Down to the Sea in Ships

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  Elmer Clifton
    Presents

"DOWN to the SEA
    in SHIPS"

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       Produced in
       NEW BEDFORD,
      Massachusetts
            by
THE WHALING FILM CORPORATION

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       NEW ENGLAND
       Distributors

WHOLESOME FILM SERVICE INC.

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Personally directed
        by 
  ELMER CLIFTON

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Scenario
by
 JOHN L.E. PELL

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Photography
by
 A. G. PENROD

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Great credit is due the photo-
graphers who, in small boats,
stood by their cameras at the
risk of their lives to photograph
the fighting whales.
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Photographers on Whaling Cruise
        A. G. Penrod
        Paul H. Allen

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              THE CAST

Patience Morgan ..      Miss Marguerite Courtot
Thomas Allan Dexter ... Raymond McKee
William W. Morgan ...   William Walcott 
"Dot" Morgan ....       Clara Bow
"Jimmy" ......          James Turfler 
"Scuff" Smith ....      Leigh R. Smith
Jake Finner .....       Patrick Hartigan
Samuel Siggs ...        J. Thornton Baston
The Town Crier ...      Curtis Pierce
"Henny" Clark ...       Ada Laycock	
"Thunderbolt Bill" ..   William Cavanaugh

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"... we account the whale immortal 
in his species .... he swam the 
seas before the continents broke 
water .... in Noah's flood he des-
pised Noah's Ark; and if the world 
is again to be flooded, then the 
eternal whale will still survive, 
and rearing upon the topmost 
crest of the equatorial flood, 
spout his frothed defiance to the 
skies. 

		- Moby Dick

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On the Wharves.
"The merry din of 'Yo heave ho' of the 
sailors was heard.... coopers with their
hammers kept time..... as round and
round the casks they marched tightening
the vessels that should hold the precious
oil."    Starbuck's History. Pub. 1850.

	NOTE - Whalers continue to go out from
	New Bedford on similar voyages to the one
	portrayed in this picture. The brawny
	boatsteerer still throws the hand harpoon.

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Austere, and proud of his
American ancestry, glorying in
his fleet of whale ships, a strict
Quaker and a careful business
man, William W. Morgan is the
dominating figure on the water
front.

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The seventh day always 
brought Morgan consola-
tion for the son he had lost
at sea.

The Apponegansett Meet-
ing House. Built in 1790.

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Sitting in silent worship
   waiting for God to
         speak.

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"- and he is greatly 
blessed who hath a
son!"

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With the lowering of the
partition, worship ends and
the business meeting begins.

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In accordance with their strict 
"Discipline", the Quakers read a
young man "out of meeting" for
marrying a girl who is not a
Quaker - - severing all family,
religious and social ties.

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The loving obedience of his
daughter Patience brings
happiness into Morgan's life -

Morgan's daughter Patience ..
   Miss Marguerite Courtot.

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The dolls - remembrance
of her childhood play-
mate "the little boy next
door" who had gone away.

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"Father, thee must not spend
so much time in the attic.
Thee is expected at the
cooper's shop!"

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"Patience, thee is a whale-
man's daughter. Promise
thee will never be any
but a whaleman's wife!"

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It was difficult for Morgan
to understand his grand-
daughter, a restless, mis-
chievous child of the sea.

Morgan's granddaughter,
"Dot" ....... Miss Clara Bow

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"- your father's ship was
never heard from - we
found you in a chest on
a raft bundled in sail
cloth -"

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"- we searched the 
islands for your
father and mother -"

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"Jimmy."

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"This is a man's job!"

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The whale oil refinery,
where great caldrons
seethe with liquid gold.

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Jake Finner - fearless, law-
less and godless. Just back
from a four years' cruise and
ready for whatever the devil
may find for his idle hands 
to do.

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"Hey! - you leave that
dog alone!"

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In a nearby city Finner visits
Samuel Siggs, partner in his
nefarious schemes. He plans
to steal the Morgan ships and
sail them to the gold fields.

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"It'll be easy. You run the
books and I'll run the ships
- and aside from the 
money we'll make, Morgan
has a beautiful daughter - !"

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"These Quaker clothes are 
all you need. You'll look 
all right!"

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"Siggs' Shadow"
  listens in.

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Siggs' sinister strain
      hidden by
  sheep's clothing -

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Smug in the success of
their plans, Samuel Siggs
arrives in the Whaling
City.

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Armed with the best of
recommendations, Siggs
obtains a position in the
Morgan Counting Rooms.

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In the Whaleman's Chapel.
On walls already filled with
memorials to whalemen lost at
sea, William Morgan places a
tablet to his son.

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Alone the valley dark he
 trod,
Yet not alone, for there
 was God.

