by Dr. Pelham Mead
SAVING LINCOLN SAVING LINCOLN, THE KATE WARNE STORY By Dr. Pelham Mead III
ACT ONE-WAGON TRAGEDY.
SCENE 1- EXT. DAY-JULY 1856 2 It was a rainy day in Chicago in July and the streets were muddy and rutted. The cobble stones were slippery and the gutter overflowed with sewage and waste. The rain was heavy and intense and the skies were dark and clouded. The wind was from the northeast that day and the rain was almost horizontal as it fell that day and blew along the streets. Lighting was seen in the distance.
Note: Bill Warne was a tall thin man with a small mustache. He was 24, the same age as his wife. He had been the son of a preacher as was his wife Kate and they had recently moved to Chicago for work from Buffalo, New York.
BILL WARNE (24) HUSBAND OF KATE Kate I am going to the bakery to get a fresh loaf of bread. I will be right back. (Putting on his wide-brimmed brown hat and rain coat and boots.)
Note: Kate Warne was five feet five inches tall with brunette hair cut short length. She had pale white skin and a long thin roman style nose. She spoke with a distinct New York accent. She was in a long dark blue dress, and apron with leg stockings, and black shoes. She had a blue ribbon in her hair to match the dress.
KATE WARNE (24) WIFE OF BILL WARNE You be careful out there in the rain. Those horse and wagons never slow down even in the rain.
BILL WARNE I will be careful honey. Be right back.
The rain was coming down so heavy it was hard to see across the street as the fog began to lift early Saturday morning in the great city of Chicago in 1856. Bill made his way across the street jumping over the puddles and trying to stay on the boards laid down over the mud holes for people to walk.
BILL WARNE (CONT’D) Damm this rain. It is coming down so hard I can hardly see across the street. (The wind and rain was so strong that Bill was blinded temporarily by the gusts of wind). 2.
Suddenly, a four horse and wagon rig, loaded with beer barrels came charging around the corner of the street heading directly toward Bill, who was in the middle of the street at the time. The driver blinded by the rain never saw Bill in the middle of the street.
JAMES THINNE, WAGON DRIVER (60) Whooo easy now, damm horses never know when to slow down. I cannot see anything in this heavy rain. What the hell? Look out fella, coming through.
BILL WARNE Oh my God that horse and wagon rig is going to run me down. I have got to get out of the way.
As Bill tried to get out of the way the four horses swerved to the right at the last minute trying to avoid Bill, only to have cut him off from the sidewalk. The first horse knocked Bill down, and the second horse stomped on top of Bill’s body followed by the heavy laden barrels of beer causing the wagon to be extremely heavy. Bill fell face down in the mud when the first horse hit him.
JAMES THINNE, WAGON DRIVER Shit I think I hit that fella and the wagon just ran over him. I am going keep going before they throw me in jail for killing that chap. Huooo wa, come on horses keep going.
Surrounding people on the sidewalks all shuttered in fear when they saw Bill go face first into the mud and then the second horse stomped over him and finally the heavy beer barrel wagon ran him over and keep going in the heavy rain. His body lay there covered in mud with the wagon wheel tracks going across his back. It was a horrible scene to witness.
BILL BARNSTER (40) Is there a doctor around. This chap just got hit by a horse and wagon. Help, anyone.
JAMES SMITHE (50) HARDWARD STORE MANAGER I saw the accident from my store. Can I give you a hand with the chap lying in the mud. 3.
BILL BARNSTER Year he is heavy and unconscious. Help me get him to the wooden walkway. I wish this rain would stop.
FADE OUT. FADE IN: Later that day, Constable Jones knocked on the door of Kate’s apartment. CONSTABLE JONES, (50) POLICEMAN Hello is there anyone home? I am looking for a Mrs. Warne?
KATE WARNE Yes, can help you officer?
CONSTABLE JONES, Are you the wife of a Mr. Bill Warne?
KATE WARNE Yes, I am. Did something happen to Bill? He left to get a loaf of bread and never came back. I was getting worried.
CONSTABLE JONES, We need you to come down to the station Mrs. Warne to identify Bill Warne. He was hit and killed by a four horse and wagon rig earlier today while trying to cross Washington street. I am so sorry Mrs. Warne.
KATE WARNE Dead? Dead you say. That cannot be possible. He was just going to get a loaf of bread. Oh my God! What am I to do?
FADE OUT. FADE IN: Later that day Kate identify the disfigured body of her husband Bill Warne. She was in shock all that night. Several days later she arranged for Bill’s funeral. 4.
KATE WARNE (CONT’D) Now I am a widow at the age of 24 and no job or means of support to pay my apartment or buy food. Bill earned all the money to pay all our bills. Now what am I to do?
FADE TO BLACK.
CAMEO PICTURES OF KATE STANDING BY THE COFFIN IN THE MORTUARY.
KATE WARNE Why Lord has this happened to me? Bill was a good man. Why did you take him away from me?
The funeral director comes in silently and rolls the coffin away. The next scene Kate is by the grave as they lower the coffin into the ground.
PRIEST …dust to dust..let this body of Bill Warne forever rest in eternity. Amen.
KATE WARNE (Crying) Amen.
The grave workers slowly lower Bill Warne’s body into the hold in the ground. Kate is dressed in black and a cloudy sky in over head and no witnesses are there to share in Kate’s grief. She is all alone in Chicago.
ACT ONE- WANTED FOR HIRE
SCENE 1-INT. DAY- AUGUST 25, 1856. 5 Kate Warne, age 24, is getting over the loss of her husband from a wagon accident that killed him. She is sitting in her kitchen in Chicago on a hot August day reading through The Chicago Tribune Newspaper, looking for a job to support herself. Her long dark brown hair hangs down over her shoulders, and when she stands up she is slight of build, and only 5 ft. 5 inches tall. She crosses her shapely thin legs to get more comfortable at the kitchen table. She is a fetching young woman who would attract any man’s eye. There is a twinkle in her eye that shows her bright aptitude. She isn’t rich, but she knows how to act rich 5.
by wearing clothing that shows off her slim body, and straight back.
KATE WARNE (24) (Talking out loud to herself) (The Chicago Tribune, date August 24, 1856 shows as she picks up the paper) Let me see, Jobs Wanted, here it is. Store clerk, no, Newspaper delivery, no, Pinkerton Detective Agency Hiring, wow, that looks great. Let me see, 80 Washington street. Now what shall I wear? The orange dress, no, that is too flashy. Here it is a basic blue, navy blue dress, not to flashy, and conservative enough not to attract attention. I’ll leave early tomorrow for the interview.
The next day, August 25, 1856 early on a humid, and hot Chicago day, Kate gets ready to leave her apartment for an interview at the Pinkerton Detective Agency.
KATE WARNE (CONT’D) (Speaking out loud to herself) The Navy blue dress looks good on me (Looking in a full length door mirror). Let me see, I have the address written down. 80 Washington street. I will leave early, and take a walk to relax my nerves. Maybe I will stop in the park, and listen to the birds?
Kate locks her door, and leaves her apartment. Kate approaches a newspaper stand.
KATE WARNE (CONT’D) Paper please. (Gives the attendant a few coins) Here you go, thank you.
PAPER CLERK (17) Thank you miss.
Kate tucks the paper under her arm, and walks down the street. Eventually, she comes to a city park, two blocks from the Pinkerton Detective Agency on Washington street.
KATE WARNE (Thinking to herself while sitting on a park bench) You know I always wanted to be an actress, and being a detective is acting. (MORE) 6.
KATE WARNE (CONT’D) I hope Mr. Pinkerton is open to hiring a woman, and not for typing or just a Secretary? (Talking out loud) Well it is time to go for the interview.
SCENE 2- EXT. DAY- THE PINKERTON DETECTIVE AGENCY, CHICAGO
FADE IN: Note: Pinkerton secretary is a short stocking woman with her hair tied back in a knot and she is wearing dark brown eye glasses. Her hair is jet black.
Yes, come in.
KATE WARNE Good morning.
SECRETARY Are you here for the job advertisement?
Yes I am.
SECRETARY (Pointing with a pencil) Just go though that door Mr. Pinkerton is inside.
The smell of tobacco smoke is everywhere. Kate chokes from the cloud of tobacco smoke.
KATE WARNE (Cough) (Knocking at the door) Hello?
Note: ALLAN PINKERTON is a heavy smoker with a full beard, dark suit, white shirt, and a black bow tie. He is standing at the window looking out smoking a cigarette when Kate enters his office. He is an older man that looks older than his age of 37. He is a Scottish immigrant to the United States who was once a barrel maker. His strong hands show years of working with his hands. His eyebrows are thick and bushy, and they reflect his serious opinion about life. He speaks with a heavy Scottish accent mixed with English.
ALLAN PINKERTON (37) Come in Miss. Please have a seat. 7.
KATE WARNE Hello, Mr. Pinkerton? My name is Mrs. KATE WARNE, and I am here for the job you advertised.
ALLAN PINKERTON We just happen to have an opening for a file keeper. Have you ever done any filing before. (Allan leans forward in his chair sizing up the petite woman, with her shapely legs crossed in front of him).
KATE WARNE No, sir I have not had any schooling in a job such as that, and I did not come here for a filing job. I am applying for a position as a detective. I have had a very formal education and can speak French. My father was a minister, and he made sure I read all the classics, and got a firm basis in the Bible.
ALLAN PINKERTON laughs out loud with a hearty laugh. Putting his cigarette down in an ashtray he is surprised at the courage of the woman in front of him.
ALLAN PINKERTON Detective you say! We do not hire woman as detectives Mrs. Warne.
KATE WARNE May ask why not sir?
ALLAN PINKERTON Such a position is not suitable for a woman.
KATE WARNE With all due respect Sir, I believe I am just the person you need.
ALLAN PINKERTON And why is that young lady?
Allan becomes aware of Kate’s body language as she crosses her legs exposing her thin shapely legs while she is sitting. He begins to reflect back when he was 22, and his wife Joan was only a girl of 14 in Scotland.
FADE IN: 8.
SCENE 3- EXT. DAY FLASHBACK TO SCOTLAND 1842
7 Allan dreams of being back in Scotland when he was a young man of 22 , when he first met Joan Carfrae, the beautiful 14 year old soprano singer at the local Unitarian Church in Glasgow.
ALLAN PINKERTON Joan, will you be singing in church today?
JOAN CARFRAE (14) Of course silly. I sing every Sunday. Do you enjoy my singing in the choir, Allan?
ALLAN PINKERTON Yes, do Joan. You have a lovely voice.
JOAN CARFRAE (14) Will ye be staying after church Allan?
ALLAN PINKERTON As always Joan.
JOAN CARFRAE You are a sweet young man, but a little old for me.
ALLAN PINKERTON I am only 22, and still a young man, and how old are you Joan?
JOAN CARFRAE You know am only 14, Allan.
ALLAN PINKERTON What is eight years among good friends Joan?
JOAN CARFRAE You seem a lot younger than you really are Allan. I am singing a portion of the Brahms requiem today, and I hope you enjoy it Allan. Good bye.
FADE OUT. FADE IN: 9.
Brother Robert Pinkerton comes running down the cobble stone street.
ROBERT PINKERTON (24) Allan there you are. I have been looking all over the town for you. Are you messing around with that Joan Carfrae girl again? She is a little young for you, isn’t she Allan?
ALLAN PINKERTON Yes, but she is the one for me. Her beautiful voice like an angel, and her natural smile. She has stolen my heart already.
ROBERT PINKERTON She is a minor you crazy fool. Wake up and come back to real life. They will throw you in jail and throw the key in the river if you get caught messing around with her.
AllAN PINKERTON I know, know, but I cannot get her off my mind.
Allan refocuses on what Kate Warne is saying.
KATE WARNE Because, I am a widow, and I have no children, and no one would suspect a woman as a detective. I could attend social occasions, and no one would suspect. I could investigate in many places, where it would be impossible for a male detective to go. I could pose as a wife, a Secretary, or a criminal.
ALLAN PINKERTON Really? Do you believe in God Mrs. Warne? 10.
KATE WARNE What does that have to do with this job? (Kate gives a look of being disturbed by Allan’s question) My father taught me to believe in God, and that I did.
ALLAN PINKERTON Can you speak fluent French, Mrs. Warne?
KATE WARNE Yes, can. Je peux parler Français.
ALLAN PINKERTON Very impressive Mrs. Warne. Do you fancy you have a good mental recall ability? Without looking around the office again can you tell me what is behind you in the room?
KATE WARNE There is a photograph of a woman and two boys, perhaps your wife and children on the wall behind me. The sign outside the window is in the shape of an eye. There are two cigarette ash trays on a table, and some cigarette butts are in each tray. Behind the door is a man’s cane. The gas lamps on the wall are dusty and old, perhaps yellowed from age. A old style Scottish pipe is sitting on the cabinet against the wall. The carpet on the floor has a Scottish plaid pattern in it. Is that enough Mr. Pinkerton?
ALLAN PINKERTON You have an observant mind Mrs. Warne, I will give you that. What makes you want to be a Detective Mrs. Warne?
KATE WARNE I always wanted to be an actress, and being a detective, posing as someone you are not, is a lot like acting. I have always had the gift for gab my father used to say, and I can become friendly with the low lives of society, as well as the rich and well to do.
ALLAN PINKERTON gets up from his chair, and walks over to the window, and looks out thinking, and rubbing his beard. The light of the sun shines on his burly skin and dark hair forming a silhouette. 11.
ALLAN PINKERTON I must think about this. Go, I will think about this, and discuss it with my brother Robert, and Mr. Bangs. I will send for you tomorrow about my decision. Thank you for coming Mrs. Warne.
KATE WARNE Good day Mr. Pinkerton. Thank you for your time. (Kate gives a parting smile as she leaves).
As Kate leaves the building she looks back up at the Pinkerton sign and notices the motto.
KATE WARNE (CONT’D) (Looking up at the Pinkerton sign) Funny I never noticed that the signs say “We Never Sleep.”
SCENE 2 – INT. DAY- THE PINKERTON DETECTIVE AGENCY, CHICAGO.
8 The following day Mr. Pinkerton’s Secretary is knocking at Kate’s apartment door early in the morning.
SECRETARY Hello, Ms. Warne? Good Day. Mr. Pinkerton has send me to come, and bring you to the office.
KATE WARNE Let me get my hat and coat.
SECRETARY Are you ready now?
KATE WARNE Yes, am, thank you.
FADE OUT. FADE IN: 12.
Minutes later, they arrive at the Pinkerton Detective Agency. ALLAN PINKERTON is smoking a cigarette standing at the door of the office as they enter. His stout body is pushing at the seams of his tight sports jacket, vest, and dress pants, threatening to pop the buttons at any moment.
ALLAN PINKERTON Good to see you again Mrs.. Warne. I have given great thought to your arguments that a woman might have access to some places where men would not venture. I am going to hired you on a temporary basis to see if you work out. It that agreeable with you?
KATE WARNE Yes, I am looking forward to you training me to be a Detective, and I hope to make you proud of me one day, Mr. Pinkerton.
ALLAN PINKERTON Excellent, let’s get the paperwork done and I will start your training beginning tomorrow. You will receive half the normal pay because you are a woman.
Later the same day
ALLAN PINKERTON (CONT’D) Where is TIMOTHY WEBSTER? I told him I had a case for him.
SECRETARY He said he might be late this morning Mr. Pinkerton.
ALLAN PINKERTON Damm him. He is always late. What does he think this is the New York City Police force or something?
FADE OUT. 13.
FADE IN: TIMOTHY WEBSTER arrives late, running up the stairs. Timothy has a full face beard and a round face. His hair is dark brown making him look older than he actually was which was age 30.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER (30) Good morning Allan, I am sorry I am late, but my son was sick, and I had to bring him to a doctor. My wife was very concerned. Turns out, his tonsils were swollen.
ALLAN PINKERTON Glad to hear that Webster. You are late again. I have a case for you involving some petty thefts in a clothing store in the city. The owner Mr. Slawton thinks one of his employees are stealing clothes from the store. Can you get on this case right away? Oh, I hired a female detective today.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER A female detective? Are you kidding me? No one hires woman for detective work. It is too dangerous.
ALLAN PINKERTON Well, this young woman is good looking, smart and she speaks French. She convinced me that woman could gain access to some places that men cannot, and besides who would believe a woman is a detective?
TIMOTHY WEBSTER I have to meet her sometime. Well, off to Mr. Slawton’s clothes store.
FADE OUT. FADE IN: Later that day Robert Pinkerton, brother of Allan, and partner in the Detective Agency enters Allan’s office.
ROBERT PINKERTON (30) What is this? I hear from your secretary that you hired a female as a detective today? (MORE) 14.
