This truncated scene direction comes from an example screenplay (or “photoplay”) from a 1914 “treatise” on screenwriting called The Photoplay, written by one Henry Albert Phillips, whose IMDB page credits him with writing the story of 13 films produced in the 1910s, including The Mate of the Sally Ann and The Coming of the Real Prince

Dalton is a character in A Salt of Vengeance, an apparently unproduced script from Phillips. The full scene direction:

The anguish of empty desks! The story is kind of hard to follow, but Dalton works for a “railroad president” who doesn’t listen when Dalton warns him about a rotten bridge. Later, a train accident occurs on this bridge, and Dalton’s son is badly injured. Dalton decides to kill the railroad president’s child in a train accident in retribution, or something, but he faces complications with his plan, then changes his mind and slits his wrists so he can make a cloth red and wave it around to warn the conductor of the speeding train there is dynamite ahead. Somehow this works, and when everything is over, Dalton is recovering from his wounds, and the railroad president is now a nice guy.

Phillips, Henry Albert. The Photoplay. Larchmont, NY: Stanhope-Dodge, 1914. Print.

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