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Delighted with Samuel Siggs'
rapid strides in the Counting
Rooms, Patience's father gives 
him welcome in the Morgan
home.

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"Thy daughter is very
beautiful - might I be
permitted - ?"

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"Well - thee is very good
at figures - thee might
make a good son-in-law!"

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"- Thomas Allan Dexter's
come home from college
to put the machinery in
the new mill! - Allan's
home to put the -"

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After years of study
"the little boy next door"
comes home to open the
old homestead.

Thomas Allan Dexter .. 
     Raymond McKee.

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"Then you remember when
we used to play together
- the day your mother
tied the string on your
tooth and -"

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"Oh Golly Miss!
Don't cry!"

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"Please, Miss, wait a
minute - -"

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Siggs takes advantage 
of the Morgan hospi-
tality to - -

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"Tell me when you will 
marry me. My house in 
the city is waiting its
mistress!"

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With one eye on his work 
and the other on the road
leading past the Morgan
home, Allan starts his mill 
career.

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"I'm shipping on a
whaler - cabin boy!"

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To Patience and Allan
each passing day was but
another page in Life's
Book of Happiness.

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With all the confidence 
of youth, Allan calls to
tell Patience's father of
their love.

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"Sir, I love your
daughter Patience!"

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"Thee is not a Quaker -"

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"I'll be a Quaker -"

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"Patience is a whaleman's 
daughter. Unless thee has
thrown a harpoon into a 
whale, take thy story of love
elsewhere. It can never be
- never!"

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"How can I give the 
best there is in me 
to my country with-
out a son!"

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"I want to sign on a 
ship to go whaling."

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"I signed my papers at
the Spouter Inn!"

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"Get that Allan on your
ship - and see that he 
never comes back!"

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Sunday morning.

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"Father, will thee
please give me 
some sugar?"

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"Thee was not at Meeting
- now thee shall not see
the ship sail!"

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"You take care of me or 
I'll squeal about you 
not being a whaleman!"

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"Sing a good hymn, Siggs,
- your college boy is
stowed between decks
right under your feet.
Don't worry - you'll never 
see him again."

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For nearly a century Chap-
lains of the Bethel have held
services aboard ship to ask
God to bless each out-bound,
world-wandering whaler.

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"They that go down to the sea
in ships, that do business in
great waters; these see the
works of the Lord; and his
wonders in the deep."
            Psalm 107:23-24.

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Sailing time.

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"Don't worry about the 
new mate. I know how
to handle him!"

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"Farewell, Captain -
greasy luck!"

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"Stand by to cast off!"

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The mysterious disap-
pearance of Dot and
Allan starts gossip.

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"It is reported that Dot
Morgan and Allan Dex-
ter have joined the 
Oregon Wagon Train
and are 'heading west'!"

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"Whatever the Captain does is
right .... any opposition to it is
wrong on board ship; .... every
man knows this when he signs
the ship's articles."

           Dana - Two Years before the Mast.

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"Ashore - No! We're nine
hours out - you'll go to
work!"

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"Oh Jimmie - my stomach
feels so funny!"

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"Please Jimmy, get me
something to eat!"

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"Girls have no business
running away from 
home!"

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"Plum-pudding" luck! The ship
finds a floating whale, a big bull
evidently just killed in a battle
with its mates. Overjoyed at
their good fortune, the men start
"cutting in" with a will.

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  The spade is as sharp 
    as a razor blade.
"The spadesman's feet are
shoeless....toes are scarce
among blubber room 
whalemen -"

        - Moby Dick.

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Finding himself on a 
whaler, Allan plunges 
into the hard work,
hoping to win his chance
to harpoon a whale.

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The Blanket Piece. The
blubber is cut in a con-
tinuous strip weighing
tons.

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The Junk (Forehead of
the whale) weighing over
ten tons, is cut off - -

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- - and hoisted
   on deck.

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A throat bigger than a
hogshead. Why question
the swallowing of Jonah!

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The huge lower jaw, over 
twenty feet long and with
46 enormous teeth, is un-
hinged and brought on 
deck.

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The Case. This part of the 
head contains the most valu-
able oil - waxy spermaceti
- which is bailed directly 
from its great storage space.

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"The decks present the lively....
spectacle which sailors love....
try works a-blazing, cooper a-
pounding, oil a-flowing and every-
body busy night and day."

        The Whale and his Captors. Pub. 1850.

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"Come here, one! Swab
the deck!"

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"Oh, Allan, you shouldn't
have gone away west - -
because - -"

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   Flukes - -
the whale's tail

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"If you ever get hit by 
a whale's flukes you'll 
wake up in Davy Jones's
Locker!"