ROBERT PINKERTON (30) (CONT’D) Are you out of your mind? No one has ever heard of a woman detective.
ALLAN PINKERTON This was exactly her point of view. No one would suspect a woman as a detective. Her name is Mrs. Kate Warne and she is a widow. I will train her on a part-time basis until I feel she is ready for a big case.
ROBERT PINKERTON I hate the idea and you are making a mistake Allan. Mark My word.
ACT TWO- DETECTIVE TRAINING 1856-1857.
SCENE 1- INT. DAY- THE ADAMS EXPRESS CASE – SEPT. 5,1857
One year later, after training with ALLAN PINKERTON on many Detective techniques, and methods in many little cases, or as a tag along with Allan when he is investigating a case; Kate is offered a big case. ALLAN PINKERTON is sitting at his desk rolling a cigarette, and putting his lips to the paper to seal the cigarette, which he then lights up with a match.
ALLAN PINKERTON Well, Mrs.. Warne you have done well so far in your training this past year. Now I have a big case for you. We have a case with the Adams Express company with an Embezzlement accusation. How would you handle this case?
KATE WARNE I know you would normally get into the company as an employee. Is that correct?
ALLAN PINKERTON Yes, that is my method. What do you suggest, Mrs. Warne? 15.
KATE WARNE I would get to know Mr. Maroney’s wife, and see if I could learn anything from conversations with her.
ALLAN PINKERTON That sounds like a great plan Mrs.. Warne.
KATE WARNE Please call me Kate, and I will call you Allan. We have been working together for a year, and you still call me Mrs. Warne.
ALLAN PINKERTON Fine, fine, get your point. Well, let’s get to work Kate.
KATE WARNE I will begin immediately.
One week later.
After some observation and research, Kate found out that Mrs.. Maroney wore very expensive jewelry, ate in the best restaurants, and bought the best high fashion clothing. She planned on meeting Mrs.. Maroney at one of the stores she often went to, such as the clothing store, or the jewelry store, and make it look accidental when they met.Just then there was a knock at the door, and Pinkerton Detective TIMOTHY WEBSTER appeared.
ALLAN PINKERTON Hello, Tim, How are you doing today? This is Mrs.. KATE WARNE. She’s a looker Allan.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER (28) Good to meet you Mrs.. Warne. You are the female Detective Allan often talks about. Allan must think highly of you. Good luck.
SCENE 2-INT. DAY- GEORGE BANKS’ OFFICE
FADE IN: 16.
KATE WARNE Allan can you advance me some money to provide a disguise with a fancy dress, and pocketbook, so when I meet Mrs. Maroney, she will think I am of the elite wealthy, like herself.
ALLAN PINKERTON If you think it absolutely necessary. If you don’t dirty the dress, perhaps we can take it back, Ha..
KATE WARNE You are so cheap Allan.
ALLAN PINKERTON See my accountant Mr. Bangs, and he will give you the money to buy a dress and pocketbook.
KATE WARNE Thank you Allan.
ALLAN PINKERTON You better catch this Maroney character.
KATE WARNE Do you really doubt me? Relax, I have it all planned out.
ALLAN PINKERTON Good. Keep me informed.
FADE OUT. Minutes later Kate meets with Mr. George Bangs, the Pinkerton Detective Agency bookkeeper, accountant and Pinkerton Superintendent. Mr. Bangs is a handsome man with spectacles, a long nose, and light brown hair with some grey. His background is in Banking, but he is adept at accounting.
KATE WARNE Mr. Bangs, I need $25 dollars to buy a fancy dress, and a pocketbook to fool a client.
MR. BANGS (44) Did Mr. Pinkerton approve this expense? 17.
KATE WARNE Of course he did. Do you think I have the nerve to just buy a dress on company money?
MR. BANGS Sorry, Mrs.. Warne for doubting you. Here is your $25. Mr. Robert Pinkerton is not going to be happy spending all this money, but if Allan approved it, you are fine with me.
KATE WARNE Thank you Mr. Bangs. Tell Mr. Robert Pinkerton that it is money well spent to solve the embezzlement case. I have to appear as another rich woman to the wife of the suspect, and wearing good dresses sells the image.
SCENE 3- INT. DAY- HARRINGTON PERFUME SHOP 12 Kate goes out to buy a fancy dress, and pocketbook, and that same day she plans to meet Mrs.. Maroney at a perfume shop she often frequents. The scene opens with Kate in the perfume shop having followed Mr. Maroney there.
KATE WARNE Sir, I would like to sample that very expensive perfume please.
PERFUME CLERK (30) Yes, Ma’am, this is one of best perfumes we have, and it is imported too.
KATE WARNE Mmmmm, It has a wonderful smell. What do you think Ma’am?( Turning to Mrs.. Maroney who is standing next to her)
MRS. MARONEY (40) It smells divine. I have a perfume that almost smells as good.
KATE WARNE I trust your judgment Ma’am. 18.
MRS. MARONEY Well thank you. My name is Mrs.. Maroney.
The conversation went on and on. Mrs.. Maroney was a very talkative woman.
KATE WARNE You are a most interesting woman.
MRS. MARONEY Would you like to join me for lunch today Ms. Warne?
KATE WARNE I would be delighted dear.
MRS. MARONEY Well, then lets meet at O’Reillys Pub at 1:00.
KATE WARNE It is a date then. I will see you at 1:00.
Mrs.. Maroney leaves the perfume store, and Kate returns the perfume to the salesman.
KATE WARNE (CONT’D) I think I will purchase this perfume at some other time. Thank you sir. Goodbye.
SCENE 4 – INT. DAY- O’ REILLYS PUB, CHICAGO. 13 The next day at 1:00 p.m., Kate meets Mrs. Maroney at O’Reillys Pub, and they chatted about everything, clothes, perfumes, restaurants, and on, and on. They met on and off for a month as Kate got more, and more friendlier with Mrs.. Maroney. One day Kate asked the big question.
FADE IN: 19.
KATE WARNE This is a wonderful little restaurant and such great cocktails. Will you join me in a Manhattan cocktail, Mrs.. Marnoney?
MRS. MARONEY Well, I really shouldn’t, but what the heck. Pour me a manhattan drink, waiter please.
After 30 minutes.
KATE WARNE Will you have another manhattan Mrs.. Maroney. They certainly are delicious.
MRS. MARONEY Yes, they certainly are delicious. I will have just one more.
KATE WARNE You know Mrs.. Maroney, I often wondered how you live such a high life style when your husband Nathan doesn’t make very much money? You must have a family inheritance or something?
MRS. MARONEY My husband is very creative in his accounting practices.
KATE WARNE What do you mean by that silly?
MRS. MARONEY Well, my husband Nathan knows how to move accounts around so that there is always a little left over for us. He has provided for me all the wealth I ever needed.
Mrs.. Maroney revealed everything Kate needed to know how her husband Nathan embezzled money from the Adams Express company that day.
FADE OUT. 20.
SCENE 5- INT. DAY ALLAN PINKERTON’S OFFICE
Later that same day, Kate reports her findings back to Allan.
KATE WARNE Allan, I’ve cracked the Adams Express company embezzlement case, finally.
ALLAN PINKERTON Really? After a little over one month? How did you do it? We have been working on the case for over a year previously.
KATE WARNE As I told you. I gained Mrs.. Maroney’s confidence, and with a few Manhattan cocktails, she told me everything about how her husband Nathan, and how he stole money from Adams Express company, and how they were none the wiser.
ALLAN PINKERTON Thank you Kate. That was a big case, and Adams Express will pay us a fine fee for solving the case. I will notify them immediately. Meanwhile, write up a report of what you learned from Mrs.. Maroney, and how her husband Nathan stole from the company, and then we will turn him over to the Police. Now I can tell my brother Robert Pinkerton that the expenditure on the dress, and pocketbook for the case were well worth it. He is always driving me crazy over bills.
KATE WARNE Right away Allan. Then you are pleased with my work? I hope you brother Robert is pleased also.
ALLAN PINKERTON Yes, I am so pleased, that I am going to make you a full-time detective. Now I can tell my brother he was wrong about you, and that you solved this really big case in just over a month. (MORE)
FADE IN: 21.
ALLAN PINKERTON (CONT’D) I am going to celebrate with a new cigar. Would you like a cigar Kate?
KATE WARNE I don’t smoke Allan as you well know.
ALLAN PINKERTON I just thought I would be nice.
Note: Timothy Webster has a full face beard and dark brown hair with a round face.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER comes jogging up the steps.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER Good morning Allan, Good morning to you Mrs. Warne. Mr. Pinkerton has told me much about you, and how well you have learned the tricks of the trade. You don’t remember, but I met you briefly about a year ago.
ALLAN PINKERTON Believe it or not, Mrs.. Warne has just solved the Adams Express case all by herself in just a month.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER Really, how did you do that Mrs.. Warne?
KATE WARNE I gained the confidence of Mr. Maroney, and after many weeks we had cocktails at a local dining establishment, and I gave Mrs.. Maroney many Manhattans to drink, and when she got drunk she ended up with loose lips, and told me everything how her husband steals money from the Adams Express company.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER Well done, Mrs. Warne. Allan was right, you are a quick learner, and apparently a good detective too. Congratulations on solving that case so quickly. Allan, I need to talk to you about another case when Mrs.. Warne departs. 22.
KATE WARNE I was just leaving. It was good to meet you Mr. Webster. Good day.
ROBERT PINKERTON Good day to you Mrs. Warne and congratulations on solving the embezzlement case. Oh, by the way I am making you a fulltime employee from now on Kate.
KATE WARNE Why, thank you Robert. I am looking forward to working full-time.
ACT THREE- THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD 1856
SCENE 1-INT. DAY- THE PINKERTON RESIDENCE The Pinkerton residence was part of the Underground railroad in Chicago and Allan and his wife Joan were avid abolitionists. Joan is a heavy set woman with dark red hair, who has a wonderful soprano voice. She sings when ever she is doing something. She is a strict bible reader, and is always scolding Allan for not attending church every Sunday.
JOAN CARFRAE PINKERTON (29) Allan, we have guests in the attic. I washed some used clothes for our guests. Have Willie take them up to the attic, and collect their dirty old clothes so we can burn them.
ALLAN PINKERTON Willie, you heard your mother. Get fetching up those stairs. Put our guests old clothes in this sack.
WILLIAM (WILLIE) PINKERTON (10)
ALLAN PINKERTON Robbie, you help your brother and carry up this bucket of water and soap so our guests can bathe before putting these clothes. 23.
ROBERT (ROBBIE) PINKERTON (8) Sure, Pa. What about towels to dry off Pa?
ALLAN PINKERTON Good thinking Robbie. Here take these towels too. You might have to make two trips because the bucket is heavy.
JOAN CARFRAE PINKERTON When will out guest be leaving on the boat for Canada, Allan?
ALLAN PINKERTON The boat leaves at the Chicago docks on Lake Michigan at 2:00 a.m.. Here Willie give me that bag of vermin encrusted clothes so that I can burn them.
WILLIAM (WILLIE) PINKERTON You’re funny Pa (Laughing), vermin encrusted. Our guests said they haven’t eaten in two days, Pa.
ALLAN PINKERTON Mom is cooking them a stew right now. It will be done in about an hour and then we will call our guests down for stew.
The next night early around 1:00 am the slave family staying at the Pinkerton’s house leaves on a small boat bound for Canada and freedom.
SLAVE (50) We all want to than ya massa Pink ton. You sav’d my family’s lif’
ALLAN PINKERTON Get along now and good luck to you in Canada. The wagon will take all of you to the docks to take a boat across Lake Michigan. Bye now.
FADE OUT. 24.
SCENE 2- INT. DAY- ALLAN PINKERTON MEETS JOHN BROWN A few months later on March 11, 1859 during a storm there is a knock at the Pinkerton door at 4:30 a.m.
AllAN PINKERTON Just a minute I am coming. Be patient. Yes, who is it?
JOHN BROWN (40) The light is bright at the end of the tunnel. (John is bleeding from the head, arms and chest)
ALLAN PINKERTON Welcome, and I see you know the code. How many are you? You are bleeding Sir. Are you alright?
JOHN BROWN Eleven counting myself. Allow me to introduce myself Mr. Pinkerton. My name is John Brown.
I will need some medical attention, as will some of my friends.
Note: John Brown is a tall angular man with piercing blue grey eyes and thick eye brows and a flowing white-grey beard. He is an imposing white man with a deep bass voice. He is bleeding from the head, arms, and chest. His shirt is covered with blood. With him are eleven runaway slaves who are also covered in blood.
ALLAN PINKERTON I am glad to finally meet you Mr. Brown. (Shakes hands). Come on in and get out of the rain. I have accommodations for you and your Negro friends up stairs in the attic. I will send up some dry clothes for all of you to change into. This is my wife Joan, Mr. Brown. Joan get Mr. Brown, and the others some bandages for their wounds.
JOHN BROWN It is an honor to meet you Mrs. Pinkerton. We are most grateful for your sacrifices. 25.
JOAN CARFRAE PINKERTON John Brown, well indeed, we have heard of your efforts to free the slaves in Kansas, and Missouri. You are quite the hero to runaway slaves.
JOHN BROWN Yes, it is my holy crusade of armed insurrection that is upsetting many slave owners in Kansas. We just made a raid into Kansas, and were confronted by some pro-slavery Southerners.
ALLAN PINKERTON We have to be careful in Chicago, Mr. Brown for there are many bondsman looking for rewards in finding runaway slaves.
JOHN BROWN Yes, they are unfortunate victims who opposed us. We had to kill them with knives. I think we killed five of them white people. The Police, and bounty hunters chased us all the way from Kansas to Chicago.
AllAN PINKERTON It is an honor to have you as guests in our house Sir.
Later at dinner.
JOHN BROWN I intend to conduct a raid on Harpers Ferry in Virginia where many guns are stored. We will give the guns for the slaves to establish their freedom with force.
AllAN PINKERTON That sounds like a dangerous mission Mr. Brown. I am sure the Federal deposit at Harpers Ferry is well guarded.
JOHN BROWN Yes, but we plan to surprise them with a small force of armed men. 26.
ALLAN PINKERTON I wish you well Mr. Brown. I would like to go with you, but I have a business in Chicago that needs constant attention.
JOHN BROWN No need for you to risk your life. We need you in the underground railroad to help runaway slaves get to Canada. The governor of Kansas has put a reward of $3,000 on my head, and President Buchanan has added $250 to the reward. I am a well sought after individual. We must leave right after dinner, for I do not want you to be under pressure from local bondsman looking for me, and my fellow slaves. I thank you for your kind support, and we must be on our way before daybreak.
ALLAN PINKERTON Be safe John Brown. Willie, look well upon that man. He is greater than Napoleon and just as great as George Washington.
SCENE 3- EXT. NIGHT- GUN RUNNING IN KANSAS
Allan Pinkerton’s office in Chicago a week later.
ALLAN PINKERTON Kate, recently I had the honor of hosting John Brown at my home with eleven runaway slaves.
KATE WARNE Really? That sounds a little dangerous Allan. Why was he at your house? He has a bounty on his head, you know, from the Governor of Kansas. 27.
AllAN PINKERTON John Brown has personally asked me if I could send some of my operatives into Kansas with rifles.
KATE WARNE He wants you to smuggle guns across the Kansas border? That could get you killed or arrested Allan.
AllAN PINKERTON I was planning on asking you Kate because you provide the perfect disguise as an old woman, and her two sons. Will you take this assignment Kate? I know it is dangerous, but I have two strong men to accompany you to Kansas and back.
Kate Warne is afraid to say no to Allan.
KATE WARNE I am not sure Allan. It is a lot to ask. I do not support John Brown, and the violence he has caused on behalf of the anti-slave movement.
AllAN PINKERTON Can you just do it this once for me Kate?
Kate WARNE Against my better judgment I will take on this assignment for you Allan, but this is the first, and last time I will put myself, and the agency at risk by running illegal guns into Kansas.
AllAN PINKERTON You will be driving a covered wagon into Kansas territory. Underneath the floor boards will be crates of carbines. On top of the floor boards will be sacks of grain, tools, clothes, and wood. Come back to the office tomorrow with an overnight bag of clothes, and the wagon will be ready at the back of the Pinkerton offices. 28.
KATE WARNE I will see you tomorrow then.
The next day Kate meets the two men who will accompany her to Kansas.
KATE WARNE (CONT’D) Hello, my name is Kate Warne and who are you sir?
BART DILLEN (30) My name is Bart, Mrs. Warne, and this is my assistant Simon.
SIMON MCCREE (26) Glad to meet you madam. The wagon is loaded, and we are ready to leave.
