Aero Long, American Shape shifter

by Dr. Pelham Mead

AERO LONG (SHAPE SHIFTER)

Written by

Dr. Pelham Mead

ii.

AERO LONG (SHAPE SHIFTER)

By Dr. Pelham Mead (c)2019

2.

1 ACT ONE- WITCHCRAFT 1

2 SCENE 1- INT. DAY- FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF 2

SALEM BASEMENT.

Aero Long is chained to a brick wall in the basement of the First

Congregational Church of Salem, Mass. Water dripped down the damp wall

as Aero struggled to get free. A cockroach ran across his hands which were

strung high above his head. A beam of light came through the cracks in the

bricks and a mouse scurried across the moldy floor.

Aero long was a tall thin man with a clean shaven face and dark brown hair.

He was a young man of 23 with deep blue eyes beady little eyes. His nose

was unusually long similar to the snout of a fox.

FADE IN:

AERO LONG (23) SHAPE SHIFTER

I don’t know how much longer I can bear

this pain.

In the basement across from Aero is John Alden Jr.

JOHN ALDEN (22) JR.

You may not have to worry much longer if

these crazy witch hunters have their way.

They will tie you to a chair on a pole, and

put you under water again and again until

you drown.

AERO LONG

How is it you were arrested for witch craft

stranger?

JOHN ALDEN

I was in Canada trying to get some hostages

released, and when I returned a woman

name Isabel told everyone I was a witch. I

rejected her a few years ago when she

thought she was in love with me.

3.

AERO LONG

Ahh, a woman scorned. Now you have your

reward.

JOHN ALDEN

I plan to escape. My family on the outside is

going to bribe someone to let me out of this

church basement.

AERO LONG

Perhaps you can take me with you stranger?

JOHN ALDEN

I will let you know when the time is right.

FADE TO BLACK.

FADE IN:

When the time came for John Alden Jr. to escape his friends appeared at the

stairway to the basement. Quickly they unlocked John Alden Jr. From his

chains.

JOHN ALDEN (CONT’D)

See to the stranger on the other end of the

basement. Unlock him.

SAMUEL SEABURY

What stranger? The chains on the wall are

empty, and there is no one there. Wait, there

is a fox. What the hell is a fox doing in the

basement?

JOHN ALDEN

We have no time to figure it out. Run for

daylight before we are discovered.

FADE TO BLACK.

FADE IN:

Right behind the group of men the fox scampered up the stairs and into the

church courtyard never to be seen again.

4.

SAMUEL SEABURY

We are free. Grab your horse John and let us

be gone. Y

JOHN ALDEN

Finally, a horse to freedom. Ride on steed.

Running behind the men on horses a red fox scampered off into the woods,

free at last.

FADE TO BLACK.

3 3

Dutch Guiana in 1700’s.

ACT TWO- 5 DUTCH GIANA 1763, 5

6 SCENE 1-INT. DAY- JULY 14, 1763 ON BOARD THE BRIG 6

“SUCCESS,” FROM BOSTON TO DUTCH GUIANA.

Edward Bancroft runs away from his physician apprentice position at age 16

and sails for Dutch Giana to seek a new life.

FADE IN:

EDWARD BANCROFT (17) PHYSICIANS

APPRENTIST

Ahh the smell of the sea and the endless

horizon of the ocean is the life to be. I am so

glad to be free of the demeaning physician

apprenticeship. All I did was mop up blood

on the floor. It was not the life for me.

5.

BEN ROGERS (44) SEAMAN

It doesn’t smell so great when you have to

climb them masts high in the air to drop the

sails. I have been a seaman all my life and I

can’t smell the ocean from the deck varnish.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Well it is all new to me after living in New

England all my life.

FADE OUT.

Note: The next day a storm hit and most of the crew and passengers had to

stay below because of the waves splashing over the deck and washing

everything no tied down into the ocean. The ship swayed from side to side in

an unnatural rocking motion. Every other wave the ship would life out of the

waves and come thundering down with a loud clapping sound in the trough

of another wave. Most of the passengers including Edward Bancroft were all

heaving their guts out.