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Finner tells the crew the
captain fell overboard --
calls all hands aft and
assumes command.

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"From now on I'll walk 
the Quarter Deck! I'm
master of this vessel, and
if any of you -"

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"Black fish, sir, as 
big as horses!"

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The crew divides. Half
for Finner and the "gold
fields," the rest for tak-
ing the ship back home.

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Grim heralds of
    mutiny.

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Meal time in the fore-
 castle - the crew's
  living quarters.

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"Well, what the blazes 
are you doin' on this
ship, bub?"

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"I'm going to be a
whaler!"

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"Trice the slob up in the 
riggin' - string 'em both
up by the thumbs!"

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"You know, sissy, we're
goin' to be pretty good 
friends!"

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"We're for the gold! If
those fellows below think
they're goin' to steer a 
course for home we'll fix
'em -"

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"- and he's got Morgan's 
granddaughter in the
cabin!"

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"- are you going to leave 
our shipmates hanging in
the rigging?"

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The stout bars of the
"brig" halt Finner's
       plans.

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To put the vessel to 
rights. At anchor off
the uninhabited "Isle of
Caves".

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At dawn they put
    ashore -

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For wood and
   water -

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The joy of a peaceful 
ship. Allan is raised to
boatsteerer.

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The Whaleman's "iron"
     The Harpoon.
The Tub and whale line.

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"Porps! Porps!"
  (Porpoise)

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Fresh meat for all hands
  after weeks of "salt
         horse".

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"I was thinking - if there
was only a grandson in
the cradle -"

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"It will soon be my lost son's
birthday - Patience it is my
desire that thee marry
Friend Siggs then."

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"He is a Quaker and a 
whaleman, Patience, and 
thee has promised -"

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"Blo-o-ows! Blo-o-ows!"

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"White-water! White-water!"

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"Where away?"

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"Two points off the weather
bow! Blo-o-ows!"

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"Stand by to lower!"

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"Big school! Sperm
whale!"

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"Look out! Look out!
He's coming at us!"

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With a fresh boat from the mother
ship they pick up the line on 
Allan's whale and renew the chase.
The giant of the deep drags three
boats, a combined weight of more
than 6,000 pounds through the 
water for hours.

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The lancing.

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The Capture.
"Fins out!"

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The prize - a hundred
barrel sperm whale; ap-
proximate weight, ninety 
tons. Allan's big whale fills
the hold with oil.

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Her wedding day.

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"Why father - it is my
wedding dress!"

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"Thy fringe is a bit gay!"

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"Nahoma - does thee
think the children
will love me?"

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"How can they - when I
don't love him!"

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"Homeward Bound!"

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"I know we're almost in the 
harbor but omens is omens 
and I still say somethin's
going to happen to this 
ship!"

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"Last watch I swear I
saw a phantom -"

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"- and at dawn the 
bird flew away!"

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"I'll get you for not 
helpin' me out of 
this!"

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"Don't let Finner put the 
blame on me - I didn't
shanghai you!"

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"- and his partner back 
home is yellow! - and he's
trying to win Morgan's 
daughter!"

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The fastest horses in the
county to carry Siggs and
his bride, on the long
journey, to his city home
after the ceremony.

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"Excitement is serious.
Do not cross him
tonight!"

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"It's such a terrible night,
Father, can't we postpone 
the wedding?"

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"- Please, dear Father
in Heaven, take care 
of me - !"

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"Remember now, make
him a good wife!"

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Following the long established
rules of the "Discipline", using
neither clergyman nor ring, they
go to the Meeting House to
marry each other - God willing.

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"We're close in - let's
swim for it. They'll
never put me behind 
the bars!"

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"She meeting house now
her father make her
marry Siggs."

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"In the presence of the Lord
and before this assembly, I
take thee, Patience Morgan,
to be my wife - -"

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"In the presence of the 
Lord and before this 
assembly, I take thee, 
Samuel Siggs - -"

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The Quaker Marriage Cap
- to Patience and Allan,
happiness - to Morgan, a
grandson in the cradle of his 
ancestors.

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   So ends.

 Produced by
Elmer Clifton

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              THE CAST

Patience Morgan ..      Miss Marguerite Courtot
Thomas Allan Dexter ... Raymond McKee
William W. Morgan ...   William Walcott 
"Dot" Morgan ....       Clara Bow
"Jimmy" ......          James Turfler 
"Scuff" Smith ....      Leigh R. Smith
Jake Finner .....       Patrick Hartigan
Samuel Siggs ...        J. Thornton Baston
The Town Crier ...      Curtis Pierce
"Henny" Clark ...       Ada Laycock	
"Thunderbolt Bill" ..   William Cavanaugh

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