ALLAN PINKERTON Be careful Kate, and try to avoid any encounters with anyone on the road to Kansas.
KATE WARNE Thank you Allan. If all goes well we should be back in a few weeks. Let’s move out men.
The wagon pulls out of the back alley behind the Pinkerton offices and goes down the cobblestone street and disappears beyond the Chicago buildings.
SIMON MCCREE It has been a couple of days now and we should soon be entering Kansas territory Mrs. Warne.
KATE WARNE It is about time. My ass is as sore as a boil from all this bumping around on this wagon.
FADE OUT. FADE IN:
When Kate and her friends get to the drop off point, a young woman comes out of the Inn, and gives Kate a message written a small piece of paper. 29.
YOUNG WOMAN (19) I have a message for Mr. Pinkerton. Can you give it to him when you return to Chicago?
KATE WARNE (Kate reads the written message) Trouble is Coming. Alright, I will give it to Mr. Pinkerton.
The guns are unloaded, and Kate and her colleagues return without any event, to Chicago. Upon returning to Chicago, Kate takes the written message to Allan Pinkerton.
KATE WARNE (CONT’D) Allan I have a message of importance from a young lady in Kansas.
ALLAN PINKERTON What is the message Kate?
KATE WARNE (Kate opens the small paper and reads aloud) Trouble is Coming.
Is that it?
KATE WARNE Yup. That is the whole message. Maybe it is in code, although, I don’t think so.
ALLAN PINKERTON It is what it is. Maybe the Federals know John Brown plans to attack Harpers Ferry?
SCENE 4- EXT. NIGHT- JOHN BROWN IS ARRESTED
John Brown carries out the raid on the Federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry in Virginia on Oct. 16, 1859 with only 18 men.
JOHN BROWN Come on men, charge. We have them by surprise. Have your rifles ready.(Guns ignite in the night, and the assault begins).
After much gun fighting in the night John Brown’s men are overcome with superior Federal troops.
FEDERAL OFFICER John Brown Sir, you are under arrest for killing federal officers and raiding the Federal Arsenal. Take him and the other prisoners away and lock them up.
SCENE 5- INT. DAY- OCTOBER 1859.
A week later after John Brown is arrested. Allan and Kate get the news in his office.
ALLAN PINKERTON Kate take a seat I want to talk to you about something that is troubling me.
KATE WARNE What is it Allan?
ALLAN PINKERTON As you may have heard, John Brown has been captured after his raid on Harpers Ferry. He is a great man, and I cannot let him rot in jail.
KATE WARNE What are you planning on doing Allan?
ALLAN PINKERTON I want to organize a rescue operation to break John Brown out of jail.
KATE WARNE Are you crazy? When ever John Brown’s name comes up you are unable to focus on your real job as a detective running an agency in Chicago. What is the matter with you Allan? (MORE) 31.
KATE WARNE (CONT’D) This man is breaking the law, and killing civilians with knives in Kansas.
ALLAN PINKERTON You don’t understand Kate. John Brown is a great man.
KATE WARNE Great, my ass. You need to wake up before you end up in jail along with John Brown. You could lose all you worked for with the Pinkerton Agency if you were arrested for trying to break John Brown out of jail. What about your wife and children? How do you think they will fair with you in jail? You need to stop this now Allan. I cannot support this reckless venture.
ALLAN PINKERTON I was hoping for you support Kate. Timothy has already signed on.
KATE WARNE Did you force Timothy to join? What about Pyrce, John and Hattie, and your other operatives? Are you going to get them killed too? What are you thinking Allan?
ALLAN PINKERTON Kate you have no right to treat me like a child. I am your employer. Show me some respect.
KATE WARNE I am loyal to you Allan, but I cannot support this crazy adventure to break John Brown out of jail. It is simply insane.
ALLAN PINKERTON You cannot talk to me like that. You are fired.
KATE WARNE No, Allan I quit. Good day. (Kate slams the door on the way out of Allan’s office).
FADE OUT. 32.
SCENE 6- INT. DAY- KATE WARNE’S APARTMENT, DECEMBER 5, 1859
Several weeks later on December 5, 1859.
ALLAN PINKERTON Kate are you there (Knocking on Kate’s apartment door).
KATE WARNE One minute please. Oh, Allan it is you. What do you want. I am busy.
ALLAN PINKERTON Are you going to invite me in? Can I have just a minute of your time?
KATE WARNE What is it Allan? I do not work for you anymore.
ALLAN PINKERTON Kate, I have come to apologize for my behavior a few weeks ago. I am sorry, I lost my temper. You have always been a trusted operative for me, and I rely on your opinion. I admit, I idolized John Brown for all the wrong reasons. You were right, I was not thinking clearly. Risking my business and all my operatives to free John Brown, would have been a mistake. Please forgive me for having a lapse in judgment. Besides it is moot now, because they hung John Brown on Dec. 2, 1859 in Charlestown, Virginia.
KATE WARNE I accept your apology Allan.
ALLAN PINKERTON Would you consider returning to the agency Kate with an increase in pay? I will pay you as much as the men get.
KATE WARNE How considerate of you Allan. I should have gotten the same pay as the men because I took as many risks as they did on many cases. 33.
ALLAN PINKERTON I want you back Kate. The Pinkerton agency is not the same without you. You have brought a whole new approach to the agency that is refreshing, and you’ve solved many cases that I would have otherwise had great difficulty. Please Kate, forgive me, and come back to the agency. (Allan sits on the couch next to Kate). You know Kate I held in my feelings about you, I…
KATE WARNE You what Allan?
ALLAN PINKERTON Kate I wanted to tell you for a long time that I had feelings for you, but I was afraid you would reject me. Will you come back Kate?
KATE WARNE Of course I will come back Allan, but this is the end of John Brown in our lives, and your illegal involvement in gun running for the anti-slave movement. Do I make myself clear, Allan? Promise me on your honor, that you will forget John Brown, and all he stands for in illegal activities. I am waiting Allan. (Kate is very angry with her hands on her hips).
ALLAN PINKERTON Alright Kate, you win. You can have whatever you want. Just come back to the agency, and we will make amends, and I promise to forget John Brown, and his illegal activities. You know that I have always had a special affection for you Kate.
Allan begins to stroke Kate’s leg while sitting very close to her on the couch. Suddenly, he leans over, and kisses Kate.
KATE WARNE Allan, that was a surprise. Kiss me again.
ALLAN PINKERTON This is exciting. (Hugs and kisses Kate on her neck). Allan unbuttons his shirt. I am glad we settled this John Brown situation. 34.
KATE WARNE (Kate slips her blouse over her head) I am too. I had many bad dreams of you being shot trying to protect John Brown. Ohh, my breasts are so sensitive Allan.
ALLAN PINKERTON (Allan begins to caress Kate’s breasts) Your breasts are so firm. You know John Brown might have succeeded if he did not try to assault the armory.
KATE WARNE (Kate drops her dress to the floor and is only her bra and panties) I am glad John Brown has gone to meet his maker because he would sure as hell have gotten you killed.
ALLAN PINKERTON (Undoing his pants and dropping them to the floor) I guess we had better lie on the couch? I have some new cases for us to solve when you get back to the office. Ohhh, you feel so good.
KATE WARNE Keep pumping Allan, I am beginning to boil over. What cases did you have in mind Allan? Ahhh that feels good keep going.
ALLAN PINKERTON I have dreamed of us doing this a million times Kate. Oh, what cases? Just some Railroad work and local thefts. Oh, Kate you are broiling my blood. (Panting and breathing with difficulty) I am having difficulty breathing. You are so beautiful Kate. We can talk about the cases later.
When all was finished Allan and Kate began to get dressed again.
ALLAN PINKERTON (CONT’D) Well, that was exciting. I don’t know what came over me?
KATE WARNE That was wonderful Allan. It was the first time you showed your real emotions toward me. (MORE) 35.
KATE WARNE (CONT’D) It was always Mrs. Warne this, and Mrs. Warne that. Now I know you really have feelings for me. I love you Allan.
ALLAN PINKERTON And love you too Kate.
KATE WARNE Now what are we going to do Allan?
ALLAN PINKERTON I don’t know Kate. This feeling about you has been developing for a long time, but I kept it under my skin. Once you were away from the office when we had our fight over John Brown, I realized how much I needed you, and missed you on many levels. We have always worked together as one.
KATE WARNE One thing for sure since you are married and it is going to make our lives much more complicated.
ALLAN PINKERTON Who knows what the future brings Kate?
ACT FOUR- THE PETTY THIEF CASE
SCENE 1- EXT. NIGHT- THE WAREHOUSE IN CHICAGO
AllAN PINKERTON (CONT’D) Kate we will work many of our cases together posing as husband and wife. That will allow us to see each other and sleep together at night.
KATE WARNE When are you going to leave your wife Allan?
ALLAN PINKERTON Kate you know I cannot do that. She is the mother of my children. I am conflicted to say the least. 36.
KATE WARNE I wish you would make up your mind Allan. You cannot love two women at the same time.
ALLAN PINKERTON You are so much more different than my wife. You bring pleasure to me at work, and in the bed. I never dreamed that I would love a woman as much as I love you Kate. Give me time, and maybe I can ask her for a divorce? Meanwhile, we have a new case to talk about.
ALLAN PINKERTON Kate we have an important case involving a Petty Thief whom we suspect is TIMOTHY ATCHISON (35).
KATE WARNE I have an informant who is the girlfriend of Mr. Atchinson. I used her once before in the Adams Express Case.
ALLAN PINKERTON Good, can you bribe her or something to reveal some information about her boyfriend?
KATE WARNE Ruby would do anything for money Allan. Let me approach her, and see if I can pay her for information about Timothy Atchinson.
ALLAN PINKERTON Good idea. Let me know what you learn and we can proceed on that information.
A week later.
KATE WARNE Ruby I have been looking for you. How are you doing today? I have a lucrative business offer for you.
KATE WARNE (CONT’D) I have a nice roll of money for you if you can tell me what your boyfriend Timothy is planning for his next heist?
RUBY GREEN (31) For you Kate, anything. I will take the money. Timothy plans on robbing a Beer Brewery next week. It is over on the south side of Chicago.
KATE WARNE Thank you Ruby. You have been a great help.
Later that same day.
KATE WARNE (CONT’D) Allan, Ruby told me that Timothy plans to break into the Beer brewery on the south side of Chicago next week.
ALLAN PINKERTON Great, then you and I will pose as husband and wife as we wait for Mr. Atchinson to break into the brewery.
FADE OUT. The next Week, Allan and Kate are waiting at night for Timothy Atchinson to appear and attempt to break into the Brewery.
ALLAN PINKERTON (CONT’D) Kate you had better go down the block on the other side of the brewery and wait there for Mr. Atchinson. I will hide behind the building on this side until he shows up.
KATE WARNE Alright I will conceal myself on the other side of the brewery.
Later that evening Timothy Atchinson appears and tries to jimmy the lock on the Brewery door. Allan walks around the edge of the building and Timothy recognizes him and runs in the other direction toward Kate.
TIMOTHY ATCHINSON (35) Oh, shit it is Pinkerton himself.
The thief Atchinson begins to run away. 38.
ALLAN PINKERTON Stop, stop, I say or I will shoot. Kate he is coming toward you. Get ready.
Kate seeing Timothy running toward her steps out, and trips him. He falls to the ground and Kate jumps on him, and secures her iron wrist restraints around his arms.
KATE WARNE There, wrist restraints on, and you are under arrest MR. ATCHINSON.
Running up to Kate, breathing deeply and out of breath.
ALLAN PINKERTON Kate, Kate are you alright? I don’t believe you wrestled him to the ground, and put he irons on him? Amazing. I did not think a small woman your size could wrestle a man to the ground.
KATE WARNE All in a days work Allan.
Allan and Kate later turned in the Petty Thief to the Police, and collected the reward for his capture.
ACT FIVE – THE SAMUEL FELTON RAILROAD CASE, 1861,
SCENE 1- INT. DAY- PINKERTON OFFICE JANUARY 1861, FOUR YEARS 21 LATER.
Note: Samuel Felton is a distinguished looking gentlemen with a short beard and grey hair. He wears horn rimmed glasses and smokes a lot.
SAMUEL FELTON (50) Mr. Pinkerton, I am the President of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad and you have come highly recommended by some railroad owner friends you have worked for in the past. (MORE) 39.
SAMUEL FELTON (50) (CONT’D) I have a major problem which I would like to hire your company to investigate. My company has received some threats from some Maryland Secessionists that they are plotting to destroy remote sections of my railroad.
ALLAN PINKERTON Well this sounds like a very big job. I am not sure I have enough operatives to cover all your railroad tracks and investigate all your employees. How much are you willing to pay Mr. Felton?
SAMUEL FELTON What ever it takes Mr. Pinkerton. My railroad it at great risk, and I cannot afford to have anyone blowing up my bridges or tracks.
ALLAN PINKERTON Let me talk to my Superintendent Mr. Banks and see if we can come up with a plan to protect your railroad and provide enough operatives to be effective. This could be expensive Mr. Felton. Give me a day or so and I will get back to you. Meanwhile, stay in a hotel here in Chicago before you go back to your offices in Philadelphia and I will fax you my decision.
Two days later in Allan Pinkerton office.
ALLAN PINKERTON (CONT’D) (Speaking to KATE WARNE) Damm, Felton wouldn’t stop sending me telegrams. He is staying in a hotel here in Chicago, but he is impatient while I think about a plan to deal with his railroad threats.
KATE WARNE Why is he sending so many telegrams Allan?
ALLAN PINKERTON He wants us to protect his railroad, The Baltimore and Ohio railroad, from Maryland secessionists. He thinks they are going to blow up a bridge or something. 40.
KATE WARNE So why don’t you take the job?
ALLAN PINKERTON It is too big a job. There are so many bridges, and remote places that someone could blow up the rails, that we do not have enough agents to cover it all. It seems like an impossible job.
KATE WARNE Since when do you turn down a job? Tell him you want more money to do the job because you brother Robert says it would cost more than most cases. Jack up the money, and hire more men, and woman, if that is what it takes, but don’t turn him down. The offer is too lucrative to refuse, and supposing the plot has something to do with President Elect Abraham Lincoln, who always travels by Train?
ALLAN PINKERTON All right, I will send Samuel Felton a telegram asking for more money to cover expenses, and I will form a team right away to investigate. That should make my brother Robert happy too.
ALLAN PINKERTON was leaning back in his chair and smoking while talking. He put out his cigarette in his ashtray, and began to compose a telegram.
ALLAN PINKERTON (CONT’D) I will be sure to remind him that I will assemble a team of my detectives, and we will handle the case without interference from his railway people. (Calling his Secretary) Betsey send this telegram for me please. Thank you.
The next day MR. SAMUEL FELTON appeared at the Pinkerton Detective Agency in Chicago, eager to start.
FADE IN: 41.
MR. SAMUEL FELTON You know Mr. Pinkerton that try as I might I could not get any government agency or the current President Buchanan to take my concerns seriously. I guess my railroad isn’t as large as Vanderbilt’s.
A knock at the door.
ALLAN PINKERTON Come in Kate. MR. SAMUEL FELTON this is KATE WARNE one of my best detectives in the agency.
MR. SAMUEL FELTON Really? I was led to believe you had only male detectives, Mr. Pinkerton.
ALLAN PINKERTON I will personally vouch for Mrs. Warne. I have assembled a team of five of my best detectives to investigate various leads we have regarding any southern sympathizers plans to blow up or damage any of your train lines.
Another knock at the door, and several Pinkerton detectives showed up at the office.
ALLAN PINKERTON (CONT’D) Come in gentlemen, and lady. MR. SAMUEL FELTON this is MR. PRICE LEWIS of Great Britain, who will be traveling with Mrs. Warne posing as husband and wife, on your Train from Chicago to Maryland. My next agent is HATTIE LAWTON who will be working with JOHN SCULLY, as a husband and wife team. Mr. TIMOTHY WEBSTER will be working in both Baltimore, Maryland, and Richmond, Virginia gathering information. My team is very diverse, and therefore, not easily detected by others as being spies or detectives.
MR. SAMUEL FELTON I need a drink. Do you have any whiskey Mr. Pinkerton? 42.
ALLAN PINKERTON Help yourself in the cabinet Mr. FELTON. The plan is my team will mingle with the passengers on the Train to Baltimore posing as Southerners, to find out what information they might from other southerners with loose lips. By the time they get to Maryland, we hope to have some leads as to where any conspiracies are being planned, and where with respect to your railway these plans will play out. Mr. Webster has a more dangerous role posing as a Southerner, and traveling down to Richmond, Virginia from Baltimore, Maryland. He will try to determine if any southern sympathizers are plotting against your trains.
