Selectman Marsh, a miserly elder, is in love with Mary Martin, daughter of Widow Martin, but she resents his attentions. Governor Brent, a stranger in the village, comes across her in the woods as she is trying to evade Marsh. He carries her basket and together they walk to the widow's cottage. The governor is called away to a distant conclave so suddenly that Mary, who has not even learned his name or where he has gone, is grieved. In order to carry out his plan of getting Mary married to him. Marsh resorts to a stratagem and accuses the widow, who dispenses remedies to her neighbors, of witchcraft. When a little girl neighbor, who has been eating too many green apples, becomes sick, the widow is accused of her ailment. She is at once placed in jail. Marsh comes to extend his sympathy and says that he will use his influence in getting her out if she will consent to have her daughter marry him. She refuses and appeals to the acting governor, who, although willing to help her at first,...
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