The Ten Commandments (film)

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The Ten Commandments  (1923) 
Cecil Blount DeMille and Jeanie MacPherson
A 1923 silent religious film directed by Cecil B. DeMille. The film is divided into two parts: a prologue recreating the biblical story of the Exodus and a modern story concerning two brothers and their respective views of the Ten Commandments.
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ADOLPH ZUKOR and JESSE L. LASKY
PRESENT

CECIL B. De MILLE'S
PRODUCTION
THE
TEN COMMANDMENTS

STORY BY
JEANIE MACPHERSON

DIRECTED
BY
CECIL B. De MILLE

PASSED BY THE NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW

Assisted by

Paul Iribe Art Director
Bert Glennon

Peverel Marley
Archibald Stout
J.F. Westerberg

Photographers
Roy Pomeroy Technical Director
Anne Bauchens Cutter
Cullen Tate Assistant Director

Cast of the PROLOGUE

MOSES, The Lawgiver Theodore Roberts
RAMESES, The Magnificent Charles De Roche
THE WIFE of PHARAOH Julia Faye
THE SON of PHARAOH Terrence Moore
AARON, Brother of Moses James Neill
DATHAN, The Discontented Lawson Butt
THE TASKMASTER Clarence Burton
THE BRONZE MAN Noble Johnson

Cast of the STORY

MRS. MARTHA McTAVISH Edythe Chapman
JOHN McTAVISH her sons Richard Dix
DAN McTAVISH Rod La Rocque
MARY LEIGH Leatrice Joy
SALLY LUNG, a Eurasian Nita Naldi
REDDING, an Inspector Robert Edeson
THE DOCTOR Charles Ogle
THE OUTCAST Agnes Ayres

 Our moden world defined God as a "religious complex" and laughed at the Ten Commandments as OLD FASHIONED.

Then, through the laughter, came the shattering thunder of the World War.

And now a blood-drenched, bitter world—no longer laughing—cries for a way out.

There is but one way out. It existed before of was engraven upon Tablets of Stone. It will exist when stone has crumbled. The Ten Commandments are not rule to obey as a personal favor to God. They are the fundamental principles without which mankind cannot live together.

They are not laws—they are the LAW.

"AND THE EGYPTIANS MADE THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL TO SERVE WITH RIGOUR. AND THEY MADE THEIR LIVES BITTER WITH HARD BONDAGE, IN MORTAR AND IN BRICK, AND IN ALL MANNER OF SERVICE IN THE FIELD." (Exodus 1:13–14)

MIRIAM—THE SISTER OF MOSES.

"KNEEL TO THE KING OF KINGS, THE CONQUEROR OF CONQUERORS! KNEEL TO THE MIGHTY PHARAOH—DOGS OF ISRAEL!"

DATHAN,THE DISCONTENTED.

RAMESES, THE MAGNIFICENT—PHARAOH OF EGYPT.

"IF A MAN CLOG THE WHEELS OF THE PHARAOH—HE SHALL BE GROUND INTO THE DUST!"

"LORD GOD OF ISRAEL—SEE THE AFFLICTION OF THY PEOPLE WHICH ARE IN EGYPT, AND HEAR OUR CRY!" (Exodus 3:7)

AND GOD SAW THE AFFLICTION OF HIS PEOPLE, AND HE SENT INTO EGYPT, MOSES, THE GREAT LAWGIVER—COMMANDED TO FREE ISRAEL FROM THE CHAINS OF THE OPPRESSOR.

AARON, BROTHER OF MOSES—PRIEST OF ISRAEL.

"MIGHTY PHARAOH, MY FATHER—THIS MAN HAS TORMENTED US ALREADY WITH NINE PLAGUES! LET US SLAY HIM, BEFORE A TENTH!"

"I KNEEL BUT TO ONE, THE LORD GOD OF ISRAEL—WHO HATH SMITTEN THE EGYPTIANS WITH NINE PLAGUES, BECAUSE THOU DOST NOT LET THIS PEOPLE GO!"

