Flesh and Blood

1
Prison - man's grey charnel-
   house of retribution -
where the iron of bitterness is
heated in the fire of despair.

2
Hunted like a wild beast -
  and with less than
a wild beast's chance
      of escape.

3
The signal.

4
The inscrutable mystery
  that is Chinatown -
where silence often is the
  test of friendship.

5
Detective Doyle, whose
 business it is to make
     people talk.

6
"Webster's broke jail -
 you sent him to
 the pen fifteen years
 ago, didn't you,
 Doyle?"

7
"I did - - and it won't
 be fifteen days be-
 fore I send him back
 again!"

8
 The throne room of 
       Li Fang, the
master of Chinatown

9
"They've got the
 dragnet out for
 Webster--watch for
 him every minute.
 Once here and he's
 safe."

10
Safe under the pro-
tection of Li Fang,
whose power with the 
Chinese is regarded
with awe, even at
  headquarters.

11
David Webster.

12
In Li Fang's days of
struggle and hardship,
Webster's legal talent
had once saved him 
his liberty--a debt
that this day was
     repaid.

13
"Good God! I can't
 sit here while my
 wife is sick, perhaps
 -- perhaps dying!"

14
"Have patience, friend,
 as soon as the road
 is clear you can go
 to her, but remember,
 --she has changed her
 name. She is now
 known as Mrs. Vaughn."

15
Again the cunning
signal--One--Two
--Three!

16
Through twisting streets 
and alley-ways, over
fences and roofs--
frantically making his 
  way toward home.

17
"What was this --
 this woman's name?
 And the girl -- was
 she her daughter?"

18
"Vaughn, the name was
 and queer folks they
 was too--all I know
 is the girl's left and
 ain't comin' back."

19
The smoldering embers of
   his bitterness fanned
into a consuming flame -

20
"Fletcher Burton has been
 the cause of all my
 misfortunes. Some day I
 will prove my innocence
   and avenge myself."

21
"At your trial you could
 not prove that he
 'framed' you. How can
  you prove it now?"

22
"Vengeance is a two-edged
 sword, my friend. Remember,
 your daughter thinks you
 dead - your wife changed
 their name to shield her
    from the scandal."

23
"My daughter needs me 
 - now. I've got to clear
  my name - for her."

24
Patience is a virtue
and practice makes
perfect--before long
Webster had disguised 
his body sufficiently to
risk an encounter
with Detective Doyle.

25
"My wife in her grave
 - my daughter lost to
 me - ! I'll make him
 confess! My day of
 reckoning is here!"

26
Fletcher Burton,
 senior member of
the highly respected
firm of Burton and
     Burton.

27
His son, Ted - the 
 junior partner.

28
"Would you mind taking
 the plans for the settle-
 ment house down to
   the mission?"

29
"Mind? I should
   say not!"

30
"A ball game - again?"

31
The Tenth Street Mission -
a cheering light set in a
district dark with poverty.

32
The resident manager
  of the mission -
whom they called the
   "Angel-lady"

33
Uncertainty --- fear ---
 the first stir of an
awakening conscience -

34
Through weary days -
searching blindly for
his daughter - stealing 
precious hours from his
    grim pursuit -

35
The slow dawn of
   recognition -
almost afraid to
believe that he had
   found her -

36
Vaughn-- the name
his wife had taken
--she, the image of 
her mother! And
she must never know.

37
"An ice wagon got me. 
   What hit you?"

38
"I guess - old man Fate
  took a crack at me."

39
"Never heard of him.
 Does he hang out
  in this ward?"

40
"'Just a Song at
 Twilight?' It was
 a favorite of my
    mother's."

41
Memories stirred to
 life that long had
  slumbered -

42
"I wonder if you'd play
 for us when we dedicate
 the new settlement
       house?"

43
"You're going to - 
   leave here?"

44
"Haven't you heard of
 the beautiful new
 building that has been
 given us by Mr. Burton?"

