Within the Law

1
The Tombs, New York City
 - a grim reef in the sea
of life, strewn with
the wrecked souls of
those who "pass in the
night".

2
Mary Turner, a shop girl,
 awaits sentence after
being found guilty of
 robbing her employer.

3
Gilder's Emporium, where
 Mary Turner worked for
five years. Her wage was
   ten dollars a week.

4
Edward Gilder, owner of
    the Emporium.

5
"Very well! Tell Judge Lawlor
 I'll be in court in a half 
           hour."

6
The Court of General Sessions
  - Judge Lawlor presiding.

7
At her trial the jury had
  recommended that the
court be lenient with Mary 
         Turner.

8
George Demarest, chief of
  Gilder's legal staff.

9
"The stolen goods were
 found in her locker. I
  believe her guilty."

10
"Property rights must be
 protected, your honor. We
 can not allow sympathy
 for a criminal to turn us
     from our duty."

11
"Have you now any legal
 cause to show why sentence
 should not be pronounced 
       upon you?"

12
"I am innocent! I have never
 committed a dishonest act
       in my life!"

13
"I am alone in the world
 and for five years I have
 earned my own living. I
 have worked hard - faithfully."

14
That afternoon - Edward
 Gilder learns with satis-
faction that the law has
      protected his property.

15
"The prisoner said, if you will
 see her she can tell you
 how to eliminate stealing
   among your employees."

16
"But I have already arranged
 with the District Attorney
 to have her brought here
   on her way to prison."

17
"Is Mary Turner a friend
       of yours?"

18
Detective Cassidy, detailed
  from Central Office to
  take Mary "up the
  river".

19
All the love of which 
 Edward Gilder was
capable, centered in his
    son, Richard.

20
"I enjoyed my trip, but
 missed you, Dad, so I
      came home."

21
"We have detained a lady,
 sir - who was caught stealing
 in the lace goods department."

22
"But - the lady is the
 wife of J. W. Gaskell,
     your banker!"

23
"I understand - a kleptomaniac.
   By all means apologize to
   the lady and let her go."

24
"Mrs. Gaskell demands
 a personal apology
   from you, sir."

25
"Your friend, Helen Morris,
 is all broken up over your
 trouble. She cries whenever 
      we mention you."

26
"Who is - Helen Morris?"

27
"I'm very sorry to see you
 in this position - my girl."

28
"Then why did you ask the
 Judge to send me to prison
 for something of which I
  swear I am innocent?"

29
"Punishing me for something
 I didn't do won't set them
 an example. If you want to
 stop the girls from stealing
 - give them a living chance
       to be honest."

30
"They want decent food and
 warm clothes - a little
 happiness - the things they
 cannot get honestly and
 decently with the wage you
        pay them."

31
"You are sending me
 to prison for three
       years."

32
"When I come out you're
 going to pay me for every
   minute I have lost."

33
"You are going to pay me
 for the five years I have
 starved making money
       for you."

34
"You are going to pay
 me - and pay - and 
        pay!"

35
The State Penitentiary for
  women, where Mary
Turner is completing her
  three year sentence.

36
      The only friend Mary
           Turner has made
       - Aggie Lynch, also
in "retirement" at Auburn.

37
"Say, kid! If you ever pull
 that baby stare on a rich
 old guy, you could pick
 the gold fillings out of his
          teeth."

38
"When we get out of here,
 I'll put you wise how to
 make a clean-up with that
      face of yours."

39
"Going straight, eh! You'll
 find you're up against a
    tough proposition."

40
Three years of prison
 break the fibre of 
a man - what then of
a girl, who striving to
"come back" honestly,
finds every decent 
avenue closed against
        her?

41
In a single apartment 
 around the forties,
Aggie Lynch enjoys to
the fullest her return
     to freedom.

42
"My Gawd! It's Mary -
    Mary Turner!"

43
"I fished her out of the river.
  Look after the poor kid.
  I'll call in the morning."

44
"He ain't no gentleman.
 That's Joe Garson -
 the cleverest 'con' man
    in New York."

45
New days and new
    thoughts.

46
"I have repeatedly told you
 I wanted to go straight."

47
"But I now know it is
 impossible for me to earn 
 an honest living, so I am
    going to join you."

48
"I intend to use the methods
 employed by the unscrupulous
 rich - in other words, I will
 always keep within the law."

49
A year later --
"Within the Law".

50
The result of a few
 successful breach of 
promise suits - due to
Aggie's winsomeness
and Mary's cleverness -

51
"Stop snapping that gum!
 You are supposed to be
         a lady."