"THERE ISRAELITES BE IDLE, CRYING, 'LET US GO.' THEREFORE, LET MORE WORK BE LAID UPON THEM." (Exodus 5:8–9)

"BE WARNED, O PHARAOH, LET ISRAEL DEPART. OR GOD WILL COME INTO THE MIDST OF EGYPT, AND ALL THE FIRSTBORN SHALL DIE—FROM THE FIRSTBORN OF PHARAOH, EVEN UNTO THE FIRSTBORN OF THE CAPTIVE IN THE DUNGEON." (Exodus 12:29)

"THINKEST THOU THE CURSE OF THY GOD CAN DESTROY THE SON OF PHARAOH—WHOSE GOLDEN SANDALS HAVE BEEN BEATEN FROM THE CROWNS OF CONQUERED KINGS?"

"AND IT CAME TO PASS THAT AT MIDNIGHT, THE LORD SMOTE ALL THE FIRSTBORN IN THE LAND OF EGYPT. AND THERE WAS A GREAT CRY IN EGYPT——FOR THRER WAS NOT A HOUSE WHERE THERE WAS NOT ONE DEAD." (Exodus 12:29–30)

"MIGHTY PHARAOH—THY SON IS DEAD!"

"THIS NIGHT THE LORD HATH SMITTEN ALL THE FIRSTBORN IN THE LAND OF EGYPT; AND AGAINST THE GODS OF EGYPT HATH HE EXECUTED JUDGMENT. NOW, THEREFORE, O PHARAOH, WILT THOU LET HIS PEOPLE DEPART?" (Exodus 12:12)

"GET YOU FORTH FROM AMONG MY PEOPLE, BOTH YE AND THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, TO SERVE YOUR LORD. TAKE YOUR FLOCKS AND YOUR HERDS—AND BE GONE!" (Exodus 12:31–32)

"HEARKEN YE GODS OF EGYPT! SHOW THAT YE ARE STRONGER THAN THIS GOD OF ISRAEL—AND CALL BACK LIFE INTO THE BODY OF MY SON."

"AND IT CAME TO PASS, EVEN THE SELF SAME NIGHT, THAT ALL THE HOSTS OF THE LORD WENT OUT FROM THE LAND OF EGYPT.

AND THEY DESPOILED THE EGYPTIANS OF JEWELS OF SILVER, JEWELS OF GOLD, AND RAIMENT." (Exodus 12:41–36)

AND IT CAME TO PASS, WITH THE COMING OF THE DAY, THAT PHARAOH'S ANGER WAXED HOT AGAINST ISRAEL—FOR HIS GODS COULD NOT PUT LIFE INTO THE BODY ON HIS SON.

"MY FIRSTBORN, WHOM I HAVE LOVED, HEAR ME! THIS DAY SHALL ISRAEL BE GROUND UNDER THE CHARIOTS OF EGYPT! THUS SHALT THOU BE AVENGED UPON THEIR GOD!"

"SOUND THE TRUMPETS! LET THE CHARIOTS BE MADE READY—FOR WE SHALL BE AVENGED A THOUSAND FOLD UPON THESE DOGS OF ISRAEL!"

"AND THEY GATHERED BEFORE THE GREAT GATES OF RAMESES—SIX HUNDRED CHOSEN CHARIOTS, AND ALL THE CHARIOTS OF EGYPT, AND CAPTAINS OVER EVERY ONE OF THEM." (Exodus 14:7)

"AND THE EGYPTIANS PURSUED AFTER THEM, ALL THE HORSES AND CHARIOTS OF PHARAOH AND HIS HORSEMEN, AND OVERTOOK THEM BY THE RED SEA." (Exodus 14:9)

"AND WHEN THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL LIFTED UP THEIR EYES, AND SAW THE HOSTS OF PHARAOH BEHIND THEM—THE PEOPLE WERE SORE AFRAID." (Exodus 14:10)