FADE IN:

BEN ROGERS

How is that ocean smell treating you matey?

Ha…storms like this make a man out of you

in no time. Just hold onto the posts for dear

life. The storm should be gone by tomorrow.

Bear with it matey.

EDWARD BANCROFT

I think my insides are going to turn

themselves inside out. How much longer is

this storm going to last?

CHARLIE PIKE (50) FIRST MATE

Here eat some of this ginger. It will settle

your stomach and help you feel better during

the storm.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Thank you Mr. Pike.

FADE TO BLACK.

6.

Sometime during the storm seaman Rogers went to look for Mr. Bancroft

who seemed to have disappeared from below deck.

FADE IN:

BEN ROGERS, SEAMAN

Mr. Pike have you seen Mr. Bancroft lately?

I looked below and I cannot find him. Do

you know where he is?

CHARLIE PIKE, FIRST MATE

Nope, I haven’t seen him for several hours

Mr. Rogers.

BEN ROGERS

Wait what is that over there in the corner of

the storage? It looks like a red fox. How the

hell could a red fox get aboard this vessel?

Pike call the Quartermaster. We have a red

fox on board.

Sitting quietly in the corner behind a rum barrel was a red Fox with three tails

devouring a mouse it had just caught. As soon as Ben Rogers spotted the Fox it

disappeared.

CHARLIE PIKE, FIRST MATE

There are no red foxes on board matey. You

must have been drinking too much rum.

BEN ROGERS, SEAMAN

I swear it was a red fox I saw. Now it has

disappeared. I must have imagined it. Ahhh

Mr. Bancroft I have been looking for you.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Ahoy Mr. Rogers. I heard you say you saw a

red fox. How many rum drinks have you had

today sir?

FADE OUT.

The storm departed after a day. Several weeks later the brig named Success

arrived in Dutch Guiana.

FADE IN:

7.

SCENE 2-INT. DAY- JULY 1763, DUTCH GUIANA.

Abraham Van Peere was a tall thin man with a thin mustache and grey long

hair to his shoulder. He speaks with a Dutch accent when he speaks English.

Edward Bancroft has arrived in Dutch Guiana and travels to one of the

landowners homes.

FADE IN:

ABRAHAM VAN PEERE (50) WHITE

DUTCH LAND OWNER

Welcome Mr. Bancroft. We don’t get many

white settlers here in Dutch Guiana. What

do you plan to do for a living sir?

EDWARD BANCROFT

I am well read in medicine, and plan to

provide medical services on the plantations.

I was a Physician’s apprentice for two years.

SAMUEL BILSBERRY, PLANTATION

OWNER

We are in great need of medical services

since we have no doctors on the island. I

recommend you try the plantations on the

Canoe river near Berbice sir.

EDWARD BANCROFT

That I will do. Than you sir.

FADE OUT.

After a short boat ride down the Canje river, Bancroft arrived at a plantation

owned by Abraham Van Peere.

FADE IN:

ABRAHAM VAN PEERE (50)

PLANTATION OWNER

Well, who do we have here today? A white

man? Where do you come from son, and

why are you here in Dutch Guiana?

8.

EDWARD BANCROFT

I am a student of the medical profession and

I have come to offer my services to you and

your family, and your slaves.

ABRAHAM VAN PEERE, PLANTATION

OWNER.

We are in need of a doctor. Malaria and

many other disease are common in the

jungles of Dutch Guiana. You are welcome

Mr. Bancroft. I can pay you well for your

services and provide free lodging on my

plantations. The maid will show you to your

bedroom on the second floor of the manor

house. When you get settled, I want you to

look after a dozen of my slaves who have

malaria.

EDWARD BANCROFT

I have a small amount of quinine with me ,

but we will need to import some more

quinine to fight malaria.

