Betsy Ross

[first reel missing]

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"Some day your father may
   forgive my American
  patriotism and consent
    to our marriage."

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".... and if he doesn't,
 we shall declare war
  --- upon father!"

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  "Oh, my love! God guard
thee and keep thee true, even
as I have been true, always!"

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    LATE THAT EVENING

  Misled by the red cape,
Vernon's jealousy is aroused.

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"In God's name, Master Ashburn,
    thee has killed him!"

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"He deserved to die!"

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"Doubtless he did---but thee will
 be punished---and it will break
       thy aunt's heart!"

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"Thee does know the law.---
What chance has thee?---Thee
        must flee!"

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 "A drop o' brandy an' a few
stitches 'll fetch Master Vernon
  back---I'll call for help!"

10
".... call for help, will ye?"

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"Did the man I fought escape
          unhurt?"

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"Ye lost yer head an' struck out
  blindly.---Here's the result."

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"No less than murder---but I can
         save ye, lad!"

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"The only witness to the murder
can keep his mouth shut---if he's
    paid handsome for it!"

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The following
   morning.

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"Betsy, are you sure
  you love Joseph?"

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"Then never let him find 
  it out.---He will take
advantage of it, just as
      all men do."

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The mother of Clarence Vernon, a
 proud, aristocratic American
 woman, whose sympathies are
 not with the cause of liberty

                     Kate Lester

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 "How much does your honorable
protector demand for his silence?"

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"And ye'll be enlistin' me in yer
 camp, as yer trusted friend!---
        Ye'll need me!"

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"But you are an American!"

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"Aye!--And a well-informed one, lad!
  --'Tis reason enough for General
    Howe to want me for a spy!"

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".... and the 'Salvator' has sailed
     without Joseph Ashburn,---
     tomorrow his body may be
          washed ashore!"

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"What is he to thee?"

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"I loved him!"

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          A YEAR LATER
Convinced that Joseph is dead---to
   please her father, Betsy has
   become the wife of John Ross.

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"Thee has turned thy husband's
 head with thy patriotism, and
 thee will suffer accordingly!"

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Joseph Ashburn, under the 
assumed name of Nathaniel
 Wheatley, has become a
temporary aide to General
      Washington.

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  While in his own camp, Clarence
 Vernon sees Joel Radley receive a
commission for his services rendered
     as an enemy of America.

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The spirit of '76

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The return of
 John Ross--

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   ANOTHER YEAR PASSES
The widow Betsy Ross is now
proprietress of the John Ross
     Upholstery Shop.

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Mrs. Lemuel Bass,
   Betsy's dearest friend and
         loyal admirer
              Nellie Fillmore

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 Clarissa, forced to confess 
her marriage, fails to convince
 her father of its legality.

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"If thee is married to the officer
 in whose arms I found thee months
  ago, where is thy certificate?"

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"I have none.---We were secretly
 married by a chaplain, who has
  since returned to England!"

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"....scarlet woman!"

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"How offensively partisan
  this trades-person is!"

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"Scipio, don't you dare kill
 that Vernon nigger---it will
     ruin his new suit!"

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 For two days, a Dutch vendor
has sung his wares through the
   streets of Philadelphia.

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"In disguise!---Is thee sure he
        is not a spy?"

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    "No, no!---He has regained his
commission, and has promised to join the
 American Army---as soon as released
   from the colors under which he 
            was serving!"

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 "My poor Clarissa!---I fear thee
is the dupe of an unscrupulous man!"

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".... and some day, thee
 will have faith in him, 
       even as I!"

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   "Lieutenant Wheatley, madame,
at your service.---General Washington
presents his compliments to Mistress
            Betsy Ross."

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General George Washington

        George MacQuarrie

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"They are all of my handiwork and
 sent to thee anonymously.--- You
  see, General, I, too, can never
           tell a lie!"

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 "Do you think, Mistress 
 Ross, you could fashion
our country's first flag?"

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"May we ask, General,
  what inspired this
  beautiful design?"

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  "Summoned before
 Congress to consult
upon a flag, I looked up
 and beheld the sunlight
 streaming through the
     diamond-paned 
 window of the gables,
   falling upon the 
  table before me...."

