The Trey o' Hearts

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A Motion-Picture Melodrama

Author of "The Lone Wolf," etc.

Illustrated with photographs from the picture-play production by the Universal Film Manufacturing Company

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Copyright, 1914, by

Louis Joseph Vance

All rights reserved, including that of
translation into foreign languages,
including the Scandinavian

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THE work between these covers, however grave its many faults and shortcomings, was penned with a single aim, to wit, to compose a story susceptible to adaptation to motion-picture purposes. Its brazen impudence in respect of probability was demanded by the fact that each episode of the fifteen here presented must of necessity embrace sufficient moving incident to warrant some two thousand feet of film exhibiting from ninety to one hundred and twenty animated scenes.

It is offered in its present form mainly for the amusement of those who in common with the author liked the pictures, who conceived a fondness for the several characters: for the dashing, impish Judith, and the brave, long-suffering Rose so admirably portrayed and differentiated by Miss Cleo Madison; for the gallant if persecuted Alan, who could never have been played by any one lacking the cool-headed daring and good-will of Mr. George Larkin; for that frigid villain, Seneca Trine, as delineated by the always amiable Mr. Edward Sloman; for that notorious bad-shot of unremitting ubiquity and ever-lasting stupidity, Marrophat, as played (with blank cartridges) by Mr. Ray Hanford; and for the cynically devoted Barcus of Mr. Thomas Walsh.

If the work is lacking in the quality known as characterization, the fault is all the author's: if the picture were not, the merit is all the players'. But the work of both would have gone for nothing without the never-failing patience, ingenuity, and intelligence of Mr. Wilfred Lucas, who directed the production of the pictures.

(The author would be guilty of high treason to his kind if he forgot the traditional feud between author and adaptor long enough to give any credit whatsoever to Miss Bess Meredyth, the scenario-writer, who minced the stories into such scene-fodder as is most palatable to the reeling camera.)

The thanks of the author and his publishers are due to the Universal Film Manufacturing Company for permission to reproduce the "still pictures" of scenes in the production here presented as illustrations.

L. J. V.

Los Angeles, California,
October, 1, 1914.



  2. I. The Message of the Rose 3
  3. II. The Sign of the Three 13
  4. III. The Trail of Treachery 20
  5. IV. Flower o' the Flame 26
  6. V. The Hunted Man 31
  7. VI. The Haunting Woman 34
  8. VII. Disclosures 36
  9. VIII. White Water 41
  10. IX. Forewarned 47
  11. X. The Captain of the Seaventure 51
  12. XI. Blue Water 54
  13. XII. The Counterfeiter 57
  14. XIII. Holocaust 64
  15. XIV. Marooned 68
  16. XV. Dead Reckoning 75
  17. XVI. Debacle 80
  18. XVII. The Masked Voice 85
  19. XVIII. The Island 89
  20. XIX. The Sunset Tide 94
  21. XX. The Rocket 101
  22. XXI. Crack o' Doom 110
  23. XXII. Juggernaut 115
  24. XXIII. The House Divided 121
    1. XXIV. A Sporting Offer 126
    2. XXV. The Time o' Night 130
    3. XXVVI. Changeling 136
    4. XXVII. The Ring 141
    5. XXVIII. Mock Rose 148
    6. XXIX. Jailbird 153
    7. XXX. Bird-man 160
    8. XXXI. As a Crow Flies 166
    9. XXXII. Pullman 171
    10. XXXIII. Hand-car 176
    11. XXXIV. Caboose 181
    12. XXXV. Detail 185
    13. XXXVI. The Painted Hills 192
    14. XXXVII. The Up Trail 196
    15. XXXVIII. Hopi Jim 202
    16. XXXIX. The Man in the Shadow 206
    17. XL. The Trail of Flying Hoof-prints 209
    18. XLI. Avalanche 215
    19. XLII. As in a Glass, Darkly 226
    20. XLIII. Jaws of Death 233
    21. XLIV. Debacle 240
    22. XLV. The Last Warning—And Flight 244
    23. XLVI. Sacrifice 252
    24. XLVII. The New Judith 263
    25. XLVIII. The Old Adam 267
    26. XLIX. The Last Trump 274
    27. L. The Wife 280




This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924.

The author died in 1933, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.