General Washington, riding towards headquarters, is overtaken by a severe snowstorm and forced to seek shelter at a wayside tavern. Shortly before his arrival, a party of British soldiers had visited the tavern and posted a placard offering a bountiful reward for the capture of Washington, dead or alive. Upon his entrance, he is recognized by the description and a plot is arranged to assassinate him. It falls to the lot of the tavern keeper to do the deed. His daughter, a staunch and loyal patriot, overhears their conversation and determines to save Washington's life. Through a ruse, she causes him to change his room and herself takes possession of the one he vacates, and after a silent prayer, she retires. At midnight, the plotters urge the tavern keeper to begin the murderous assault, and climbing the stairs, he enters the room occupied by his daughter, and after a moment that is like an eternity, he leaves the room, trembling, penitent, afraid to think, fearful of memories. He sits...
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