It is quite possible that the inspiration for this Edison one-reeler was Mark Twain's Puddin'head Wilson. Accepting the proposal of a bank clerk, a young woman must perforce turn down another clerk. The jilted suitor gets his revenge by framing his rival on a robbery charge. The heroine notices that a telltale thumbprint has been left at the scene of the crime, and she suspects that her ex-boyfriend was responsible. Through a ruse, she manages to secure an identical thumbprint from the culprit, thereby clearing the honest clerk. This may well be the first American "crime" film in which fingerprints were utilized as evidence.
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