The Whistle

1
       Foreword
Since the days of Plato
 and Socrates there have
been many men of wisdom,
but none sage enough to
solve the struggle eternal 
between Capital and Labor.

[dissolves to:]

2
We do not seek to work
 out the problems of
their issue but desire to
show the story of the
lives of two men as a
story and nothing more.

3
1914, in the New England
  town of Chappleville.

4
Chappleville's ruler,
 dominating the town
with an implacable voice.

5
Robert Evans and
 his son, Danny.

6
"Say you got enough
 an' I'll let you up."

7
"Enough! Enough!"

8
"You lazy bones! The
 whistle's blowed long
      time ago."

9
"I betcha Henry Chapple's
  kid can't make coffee."

10
The Chapple home, a realm
   which does not jump
   at the imperious
   call of the whistle.

11
"Dad, I betcha he can't
   even drink coffee."

12
"You cut the coffee
  cake an' I get my
  choice of pieces."

13
Noon, when Chapple's
 crashing machinery pauses
for a scant half hour.

14
"I guess it's up to you
 to do the talkin', Evans."

15
Henry Chapple, his
   wife and son.

16
"I was speakin' before about
   protectin' the shaftin'
 on the second floor. It's goin'
 to get someone if we don't."

17
"Evans, it would take
  too long, and we are
 late on contracts now."

18
"It's a shame that his
 boy can't have a chance."

19
"Don't you remember at
  school when you and 
 he fought to take me home?"

20
"And he won
 the fight?"

21
"But I went
 home with you."

22
"Is there ------ is
  there ---- a chance?"

23
"I can bring him back 
  for a little while."

24
"How long will he live?"

25
"Half an hour, perhaps."

26
"He's suffered enough.
  Don't bring him back!"

27
A soul stripped raw.

28
"Your mother died givin'
   you to me. An',
 damn me, I wasn't
 fit to have you."

29
"Danny! Danny!"

30
"Danny ---"

31
After Danny had left
  the crashing machinery
and the screaming whistle
and gone to find the mother
who gave her life to him.

32
"I'm goin' away.
    I can't stand
 it aroun' here, now."

33
"You make Daddy
  hurry home."

34
"I've been here fifteen
  hours 'cause Bolton's
 sick. Guess I never
 will get no relief."

35
"Our boss, Chapple,
 ain't got no heart."

36
"Whistle, damn you,
      whistle!"

37
"You're on the bed of
  a pauper. Lay there!
 You're goin' to take the
 place of my dead boy!"

38
"Your father killed my
 boy, an' you're mine now!"

39
"You'll work as he worked,
        sweat as he sweat,
      an' learn to jump at
 the whistle like he did!"

40
Where industry has
 willed to curb the
waters of a torrent.

41
A work nearly completed
  by hundreds of
cogs in the wheels
of advancing time.

42
Still one of the cogs.
    A taciturn man,
working and living apart.

43
The boy who has
 learned to jump 
 to the whistle.

44
"The engineer was tellin'
  me that now we're
 about through they're
 expectin' the man that
 owns this layout to
 look us over soon."

45
"Who's he?"

46
"Some feller from
  aroun' Boston."

47
"Scardon's comin' over
  here. He's set on
  makin' you fight
 before we break camp."

48
"Boys here's a good 
    one. Listen."

49
"Scardon, I warned you
  to cut out that sink
 talk in front of my boy."

50
"If this was a Sunday
   School you could
 run it. It ain't. It's a
      man's camp."

51
Two who have gone
   thru the years
saddened and desolate.

52
"I'll get you for
 this an' I'll get
    you right."

53
"A man shot my
  uncle. He wants
  the doctor quick!"

54
"Henry, please
   go in and
 see how bad it is."

55
"He'll be in the hospital
    a good many weeks."

56
"I want him to have the 
  best care you can get,
  regardless of the cost."

57
"The man who was shot
   is Robert Evans."

58
"Can't I see my
   uncle now?"

59
"Henry, we've got to take
  care of this boy until
 Mr. Evans is well again."

60
An association which
  has brought a smile
into a desolate life.

61
Proof of an age-old adage
 ------ the blood bond.

62
Sunlight shining through the
 years of misery indelibly
printed on a mother's face.

63
"I once had a little
   boy who would be
 your age now. That's
 why I love you so."

64
And he who came to taste
   vengeance feels it
turn to ashes in his mouth.

65
"God, I'm wrong! I
  meant to punish him.
 I never thought of her."

