The reviewer for the trade magazine Variety suspected that Pathe's Careless Tramp was released in the U.S. at half its original length. Falling asleep in a haystack, a tramp fails to douse his cigarette, thereby touching off a roaring blaze. The farmer summons a rural volunteer fire brigade, who come a'running with a most curious-looking fire-extinguishing vehicle. Once the fire is out, the angry fireman chase after the tramp, intending to lynch the poor transient. At this point, the continuity jumps raggedly to the end of the picture, as a farm girl cuts the strangling tramp down from a tree, allowing him to make his escape. It is possible that the hanging itself was removed by British censors, who were notoriously skittish about depicting any form of capital punishment.
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