45
"But you've got to cut
    out the weeps!"

46
"I wasn't cryin'. I got a
    cold in m' head."

47 [with musical notation]
Just a song at twilight
When the lights are low

48 [with musical notation]
Though the heart be weary -
Sad the day and long -

49
"Can't - life mean that
 for us, Marjorie - love's
 old sweet song - always?"

50
"Won't you let me
 announce our
 engagement at
 the dedication to-
  morrow night?"

51
"You're going to be -
      married?"

52
"My engagement to Ted
 Burton is to be
 announced tonight --
 at the dedication."

53
"I want to see you -
     about Ted."

54
DOYLE'S MOVE.

55
"Mr. Doyle has arrested
 the men who drove
 the wagon. Mr. Doyle
  is getting closer."

56
"Just a social call,
 Li Fang."

57
"You have a collection
 of rare -- very rare
 -- objects."

58
"Your power of obser-
 vation is remarkable,
 Mr. Doyle."

59
"Where's Webster?"

60
"I thought you knew
 everything."

61
"So soon again,
  Mr. Doyle?"

62
"I generally keep
 coming till I get
 what I come for!"

63
"This, perhaps? Your
 taste is - simple,
     Mr. Doyle."

64
"That's enough stalling.
 Tell me where Webster
 is and tell me quick!"

65
"A true heart is true 
 under any sky -
   Mr. Doyle."

66
"Very little sky you'll
 see where I'm going
 to put you. You're
   under arrest!"

67
"I expected you to
 arrest me the first
 time -- I'm ready."

68
"Don't you realize
 you would interfere
 with Ted's whole future?"

69
"I would never marry
 Ted, without your
      consent."

70
"You will tell Ted, then,
 before the dedication?"

71
"See! I've brought you -
 just a little bit of the
 beauty your - marriage
   is going to hold!"

72
"I'm - - not going to
 be married. Ted's
 father says I must
 give him up. I - - -"

73
"He thinks I would
 interfere with Ted's
 career--that I'm not
 good enough for him!"

74
His daughter not good 
enough for Fletcher 
Burton's son! -- The
moment of revenge
  was at hand!

75
"Oh, if my own father
   had only lived!"

76
"Your father is -"

77
"- - watching over
 you, surely."

78
The greatest torment a man 
   can know - the accusing
finger of a guilty conscience,
pointing a menace in every-
       thing - - -

79
"Ready to talk?
 Where's Webster?"

80
"It's been a long time,
       Burton -"

81
"It doesn't seem so long
 to you. You haven't
 been in prison - yet!"

82
"You know that signature's
 a forgery. You've seen
 it before. I had to
 work hard for it but
 even the district attorney's
 office is accessible when
 a man's desperate!"

83
"There's a confession
 of what really hap-
 pened fifteen years
 ago. Sign it!"

84
"Where's Webster?"

85
"Where's Webster?"

86
"I've tried to atone. Why,
 only tonight they're
 dedicating an eighty
 thousand dollar mission
       I gave -"

87
"I've heard about - your 
 eighty thousand dollar
     bribe to God!"

88
"But - it would ruin me 
     - my family -"

89
"You didn't think about
 my family! You'll know
 now what it is to
 have yours disgraced,
     suffering -"

90
"I won't sign it!"

91
"Thirsty? Want a drink?"

92
"Dad ---- you couldn't
 have meant what you
   told Marjorie -"

93
"My son, I had no right
 to interfere with your
 happiness. I am sorry."

94
"May one - who has
 loved you - wish you
    happiness?"

95
His triumph turned
   to ashes - -

96
"A wedding present -
  for your son -"

97
"Your son - and my
    daughter."

98
"They need you. And
 all I ask of life is her
      happiness."

99
Greater love hath
    no man -

100
"I went out a hunted
 and marked man. I
 come back - - free!"

101
Strange are
 the paths
men tread to
 happiness.


The
END


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