Circumstantial Evidence; or, An Innocent Victim (1908) - Watch Online.

Genres Drama     Short    
Country USA
Language English
Plot In a miserable house of the city's slums, a mother and her son, a young fellow just coming into manhood, are bemoaning their poverty. A couple of evil-looking men enter and vainly endeavor to persuade the son to adopt their profession, thievery. He motions them away and after bidding his mother adieu leaves the room. Outside an automobile drives up and a young woman, whose appearance denotes wealth and refinement, alights. The same two thieves before referred to are watching from a hiding place and as the young lady comes toward them they spring out and attempt to rob her. Our young man comes upon the scene opportunely, routs the ruffians, who make a hurried departure, after vowing vengeance upon the rescuer. The young lady gratefully thanks the young man and, together they enter his home, where the mother is told of the encounter. The voting woman gives some money to the mother and takes the son to her home; introduces him to her father, whose appreciation of the young man's bravery results in his being engaged as butler. A suitor for the young woman's hand visits the house, is accepted, the engagement is announced by the father and the event is being celebrated. While this is going on in another part of the house two thieves cautiously enter through a window. They open the safe, are packing money and jewels into a bundle when the old gentleman enters and is shot before he can make an outcry. The new butler comes into the room just as the murderers are making their escape. He kneels beside his dead employer, picks the revolver from the floor as the guests enter. He is alone with the pistol in his hand and appearances are decidedly against him. The young man asserts his innocence, but despite his protestations is led away to the station house, where the judge, after hearing the evidence, commits him to jail. The day for the trial arrives, the testimony is given, and the jury, without leaving their seats, pronounce the prisoner guilty of murder. While the trial is in progress, the young lady, now an orphan, visits the mother of the accused man and while there is startled at hearing a conversation from an adjoining room. She goes to the door, listens and hears the two thieves divide the spoils and express their delight at the fact of the young man being accused of their foul deed. The daughter hears enough to satisfy her of the innocence of the butler, hastily departs and returns with officers, who take the guilty men and the incriminating papers with them. They proceed directly to the court house, arriving just as the young butler is adjudged guilty. The daughter tells what she has heard, also of a former attempt at robbery by the same men and their threat of vengeance against the prisoner. The ruffians are sent to prison, the young man discharged, and he again takes up his position in the household.... search for Circumstantial Evidence; or, An Innocent Victim on IMDb

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