The Lieutenant Governor (1915)

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Cook, a noble but weak character, proposes to Helen Rathbawn, daughter of the mill owner. She tells him she is sorry but she is betrothed to Barclay, the lieutenant governor. After her refusal he goes to pieces and tries to drown his sorrows in drink. Later, Dennis McGrath, the corrupt political boss, proposes to Helen. She is astonished and indignant at his audacity. He tells her she must marry him or he will make trouble in her father's mills. She orders the servants to throw him out of the house. McGrath brings about a strike at the mills. Because of his political power the police and governor fear to interfere when the workmen threaten the mills. Barclay tells Rathbawn to fight, declaring that neither McGrath nor the governor will aid him. The starving wives of the mill workers finally urge the men to go back to work. Through his political affiliations, McGrath causes an article to be published blaming the lieutenant governor for the whole affair. Barclay brings his fiancĂ©e to his office adjoining that of the governor. She goes into the governor's office where McGrath and the governor are conferring. She tells McGrath that she will accept him if he stops the strike. He agrees and orders the governor to halt it. Barclay has stationed a committee of women, wives of the workers, where they can hear all, to place the responsibility. They burst into the room and fairly mob McGrath. McGrath shortly before had plotted with some of his most desperate henchmen to kill Barclay and Rathbawn. Cook, who is drinking at the bar when the plot is made, follows the desperado who is bent on killing the lieutenant governor. While the women are attacking McGrath, he tries to shoot the lieutenant governor through the window. Cook wrests the revolver from his hand and kills the governor. He is arrested. He admits the shooting, declaring he loves both Miss Rathbawn and Barclay, who had once saved his life, and that he wants to make him governor so he can end the trouble. Written By Moving Picture World synopsis  Less

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