66
"Jerry was killed in
  the mill, leavin' me
  an' the kids alone."

67
"But Mr. Chapple is so
    good. He gave me
 money, an' he said he'll
 help all he can until
 the little ones are big
 enough to do their share."

68
"A belt it was.
  Much the same as
 when your Danny went."

69
"Isn't that second
  floor protected yet?"

70
"Glad to see you're
  on your feet again.
  The boy is fine."

71
"I came to get him, an' to
  thank you an' Mrs. Chapple
  for takin' care of him."

72
"That's a splendid boy,
  Evans. He tells me
 he's an orphan and
 was your sister's son."

73
"His eyes remind me
    of someone's."

74
"Evans, look there."

75
"My wife is a new woman
  since that boy came
 here. He's done some-
 thing doctors couldn't do."

76
"Evans, you can't give
  that boy his chance.
 I've got to have him.
 I'll educate him, I'll make
      him my heir."

77
"Chapple, Conners died
  by the same hand that
 killed Danny ---------"

78
"YOURS!"

79
"You've had six years to
  make that place safe.
 You've been thinkin' of
 dollars, you haven't had
 time to think of lives."

80
"Conner's widow came to
  you an' you sent
 her away with a few
 filthy dollars -- when
 you killed her husband."

81
"The thing you took
  from her your rotten
 money won't bring back."

82
"That's enough!"

83
"Hell, that ain't
  half enough! For
 there's a God up there
 who passed it on."

84
"There was a bridge tender
  of yours that worked
 through a sixteen hour
 stretch and went to sleep.
 He left the draw open --
 where is your boy now!"

85
"Get out!"

86
"You killed my boy
  an' you lost your
 own. An', by God,
 you deserved to."

87
"Now, now, you want this
  boy. Why, damn you,
 you're not fit to own
 that dog out there."

88
"Georgie, you're
  goin' away now."

89
"Henry told you what
   we want to do?"

90
"Yes, but I can't do
  it. I need my boy."

91
"I think I understand
  why you need him."

92
"You, you can understand
   how much having
 him has meant to me."

93
"Mrs. Chapple says for him
    to keep the dog. She
 can't bear to separate them."

94
A man of stone and
 steel, daily shutting
himself and the boy more
away from the world.

95
"Uncle, was my mother a nice
  woman like Mrs. Chapple?"

96
"She used to want
   me to call her
  mother, and I liked it."

97
Night and day, waking
 and sleeping, under the
punishing inquisition
of his own conscience.

98
"You are Robert Evans?"

99
"Henry Chapple has had
 me hunting you for weeks."

100
"Tell him he'll get
    his answer."

101
"Bed time, Georgie.
  You'd better turn in."

102
"Uncle, when I say my prayers
   can I ask God to send
 Mrs. Chapple a little boy?"

103
In the home that waited 
    for the answer.

104
"Chapple, your wife's
  case is not one for
 medicine. It's a case for
 happiness, and there is
 nothing more we can do."

105
"You were right, Evans.
  I dealt you an
  awful blow, and
 He passed it on."

106
"The mill is safe now,
  and the second floor
 needs a supervisor."

107
"You made it safe, and
   I want you to see
 that it stays that way."

108
"Evans, you taught me
  the meaning of the word
 humanity. Stay here
 and go on teaching."

109
"I wanted you to know.
   I'm glad that
 you do. That's all."

110
When the last strand
 of resistance snapped.

111
"Chapple, you've told me
  things that promise
 humanity in the mill.
 If you get that boy,
 will you bring him
 up to serve humanity?"

112
"God, yes!"

113
"Alright, you get the
  boy, an' I go to
       prison."

114
"Chapple, you've looked
  into his eyes an' wondered
 whose they reminded you
 of ----- think, think hard."

115
"Eyes that you look 
   into every day."

116
"Yes -- your wife's."

117
"I pulled your son out 
  of the river an' stole
 him, after Danny died."

118
"I owe you for his
  mother who is old
 before her time, an'
 I'm ready to pay."

119
"Not yet! Don't tell
  them until after
     I'm gone."

120
"Evans, you've made
  restitution, I can't
  do that, but I
  want you to stay."

121
"Georgie, boy, you're
  goin' to stay here
 for a while. Mebbe
 for a long while."

122
"Georgie, call Mrs. Chapple
  'mother' ---- always."

123
"He's agreed to let us
   have him always."

124
Knowing in his soul
  that he who takes
the work of Him who
is greater into his
own hands punishes
himself most of all.



Finis.


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