"BECAUSE THERE WERE NO GRAVES IN EGYPT—HAST THOU TAKEN US AWAY TO DIE IN THE WILDERNESS!" (Exodus 14:11)

"FEAR AND DREAD SHALL FALL UPON THEM! BY THE GREATNESS OF THINE ARM, O LORD, THEY SHALL BE AS STILL AS A STONE—TILL THY PEOPLE PASS OVER." (Exodus 15–16)

"AND THE PILLAR OF FIRE WENT FROM BEFORE THEIR FACE AND STOOD BEHIND THEM—AND IT CAME BETWEEN THE EGYPTIANS AND THE CAMP OF ISRAEL." (Exodus 14:19–20)

"AND MOSES STRETCHED OUT HIS HAND OVER THE SEA; AND THE LORD CAUSED THE SEA TO GO BACK, AND MADE THE SEA DRY LAND, AND THE WATERS WERE DIVIDED." (Exodus 14:21)

"FEAR NOT TO PASS THROUGH THE DEEP WATERS—FOR THE LORD FIGHTETH ON OUR SIDE!"

"AND THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL WENT INTO THE MIDST OF THE SEA UPON DRY GROUND—AND THE WATERS WERE A WALL UNTO THEM ON THEIR RIGHT HAND, AND ON THEIR LEFT." (Exodus 14:22)

"FEAR NOT THIS GOD OF ISRAEL—FOLLOW AND DESTROY THEM!"

"WITH HIS STRENGH HE GUIDED ISRAEL—AND THEY CAME SAFELY UNTO THE OTHER SHORE."

"AND THE EGYPTIANS PURSUED AND WENT IN AFTER THEM TO THE MIDST OF THE SEA—EVEN ALL PHARAOH'S HORSES, HIS CHARIOTS, AND HIS HORSEMEN." (Exodus 14:23)

"THOU HAST BETRAYED US, AND WE ARE LOST! FOR BEHOLD, THE EGYPTIANS ARE UPON US!"

"FEAR YE NOT, STAND STILL, AND SEE THE SALVATION OF THE LORD!" (Exodus 14:13)

"THE LORD IS OUR STRENGTH AND SONG, AND HE IS BECOME OUR SALVATION." (Exodus 15:2)

"IN THE THIRD MONTH, CAME THEY INTO THE WILDERNESS OF SINAI, AND CAMPED BEFORE THE MOUNT, AND MOSES WAS WITH THE LORD IN THE MOUNT FOR FORTY DAYS AND FORTY NIGHTS." (Exodus 19:1–2
(Exodus 24:18)

"AND THE THUNDERINGS, AND THE LIGHTNINGS, AND THE NOISE OF THE TRUMPET, AND THE MOUNTAIN SMOKING, AND THE SIGHT OF THE GLORY OF THE LORD—WAS LIKE DEVOURING FIRE." (Exodus 20:18
(Exodus 24:17)

"AND HE GAVE UNTO MOSES, TWO TABLES OF TESTIMONY, TABLES OF STONE—WRITTEN WITH THE FINGER OF GOD." (Exodus 31:18)

THOU SHALT HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME

THOU SHALT NOT MAKE UNTO THEE ANY GRAVEN IMAGE

"AND WHEN THE PEOPLE SAW THAT MOSES DELAYED, THEY MURMURED AND CAME UNTO AARON, SAYING: MAKE US GODS WHICH SHALL GO BEFORE US! AND AARON TOOK THEIR GOLD AND CAST IT INTO THE FIRE AND FASHIONED A GOLDEN CALF." (Exodus 32:1)

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THOU SHALT NOT TAKE THE NAME OF THE LORD THY GOD IN VAIN

REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY TO KEEP IT HOLY

HONOR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER

THOU SHALT NOT KILL

"SEEMETH IT A SMALL THING TO YOU, THAT YE WORSHIP IDOLS——FORSAKING THE GOD THAT BROUGHT YOU UP OUT OF BONDAGE?