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 ".... the framework
separated the bars of
light so they became
 stripes of red and
     white ...."

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".... through the window
  I saw the blue sky,
 where at night glitter
 the silver stars---and
   in those symbols 
   of the universe, I
    saw---our flag!"

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"You may remain to guard and
protect Mistress Ross until her
    duties are completed."

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 "Why did thee allow the report
of thy death to break our hearts?
 ---And why is thee hiding under 
         another name?"

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"I---I am a murderer!"

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 "Thy poor aunt would better
think thee dead than ever know
the unhappy truth.---I shall not
         betray thee!"

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A FEW DAYS LATER

Clarence Vernon,
    Junior.

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 "Have no fear. No one but
friends knows thee is here."

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Mrs. Vernon, hoping to serve
  General Howe, attends a 
   reception in honor of
    General Washington.

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 "In order to protect all loyal
Americans, it has become necessary
  to deport those who secretly
        favor the enemy."

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 "Then, General, you would better
look to Mistress Betsy Ross!---It is
 rumored that her shop is a safe
       harbor for spies!"

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"....and a shot might have
 alarmed some one who is
   very ill, upstairs."

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The last stitches in the 
     beloved flag!

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"I am your sister's husband!"

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  "Thee has tricked my sister
 and I shall protect thee only to
make it possible for thee to right
      the wrong done her."

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"Withdraw---but maintain a close
 watch.---Should the spy seek to 
         escape---shoot!"

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 "The man is here!---Are you
hiding him because you love him
  ---more than your honor?"

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"Congress will reward
 you, Mistress Ross!"

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"There can be no
 reward so great
  as the honor!"

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   "The occasion for the guard 
no longer existing, you may withdraw
             your men."

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   "Your Excellency, may I be
permitted to maintain the guard for 
         a time longer?"

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"If a necessity exists, of what
        nature is it?"

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 "I cannot reply, Your Excellency.
---I beg that you trust to my honor
as a soldier, to do a soldier's duty."

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"My honor and the honor of the
nation depend upon the retention 
        of the guard."

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"Your Excellency, I---I cannot
      explain further!"

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"Lieutenant Wheatley, you are 
       under arrest!"

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 "Deliver this note to General
Arnold as instructed, then report
 your arrest to him in person."

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Benedict Arnold.

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"The General's written orders
 were for you to return with 
        the papers!"

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 "General Washington, there is
an enemy officer hidden here---my
      sister's husband!"

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"....his presence was suspected
 by Lieutenant Wheatley, who
because of his love for me, did not
    wish to dishonor me!"

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"Mistress Ross, will you produce
        your prisoner?"

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"Your position has been satisfactorily
    explained by Mistress Ross."

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 "Mistress Ross, deliver your
prisoner to Lieutenant Wheatley."

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 "To save a good man's honor---
and perhaps his life, I am forced
       to give thee up."

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"Clarence Vernon!---You have
    come from the dead!"

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Early the next
   morning.

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 "These papers belong to
General Washington.---In the
excitement of taking the
  prisoner, they were
      overlooked!"

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"He was to stop at Bordentown.
 ---I may overtake him there!"

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 Returning from General Howe's
headquarters, Joel Radley arouses
 the suspicions of the American
  soldiers and is arrested.

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"Ain't I always said wimin 'ud
     be the death o' ye?"

92
"It is Captain Clarence
Vernon's discharge from
 General Howe's army."

93
"Then he told the truth!---He
  is not a spy! I beg thee,
 General, to pardon him!---
  He is eager to join the
      American Army!"

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"In times like these, the sentence of
 the Court Martial is quickly carried
  out.---I doubt if you can reach
 Philadelphia in time to save him!"

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 "And to think
there is a little
child---born of a
murderer and a
condemned spy!"

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"Ye can die with a clear conscience
 as to the murder.---For 'twas I
who killed Old Ketch, the crier!..."

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"You have been found guilty! The
   Court sentences you to be
        shot at noon!"

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"....guilty!"

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Noon--

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"It is too late!---The spy
   has been executed!"

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"Thank God! I can now return
 to my wife and child, an
   honorable American!"


THE END

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