MR. SAMUEL FELTON I still have some concerns about woman detectives.
ALLAN PINKERTON It would be difficult for me to dress up as a woman, do you not agree MR. FELTON?
MR. SAMUEL FELTON
ALLAN PINKERTON If you feel you could do better with the government or elsewhere you are welcome to look elsewhere. We have carefully planned this out, and acting as married couples leaves the woman to chat with other southern woman hoping to hear any clues or information about any southern plans to blow up your railway.
MR. SAMUEL FELTON Never mind, guess I am going to have to trust you.
ALLAN PINKERTON As I wrote you in the telegram, this is going to cost considerably more than any normal case. I am dedicating these five people, and myself to just your case for a month or more to come up with a quick solution. Are you in agreement with our increased fees MR. FELTON. 43.
MR. SAMUEL FELTON Yes, yes, what ever it takes. I cannot afford to have any of my rail lines or trains blown up and passengers killed.
ALLAN PINKERTON Then we will proceed with the plan tomorrow, when your Train leaves Chicago for Maryland. Thank you for stopping in MR. FELTON. Please see MR. BANGS before you leave, and he will draw up a standard contract with the increased fees included. My brother Robert will have to approve the final contract, and I will keep you informed if we discover any information that is useful regarding your trains.
MR. SAMUEL FELTON leaves and ALLAN PINKERTON and his team discuss their plan to ride on the Chicago to Maryland Train.
ALLAN PINKERTON (CONT’D) I have purchased tickets for all five of you. I will meet all of you in Baltimore, Maryland at the end of the route. I have other concerns regarding rumors about President Elect Lincoln, that I must track down while you are on the Train to Baltimore. So, here are your tickets, and cash for your expenses on the trip. Send a telegraph immediately if you discover anything about our case that is critical. Also, use code when sending the telegram. Otherwise, wait until you get to Baltimore to report. Get a good nights rest everybody. It is a long train ride to Baltimore, Maryland. Timothy you will transfer from Baltimore to Richmond Virginia, and infiltrate the locals to see if he will hear of any plot against MR. FELTON’s railroad or President Elect Lincoln.
FADE OUT. 44.
ACT SIX- THE CHICAGO TO BALTIMORE TRAIN
SCENE 1- INT. DAY- TRAIN, PASSENGER CAR.
KATE WARNE and PRYCE LEWIS board the first Train to Baltimore and HATTIE LAWTON, JOHN SCULLY, TIMOTHY WEBSTER and ALLAN PINKERTON took the next Train from Chicago to Baltimore Train. Kate’s cover was as a southern belle, ADMANDA BAKER and PRYCE LEWIS was an English Baronet. HATTIE LAWTON and JOHN SCULLY would also pose as husband and wife, aka MR. And MRS.. SMITH, and TIMOTHY WEBSTER was MR. HILDEGARD a southern gentlemen.
PYRCE LEWIS (35) Mrs. Baker you go to the front rail car, and I will sit elsewhere so we have a better chance of picking up some gossip from southern sympathizers.
KATE WARNE Alright PRYCE I will sit next to that woman over there. You can sit elsewhere.
Kate walks across the Train and asks if the seat next to the woman was taken.
KATE WARNE (CONT’D) Excuse me is this seat taken?
MRS.. JOSEPHINE HILL (30) Why no honey. Ya all can have a seat. I don’t mind. (Southern accent)
KATE WARNE Thank ya’ kindly.
Kate sits down.
KATE WARNE (CONT’D) My tis’ is a hot day today isn’t it?
MRS.. JOSEPHINE HILL It certainly is. I have been dying to have the Train start moving so I can open the window to cool off. 45.
KATE WARNE I guess ya’all will have to wait then.
When the Train finally got moving Kate continued a conversation with Mrs.. Josephine Hill.
KATE WARNE (CONT’D) Pardon me, my name is Mrs. Amanda Baker from Alabama.
MRS.. JOSEPHINE HILL How nice, my name is Mrs.. Josephine Hill and I am from Baltimore.
Mrs.. Hill took out her fan, and began fanning herself.
MRS.. JOSEPHINE HILL (CONT’D) I do hope the porter comes round soon, I am starved. I never cared for the services of porters, because they are all black folk.
TRAIN PORTER (30) Good afternoon ladies would you like some cool drinks and food?
MRS. JOSEPHINE HILL Yes, I would like some tea, and a chicken salad sandwich please.
KATE WARNE I think will have the same as Mrs.. Hill, Porter.
TRAIN PORTER Yes ladies, will fetch your lunches right away.
When the food came Kate and Mrs.. Hill engaged in light conversation
KATE WARNE If you don’t mind my asking Mrs.. Hill why are you going to Baltimore?
Mrs.. JOSEPHINE HILL Oh, my husband, and I live in Baltimore deary. I was in Chicago visiting family for a few days.
KATE WARNE Is everything alright between you and the mister? 46.
Mrs.. JOSEPHINE HILL (Clenching her fists in anger) He has been drinking a lot lately, and we fight all the time. I needed a break, so I went to visit my momma in Chicago.
KATE WARNE Really? I am sorry to hear that. What caused him to start drinking so much?
Mrs.. JOSEPHINE HILL He was having Second thoughts about taking the oath.
KATE WARNE What oath is that?
MRS.. JOSEPHINE HILL You’re a Southerner aren’t you?
I sho’ am.
Mrs.. JOSEPHINE HILL So then you know about the secessionists. My husband was a Lieutenant in the Union army, and he resigned to join the secessionists cause. Have you ever heard of the PALMETTO GUARDS?
KATE WARNE No, can’t say that I have.
MRS.. JOSEPHINE HILL Well they are a secret society within the secessionists. They hold secret meetings with candlelit ceremonies and they are dangerous. Oh, my I have said to much already.
KATE WARNE No problem. I am glad we shared our southern feelings.
MRS.. JOSEPHINE HILL Yes, I guess it was good to talk about it to someone. 47.
Kate and Mrs.. Hill talked for hours on the day and 1/2 Train trip.
KATE WARNE Why don’t you join me for dinner Mrs.. Hill tonight in the dining car?
Mrs.. JOSEPHINE HILL I would love to deery. I am so glad we met on this trip.
At dinner that night
MRS.. JOSEPHINE HILL (CONT’D) The roast duck is wonderful Amanda.
KATE WARNE Well then think I will try the duck then.
MRS.. JOSEPHINE HILL My husband, and I will be attending a big party in Baltimore of southern sympathizers. Would you like to join us at the party and meet my husband LIEUTENANT HILL?
KATE WARNE Well, that would be wonderful. Can I bring a male friend?
MRS.. JOSEPHINE HILL But of course, do bring a escort with you. The dress is formal or course.
KATE WARNE I am looking forward to the party then.
Later that night Kate met with PRYCE Lewis in another Train car, and informed him what she had learned.
PRYCE LEWIS Excellent work, Mrs.. Warne. We will have to rent some formal attire in Baltimore for the party when we get there. I will meet up with you after the Train gets into the Baltimore Train station. 48.
KATE WARNE Good will see you then.
ACT SEVEN – THE BALTIMORE SECESSIONISTS PARTY.
SCENE 1- INT. NIGHT- THE HOUSE OF A RICH SOUTHERN SYMPATHIZER25
The next evening was the occasion for the party of southern sympathizers held at a rich southern sympathizer’s mansion. Kate Warne, and PRYCE LEWIS rent high fashion attire to attend the formal party.
BUTLER (60) Name please?
KATE WARNE Amanda Baker and her escort Baronette PRYCE Lewis.
BUTLER Yes, I see your name on the list madam and your escort. Please enter madam.
KATE WARNE My what a big party? Full of rich southerners too.
PRYCE LEWIS Try to find Mrs.. Hill and get her to introduce you to her Lieutenant Husband and I will do the rest.
KATE WARNE I think I see Mrs.. Hill over there. Mix in and have a drink Pyrce and I will introduce you later.
PRYCE LEWIS OK. Good luck Amanda.
KATE WARNE Well there you are Mrs.. Hill. Thank you for inviting me this evening to this wonderful party. 49.
MRS.. JOSEPHINE HILL I am so glad you could make it Amanda. Let me introduce you to my husband LIEUTENANT HILL. He is out on the balcony smoking. Oh dear this is Mrs. Amanda Baker whom I met on the Train from Chicago.
LIEUTENANT HILL (38) Happy to meet you Amanda. My wife Josephine, said you had a wonderful time chatting on the Train.
KATE WARNE Yes, being southerners we have much In common.
LIEUTENANT HILL Would you like a drink Amanda?
KATE WARNE Why thank you Lieutenant. Josephine do you have a drink?
MRS.. JOSEPHINE HILL I have a brandy already thank you. Where is your escort Amanda?
KATE WARNE Oh, he went to get himself a drink. He should be coming over here shortly. I will introduce him to you. Oh, here he comes.
PYRCE, oh PRYCE over here. PRYCE, I would like to introduce you to Josephine Hill who invited me here this evening. PRYCE LEWIS is a Baronette from England.
MRS. JOSEPHINE HILL A baronette you say, well that sounds very formal. Do you come from England? How nice?
Lieutenant Hill returns with a cocktail for Mrs. Baker
LIEUTENANT HILL Amanda here is your drink. 50.
KATE WARNE LIEUTENANT HILL this is my escort Baronette PRYCE Lewis from England.
LIEUTENANT HILL I am glad to meet you sir. (Shaking hands with PRYCE)
PRYCE LEWIS Why don’t we gentlemen adjourn to the garden for a cigar. Would you like an imported cigar Lieutenant?
LIEUTENANT HILL Yes, I would love one. Would you excuse us ladies?
PRYCE and LIEUTENANT HILL depart for the gardens behind the mansion. Kate and Josephine continue drinking all evening. Actually, Kate switches to club soda after the first drink.
An hour later.
MRS.. JOSEPHINE HILL I wonder what happened to my husband? He has been out in the garden all night.
KATE WARNE I will seek them out Josephine. You stay here and I will be right back.
Kate enters the garden calling for PRYCE.
KATE WARNE (CONT’D) PRYCE, PRYCE where are you?
Suddenly, PRYCE steps out of the bushes bleeding from his face.
KATE WARNE (CONT’D) What happened to you?
PRYCE LEWIS I convinced LIEUTENANT HILL that it would be in his best interest if he shared the plot he, and others were planning. I had to use some alcohol, and some force. Come we need to get out of here in case he makes a scene. I bloodied LIEUTENANT HILL’s shirt a bit. 51.
KATE WARNE Let’s get a carriage, and be out of here before we are caught.
FADE OUT. The night Kate send a telegram to ALLAN PINKERTON suggesting she had discovered the story in code, and needed to share it with him. She and friend would be on the next Train to Chicago. When Kate and PRYCE got to Chicago, ALLAN PINKERTON met them at the Train station.
ALLAN PINKERTON So what did you discover PRYCE?
PRYCE LEWIS LIEUTENANT HILL of the Palmetto Guards, a secret organization, told me all the details of how they planned to assassinate President Elect Lincoln when his carriage traveled from the Northbound Train to the Southbound Train connection a mile away would be attacked. A fight would break out to distract the Police, and a assassin would then assassinate Lincoln in the carriage or when he got out. The assassins would escape via a Steamboat chartered in the Baltimore bay, and flee to Virginia.
ALLAN PINKERTON Good job Kate. If you hadn’t made friends with this Mrs. Josephine Hill on the Train, we might never have known the real details of the plot to kill Lincoln. Until this point all we knew is there was a plan, but we did not have the details of the plan. Now that we know what the plan is we can come up with a plan to stop it and protect President Lincoln.
ACT EIGHT- THE PLOT TO KILL PRESIDENT ELECT LINCOLN
SCENE 1- INT. DAY- PINKERTON AGENCY OFFICE. 27 After ALLAN PINKERTON learned of all the details of the assassination plot that KATE WARNE, and PRICE LEWIS discovered in Baltimore, he knew they had to 52.
come up with a plan to protect President Elect Lincoln.
ALLAN PINKERTON Kate great job, and Price you also did a great job. I had some information that a plot against Lincoln was hatching, but I had no specifics. So now we know the Maryland assassins plan to kill Lincoln when he had to take a carriage from the train stop in Baltimore, which is a mile trip from the northbound station, to the southbound station in Baltimore to Washington, D.C..
As I understand it, Kate, they would start a fight to distract the local Police, and then an assassin would attack Lincoln’s carriage, and kill him. Their escape plan was to take a chartered steam boat in the harbor to Virginia, is that right Kate?
KATE WARNE Yes, Allan you have it right. Price do you have anything to add?
PRYCE Lewis (30) That is all we learned from LIEUTENANT HILL, when I got him drunk at the party.
ALLAN PINKERTON Good, let’s work on a plan. First we have to contact Mr. Lincoln. I have a friend that has a connection to Mr. Lincoln in New York City. Kate, I am going to entrust you to personally take a confidential letter to a man named NORMAN B. JUDD in New York City. In this letter, I will include all the general details of the assassination plan by the Maryland secessionists, that Mr. Judd will take to Mr. Lincoln personally. Then we will get a response from Mr. Lincoln, and hopefully, he will meet with us to discuss a plan to protect him, and foil this plan.
KATE WARNE When do you want me to leave Allan? 53.
ALLAN PINKERTON As soon as I can get the plan typed up and put in an envelope. I am entrusting this letter with you Kate because I know I can trust you. Do not share this information with anyone do you understand?
KATE WARNE Of course Allan, secrecy is of the utmost importance in this matter. As soon as you give me the letter, I will go back to my apartment and pack a bag and leave on the first train out of Chicago to New York City.
ALLAN PINKERTON PRYCE and I will remain in Chicago mapping out the details of Lincoln’s schedule. Hopefully, we can get him to cancel it or make some modifications to avoid any problems with the assassins.
An hour later KATE WARNE leaves to get a travel bag and depart on the first Train out of the Chicago Train depot for New York City. Kate arrives in New York City the next day. Upon arrival she goes directly to the Office of MR. NORMAN B. JUDD.
KATE WARNE Mr. Norman B. Judd please? (Speaking to a Secretary)
SECRETARY He is busy with another gentlemen, please have a seat. Whom shall I tell Mr. Judd is here to see him.
KATE WARNE Tell him a Detective from the Pinkerton Detective Agency of Chicago is here with a confidential letter from ALLAN PINKERTON.
A few minutes later Mr. Judd comes out of his office. 54.
NORMAN B. JUDD (45) Mrs.. Warne I assume? Allan sent me a telegraph that you would be arriving with a confidential letter to be hand delivered for me.
KATE WARNE Yes, Mr. Judd. I have the letter for you. Here it is. Please treat the information inside with the utmost confidence sir. Allan did not trust anyone, and sent me directly to deliver this letter.
Mr. Judd had an unlighted cigar in his mouth, and was visibly agitated as he read the letter. Judd lit his cigar sending a plume of smoke into the air.
NORMAN B. JUDD Some of the details of the plan are missing. What is the trouble Mrs.. Warne? Can you give me the details?
KATE WARNE Mr. Judd, I am merely the courier for Mr. Pinkerton, and I am not personally privy to the details of his plan.
NORMAN B. JUDD Is there something more? If you will only tell me how you are situated, and what you are doing on the case in Baltimore, I can better judge how to act.
Mr. Judd continued to press Kate for more information to the point he was getting angry. Suddenly, there was a knock at the door. EDWARD STANFORD a client in the Adams Express robbery that Kate, and Pinkerton had solved appeared at the door. As he entered the room he clasped Kate’s hand in a warm greeting.
FADE IN: 55.
EDWARD STANFORD (40) Mrs.. Warne, so good to see you. How have you been. I haven’t see you since you solved the Adams Express robbery for me.
KATE WARNE Mr. Stanford, how good to see you. May I introduce MR. NORMAN JUDD another friend of Mr. Pinkerton. I have a confidential letter for you from Mr. Pinkerton.
EDWARD STANFORD Thank you Mrs.. Warne. (He opens the letter and reads it). Mr. Judd you may want to read this letter also. As you can see Mr. Pinkerton is already making plans to protect Mr. Lincoln.
NORMAN B. JUDD That pleases me and puts my mind at rest. Pinkerton seems to be a man of sound judgment.
EDWARD STANFORD Mr. Judd, as President of American Telegraph company I want to offer you any services you might need.
NORMAN B. JUDD Thank you Mr. Stanford. I need to withdraw to my room and think about this.
KATE WARNE Remember Mr. Judd this is completely confidential. Do not share this information with anyone please.
Mr. Judd leaves the room and Kate and Edward Stanford are alone.
EDWARD STANFORD So Mr. Judd is gone now, what is the real story Mrs.. Warne?