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THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY

THOU SHALT NOT STEAL

BUT THE PEOPLE HAD FORGOTTEN THEIR GOD, AND WERE SET ON MISCHIEF AND CORRUPTION.

AND WITH NOISE OF SINGING AND CLASHING OF CYMBALS, THEY STRIPPED THEMSELVES—AND BOWED DOWN AND WORSHIPPED THE GOLDEN CALF.

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THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS

THOU SHALT NOT COVET

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GET THEE DOWN FOR THY PEOPLE WHICH THOU BROUGHTEST OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT HAVE CORRUPTED THEMSELVES

"COME WORSHIP YE THE GOLDEN GOD OF PLEASURE!

FOR THE GOD OF ISRAEL HEARETH NOT—NEITHER DOTH HE SEE!"

"THE PEOPLE SHALL WORSHIP THY GOLDEN GOD—AND CALL THEE QUEEN!"

"BEHOLD THY HANDS! THOU ART BECOME A LEPER—UNCLEAN! UNCLEAN!"

"SAVE THY PEOPLE, I BESEECH THEE! FOR THEY HAVE DONE AN ABOMINATION—AND AARON HATH MADE THEM NAKED UNTO THEIR SHAME!" (Exodus 32:25)

"WOE TO THEE, O ISRAEL! THOU ART UNDONE, FOR THOU PROVOKEDST THY GOD TO WRATH!" (Deuteronomy 9:7)

"YE HAVE MADE YOU GODS OF GOLD—THEREFORE, YE ARE NOT WORTHY TO RECEIVE THE TABLETS OF THE ONE GOD!"

"AND MOSES' ANGER WAXED HOT, AND HE CAST THE TABLES OUT OF HIS HANDS, AND BRAKE THEM BENEATH THE MOUNT." (Exodus 32:19)

"CLEANSE ME, I PRAY THEE, FOR I HAVE WORSHIPPED IDOLS, AND BECOME A LEPER."

"AND ALL ISRAEL THAT WERE ROUND ABOUT, FLED AT THE CRY OF HIM, AND FELL UPON THEIR FACES." (Numbers 16:34–45)

"THOU HAST BROUGHT DESTRUCTION UPON US, WITH THY GODS OF GOLD!"

"—and there fell of the Children of Israel that day, about three thousand men." (Exodus 32:28)

"All that's the bunk! Mother! The Ten Commandments were all right for a lot of dead ones—but that sort of stuff was buried with Queen Victoria!"

"I'd like your Ten Commandments better, if they could mend this sole—instead of the one Mom's worried about!"

"If you're setting a pair of shoes above your God, Dan McTavish—you'll get just what the Children of Israel got, when they worshipped the Golden Calf!"

"I'm a little hazy on the Golden Calf, Mom—but when the Golden Eagle on this little $5.00 'sinker' flaps his wings—papa gets down and prays!"

JEWEL

"Nice Golden Eagle—hatch lots of little eagles, and bring them all to Papa!"

"Laugh at the Ten Commandments all you want, Danny—but they pack an awful wallop!"

"Hire a hall, Johnny, and tell them all about it!"

"Oh forget it! How do I know there is a God? And as for the Ten Commandments, they never got me anything, and they can go plumb to—!"

"You can't blaspheme God in this house! You must ask His forgiveness—or leave!"

"You're holding a Cross in your hand, Mom—but you're using it like a Whip!"

"I'll apologize to you, Mom, but not to God—because I don't believe there is one!"

 Fortune plays no favorites.

And MARY LEIGH, alone and "broke" finds she has to choose between hunger and the "sheiks".

LUNCHQUICK
LUNCH

"I beat it from home, because I'm fed up on a lot of religion stuff that's so cold—I came out into the rain to get warm!"

"Come on back, Kid—you forgot the pickle!"