ABRAHAM VAN PEERE, PLANTATION

OWNER

I will see to it that you get all the quinine

you need. Malaria is killing off half of my

slaves.

FADE OUT.

With only two years of experience as a physician’s apprentice Edward

Bancroft began treating plantation slaves and Dutch colonists. The slaves

could not pronounce Bancroft’s name, so they called him, Master Edward.

He did not like being called Master so he asked the saves to call him Mr.

Fox. The slaves made the term Mr. Fox, into mitta-fox.

FADE IN:

EDWARD BANCROFT

Samuel my name is Edward Bancroft and I

am the doctor for Master Peere’s slaves.

9.

Mr. Peeves is a maroon, half slave, half local indian.

FADE IN:

SAMUEL (60) SLAVE LEADER

Yes, m-sob you Doctor. Me head man.

EDWARD BANCROFT

You tell the other slaves that I am here to

help them. I am not master. I am doctor here

to help them.

SAMUEL SLAVE LEADER

Yes, M-sob. What you name?

EDWARD BANCROFT

Bancroft is a hard English word to say so

just call me Mr. Fox.

SAMUEL, SLAVE LEADER

Mitta Fox, yes small smart animal.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Yes very smart. Do you have any slaves that

are sick? I would like to cure them

SAMUEL, SLAVE LEADER

Yes m-sob, mitta Fox come with me.

FADE OUT.

FADE IN:

Samuel and Edward entered a run down shack with a palm

Thatched roof and a dirt floor. Lying on a bed sweating, and in pain

was a male slave named Jumbo. He had malaria

Edward could tell from the symptoms.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Here is some medicine to mix with a glass

of water. Samuel tell him to take the

medicine three times a day, and it will make

him well.

10.

SAMUEL SLAVE LEADER (50)

Yes mitta fox. I do. Jumbo you take

medicine from Doctore.

FADE OUT.

Two weeks later Jumbo recovered and was working in the plantation again.

Plantation owner Van Peere was impressed how efficient Edward was with

the slaves. Edward also cured Van Peere’s wife of malaria.

FADE IN:

ABRAHAM VAN PEERE

I am indebted to you Mr. Bancroft for saving

my wife Maria’s life. She was dying of

malaria until you gave her medicine. I

understand you also saved my slave Jumbo’s

life too. You are welcome to join me at the

dinner table when ever you wish.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Thank you Mr. Van Peere. I was just doing

my job as plantation Doctor.

MARIA VAN PEERE, (30) WIFE

Doctor Bancroft or Mr. Fox as the slaves

call you. You are a God-sent with your

medicine and modern knowledge of curing

diseases. I too am indebted to you for saving

my life from malaria.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Quinine is the cure for malaria Mrs. Van

Peere. I had your husband order more of it

from America.

ABRAHAM VAN PEERE

I have more plantations further up Canje and

Berbice rivers if you want to treat my slaves

on those plantations? For now feel free to

enjoy the life of a gentlemen in Dutch

Guiana.

11.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Thank you Mr Van Peere.

ABRAHAM VAN PEERE

You will be paid in sterling silver each

month which you can save since all your

food and housing will be provided for by

me.

EDWARD BANCROFT

I ask only that you purchase some medical

manuals for me to read while I am treating

the slaves and colonists.

ABRAHAM VAN PEERE

What every medical books you want I will

have shipped directly from Britain for you.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Thank you Sir.

FADE OUT.

Several months later Edward came into conflict with the slave shaman

named King John.

FADE IN:

KING JOHN, (60) SLAVE SHAMAN

mitta-fox. I am King John, shaman for all

slaves on plantation.

EDWARD BANCROFT

I am glad to meet you King John. I am

doctore here to help cure sick slaves. I do

not wish to interfere with your healing

practices. Me heal.

KING JOHN,SHAMAN

I see in dream that you have special healing

powers Doctore Fox Why do you call

yourself mitta Fox? Are you really a Fox?

