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(1911)

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  • Mr. Berkley, a southern gentleman, enlists in the Confederate Army as an officer, he has a motherless son and when he is called to action upon the field of battle, he has no one with whom to leave the child excepting Old Mammy, who has been in his service many years and loves his little boy as if he were her own. The Union soldiers drive the Confederates back and Col. Berkley tries to rally, but they are obliged to run under cover. The Colonel makes his way to his home, which is soon surrounded by the Union soldiers. Mammy happens to think of a secret passage which leads to the garret of the house, she turns the panel back and tells her master and his little boy to escape through it and make their way to the attic. The Colonel, having been severely wounded, is moaning with pain. Mammy gives the child a piece of chain and tells him to shake and clank it while his father is moaning and groaning. She will tell the enemy the house is haunted by a ghost and that evil will befall them. She closes the panel and has no sooner done so, than the Northern force comes in and takes possession of the house after searching it without avail. They command Mammy to bring food and serve them. She provides them plentifully with strong punch of her own special brew, which gets the soldiers well drunken. While they are in this maudlin state, the little fellow upstairs rattles the chain while his father groans and moans. Mammy calls attention to this noise and tells the invaders that they are produced by the ghost. At first the man do not believe her, but gradually their superstitions are aroused and get on their nerves and they rush pell mell from the place. Mammy notifies Mr. Berkley and the boy of the departure of the men. Col. Berkley now makes his way to his regiment disguised as an old darkey. He is welcomed by his officers and men and continues in the service until the close of the war. When his regiment is disbanded he returns to his little son and Mammy, she prepares a very inviting feast in honor of his home-coming and as they sit at the table talking over events of the war and Mammy's stratagem of the Colonel proposes a toast to "Mammy's Ghost."


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