"I tink dere was a murder in Dugan's lunch wagon!"

JOHN McTAVISH
CARPENTER
WALK IN

"I haven't eaten since yesterday! And as I was passing Dugan's lunch wagon—a hot dog ran out and bit me!"

"This kid hasn't a cent in the world, Mom! Won't you invite her to stay for supper, and spend the night with us?"

"Wait for me, while I get my coat. Mom threw me out tonight, so I won't be long!"

"Before you leave home, Danny—let me show you what the storm blew in!"

Thou Shalt Not Steal

"Nobody believes in these Commandment things nowadays—and I think Elinor Glyn's a lot more interesting!"

"John, you and the young lady may come to supper."

"Come on, Danny—tell Mom you're sorry!"

Danny

"—and bless the Stranger, within our gates—and guide her feet in the straight and narrow path!"

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"Mary—I'm crazy about you! Only, I haven't got the nerve to tell you what I'm thinking!"

"Why, Johnny—orange blossoms mean a wedding!"

"They're from a man who's crazy about you—but hasn't got the nerve to speak!"

"He loves you, Mary, and wants you to marry him—but he doesn't know if you care."

"I think he's just wonderful!"

"Why didn't Danny give it to me himself?"

"Danny, I told Mary that you didn't have nerve enough to give it to her—but she wouldn't take if from me!"

6 iRemember the sabbath-day, To keep it Holy.

"Please don't blame Dan, Mrs. McTavish—it was my fault! I asked him to put on the dance records!"

I'VE GOT THOSE
SUNDAY BLUES

(THE MISSOURIANS)
C.B. 486

VICTOR TALKING MACHINE CO. Camden, N.J.

"Mother—there's nothing anywhere in that Book, against having a little wholesome fun on Sunday!"

"If my own sons prefer to break the Sabbath with an Unbeliever——rather than to keep it with me—it's time for me to go!"

"Mrs. McTavish, this is your home, and I've no right to make you unhappy. If anybody goes, it will be me."

"Mary and I are going to be married right now! And we're going to live our own life, in our own heathen way!"

"You've been wonderful, Johnny! And when you fall in love some day—promise you won't forget me."

"Johnny, we're going to LIVE! We'll break all ten of your old Commandments, and we'll finish rich and powerful—with the world at our feet!"

"You'll keep your Ten Commandments, Johnny, and you'll finish just where you are—a poor carpenter!"

"I guess being a carpenter is just about all I'm good for!"

"John dear—some mighty fine men have been carpenters!"

 At the end of Three Years—Dan has become the most successful young building contractor in the state.

But for every building hu puts up—he tears down a part of his soul.

While John, still true to his code, is just a Carpenter.

"This time, we're going to take a chance on a leaner 'mix'—one of cement to twelve of sand and rock. With a broad-minded building inspector like yourself on the job—it's a cinch!"

"Listen Boy—'every day in every way', we're getting slicker and slicker!
But we're building this church on filled ground—and I tell you it isn't safe!"

"Johnny dear, I'm sorry that after three years, I still have to decorate you with a 'bachelor's button'!"

"We'll make my brother boss-carpenter of the new church building. Like Caesar's wife, he's 'above reproach'!"

"Mother sent you her picture, Danny, for your new apartment."

"Well—where are you going to hang it?"

"It was great news to Mother, that you'd landed the contract for the church!"

"Johnny—I'm going to make you boss-carpenter on this job."

"I've heard some nasty rumors, Dan—about your smuggling in the jute for your plaster!"

"There are two ways of wearing it, Danny!"

"I want you to take this job, because I'll pay you enough money, to buy Mother some of the things that she refuses to accept from me."

"While you're so earnest about your Ten Commandments, isn't there one which says something about—'coveting your brother's wife'?"

"You're right, Dan, I do love Mary. But I won't forget that she is your wife—I hope YOU won't forget it either!"

 Danny may have fooled the U. S. Customs——but there's more than one way of paying duty.