KATE WARNE I really do not know at this time Mr. Stanford. Mr. Pinkerton did not reveal any information to me at this time. He will in time inform you of the whole plan to save Mr. Lincoln. 56.
EDWARD STANFORD Surely you can give me some hints?
KATE WARNE As I told Mr. Judd, I am just the messenger because Mr. Pinkerton could not trust the US Mail.
EDWARD STANFORD Tell Mr. Pinkerton I owe him a favor and will do what every he deems necessary.
KATE WARNE Thank you Mr. Stanford. I am sure Mr. Pinkerton will be grateful.
EDWARD STANFORD Good bye for now Mrs.. Warne.
Mr. Stanford leaves the room, and immediately afterward a telegram slip is found on the floor under the door.
ALLAN PINKERTON (Telegram Reads) Tell Judd, I meant all, I said, and that today they offer ten for one, and twenty for two odds.
Reading this telegram, Kate immediately goes to Mr. Judd’s room to show him the telegram. Knocking on his door.
KATE WARNE Mr. Judd, it is Mrs.. Warne. I have an important telegram from Mr. Pinkerton for you.
Opening the door.
NORMAN B. JUDD Yes, Mrs.. Warne, what is it?
KATE WARNE I have a telegram for you from Mr. Pinkerton. Please read it.
Mr. Judd takes the telegram and reads it. 57.
NORMAN B. JUDD Wow, they are taking bets against Mr. Lincoln surviving an assassination at twenty to two odds. Oh, my God, this is worst than I imagined. Thank you Mrs.. Warne. I await further word from Mr. Pinkerton and offer my cooperation with talking to Mr. Lincoln.
KATE WARNE leaves Mr. Judd’s room, and heads back to Penn. Station, to return to Chicago on the first available Train.
ACT NINE-THE CONSPIRATORS IN PHILADELPHIA
SCENE 1-INT. DAY, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND.
CAPTAIN JAMES STRONG, CONFEDERATE Lieutenant Hill, you have been selected to go to Philadelphia to shadow the activities of President Elect Lincoln. You are to keep track of his goings and comings.
Remember we are planning on you following him in his train car to Baltimore, Maryland. When the train arrives in Baltimore, you will signal the waiting men who will stage a riot and storm Lincoln’s carriage and shot him on the spot.
LIEUTENANT HILL Yes, Captain Strong. I understand that it is my responsibility to shadow Mr. Lincoln and to see that he gets on the train headed to Baltimore, Maryland.
CAPTAIN JAMES STRONG, CONFEDERATE Good then lets us drink a toast to our plan and may good luck accompany you in your travels to Philadelphia.
LIEUTENANT HILL I will succeed Captain Strong. Make no doubt about it.
FADE OUT. 58.
ACT TEN- MEETING PRESIDENT ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN
SCENE 1- INT. DAY- THE CONTINENTAL HOTEL, PHILADELPHIA
MR. NORMAN JUDD, acting as a go between, sent a note to President Elect Lincoln in the Continental Hotel in Philadelphia, where he was staying. ALLAN PINKERTON, and NORMAN JUDD managed to get a meeting with President Lincoln after some difficulties.
ALLAN PINKERTON It is a pleasure to meet you Mr. Lincoln. Mr. Judd, and I would like to explain to you the details of a conspiracy against you we have discovered in Maryland.
PRESIDENT ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN (52) I am grateful for your service Mr. Pinkerton and Mr. Judd. I find the story difficult to accept, and I wonder if it is just a fantasy?
ALLAN PINKERTON I can assure you Mr. Lincoln that this assassination plan is no fantasy. The Maryland Secessionists have already chartered a steam ship in the Baltimore harbor for their escape. They have your complete speaking schedule in New York, Philadelphia, and Harrisburg, Mr. Lincoln.
PRESIDENT ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN I am still doubtful without some further confirmation about this alleged plot.
NORMAN B. JUDD Mr. Lincoln I have just received a Second confirmation last night from Frederick W. Seward, revealing that an assassination plot against you is a reality.
ALLAN PINKERTON Mr. Lincoln, in light of this confirming news, would it be possible for you to cancel some, or all of your speeches in New York and Harrisburg? 59.
PRESIDENT ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN No, Mr. Pinkerton, that would be impossible. I have made several commitments in Philadelphia and Harrisburg which I cannot cancel.
ALLAN PINKERTON The heart of the assassination plan is their confidence that you will arrive on time with the train, so we are going to have to change the Train time to avoid their presence. I will keep in touch with you Mr. Lincoln as you go from Philadelphia to Harrisburg, just to be safe. At Harrisburg after your Dinner party we will make arrangements for you to leave early, and depart in a horse carriage which will take you to Philadelphia.
When you get out of Harrisburg a trusted employee for the American Telegraph will climb a Telegraph pole, and cut the wires from Harrisburg to Baltimore to prevent any messages warning of a change in your plans. In Philadelphia around 10:00 pm you will board a special Train with a sleeper car in the rear, from Harrisburg to Baltimore and then onto Washington, D.C..
At Baltimore, Maryland there is a one mile ride to the south bound Train terminal. The sleeper car you will be in will be detached from the train, and pulled by horses to the Southern Train connection and attached to the Train there before dawn. We do not want to take the chance of you getting off the train.
KATE WARNE and I, will be with you the whole time on the train. In Harrisburg, when you get on the train you will be in a disguise without your symbolic stove pipe hat, dressed in a woolen hat and a shawl and overcoat, and you will act as the sick brother of KATE WARNE. She will make sure you have a private access to your sleeping car so that no one realizes you have boarded the Train. She will personally guard you all the way to Baltimore, Mr. Lincoln. Once your sleeper car is attached to the Southern Train to Washington, D.C.
ALLAN PINKERTON (CONT’D) KATE WARNE will depart to work with my other agents in Baltimore to see if any changes occur in the assassination plot. Also, at critical points along the Train route Pinkerton operatives will signal with two flashes of a lantern that all is well. Does that plan sound good to you?
PRESIDENT ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN Yes, Mr. Pinkerton I put my safety in your protective custody. Your plan seems to be well thought out, and since we have a confirmation that the plan supports you claim, I must follow your lead.
ALLAN PINKERTON Thank you Mr. Lincoln. The Pinkerton Detective agency will make sure you are protected from now on until you reach the White House safely in Washington, D.C..
SCENE 2- EXT. DAY- FEBRUARY 22, 1861, THE FAKE DECOY 32 SOUTHBOUND TRAIN TO MARYLAND.
A special train rolled into the Baltimore in the middle of the day. A sleeper car with drawn curtains, had been coupled to the regular passenger Train. This is the decoy train Allan Pinkerton arranged to throw the assassins off on their plan.
TRAIN CONDUCTOR (50) There is an unusually hostile crowd assembling. I don’t know what they want, but we had better be on our guard. Is the sleeper car attached yet?
SECOND TRAIN CONDUCTOR (40) Yes Sir, the sleeper car is attached. There must be someone very important to have their own sleeper car headed to Washington, D.C.?
A small group of ruffians storm the Train and go from car to car working their way to the sleeper car looking for Mr. Lincoln. 61.
TRAIN CONDUCTOR Yes, I heard it was some politician in the sleeper car. (Shouting) Look out, a small group of ruffians are pushing their way through the Train. Stop them.
SECOND TRAIN CONDUCTOR I cannot stop them. Stop, where are you going? The sleeper car is private. Stay out of that car. Do you hear me? Stop, what are you doing? You cannot push your way into this Train. I am going to call the Police and have you arrested.
RUFFIAN (30) Out of the way Conductor or we will beat you on the side of your head. No dammed abolitionists like Lincoln. Seize him boys.
RUFFIAN 2 (20) There is no Lincoln in the sleeping car. Where is he. Damm, he fooled us. Everyone get out of here before the Police come.
FADE OUT. Unbeknown to the thugs the man in the sleeping car was VICE PRESIDENT ELECT HANNIBAL HAMLIN (42) and his wife ELLEN HAMLIN (35), but the thugs had never seen Mr. Hamlin before, so he escaped injury luckily.
HANNIBAL HAMLIN (50) VICE PRESIDENT ELECT Are you alright Ellen?
ELLEN HAMLIN (35) That was an awful crowd of hostile thugs. They were looking for President Elect Lincoln. They did not realize that you are the Vice President Elect Hannibal. That was a close one. 62.
HANNIBAL HAMLIN Yes, dear. I will inform President Elect Lincoln of this incident as soon as we get to Washington, D.C., There is a lot of terrible southern resentment toward the Union, and President Elect Lincoln.
ACT TEN- THE PINKERTON MASTER PLAN BEGINS
SCENE 1- INT. DAY- ST. LEWIS HOTEL IN PHILADELPHIA 34 It has been a long and difficult day for ALLAN PINKERTON. He had to run around Philadelphia all day sending telegrams, and receiving them, and talking to his operatives.
ALLAN PINKERTON We are going to have to find a way for Mr. Lincoln to change his schedule some way. The entire trip has been published in the Newspapers, and everyone, including the assassins, know what time, and where he will be in New York City, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Baltimore.
PRYCE LEWIS Perhaps if you approach Mr. Lincoln again you can change his mind?
ALLAN PINKERTON That is impossible. He will not change his mind, and it is impossible to talk with him surrounded by guards every minute of the day and night. Everywhere Mr. Lincoln goes crowds assemble increasing the risk to him. I wish I could have gotten a room in the Continental, where Lincoln is staying, but they have been booked for a year since the announcement that Lincoln would be coming to Philadelphia. This St. Louis Hotel is much quieter, and now quite as grand as the Continental. I reserved a room for Kate also. She should be arriving today. (MORE) 63.
ALLAN PINKERTON (CONT’D) Meanwhile, I have an appointment with Samuel Felton at 9:00 am.
At 9:00 am outside of a hotel on Broad Street, MR. SAMUEL FELTON and Mr. Pinkerton walked toward the depot of the PW&B railroad.
MR. SAMUEL FELTON Good to see you Mr. Pinkerton. How are you today? Any news of my railroad?
ALLAN PINKERTON Samuel, we have much to talk about. Come take a walk with me, so we cannot be overheard? First of all, we investigated any conspiracy to destroy your railroad, and found out that this was related to an assassination plot to kill President Elect Lincoln on your trains or just after he got off your trains.
MR. SAMUEL FELTON Really? I am shocked. A plot to kill the President on my trains. Oh, God, what is next?
ALLAN PINKERTON Most important of all now that I have revealed the details of the plot to you is to keep it secret no matter what. Do not even tell your wife. The safety of the President is dependent on absolute secrecy so that my detectives can carry out our plan successfully.
I will need a special sleeping coach for Mr. Lincoln, from you, traveling from Harrisburg at a time to be determined. At Baltimore where the northern Train ends, I need the special sleeper car detached, and pulled by horses to your southern connection in Baltimore, early in the morning before the sun rises. Can you do that for me, Mr. FELTON?
MR. SAMUEL FELTON Yes, of course Mr. Pinkerton. I am happy to oblige, especially since this will help to protect any damage to my railroad. What about Harve de Grace? As you know we have to detach the sleeping car, and put it on a barge, and float it to the other side of the water, and reconnect it to the southbound Train there.
MR. SAMUEL FELTON (CONT’D) The conspirators would love to blow up or set on fire the barge.
ALLAN PINKERTON I realize that Harve’ de Grace is a dangerous spot for assassins so I am sending some of my detectives Timothy Webster and Hattie Lawton to that point in the rail line. I want you to assemble all of your men that you can spare to protect the Lincoln Train when it crosses Harve’ de Grace, and all the bridges along the way. I will deploy some of my own men along the way with signal lanterns, but we need your men to protect the rails from fire or assault.
MR. SAMUEL FELTON I will try to assemble at least 200 men at the bridges, and Harve’ de Grace to protect the Train at all costs.
ALLAN PINKERTON No one except you, and I will know the exact time the Train will go by different bridges. I will not announce the time to my detectives, until the last minute to keep everything completely secret. Do you understand Mr. FELTON?
MR. SAMUEL FELTON Yes, I do Mr. Pinkerton and you have my full cooperation.
ALLAN PINKERTON Thank you, I will remain in touch with you with telegrams. My code name will be “Plums,” and Lincoln’s code name will be “Nuts.” Do not use my real name or Lincoln’s real name in any telegrams or personal notes. Do you understand MR. FELTON? Anyone can intercept telegrams at any time despite the fact that I have Mr. Edward Stanford, President of the American Telegraph company holding back any transmissions from Harrisburg or Philadelphia to Baltimore or Washington while Mr. Lincoln’s Train is in route. 65.
MR. SAMUEL FELTON Good ideas, excellent Mr. Pinkerton, you seem to have all contingencies covered.
ALLAN PINKERTON I am trying to cover all possibilities MR. FELTON. I will speak with you later. Good day Sir.
SCENE 2- INT. NIGHT- TIMOTHY WEBSTER VISITS KATE AT 3:00 AM. Allan discovers that Timothy and Kate are secretly carrying an affair. He sees Kate kissing Timothy at her room early in the morning.
ALLAN PINKERTON Kate it is Allan, open the door please.
KATE WARNE Yes? Who is it? Allan? It is too late, I am sleeping.
ALLAN PINKERTON Kate open the door I have to speak with you immediately. It is urgent.
KATE WARNE Of course Allan. What is so urgent Allan?
ALLAN PINKERTON Kate, I saw TIMOTHY WEBSTER kissing you when he was leaving your hotel room a few minutes ago. Are you having an affair with him Kate?
KATE WARNE Allan, I wanted to tell you, but I knew you would not take it well. Timothy, and I are engaged to be married, after he divorces his wife. I realized when we were lovers, that you would never divorce your wife ,and I decided to move on with my life. 66.
ALLAN PINKERTON I cannot believe you don’t love me anymore. You told me you love me. What happened?
KATE WARNE I have changed Allan, and you are still married to your wife. I will quit, if you want me to, if you think our affair is going to interfere with work.
ALLAN PINKERTON No, you are too important to me and this plan to quit now. I am just hurt, and disappointed Kate. I will meet you tomorrow when we take the Train to Harrisburg to meet with President Elect Lincoln. Good bye.
KATE WARNE (Crying) Good night Allan.
FADE TO BLACK.
ACT TWELVE- MR. LINCOLN IF YOU PLEASE
SCENE 1- INT. DAY- HARRISBURG TRAIN STATION 37 Pinkerton’s plan began with President Elect Abraham Lincoln leaving the dinner party early in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and heading immediately via a horse and buddy to the HarrisburgTrain station. On the way he would dress in a disguise as an old man with a disability. Kate would meet Allan and Lincoln’s bodyguard Mr. Lamon at the Train station with four tickets. Pinkerton had arranged for a special sleeper car to be attached to the back of the Train for President Elect Lincoln. After a short ride in the middle of the night the horse and buggy arrives with Lincoln, Lamon, and Pinkerton.
ALLAN PINKERTON Hurray Mr. President we have to make it to the train in the Harrisburg train station. The assassins think you are taking the train out of Harrisburg later tomorrow morning. They will realize in a few hours they have been fooled and will try to figure where you went from the dinner Mr. President. 67.
PRESIDENT ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN Good thinking Mr. Pinkerton. I see you have thought out your plan in great detail. Oh, here is agent Warne.
PRESIDENT ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CONT’D) You have a female detective Mr. Pinkerton?
ALAN PINKERTON Yes, Mr. President. She is one of my best agents.
KATE WARNE Welcome brother (speaking to Lincoln) and Allan, and Mr. Lamon. I have four Train tickets for the sleeping car at the back of the Train. I also convinced a Conductor, nicely, that my disabled brother (Mr. Lincoln posing as the brother) needed privacy to enter the car so that he would not have to drag his body through the Train cars. There are four sleeping compartments for us separated by a curtain from the other passengers.
ALLAN PINKERTON Good let’s get on board, and get your brother in position. Mr. Lamon you can go first, and Kate will follow with her brother on her arm.
PRESIDENT ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN (Whispering) Thank you everyone, especially you Mrs. Warne.
KATE WARNE (Whispering) My pleasure Mr. President. Here, let me help you up in to the Train. Watch your step.
PRESIDENT ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN
KATE WARNE Here are your sleeping berths for the trip to Baltimore Gentlemen. I apologize to my brother, he may be too tall for the sleeping bunks. 68.
PRESIDENT ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN I will figure a way to shrink my body.
KATE WARNE (Laughs) You are funny brother.
ALLAN PINKERTON Mrs. Warne is one of my best agents Mr. Lincoln, and she will be with you all the way to Baltimore. If you need anything, she will fetch it for you. Oh, here comes the Conductor.
