Abraham Lincoln is shown in his youth addressing an audience of village people on the street corner. A terrific thunder storm comes up, driving his auditors away, and Lincoln mounts his horse and rides away. The storm increases in fury, and Lincoln is compelled to seek shelter at a farm house, owned by a widow, Mrs. Barnes, who has a son about ten years of age, named Harry. Mrs. Barnes prepares a hearty meal for Lincoln, who dries himself at the hearth, and when the storm has ceased wishes to pay Mrs. Barnes for the meal. Knowing his poverty, she refuses to accept anything, and Lincoln gravely gives her an I.O.U., reading: "I.O.U. the price of one good meal. Also my life, as I might have lost it in the storm. Abe Lincoln, Lawyer." Ten years later the Civil War breaks out, and Harry Barnes enlists. During the course of the war the Union soldiers take up headquarters with a Southern family, and Harry meets Betty and falls in love with her, and secures her promise to marry him after the ...
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A copy of the movie, which was considered lost, was found in a barn in New Hampshire in 2006. After being restored (using a videotape of an 8mm copy to fill in segments that were lost), "When Lincoln Paid" is scheduled for its premier in Keene, New Hampshire on April 20, 2010. See more