And the bales of his jute, on their long journey from Calcutta, have passed the Leper Island of Molokai.

INDIA
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San Francisco

 Dan "flourishes like a green Bay-Tree".

And eight months later, his beautiful Church with its walls of rotten concrete—stands a monument to his defiance of God's law.

 In the little contractor's office—beneath the towering walls—Dan reaps the reward of his cleverness.

"Miss Sally Lung is here, Sir."

"Go easy, Son! This Sally Lung is half French, and half Chinese.
The combination of French perfume and Oriental incense is more dangerous than nitroglycerine!"

"For luncheon today, in the home of Sally Lung—is prepared the Chinese Love-Drink 'Ny-gar-pay'—distilled from a thousand Lotus flowers!"

"Will you please tell my husband, I have brought his luncheon?"

"I'm very sorry, but Mr. McTavish left here a few minutes ago—to take luncheon with some bankers!"

NO
LOAFING

"Don't come up! It's nineteen dizzy flights—and awfully windy!"

"I'll take the Air Line Short Cut!"

"You little devil—are you trying to give me heart failure?"

"You can's send me down—when I've brought you a wonderful lunch! Besides, this probably the nearest to Heaven I'll ever get!"

"Well, he has one Commandment left—I don't think he's killed anybody yet!"

"It might have been less dangerous, John—to let me fall!"

"Mary—I want you to get off here, quick!"

"Redding, if all the rest of the concrete is as rotten as this section—work on this church is going to stop right now!"

"Mrs. McTavish, somebody's been feeding Angel-Face here, red meat!
If you know where Dan is, get him quick—before his loving brother gets us all in the papers!"

"Young man—minding your own business, pays very big dividends!"

"Sweet Papa!"

 The thunder of God is not always in the sky—it may, sometimes, be in the rumble of heavy sand trucks over a cobbled street.

DANIEL McTAVISH
CONTRACTOR

"I want the truth about this concrete, McQuire—how much cement are you putting in the 'mix'?"

"About One to Twelve! I was told to double up on the sand—and cut down on the cement."

"Tell Kelley to call the men off the scaffolding—and to allow no one inside the building!"

DANIEL McTAVISH
CONTRACTOR

"I'm sure it's all right for me to go in—I'm Mrs. McTavish, Dan's Mother!"

"Thank God, you're come! That 'angel' brother of yours, is raising hell!"

"You can't get away with it, Dan! You're stealing thousands on your concrete—and something's going to smash!"

"Don' be a fool, Mary! I can't make enough money, without cutting on some of the specifications.

And Brother John isn't interested in concrete—he's trying to ruin me—to get you!"

"Danny, you've got to make this concrete right! You can't break every law of God and Man and get away with it!"

"I told you I'd break the Ten Commandments—and look what I've got for it, SUCCESS! That's all that counts!

I'm sorry if your God doesn't like it—but this is my party, not His!"

"The South wall's fallen—they say an old woman was underneath!"

"There's nothing to do—it's just a matter of minutes!"

"Johnny, dear—I want to talk to Dan—alone."

"Oh, Mom, don't die—or it'll be me that's killed you!

I build these walls—and they're made of rotten concrete!"

"It's your hair, Danny, my own little Boy! Whatever you've done, is all my fault. I taught you to fear God, instead of to love Him—and LOVE is all that counts!"

"Danny's hair—when he was a baby."

Thou
shalt
not
steal

 Fighting with his back against the wall—Dan begins to realize, that if you break the Ten Commandments—they will break you.

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Mr. Dan McTavish,
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State Prison — Perhaps

 In next week's issue, ?we will give you some interesting particulars concerning a certain contractor, whose pearls were real -- but whose concrete wasn't.

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It is said that one of our popular young North Side […]

"Don't be an idiot! That's a fine way out for you—but you're not going to leave me holding the sack. If I go to prison——I want company!"

"Get it your own way, Son! Only GET it—or you and I will change our names to numbers!"