CONDUCTOR (30) Tickets, tickets please.
KATE WARNE I have all four of the tickets Conductor. My brother is disabled, and sleeping. He does not wish to be disturbed, if that is alright with you?
CONDUCTOR Of course madam, no problem. Tickets, tickets please.
ALLAN PINKERTON Quick thinking Kate. Good job. Kate will remain just outside the curtain Mr. Lincoln at all times, and Mr. Lamon, and I will retire for the evening in the sleeping berths. I have agents stationed along the Train tracks all the way to Baltimore with signal lanterns to let me know if everything is clear of assassins. At Harve’ de Grace, MR. SAMUEL FELTON will have 20 or more Train workers available in case of any problems when the Train cars are put on barges to cross the river to the other side.
MR. NORMAN LAMON (40) PRESIDENTIAL BODYGUARD Sounds like you have a detailed plan Mr.
Pinkerton. I am glad for Abe, and I have been law partners for a while, and I too want to see him get safely to Washington, D.C..
ALLAN PINKERTON That is both our desires Mr. Lamon if I have anything to do about it.
ALLAN PINKERTON (CONT’D) Kate, I have my friend in American Telegraph holding all telegraphs from Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and New York to Washington, D.C., for as long as we are traveling by Train. This will prevent any assassins telegraphing ahead that there has been changes in Lincoln’s schedule. I am exhausted, and if you will excuse me I need to get rest for I must check out the back window all night for my agents signal lights.
KATE WARNE How are you doing Mr. Lincoln or shall I call you President Lincoln?
PRESIDENT ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN Mr. Lincoln or Abe would be fine Mrs.. Warne. I am not yet President.
KATE WARNE Please call me Kate, Mr. Lincoln.
PRESIDENT ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN Fine then. How is it that you became a female Detective Kate?
KATE WARNE That is a long, long story Mr. Lincoln. (Laughing) I was a young widow at age 24, with no job to support myself, and I managed to convinced Mr. Pinkerton, after he refused me at first, that a woman detective could enter places where men could not go and get the confidence of woman who were married to criminals.
PRESIDENT ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN Really? That sounds very interesting. I see you carry a pistol in your purse. Do you know how to use it Kate?
KATE WARNE Yes, Mr. Lincoln, rest assured that I practice regularly at the gun range to improve my accuracy. 70.
PRESIDENT ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN Just like the wild west. (Laughing)
KATE WARNE Have you always wanted to be a Politician Mr. Lincoln?
PRESIDENT ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN Surprisingly No, Kate. I tried different businesses, and failed at all of them. Finally, I studied hard, and took the Illinois State Law test, and passed it. Mr. Lamon and I are partners in a Law firm in Springfield, Illinois.
KATE WARNE Really? I did not know that. How then did you get into politics?
PRESIDENT ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN I was drawn into politics when I saw what was happening in America and in our county over anti-slavery issues and the strength of the Union of States. I was afraid that our Nation was going to pull apart. Many of our local politicians were corrupt and did not serve the people, but they served themselves.
KATE WARNE What do you supposed you would be doing if you were not elected?
PRESIDENT ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN I would probably still be a local lawyer with my partner Mr. Lamon, isn’t that right Lamon.
MR.LAMON Sure Abe, just like the old days, scraping out a living being lawyers. Ha..
KATE WARNE What else would you be doing if you weren’t a lawyer or politician Mr. Lincoln?
PRESIDENT ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN Oh, I don’t know fishing I guess? I love the out of doors. I could just sit by a creek and fish all day. Well, maybe I could be a Comedian? 71.
Mr. Pinkerton had fallen asleep and was snoring in his sleeping berth.
KATE WARNE A Comedian, really, Mr. Lincoln. That is funny (Laughing). I caught myself (Hand over her mouth), I am sorry for laughing at you Mr. Lincoln.
PRESIDENT ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN Don’t worry about it. It is refreshing to see someone being themselves. In the political world everyone is putting on a show pretending to be someone they are not. Few people are really sincere. Your Laugh is contagious Kate. I can even tell jokes Kate.
KATE WARNE Really? Now you are really surprising me.
Kate and President Lincoln talked and laughed for many hours into the night, while ALLAN PINKERTON kept waking up to check his agents signal lanterns along the way, and Mr. Lamon was sound asleep. When President Lincoln finally fell asleep, Kate tip toed outside the curtain across from the sleeping compartment, and sat there all night with a pistol in her purse.
FADE IN: Meanwhile back in Harrisburg Lieutenant Hill is waiting on the train in Harrisburg for President Elect to board. Finally, after Lincoln does not board the train, Lieutenant Hill realizes he had been tricked.
LIEUTENANT HILL Damm it where the hell is Lincoln? Something must have happened. The train is leaving and there is no evidence of Lincoln boarding. I better leave before the train departs. My friends in the Palmetto Guard are not going to be happy.
Lieutenant Hill goes to the local telegraph office and sends a message to Captain Jones of the Palmetto Guard in Baltimore.
LIEUTENANT HILL (CONT’D) Lincoln not on train. Stop. Please advise. Stop. Check trains arriving in Baltimore. Stop. (MORE) 72.
LIEUTENANT HILL (CONT’D) Await instructions. Stop. Clerk please send this telegraph immediately.
TELEGRAPH CLERK Yes Sir, but there seems to be some problem with the telegraph lines.
LIEUTENANT HILL This message is urgent.
TELEGRAPH CLERK We will send some men out to check the lines as soon as the sun comes up.
Unknown to the clerk, Allan Pinkerton had a telegraph employee cut the lines from Harrisburg to Philadelphia, New York, and Baltimore.
Back on the train with Lincoln, Pinkerton and Warne a few hours later.
ALLAN PINKERTON We are approaching Harve’ de Grace. They will uncouple the Train, and put it on a barge and float us across the river. This will take some time and MR. SAMUEL FELTON’s agents, and mine are on the lookout for any assassins. There is the OK lantern. Now I can rest until the next bridge.
KATE WARNE What time do you expect us to arrive in Baltimore Allan?
ALLAN PINKERTON Around 3:00 or 3:30am Kate.
KATE WARNE What is the plan in Baltimore?
ALLAN PINKERTON The Train crew will detach our sleeping car and pull it by horses to the southern terminal where the sleeping car will be attached to the Train headed to Washington, D.C..
ALLAN PINKERTON (CONT’D) You will depart the Train in Baltimore, with Detective Price Lewis, and make sure everything in Baltimore is quiet. We will meet you after President Lincoln arrives in Washington, D.C. You will take the next Train out of Baltimore, after we are gone. It would not look appropriate for a woman to be traveling with President Lincoln when he arrives in Washington, D.C., you understand?
KATE WARNE I understand Allan. If we get past the Train connection in Baltimore everything should be safe from then on into Washington, D.C..
ALLAN PINKERTON Yes, if we are on schedule, we should arrive in Washington, D.C. Around 7:00 or 7:30 am. I have arranged for a special carriage to carry President Lincoln, myself, and Mr. Lamon to the Whitehouse, immediately from the Train.
KATE WARNE We should be pulling into Baltimore soon. I could use some rest. I have stayed awake all night guarding President Lincoln.
ALLAN PINKERTON Stay alert, we are almost to our destination.
As the Train arrives in Baltimore the end leg of the Harrisburg to Baltimore route, the Train crews very quietly detaches the sleeping car from the Train, and begin to pull it with horses on a special track connecting to the Southern bound Train a mile away.
KATE WARNE I am going to leave you Gentlemen now and it has been a pleasure meeting you Mr. President. Allan does not feel it is appropriate for you to be seen with a single woman when the train pulls into Union Station in Washington, D.C.. 74.
PRESIDENT ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN The pleasure has been all mine Kate. Thank you for your services. I will never forget your sacrifices and protection in thwarting the assassination plot. You are truly a hero.
ALLAN PINKERTON Kate, you and Price Lewis will stay in Baltimore to make sure everything is quiet here, and then take the next Train to Washington to meet us there. Good bye for now, and good job Kate.
KATE WARNE I have to hurray to get off the Train before they start pulling it with horses to the other Train station. Good bye everyone. Good bye Mr. Lincoln.
Kate leaves the Train and meets Pinkerton agent PRYCE Lewis at the station in a carriage and they ride off into the darkness.
ALLAN PINKERTON The Train uncoupling is going well and they are hooking up the horses now to pull us to the next Train station a mile away.
PRESIDENT ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN Everything seems to be going smoothly Mr.
Pinkerton. Your plan is well detailed.
The sleeper car is now attached to the southern Train to Washington, D.C., and President Lincoln is close to his destination with his body guard Mr. Lamon.
ALLAN PINKERTON It is 7:30 am President Lincoln, and we are pulling into the Washington, D.C. Train station. There will be a special carriage waiting for us there to take us all to the White House safely.
PRESIDENT ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN Thank you Mr. Pinkerton. It certainly has been an experience and as you promised your plan covered all contingencies.
PRESIDENT ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN Mr. Lamon are you awake. We are here in Washington, D.C., finally.
As the Train comes to a stop, President Lincoln, Mr. Lamon and Mr. Pinkerton exit the sleeper car, and get into carriage as the sun begins to rise over the city.
ALLAN PINKERTON Well, we made it Mr. President.
PRESIDENT ELECT ABRAHAM LINCOLN Thank God for that Mr. Pinkerton and tell KATE WARNE and your other agents that they did a wonderful job.
A few hours later PRYCE Lewis and KATE WARNE arrived on the next southbound Train from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., and met ALLAN PINKERTON, whose eyes seem to be drooping from the tension and lack of sleep. They all get into a carriage to the Hotel, and their rooms were all reserved in advanced, as they retired after a very long night. In a few days President Lincoln will be sworn in as the 16th President of the United States.
FADE TO BLACK.
ACT TWELVE- THE CIVIL WAR BREAKS OUT, APRIL 1861
SCENE 1- INT. DAY- PINKERTON’S OFFICE, 39 The Civil War breaks out one month after President Abraham Lincoln is sworn in as President. Allan Pinkerton is writing a letter to President Lincoln offering the services of the Pinkerton Detective Agency in the protection of the President, gathering information from spies in the south, and protecting vital Union documents.
ALLAN PINKERTON (Writing a Letter at his desk)(Speaking out loud) Dear President Lincoln.
ALLAN PINKERTON (CONT’D) With the outbreak of Southern Rebellion I would like to offer the services of the Pinkerton Agency to you as a Federal Secret Service to enable you to spy on the South and protect vital information you may have.
AllAN PINKERTON (CONT’D) Betsy send this telegram to President Lincoln in Washington, D.C., right away.
SECRETARY Yes, Mr. Pinkerton. I will send it now.
FADE OUT. Several weeks later there is no response from President Lincoln in regard to Allan Pinkerton’s offer of services.
SECRETARY (CONT’D) Mr. Pinkerton there is a telegram for you from GENERAL GEORGE McCELLAN. You better read it right away. It is marked urgent.
Allan picks up the telegram and reads it.
ALLAN PINKERTON (Speaking to the Secretary) General McClellan wants me, and the Pinkerton Detective agency to come to Cincinnati to serve as his Director of Security for the Union. Pack up your stuff, Suzie, we are relocating to Cincinnati. I am leaving immediately, and I will return to organize our papers, and inform our Detectives that we will be working for General McClellan.
ALLAN PINKERTON leaves the office, and goes to the Chicago Train station, and leaves on the first Train to Cincinnati to meet with GENERAL GEORGE McCELLAN. A day later he arrives at Cincinnati and goes directly to General McClellan’s offices.
GENERAL’S SECRETARY ANNA DECKER (30) Mr. Pinkerton, go right in, General McClellan is expecting you. 77.
ALLAN PINKERTON General McClellan the Pinkerton Detective agency would be more than happy to work on your staff to help with the Spy effort with the South. I am sending TIMOTHY WEBSTER my best operative, and Hattie Lewis, to pose as his wife, to Tennessee, and then onto Richmond, Virginia, to spy on the Confederates there posing as husband and wife.
GENERAL GEORGE McCELLAN (60) I am glad to have you on board Allan. Since you saved my ass when I was at the Adams Express company, when you exposed that Mr. Maroney for embezzlement. I have been always grateful. Your Spy operation will be of great importance to the Union information gathering from the Confederates.
ALLAN PINKERTON Thank you George. It will be my pleasure to work with you. I wrote the President offering my services, but I guess he was too busy to respond?
GENERAL GEORGE MCCLELLEN You know President Lincoln, he is always too busy to respond to anyone including you and me.
ALLAN PINKERTON One of my operatives, Kate Warne is engaged to be married to Timothy Webster, and she will be most disappointed to learn I had to send him to the South to gather intelligence.
GENERAL GEORGE MCCLELLEN She will get over it in time. Hell, it is War, not party time. We all have to make sacrifices.
ALLAN PINKERTON Knowing Kate, I doubt it.
FADE OUT. 78.
SCENE 2- INT. DAY- PINKERTON’S CHICAGO OFFICE 41 A week later, Allan is moving his headquarters from Chicago to Cincinnati, Ohio, where General McClellan has his staff offices. As the offices are being packed up in Chicago, Kate Warne shows up.
KATE WARNE Allan where is TIMOTHY? He left without telling me where he was going?
ALLAN PINKERTON Sit down Kate. I have some news for you. I sent Timothy, and Hattie to Richmond to spy on the confederates. General George McCELLAN personally asked for Timothy, and Hattie to go to Richmond, so that he might learn what the Confederates were planning.
KATE WARNE (Angry) You sent Timothy to Richmond to spy on the Confederates, when you knew we were engaged to get married next month. How could you do this Allan? Is this you way of getting back at me for breaking off our affair? (Starts hitting Allan by pounding her fists on his chest, knocking a cigarette out of his mouth)
ALLAN PINKERTON Kate you have to calm down. I gave this decision great thought, and I knew you would not agree, but for the sake of the Union, Timothy is the best and only operative I have that has Southern connections that can pass him off as a Southern Sympathizer. I did not mean to hurt you. What we once shared is always precious to me.
KATE WARNE Precious my ass. This is Allan Pinkerton playing God again. I am so angry with you I could spit on your floor. I want to pull every hair in my head out. What have you done to me Allan? You know how important this marriage was to me to Timothy and yet you selfishly went ahead without first telling me what you were thinking about doing. 79.
ALLAN PINKERTON Now Kate, Timothy will be fine. He is a genius when it comes to spying.
KATE WARNE Now that you have destroyed my life, what I am I supposed to do?
ALLAN PINKERTON I had hoped that you would be my number one assistant in working with General McClellan.
KATE WARNE Allan, I am so mad at you that I can see blood in my eyes. Why didn’t you send Pryce Lewis to Richmond? He had spied in the South before. If I had a gun right now I would shoot you right through the head Allan. You always place your needs first before anyone else. I though you trusted me and that we were partners who worked together. Yet, when I least expect it you send Timothy off to Richmond without even telling me first. There is nothing you can say that is going to calm me down.
ALLAN PINKERTON I am sorry you feel that way Kate. We are at war with the South Kate and things have changed.
KATE WARNE Things have changed alright. You made a decision to send my finance’ to spy on Richmond to please your buddy General McClellan, not to please me or to place my feelings first. It is all about Allan and how great you think you are. You need to stop playing with peoples lives Allan.
ALLAN PINKERTON Kate if I had another choice I would have made it but Timothy has previous experience working in the South and is able to get in the inner circle of Generals in Richmond. I apologize Kate, what else do you want me to say? 80.
KATE WARNE Damm you Allan. I hope the day comes when you regret making this decision. I don’t know how I am ever going to be able to work with you again or trust you again? You are the epitome of the devil himself.
ALLAN PINKERTON In time it will all work out for the best. Everyone knows this War will only last six months anyway. It will be over before you know it Kate.
KATE WARNE Six months, bull shit Allan. You have no idea how long this war will last, let along if the Confederates turn out to be more difficult than imagined. You have ruined my day Allan and I don’t know how I can forgive you. Take my pistol and badge, I am through with the Pinkerton Detective Agency and you Allan. Good Bye.
Kate slams the Pinkerton office door, and leaves the building.
SCENE 3- INT. DAY- KATE WARNE’S LIVINGROOM 42 Kate is sitting in her livingroom drinking Scotch, and smoking a cigarette, a bad habit she learned from cigar and cigarette smoking Allan Pinkerton. She is depressed and her pistol is sitting on the table next to her.
KATE WARNE (Speaking out loud) Damm, what have I done with my life? Is this how Allan repays loyalty? Did I blackmail him and threaten to tell his wife? No. Did I threaten to tell George Banks who suspected something was going on between us all along? No. Why has he treated me this way. (Picking up the pistol) Perhaps it is easier this way? (Holding the pistol to her mouth) I can’t do this. I wish I was weaker. What am I going to do now without the Pinkerton agency? Crawl back I guess for I have no options but to play my role as a Pinkerton operative and support the Union in this war.