12.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Most slaves cannot say my English name

Bancroft so I chose a simple name Fox for

them to use. Mitta fox is all they could

pronounce.

FADE OUT.

King John being a shaman felt that was something unusual about this

Englishman called Fox and he was right. When stressed Edward Bancroft

could change he shape from a man into a red fox. It was his method of

escape, and as a fox he was able to easily go undetected in the night or day.

One night Edward was called out to deliver a child to a slave woman named

Buela. It was a difficult birth and the slave was in much pain. The shaman

King John appeared, and gave Buela some herbs that helped in the pain.

Edward was upset that King John had upset his delivery of the baby. Edward

was so stressed that he went outside the shack and turned into a Fox and ran

away into the forest.

FADE IN:

KING JOHN,SHAMAN

Mitta Fox, we missed you last night. Buela

had a healthy boy after I gave her herbs to

kill the pain. Where did you go mitta Fox?

The baby came and I had to deliver it. It was

a boy, and then named him Uriel.

EDWARD BANCROFT

I was not feeling well and had to return to

the manor house to rest. I am sorry I was not

there for the birth.

KING JOHN,SHAMAN

You are strange English. There is something

about you that makes me nervous.

Edward said nothing. From that day on King John was always asking

questions about Edward Bancroft alias Mr. Fox.

FADE OUT.

13.

7 7

Coastal map of Dutch Berbice plantations in 1770’s

SCENE 2-EXT. DAY- BERBICE RIVER PLANTATIONS 8 INLAND, 8

DUTCH GIANA.

A year after Edward began as plantation Doctor he decided to move up the

Berbice river to two other plantations owned by Van Peere.

FADE IN:

EDWARD BANCROFT

Mr. Van Peere, I have decided to move

further up the Berbice river to assist the

slaves on your two plantations there.

ABRAHAM VAN PEERE

I would be most grateful for you to treat my

slaves on the Berbice river plantations.

Many slaves have died of many jungle

diseases, and I need you to cure them.

EDWARD BANCROFT

I will leave tomorrow then.

FADE TO BLACK.

(MORE)

14.

The next day Edward Bancroft alias Mr Fox took a boat headed upriver on

the Berbice river to the two plantations that Mr. Van Peere owned. When He

got there tension was in the air and a slave revolution was about to begin.

EDWARD BANCROFT (CONT’D)

The slaves are acting very strangely on these

Berbice plantations. They wouldn’t talk to

me for some reason.

BIG TOM, SLAVE (40)

English man, you go back to the coast. Bad

things about to happen. Slaves unhappy

here.

EDWARD BANCROFT

I bring medicine to cure jungle disease.

BIG TOM, SLAVE

Not want medicine English. You go back to

the coast now.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Does anyone know what is going on here on

these plantations? The slaves seem like they

are hiding something. They are very angry

for some reason.

BIG TOM, SLAVE

Many whippings English.

EDWARD BANCROFT

I have a letter of introduction to the

plantation Master to allow me to treat

colonists and slaves and to provide me room

and food during my stay.

THOMAS VON HEDDING (40)

PLANTATION MASTER.

I see Mr. Von Peere sent you. Welcome Mr.

Bancroft or shall I say Doctor Bancroft? We

are having a situation here on the plantations

which may require the military to assist us.

THOMAS VON HEDDING (40) PLANTATION

15.

Word is that the slaves are going to revolt.

We cannot allow that.

FADE OUT.

The next day a slave was tied to a pole and being whipped.

FADE IN:

EDWARD BANCROFT

Why is that slave being whipped?

THOMAS VON HEDDING

He attempted to escape and we caught him

in the jungle.

FADE TO BLACK.

SCENE 3-EXT. DAY- THE SLAVE REBELLION- BERBICE RIVER

PLANTATIONS.

A week after Edward arrived at the Berbice river plantations inland, several

hundred slaves raided the manor house on one of the plantations. The

Plantation owner had to call in the military from neighboring counties.

