A cottonfield is first shown with a company of negro slaves at work. The brutal planter appears and proceeds to lash one of the black women with a dog whip, whereupon a slave, presumably the woman’s son, strikes him down from behind with a stone. The neighboring planters are assembled to hunt down the murderer, and a “chase” is shown with the terrified negro pursued by bloodhounds. At the end he leaps to an unseen death from a high embankment and the planters, upon their arrival, fire a round of shots into his presumably dead body.
The makers have probably realized this, for several details of disagreeable realism have been carefully varnished over.
Variety 6:4 (06/21/1907)