KATE WARNE (CONT’D) (Slugs down a shot of Scotch) I hate this Scotch but it numbs my brain and that is good.
Kate gets up and looks out the window of her apartment.
KATE WARNE (CONT’D) Well I guess it is time to pack up and head for Cincinnati? Damm him.
SCENE 4- INT. DAY- GENERAL MCCLELLAN’S OFFICES IN CINCINNATI 43 Two weeks later Kate reports to General McClellan’s Offices in Cincinnati, Ohio where ALLAN PINKERTON has set up offices for him and his operatives.
KATE WARNE Where is Mr. Pinkerton’s offices?
SECRETARY JONES (22) Upstairs Ms., and to the right.
KATE WARNE Thank you Madam.
Climbing the stairs and turning right, Kate enters Allan’s new offices.
ALLAN PINKERTON Kate, I am so glad to see you. I saved you an office just for you. I knew you would come back. Rather, I hoped you would come back.
KATE WARNE Allan, I an not going to forget what you did to Timothy, but I need to support the Union, and it seems you have found your way into the war in General McClellan’s good graces.
ALLAN PINKERTON Timothy will be coming back to Washington, D.C., on a regular basis because he has secured a position as a courier for several important Confederate leaders in Richmond. I am sending you to our office in Washington, D.C., so that you and Timothy can be together. I apologize for the misunderstanding. I hope you can forgive me?
ALLAN PINKERTON (CONT’D) Timothy is the best operative I have in the South. He is working for the Confederate Secretary of War, and has vital information that he will bring on a monthly or bimonthly basis back to Washington, D.C.. Does that make you happy now? You can pack your bags when ever you want and leave for the Washington.
I will remain with my old friend GENERAL GEORGE McCELLAN. You remember the Adams Express company case you solved? Well, the President of the Adams Express Company was George. He has been forever grateful for us solving that case. Come on, and I will introduce you to GENERAL McCELLAN.
Minutes later Allan takes Kate into General McClellan’s offices.
ALLAN PINKERTON (CONT’D) George do you have a minute? I want to introduce you to one of my best Detectives.
GENERAL GEORGE MCCLELLEN Sure, come on in Allan.
ALLAN PINKERTON General McClellan allow me to introduce Mrs.. KATE WARNE my best Detective in the Pinkerton Agency.
GENERAL GEORGE MCCLELLEN Happy to meet you Madam. Allan will arrange for a hotel room for you and all your food will be paid for by the Federal government. You are now officially employed by the Union army as a consultant. We will use you to collect messages from Mr. Webster who will be making regular trips from Richmond to Washington, D.C., with information about the Confederate troop movements. You will also take messages over the Confederate lines once in a while to our operatives behind the lines. You will disguise yourself as a Southern woman as you have in cases in the past. Do you have any questions?
GENERAL GEORGE MCCLELLEN (CONT’D) Oh, the government will pay the Pinkerton Detective Agency for your services once a month, and in turn Allan will give you your pay check from his payroll. Nice meeting you Mrs..
ALAN PINKERTON George, Kate is going to man the Washington, D.C. Office to pass on the correspondence from TIMOTHY WEBSTER. Come on Kate I will show you your hotel room.
Kate and Allan get ready to leave and General McClellan calls just Allan back.
GENERAL GEORGE MCCLELLEN Allan are you crazy? A female detective? What are we going to do with her when we are on the battle lines?
ALLAN PINKERTON I already have Hattie Lawton a female detective deployed with TIMOTHY WEBSTER in Richmond as spies. Kate will work in the Washington office as a link between TIMOTHY WEBSTER, and us. She will also be a courier, and spy as needed. When your headquarters are in the field we will need a uniform for her to act as an a male attache’, and we need to give her a separate tent.
GENERAL GEORGE MCCLELLEN Alright if you say so. She will work out well as a female spy or a courier. The information from Mr. Webster is vital to me, since he is working with leaders of the Confederates.
ALLAN PINKERTON I told you before, she helped save President Lincoln’s life in the Baltimore case.
GENERAL GEORGE MCCLELLEN She will be your responsibility completely, then Allan.
FADE OUT. 84.
ACT THIRTEEN- THE TIMOTHY WEBSTER AFFAIR
SCENE 1-INT. DAY- TIMOTHY WEBSTER’S HOTEL ROOM IN RICHMOND,45 VIRGINIA TIMOTHY WEBSTER and Hattie Lewis, acting as husband and wife, are under deep cover in Richmond, Virginia, where Timothy is a courier for Judah Benjamin, The Confederate Secretary of War.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER (Writing a letter at his desk) I have worked my way into the Confidence of Mr. Judah Benjamin, the Confederate Secretary of War, working as a trusted courier. I am privy to the location of Confederate troops, and their movement. I will send dispatches in detail of what I have learned working for Secretary of War, Judah Benjamin. Once a month I have letters from Mr. Benjamin, and other Confederate officers to bring to their wives and families in Washington, D.C., Signed TIMOTHY WEBSTER. Hattie can you put this letter in code for me please?
HATTIE LEWIS (29) Timothy, I have another letter from Kate. I will leave it on the table. Sure give me your letter and I will translate it into Pinkerton code.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER Thank you Hattie. (Timothy Opens the letter and reads aloud) Dear Timothy. I hope you are safe, and well in Richmond. You know Allan acted out of spite in sending you to Richmond to spy on the Confederates. After he discovered our affair, he was angry, and wished to get even with you and I. He sent you to Richmond without my knowledge, and by the time I realized what he had done, it was too late. I left Pinkerton’s for a few weeks to get my thoughts together, but eventually I had to return.
I was very angry with Allan, and he was angry at me.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER (CONT’D) I was not sure I would return, but the realization dawned upon me that being a detective was the only work I knew how to do, and the pay was also good. I love working as a Detective, so I had to swallow my pride, and return to Allan and the Pinkerton Agency. Allan is feeling guilty to some degree, because he has assigned me to the Washington Pinkerton Office to receive your messages, and telegraph them to General McClellan in a weird code. So, we will be able to see one another on occasion. I look forward to being with you again in your arms. I am staying at the National Hotel in Washington, room 344.
Currently, like you, I am a courier bringing or sending messages from Washington to Cincinnati.
Anyway, I love and miss you. When you return from your Richmond assignment each month we can talk about get married, after you get your divorce from your wife. Stay safe love, K.W.
Damm I miss her. I never realized the real reason Allan sent me to Richmond was to keep us apart. Damm him.
Hattie, I have many communications and letters from Officers to their families in Washington to take. I will have to take a horse and wagon over the confederate line. I have a Military pass to get through the Confederate lines, but when I am in Union territory, I am at risk. I will try, and be back in a month. Meanwhile, stay busy with the southern women in Richmond, and attend their parties, and keep up appearances.
HATTIE LEWIS I will be sure to find out any information I can while you are in Washington. Be careful Timothy, you are in a dangerous position. 86.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER Don’t worry I have a hollow cane in which I keep the messages rolled up. If I am stopped they will never realize the messages are in the cane.
SCENE 2- INT. DAY- JUDAH BENJAMIN’S OFFICE, CONFEDERATE SECRETARY OF WAR
Timothy goes to Mr. Benjamin’s office in Richmond to pick up correspondence to be delivered to Washington, D.C..
JUDAH BENJAMIN, CONFEDERATE SECRETARY OF WAR (40) Mr. Webster come in. I have some dispatches for you to take to Washington to our friends there. How soon can you leave? I have the paperwork for you to get through the Confederate lines, and from there on you are on your own. I am also giving you some Union money to cover your expenses in Washington, D.C.. As usual you are to remain discrete.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER I am packed, and have a horse and wagon ready to leave Sir.
JUDAH BENJAMIN, CONFEDERATE SECRETARY OF WAR Good. I want you to take these correspondences to our usual friends in Washington, D.C., and wait for a response to bring back.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER I will leave immediately Sir.
JUDAH BENJAMIN, CONFEDERATE Secretary OF WAR Good luck, and be careful on the Union side. 87.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER I will Sir. Good day. I should be back in several weeks.
SCENE 3- EXT. DAY- THE CONFEDERATE AND UNION
TIMOTHY WEBSTER leaves Richmond, and heads north on his horse and wagon. In a day he reaches the Confederate lines and is stopped by a picket.
CONFEDERATE PICKET Halt, show your papers sir.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER I am a courier for Mr. Judah Benjamin, Secretary of War. Here are my papers for traveling through the Confederate lines.
CONFEDERATE PICKET Thank you sir. These papers look alright. Be careful, sir the Union troops are a days ride up the road.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER Thank you. will keep an eye out for them.
As Timothy heads down the road to Washington, D. C. He is stopped about forty miles from the Confederate line by a Union Picket.
UNION PICKET Halt. State your business sir. Do you have papers?
TIMOTHY WEBSTER Yes, I have papers from GENERAL GEORGE McCELLAN to travel through the Union lines to Washington, D.C. 88.
UNION PICKET Your papers look like they are in order sir. Proceed ahead.
SCENE 4- EXT. DAY WASHINGTON, D.C. 48 After a week of riding Timothy finally reaches Washington, D.C. And another picket stops him, and then he continues to the houses of the confederate spies to deliver, and collect messages. While in Washington, D.C., Timothy reunites with his finance’ Kate Warne who is in charge of the Pinkerton Washington Offices.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER (Knocking on the Pinkerton Washington Office door) Hello, Kate are you there?
KATE WARNE (Rushing out the door of the Pinkerton Office) Timothy, oh my God it is so good to see you again. Tell me all about your work in Richmond.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER Let’s go to your place so I can take a bath and clean up and I will tell you the whole story. Kiss me sweetheart. (Kate and Tim embrace in front of the Pinkerton offices)
KATE WARNE Come my hotel room is just a few blocks away. I will order some dinner to be delivered to my room. How long will you be staying in Washington, D.C.?
TIMOTHY WEBSTER About two weeks maximum and then I have to return. Some of my papers are being made ready for me to take back to Richmond by southern spies. Let’s go to the hotel so I can relax and wash off a week’s worth of road dirt. I had a horse and wagon I will need to leave at the stables tomorrow.
KATE WARNE Oh, Timothy, I am so thrilled to have you in my arms again. 89.
All that night Timothy and Kate drank beers and whiskey and made love on the bed, couch and kitchen table. Kate’s love desire was hard to quench. She was love starved for affection and Timothy was just the one to deliver.
The next day.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER Kate you need to send these dispatches in code by telegram immediately to General McClellan in Cincinnati. They detail the movement of the Confederate troops with General Lee. Meanwhile, while you are at work I have more deliveries to make around Washington and pickups too. I will meet you tonight at your hotel for dinner. Kiss me and I am off.
KAYE WARNE Be careful Timothy. There are a lot of spies in Washington for both sides. I will send the dispatches to General McClellan immediately.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER Thanks, I will see you tonight sweetheart. (Timothy waves as he rides off on his horse and wagon)
It was two weeks of bliss and everyday Timothy went about his business and Kate went to the Pinkerton agency offices to send and receive messages. Finally, on the last night they celebrated together in Kate’s hotel room.
KATE WARNE If this rebellion is over in six months as everyone predicts, we can get married and settle down in Chicago or New York.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER That sounds great Kate. My wife has agreed to a divorce and she will keep parental control of my children but I am allowed to visit. The lawyers in Chicago were working out the details. Six month is a short time and hopefully, this rebellion by the South will be over?
FADE OUT. 90.
SCENE 5- EXT. DAY- CROSSING THE POTOMAC RIVER 49 After two weeks Timothy heads back to Richmond, Virginia with new supplies and paperwork to get through the lines. The first night he is forced to seek shelter when a terrible rain storm occurs. He knocks at a local farmer’s house.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER Excuse me kind sir. Might you have a room or a barn where I could sleep for the night? My name is TIMOTHY WEBSTER. Are you a Southern Sympathizer Sir?
SOUTHERN FARMER (60) Yes am su’re nuf. Are you a southerner sir?
TIMOTHY WEBSTER Yes, Sir am a courier for the South.
SOUTHERN FARMER Well then you are most welcome sir. Come and get dry at the fireplace, and I will have my wife get you some dinner.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER Well thank you sir, how can I repay you?
FARMER Well, come to think of it I have one favor to ask. Two Confederate officers left their wives, and one young girl here until they can get safe passage over the Potomac river. Are you going that way sir?
TIMOTHY WEBSTER I sure am. Tell them I would be glad to transport them in my wagon to Richmond.
FARMER Ya’ll can leave in the morning. Oh, here they are. Mr. Webster this is Lady Anna Bell Schandel and Lady Betty Sue Grandier, and her daughter Betty Sue. 91.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER Glad to meet you ladies. I am a courier for the Confederate Secretary of War, Mr. Judah Benjamin.
LADY ANNA BELL SCHANDEL (30) How nice it is to meet a Southern Gentlemen in this stormy rainy weather. Our husbands had to proceed ahead because they were overdue with their troops, and they had to leave us behind. I understand you have a wagon, kind Sir?
TIMOTHY WEBSTER Yes, Madam. I would be more than happy to have you all as company to Richmond.
LADY ANNA BELL SCHANDEL Well, thank you kind sir. We are going to retire now, because we have had a long and stressful day. See ya’ll in the morning.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER Good night then. See you tomorrow.
The next day Timothy is on his way with two southern Ladies, and a little ten year old girl.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER (CONT’D) Ladies we have to cross the Potomac river by ferry. Because we have so many people, I will send you on the ferry barge first and then I will cross over with my horse and wagon. The river is running high today and the wind is strong, so we better hurray.
The two Southern ladies and the little girl get on the ferry barge and head across the Potomac river when all of a sudden a terrible rain storm begins and the winds become terribly high. The ferry barge is being blown south of it’s landing and gets stuck on a sand bar. The ferry barge begins taking on water. The ice cold winter water is only waste deep but the women are wearing full southern style dresses and have fallen into the river. 92.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER (CONT’D) Hold on I am coming. Hold on to the raft, I am coming to get you.
Timothy jumps into the icy frigid waters of the Potomac river and wades over to the women and the ferry man down river.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER (CONT’D) Here ladies let me help you. We have to cut off those dresses or you are going to drown. My knife should do the trick.
Timothy cuts the wide southern dresses off and pulls the woman and the little girl to the shore. The ferry man swims to the shore by himself.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER (CONT’D) Is everyone alright. Ladies I have blankets in my wagon, but I will have to wait until the river goes down and the rain stops. Let’s seek shelter in that cave over there. My flint is wet but I think I can get a spark and start a fire.
LADY ANNA BELL SCHANDEL Oh, Mr. Webster you saved our lives. Thank God, our dresses were getting wet, and pulling us under the river water. Thanks to you cutting off our dresses we were able to get to the shore. We are all grateful sir. Now if we could just get warm.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER There I started a fire. Let’s get some sticks to burn. I know the rain is terrible but if we gather enough wood fast enough I can build up a nice warm fire. Let’s all huddle together through the night next to this fire. I have a flask of southern whiskey, would any of you ladies like a sip to warm up.
LADY ANNA BELL SCHANDEL By all means kind sir, a sip of your southern brew would warm up our frail bodies. Brrr I am so cold. 93.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER Stay close to the fire and we can all dry off. Tomorrow morning I will try to cross the river and get my horse and wagon and bring it across on the ferry if it is working.
The next morning as the sun rises, Timothy crosses the Potomac river, and returns to get the woman and little girl. They head south feeling very chilled, and cold from his exposure to the freezing river water. Several days later they arrive in Richmond, and the woman reunite with their husbands.
SCENE 5- EXT. DAY- RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
CAPTAIN JOSHUA SCHANDEL (40) Are you Mr. Webster Sir?
Yes, I am sir.
CAPTAIN JOSHUA SCHANDEL I want to personally thank you for saving my wife, and daughter. They told me how you saved their lives in the Potomac river. I am indebted to you sir.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER Glad I was able to save them from drowning Captain. Good day to you sir.
SCENE 6- INT. DAY- JUDAH BENJAMIN’S OFFICE, CONFEDERATE SECRETARY OF WAR.
Minutes later Timothy reports to Mr. Benjamin’s office in Richmond.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER Mr. Benjamin I have your messages from Washington, D.C., Sir.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER (CONT’D) I am going to have to go to my room and rest, because I do not feel well. I rescued some people in a freezing river, and I have been chilled ever since. My arthritis is acting up again.