 The Red Commandment.


BEAUTIFUL WOMAN FROM
MOLOKAI LEPER ISLAND
STILL ELUDES CAPTURE


Guarded references made at the United States Secret Service headquarters today indicates that the search is still on for the mysterious young woman who disappeared from the Leper Island of Molokai many months ago.

Almost worthy of a movie plot is the background of this particular activity by the government agents. Who the woman in the case is or why she is wanted is not disclosed. In fact no information is forthcoming save that the wanted one is beautiful—and clever.

Passing steamers are supposed to have been the

"I'm in trouble, Sally—and you're a real friend! I've got to have money—and I've got to have it quick!"

"I made you some pretty good presents, when I had the dough—didn't I?"

"Poor Sally would catch cold, without her pearls!"

"Now, listen—I've got to have those pearls!"

"Now get this—I'm through with you for good!"

"You're not through with me! You'll never be through with me!"

"Something tells me, that you're going to pay heavy duty on those bales of jute—which you sneaked in from Calcutta!"

"Goodbye, Danny!"

"Danny, dear—I'll tell the Devil, you won't be far behind!"

But there is no place where a Man may hide from his Conscience.

"Oh, Mommy—I wish I'd listened to you—if I could only start all over again!"

Thou
shalt
not
kill

"'Ship me somewhere East of Suez—
Where the best is like the worst!
Where there ar'n't no Ten Commandments—
An' a man can raise a thirst!'"


BEAUTIFUL WOMAN FROM
MOLOKAI LEPER ISLAND
STILL ELUDES CAPTURE


Guarded references made at the United States Secret Service headquarters today indicates that the search is still on for the mysterious young woman who disappeared from the Leper Island of Molokai many months ago.

Almost worthy of a movie plot is the background of this particular activity by the government agents. Who the woman in the case is or why she is wanted is not disclosed. In fact no information is forthcoming save that the wanted one is beautiful—and clever.

Passing steamers are supposed to have been the

"Mary—I've just killed that Woman!"

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THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL.

"Don't think you're going to John—because you won't dare! You're branded, the same as I am—and there I go, my Wife goes with me!"

"If you touch me—I'll kill you!"

"Didn't I hear you talking to someone?"

"Goodbye, dear—we'll have tea tomorrow."

D McT

"I have a warrant for your husband on a charge of murder! We'll wait downstairs."

"Mary, you've been wonderful—and I'm rotten all through!

If I believed in a God—I'd ask Him to bess you!"

"I'll try for Mexico in the motor boat! Forget me, Mary, and if you can—forgive me!"

HELAS!

To drift with every passion till my soul
Is a stringed lute on which all winds can play,
Is it for this that I have given away
Mine ancient wisdom, and austere control?
Methinks my life is a twice-written scroll
Scrawled over on some boyish holiday
With idle songs for pipe and virelay,
Which do but mar the secret of the whole.
Surely there was a time I might have trod
The sunlit heights, and from life's dissonance
Struck one clear chord to reach the ears of God,
Is that time dead? lo! with a little rod
I did but touch the honey of romance—
And must I lose a soul's inheritance?

Good-bye -

DEFIANCE

"She's runnin' a pretty heavy sea, Boss! You've picked some night for a joy-ride!"

JOHN McTAVISH
CARPENTER
WALK IN

"It's the end of everything for me, John—I'm going where I can find peace!"

"Don't touch me—I'm branded!"

"You're not branded with anything—but FEAR!"

"Mary, there is only one man who can help you—a Man you have forgotten!"

A 672DEFIANCE

"For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" (Mathew 16:26)

DEFIAN

"'And behold, there come to Him a leper, and worshipped Him.'"

"Lord—if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean!"

"I WILL—BE THOU MADE CLEAN"

"Why, John—in the light, it's gone!"

"Yes—in the LIGHT—it's gone!"

THE
END

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Paramount
Picture

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1926.


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