52
"We're going to the Clairmont
 Country Club with General
 Hastings - Aggie's newest
          friend."

53
"And he's some boy, too -
 not a day over eighty."

54
General Theobold Hastings,
    who still boasts of his 
boyish figure and his fatal
     fascination for women.

55
The annual presentation
  dinner dance at the 
Clairmont Country Club.

56
"It is my extreme pleasure
 to present this championship
 trophy to Mr. Richard Gilder."

57
The son of the man whose 
 debt to her is still unpaid.

58
"I should like very much
   to meet Mr. Gilder."

59
"Some pickings, kiddo! If
 money was feathers he'd
 look like a bird of paradise.
 His dad owns the Emporium."

60
"Waiters are getting terribly
 careless nowadays with their 
         chewing gum."

61
"Oh! I'm so fwightened!"

62
"O-h! General, you make love
    just like the sheik!"

63
"I hope we shall be good
 friends, Miss Turner. I 
        like you."

64
"Thank you. I am rather
 alone here in New York
 and I shall always be glad
      to see you."

65
Passing weeks and
 the wiles of clever
femininity yield the
triumphant result -
the realization that
Edward Gilder's son
     loves her.

66
"As General Hastings' attorney,
 I have called in reference
 to the suit which your
 cousin threatens to bring
      against him."

67
"Oh! I am so fwightened!"

68
"This is blackmail and a
  case for the police."

69
"Spring 3100 will bring the
  police to you, Mr. Irwin."

70
"I am sure any Jury will
 award us damages after
 hearing General Hastings'
 letters. Why they actually
          burn!"

71
"Well, I might as well
 settle for the full claim."

72
"You forget, Mr. Irwin, that
 we also have an attorney,
 with whom you must settle
      this affair."

73
"You have forgotten your
 marked money, Mr. Irwin."

74
At Police
 Headquarters.

75
Inspector Burke.

76
"There's another complaint
 about Mary Turner and her
 gang. They're getting too
 damn bold. Something's got
       to be done."

77
"Go up and look them over.
 Tell them I am wise and
 this 'within-the-law' stuff
    has got to stop."

78
"I want you to take a ride
 with me. I have something
       to tell you."

79
"Mary, you've been with
 young Gilder a lot lately.
 Are you falling for him?"

80
"But Mr. Cassidy! We haven't
      broken the law!"

81
"Well, maybe we've bent
      it a little."

82
"As for that Turner 
  dame - I'll --"

83
"What's the matter, Joe?
 Not stuck on her, are you?"

84
"I want to see Miss Turner.
 I understand she helps girls
         like me."

85
"Mary, I love you. Will
    you be my wife?"

86
A surrender in which
 revenge is momen-
tarily forgotten in
the overwhelming con-
sciousness of a great
       love.

87
"You have been in
     prison?"

88
"And now you want to 
    go straight?"

89
"I can't take money
 from you. Oh God!
  I didn't know!"

90
"I was the cause of your
  being sent to prison."

91
"I put the things in your
 locker when I thought I was
   going to be caught."

92
The following morning
 brings Garson and a visitor
 from the underworld.

93
Griggs - known to his
 friends as "English
       Eddie".

94
"General Hastings will pay
 the money to our lawyer.
 That will make the trans-
 action perfectly legal and
  keep us within the law."

95
"Eddie has a job he wants
 to pull that will net us a
       half million."

96
"Two years ago, a set of 
 priceless Gothic tapestries
 were stolen from a chateau
 in France and smuggled
    into New York."

97
"They are easy to get and
 are now owned by a
 millionaire named Gilder."

98
"Don't you see, Mary -
 we could pull this trick
 - then quit for good."

99
"It's outside the law, Joe.
 That's sufficient reason for
   us to keep out of it."

100
"Oh! I am so fwightened."

101
"Inspector, Mr. Gilder has
 heard his son is interested
 in an adventuress called
 Turner. She's the head of
 the gang that fleeced
 Mr. Gilder's friend, General
         Hastings."

102
"Bring your father to see
 me as soon as you can.
 I want him to approve
        of me."

103
"Don't worry, it won't make
 a bit of noise. It's equipped
   with a Maxim silencer."

104
"Watch that vase."

105
"You're right. Phone old
 Gilder to meet us at the
 Turner woman's apartment
 in twenty minutes. We'll
 find a way to get rid of her."

106
"Young woman, a train leaves
 the New York Central at
 five o'clock. You'll just have
    time to catch it."

