Lacroix accepts their money and plans with his cronies to lure the object of their hate to an empty house, where they intend to kill him. The plot is hatched in the secluded comer of a wine shop, but the conspirators neglect to notice an intoxicated man who is sleeping there. The man is Pierre Duchesne, an official who has been discharged from a government bureau for drunkenness, but who, nevertheless, realizing that he has only himself to blame, bears no malice. Lacroix writes a letter to Napoleon, telling him that valuable maps may be obtained from a disgraced English officer then in Paris, and bidding him to come alone to fetch them. A youth is dispatched with the letter and further details of the plot then ...
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