JUDAH BENJAMIN, CONFEDERATE SECRETARY OF WAR That is fine Mr. Webster. I heard about your river rescue. Go recover from the cold, and fine job rescuing those people.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER Hattie, I am home. I am going to bed because I do not feel well. My rheumatism is acting up. I had to jump into the icy cold Potomac river to save two women and a young girl who were drowning.
HATTIE LEWIS What happened Timothy? Why are you so pale looking.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER I saved several people from drowning in an icy river when their boat sunk. I didn’t realize how cold the water really was until I swam out to the boat.
HATTIE LEWIS I will get you some blankets to warm you up. You cannot go swimming in December weather without getting a chill. What were you thinking?
TIMOTHY WEBSTER I couldn’t let them drown in front of me.
HATTIE LEWIS I will make you some hot tea.
ACT FOURTEEN – RETURN TO WASHINGTON, D.C.
SCENE 1- INT. DAY- PINKERTON AGENCY WASHINGTON OFFICE 95.
The next month Timothy heads north again with many dispatches for agents and families in Washington, D.C., and he meets KATE WARNE in the Pinkerton Agency, Washington D.C., office.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER Kate it is so good to see you. Give me a big kiss sweetheart. (They embrace) I have been busy taking correspondence for the Secretary of War for the Confederates.
KATE WARNE I am impressed with the connections you have in the south. I thought Allan sent you to Richmond to spite us. Now I realize you are a valuable agent in Richmond. Let’s meet in my hotel room tonight, and make love. Meanwhile, General McClellan has been waiting for a dispatch from you. What do you have for me to telegraph to General McClellan?
TIMOTHY WEBSTER Well, the Army of Virginia under General Lee is on the move. They have organized their corp, and are headed for Maryland. Send this message to General McClellan. Can I have your hotel key. I need to rest my arthritis is killing me, and I am having difficulty walking. I will take a nap and see you tonight.
KATE WARNE See you then sweetheart.
ACT FIFTEEN- WEBSTER’S ARTHRITIC RELAPSE, JAN. 1862
SCENE 1- INT. DAY- ALLAN PINKERTON’S OFFICE CINCINNATI, OHIO., FEBRUARY 1862.
It has been over a month since Allan has heard from Timothy Webster and Kate Warne is also worried. 96.
He is beginning to worry there has been foul play, and he calls in two of his agents to go to Richmond and find out what happened to Timothy.
KATE WARNE (Telegram) To Allan Pinkerton. Beaver has not reported in one month. Afraid the dam has leaked. Please advise. KW
A day later in Cincinnati.
ALLAN PINKERTON I just received a telegram from Kate Warne and she is worried about Timothy Webster. He has not reported to Washington, D.C. , in over a month and no telegrams have been received either or coded messages.
PRYCE and John Scully, I have asked you to come to my office because we have an emergency. Timothy is deep undercover in Richmond with Hattie. He is always punctual, and never misses a week without sending a report to my office from Washington where he travels to from Richmond as a courier. I want both of you to leave for Washington, D.C., by Train and then take the back roads on horse to Richmond.
General McClellan will give you a pass to get through the Union lines. Destroy the paperwork after you get through the lines, so that if any Confederates stop you, the incriminating paperwork will be gone.
You are to act as Southerners when you pass the Union line. Find out what happened to Timothy, and if see he is in danger or in jail, and try to get him out of Richmond safely, and back to Washington, D.C..
You cannot send a telegram, so find another method of sending a message north to inform me what is going on.
ALLAN PINKERTON (CONT’D) Timothy will know a way since he is a courier. His monthly reports are critical to the Union efforts, and to General McClellan in planning counter operations against the Confederates.
PRYCE LEWIS John, and I will do our best to find out what happened to Timothy and report back to you. We will take the first Train out of town.
ALLAN PINKERTON Make sure you get the paperwork from General McClellan’s office to get safely across the Union lines before you leave and see my accountant for an advance in money both Union paper money and the new Confederate paper money they are just issuing.
JOHN SCULLY (35) Give us a week to get to Richmond, Mr. Pinkerton. Goodbye for now.
Pyrce Lewis and John Scully take the first Train out of Cincinnati to Washington, D.C. . A few days later they arrive in Washington, and pay for two horses to ride south to Richmond. They reach the Union line the first day.
SCENE 2- EXT. DAY- BACK ROADS OF MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA.
Pyrce Lewis and John Scully travel as Southerners looking for work on a farm and travel on horse back from Washington, D.C., across the Potomac river and they encounter their first Union Picket.
UNION PICKET (20) Halt, show your papers Gentlemen.
JOHN SCULLY I have papers from General McClellan allowing us on a special mission to cross the Union line to get to Richmond ,where we have an operative there under deep cover. 98.
UNION PICKET Thank you Sir. Your papers are in order. I advise you to tear them up when riding through Reb country so they don’t catch you with these papers.
PYRCE LEWIS We were just about to do that sir. Thank You and have a good day.
After a week of riding Pyrce and John arrive in Richmond without encountering any Confederate pickets on the way.
JOHN SCULLY Allan instructed us to seek out TIMOTHY WEBSTER in the local hotel in Richmond. We have to first make sure it is safe to approach his room. We can hang around town until we deem it safe to approach.
While John and Pyrce are walking around the Richmond streets they are noticed and recognized by a Richmond Citizen that used to live in Washington, D.C.
SOUTHERN CITIZEN (50) Excuse me ya’ll do I know you from somewhere. You gentlemen both look familiar.
PRYCE LEWIS I am a British citizen, kind sir and this is my first time to Virginia. Thank You.
SOUTHERN CITIZEN Damm I am sure I know you from somewhere. Did you folks ever live in Washington, D.C., before?
PYRCE LEWIS Not at all sir. Good day.
FADE IN: 99.
JOHN SCULLY Pyrce we need to hide somewhere. That Southerner is going to spill the beans on us. Oh, no here comes the Army? Run.
CONFEDERATE COLONEL (40) You there Yankees, stop where you are or I will order you shot on the spot. Put your hands behind your back. Private, tie up their hands. March Yankee. Lucky for us a local citizen from Washington, D.C., Recognized you two as Pinkerton agents.
PYRCE LEWIS I am a British citizen Sir. Unhand me.
SCENE 3- INT. DAY- RICHMOND MILITARY BARRACKS, VIRGINIA
Pyrce Lewis and John Scully are thrown into a dark prison cell and chained to the wall. Later after a day they are taken to a Confederate Colonel Boriguard.
CONFEDERATE COLONEL BAURIGUARD (40) Colonel, we have us here two Yankee spies that were spotted by one of our citizens who recognized them as Pinkerton men who work out of Washington, D.C.. Imagine that?
COLONEL SAMUEL BAURIGUARD Well what do we have here? What are your names gentlemen? Oh, you are the silent type.
I understand you are Pinkerton agents. What were you doing in Richmond Yankees? You have no answer, well We will change that. Corporal take them to the jail and give them a few whippings to change their mind and lock them up.
CONFEDERATE CORPORAL (23) Yes, Sir. How many lashes Sir? 100.
CONFEDERATE COLONEL BAURIGUARD As many as it takes Corporal until they talk.
After a week of being tortured Major Miller tells PRYCE and John Scully that they are going to be hung as spies unless they tell what they are doing in Richmond.
MAJOR CORNELIUS MILLER (50) Well Gentlemen, since you both refuse to talk, we can only conclude you are both spies and you will be hung tomorrow unless you talk.
After the Major leaves the jail.
PRYCE LEWIS John, I cannot hang. I am scared to death of handing from a rope. What are we going to do?
JOHN SCULLY We cannot tell them Rebs what we are really doing here. If they find out Timothy and Hattie are spies they will hang them.
PYRCE LEWIS Oh, it is better to hand us as spies? What does that accomplish?
JOHN SCULLY Just keep your mouth shut Pyrce.
PYRCE LEWIS The Major said if we tell him why we are here he will let us go. I can’t hang. I am a coward.
Later that same day.
MAJOR CORNELIUS MILLER Well boys have you changed your minds. You can go free if you tell us what you were doing here in Richmond. 101.
PYRCE LEWIS I am sorry John. I have to tell. His name is TIMOTHY WEBSTER, and his wife’s real name is Hattie Lewis, and he is a courier for the Secretary of War, and a spy for the Union, working for Mr. Pinkerton. Now let us out please.
MAJOR CORNELIUS MILLER Dang, I knew there was some reason why ya’ll came here to Richmond to risk your own lives. Private tell the Brig. General that we have the names of the spies we want. Their names are Mr., and Mrs.. Webster the courier for the Secretary of War.
The Confederate Private takes the information to the Brig. General and he orders Major Miller to arrest the two spies.
MAJOR CORNELIUS MILLER (CONT’D) Mrs.. Webster? Is TIMOTHY WEBSTER in today madam?
HATTIE LEWIS He is in bed with a severe case of joint disease. How can I help you Major?
MAJOR CORNELIUS MILLER You are under arrest Madam and your husband, also for spying against the Confederacy. We have two of your fellow spies locked up that also work for Mr. Pinkerton. Private get Mr. Webster out of bed. Mrs.. Webster if you will accompany me.
HATTIE LEWIS Where are we going? This is all a mistake. My husband is a Confederate Courier and well respected. 102.
MAJOR CORNELIUS MILLER Private, throw them in the jail cells next to their friends, and then will decide what to do with them.
All four Pinkerton agents are kept in jail, and tortured and threatened with hanging as spies. A mock trial is held for Timothy and Hattie, and they are condemned to death by hanging by the neck until dead.
SCENE 4- EXT. DAY- FREED FROM JAIL
Several weeks later Pyrce and John are released from jail.
MAJOR CORNELIUS MILLER Yankees you are being released today for your cooperation in exposing a major Northern Spy and his wife. You are to bring back to the North the news that your spy friend was hung as a Southern Spy. You will be taken in a wagon to the Union lines and then released.
Two Days later.
CONFEDERATE PRIVATE Y’all will be unlocked and left here about a mile from the Union lines.
JOHN SCULLY I guess we have some walking to do.
Thirty minutes later.
UNION PICKET Halt, Who goes there?
JOHN SCULLY Friends of General George McClellan. We were captured by the Confederates and thrown in jail. They thought we were spies.
UNION PICKET I am going to have to confirm your story. Come with me to our headquarters. What are your names?
PYRCE LEWIS John Scully and Pryce Lewis and we are Union Pinkerton Agents.
One month later Pyrce and John reach Cincinnati, Ohio and report to Allan Pinkerton.
JOHN SCULLY Mr. Pinkerton, we were arrested in Richmond. Someone recognized us as Pinkerton Agents, and we were thrown in jail. Pyrce and I were whipped until we were unconscious. Eventually, when they threatened to hang us as spies we gave up Timothy Webster’s name and Hattie Lewis. They were arrested and thrown in jail and condemned to death by hanging. The last we heard Timothy was to be hung first, and Hattie was kept in jail because she was a woman.
ALLAN PINKERTON Why didn’t we hear from Timothy?
PYRCE LEWIS He was bedridden and suffering from acute rheumatoid arthritis. He could not even write or stand up it was so bad.
ALLAN PINKERTON I need to inform General McClellan immediately that we have been compromised and that they intend to hang Timothy as a spy.
SCENE 5- INT. DAY ALLAN PINKERTON’S OFFICE CINCINNATI.
When Allan Pinkerton realizes the Timothy is going to be hung he contacts Kate to come to Cincinnati from Washington, D.C. On the first available train. He does not tell her why until she gets to his office in Cincinnati. 104.
KATE WARNE I got here as soon as I could. Do you have word of Timothy?
ALLAN PINKERTON Kate, I just got some real bad news. Your finance’ Timothy has been arrested by the Confederates in Richmond. They arrested Pyrce, and John first, and threw them in jail and one of the two or both gave the Confederates, Timothy and Hattie’s names as spies to order to be set free and not hanged as spies.
KATE WARNE Oh, my God, no, not Timothy. (Crying)
ALLAN PINKERTON I will do everything I can to get him released Kate. I am taking the first Train to Washington, D.C., to talk with President Lincoln to have him send a letter to Jefferson Davis in Richmond, and ask to have Timothy and Hattie released or we will hang two of their spies in retaliation.
KATE WARNE Do what every you can Allan. You owe me.(Anger)
ALLAN PINKERTON leaves that same day on a Train to Washington, D.C., to see President Lincoln. He gets to the White House and is finally allowed to see President Lincoln.
SCENE 6- INT. DAY- PRESIDENT’S OVAL OFFICE, WASHINGTON, D.C.
President ABRAHAM LINCOLN Allan so good to see your. So fill me in on our operative TIMOTHY WEBSTER in Richmond?
Allan tells Lincoln the full story and asks him as a favor to send President Jefferson Davis a letter requesting the release of TIMOTHY WEBSTER, and Hattie Lewis or the Union will retaliate by hanging two southern spies.
ALLAN PINKERTON Thank you Mr. President for sending this letter out immediately. TIMOTHY WEBSTER has sent General McClellan critical information about the confederate troops, and their location, and movements. He is a critical asset to our cause.
President ABRAHAM LINCOLN Hopefully, Jefferson Davis will be reasonable. I hope my letter makes a difference?
ON April 13, 1862, TIMOTHY WEBSTER is hung as a spy, but Hattie Lewis is kept in jail instead of being hung also. On the first try the rope breaks and Timothy falls to the ground. The confederate soldiers pick him up and walk him back up the scaffold.
TIMOTHY WEBSTER They hang me twice.
He is hung successful on the Second try.
SCENE 5- INT. DAY- ALLAN PINKERTON’S OFFICE IN CINCINNATI.
Back in General McClellan’s offices in Cincinnati.
ALLAN PINKERTON Kate, PRYCE and John were released by the Confederates, but Hattie Lewis they kept in jail. Despite President Lincoln’s letter they hung Timothy until dead on April 13, 1862. I am so sorry Kate. I tried everything to get them to release both of them.
KATE WARNE This is my worse day ever. Allan, you are responsible for this. You sent Timothy to Richmond , out of spite, just to keep us apart. Now look what happened? He is dead, and what am I do with my life? Answer me that Allan. (Shouting) 106.
Kate Leaves Allan’s office angry and sad. She is crying as she leaves.
ALLAN PINKERTON General McClellan I am going to send a telegraph to Richmond to see we can claim the body of TIMOTHY WEBSTER.
GENERAL GEORGE MCCLELLEN Good idea Allan. Timothy was one of our best operatives in the south. We will never be able to replace him.
SCENE 6- INT. DAY- KATE WARNE’S OFFICE IN WASHINGTON, D.C..
A week later Kate returns to her Washington Pinkerton office.
59SECRETARY (40) There is a telegraph for you Mrs.. Warne.
KATE WARNE Thank you. (Reading out loud) Kate, General McClellan has been asked to come to Washington to supervise the entire Union Army. We are closing the Cincinnati office. See you soon. Alan. Well I guess ALLAN PINKERTON will be here in a few days?
SECRETARY Did you say Mr. Pinkerton will be here in a few days?
KATE WARNE Yes, General McClellen has been promoted by President Lincoln to come to Washington and defend the Union by taking over command of the entire Union army.
A year later Kate and Allan are in the field with General McClellan working as spies for the Union.
FADE OUT. 107.
ACT SIXTEEN- THE FINAL CONCLUSION.
SCENE 1-INT. DAY- ALLAN PINKERTON’S RESIDENCE IN CHICAGO, JAN.61 1868
Kate served side by side with ALLAN PINKERTON for the first two years of the War until President Lincoln fired General McClellan, and ALLAN PINKERTON quit as an act of sympathy and returned to his old offices in Chicago.
Two years after the Civil was over in 1868, Kate Comes down with pneumonia after a long sickness. She is in bed at ALLAN PINKERTON’s residence in Chicago.
JOAN PINKERTON (50) WIFE OF ALLAN Can get Kate anything else Allan?
ALLAN PINKERTON No, she is resting now. She looks very pale. I am worried. The Pneumonia is getting worse.
KATE WARNE Allan, I cannot breath. Thank you for letting me become a Detective. It was better than acting on Broadway.
Kate dies, and ALLAN PINKERTON has her buried in his family cemetery in Graceland, Chicago.
ACT SEVENTEEN- PROLOGUE
SCENE- EXT. TWILIGHT- GRACELAND CEMETERY
FADE IN: 108.
NARRATOR Every fall when the leaves are turning orange ,and falling from the trees in Graceland cemetery in Chicago, a tall shadow of a man in a stove pipe hat, comes to visit, and walk through the gardens with KATE WARNE, recalling the night they spent together laughing, and talking about how great it was to just be himself and not having to put on official airs.
FADE TO BLACK. 109.
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