107
"Inspector, how long have
 you been selling tickets for
   the New York Central?"

108
"How much do you want
 to let my boy alone?"

109
"Dad! I want to present my
 wife. We were married this
         morning."

110
"It's a frame-up. She's
 a jail bird - a crook -
    an ex-convict!"

111
"I have served three
  years in prison."

112
"You don't remember me.
 I am the girl you sent to
 prison four years ago!"

113
"The Judge would have
 shown mercy -- but
 you persuaded him to
    imprison me!"

114
"You smashed my life! You
   put me behind bars!"

115
"You owe me for all that,
 and I have just begun to 
        collect!"

116
"Say you married me because
 you love me, and not for
        revenge!"

117
"Four years ago you took 
 away my name and gave
     me a number!"

118
"I've given up that number
 and now I've got your name!"

119
     Days of bitterness
      for Edward Gilder
    and anguish for his
    son whose wife, her
debt collected, stonily 
ignores him.

120
"She still refuses to 
       see me."

121
"I won't give her up, Dad.
 No matter what she has
 been, she is my wife. I
       love her!"

122
"Well - your wife left this
   afternoon for Boston."

123
"I cannot believe it,
 but if she has, I'll
     follow her!"

124
"That's a trick to get the
 boy out of the way. Before
 morning I'll have the gang
 under lock and key for
        burglary."

125
"A stool pigeon of mine -
 English Eddie - has talked
 Garson into robbing this
     house to-night."

126
"Mary Turner wouldn't stand
 for it. If she knew she
 would come here and try
      to stop it."

127
"See that the Turner woman
 is tipped off that Garson is
 going to rob Mr. Gilder's
      home to-night."

128
"That is the searchlight from 
 the Metropolitan tower. It
 swings around this way
  every fifteen minutes."

129
"Someone on the phone
 wants to speak to you.
 He says, 'Mr. Garson is in 
       danger'."

130
"Joe, you've broken your
 promise to me. For God's
 sake leave this house before 
     it is too late!"

131
"Good God, Mary! You here?
 Burke told me you had
      left town!"

132
"Those tapestries were here
 long before I can remember."

133
"Eddie! You skunk! You've
       framed me!"

134
"Eddie should have signaled
 us by now. Something's 
        wrong."

135
"Leave Mary here. As my 
  wife, she is safe."

136
"Who killed Griggs?"

137
"One of you killed him!
 I'm going to hold you 
   both for murder!"

138
"Did she kill him?"

139
"Well then! Did he
     kill him?"

140
"Yes!"

141
"So this is your revenge -
 to have my boy convicted
        of murder!"

142
"They can't convict him.
 My husband shot a burglar
  in defense of his home!"

143
"They can't convict you,
 dear. You are within 
       the law!"

144
The morning, with Burke
 grimly determined to
bring to justice the slayer
  of "English Eddie".

145
"I found this letter at
    your apartment."

146
"Tell me who shot Griggs
 and I'll send this letter to
     old man Gilder."

147
"Whatever you tell me will
 be strictly confidential."

148
"Strictly confidential,
      Inspector?"

149
"I shot a burglar. That's
   all I have to say."

150
"We found this girl at the
 Turner woman's apartment."

151
"Oh! I'm so fwightened!"

152
"I was simply calling on Miss
 Turner, who was introduced
 to me by Mr. Richard Gilder.
 You understand, don't you -
       Commissioner?"

153
"And to be arrested by a
 common policeman! What
  will my papa think?"

154
"Not the daughter of
 Travers West, the
 railroad president?"

155
"Now you run on home
 and don't tell anybody 
      about this."

156
"Ain't that the 'cat's
      whiskers'?"

157
"You think I'll squeal, do
    you? Yes I will --"

158
"Follow my instructions care-
 fully. On my first signal,
 put Darcy and Chicago Red
      in those cells."

159
"Why did you kill Griggs?"

160
"Where was Mary Turner
     last night?"

161
"Why - home of course. The
 maid said she had gone to
   bed with a headache."

162
"Say, Chief, Darcy and
 Chicago Red have squealed."

163
"Mary Turner - I want you 
  for the murder of --"

164
"She didn't do it! 
  I killed Griggs!"

165
"If I come through with
 everything - you'll let
   her go - and him?"

166
"I shot English Eddie because
 he was a rat and a stool
         pigeon."

167
"When you arrive home,
 please give this letter to
 your father. It means much
 to your future happiness."

168
"And when I come back
 I want to find this room
      - empty."

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