FADE IN:

RICHARD VAN WATERS, PLANTATION

SUPERVISOR.

Sound the alarm and break out the rifles.

Several hundred slaves have walked off the

plantation and are headed to the manor

house. We must protect the manor house.

Petre you take a boat downriver to Mr. Van

Peere and tell him we need an Army of

soldiers to put down this rebellion

immediately.

PETRE, FIELD BOSS FOR THE

PLANTATION (50)

(MORE)

16.

STUBBS, SLAVE

The army is coming. The army is coming.

Run for ya life.

EDWARD BANCROFT

What is going on sir?

JOSIAH VON PEEBLES (50)

PLANTATION OWNER

The slaves are revoting. You need to stay

indoors Mr. Bancroft. It isn’t safe for white

folk to go out until the slaves are subdued.

FADE OUT.

Edward Bancroft had a perfect view of the plantation from his bedroom

window on the second floor of the manor house.

FADE IN:

EDWARD BANCROFT

I can’t believe the army cut the slaves down

with machetes like they were cutting meat. It

is a bloody revolution the slaves were

losing. The slaves had only farm tools and

the army had guns, cannons, swords and

machetes. They cut the runaway slaves

down like wooden pegs. Dead bodies of

slaves were lying all over the plantation

fields. It was a massacre. The slaves quarters

and part of the coffee field had turned into a

lake of blood. Slave body parts were

everywhere. It was a scene from Hell, and

beyond. Edward felt sick to his stomach.

Turning into a red Fox, Edward ran to the

slaves quarters to warn them an army of

mercenaries was coming up the river to kill

anyone who resisted. He never considered

that a talking Fox would scare the wits out

of the slaves. He ran as fast as he could run

toward the slave huts. Run, run for your

lives soldiers are coming up the river to put

down the revolution.

EDWARD BANCROFT (CONT’D)

17.

Put down your weapons and surrender or

run into the jungle. You cannot win, there

are too man soldiers.

SARAH, (20) SLAVE WOMAN

Look it is a Fox and it talks. This is an omen

from the Devil. We are doomed. Run for

your lives.

KING JOHN, SHAMAN

So you have appeared again Red Fox? Why

do you warn us? Do I know you Red Fox?

We will be successful in our revolt. We

outnumber the whites by ten to one. They

cannot win.

EDWARD BANCROFT AS THE FOX

(In the shape of a Red Fox) You are wrong

wise one. The soldiers have field cannons

that can kill 50 slaves at a time. The Dutch

can always replace the slaves by buying

more slaves at the market. Out of fear the

white man has to put down this rebellion.

You can run into the jungle, and hide there

or surrender with a white flag. Do you hear

the cannon in the distance. The cannon balls

will flatten every slave hut here, and cut

down 30-50 slaves at a time. You cannot

win. Surrender. I will leave you now to

decide your fate.

FADE OUT.

Edward returned to the manor house and when he got back to his bedroom

he changed back into his human form.

FADE IN:

18.

EDWARD BANCROFT

I am a Doctor and there is nothing I can do

here in this slave rebellion. I will leave

tomorrow at Sun up.

FADE TO BLACK.

The next day Edward Bancroft fed back down river from the Berbice river

plantations to the coast plantations of Abraham Von Peere.

FADE IN:

ABRAHAM VAN PEERE

Welcome back Mr. Bancroft. I heard there

was a slave revolt on my plantations. I had

to sent in the Army to tame the slaves.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Your army sir killed hundreds of unarmed

slaves. I watched the bloody massacre from

my bedroom window.

ABRAHAM VAN PEERE

The slaves outnumber the whites ten to one

and we cannot allow the to take over or they

will kill every white in Dutch Guiana. We

have to come down hard on slave revolts or

they will kill us all.

FADE TO BLACK.

SCENE 4-INT. EXT. FURTHER INLAND 9 IN DUTCH GIANA 9

EXPLORING.

Having saved several hundred British pounds, Bancroft takes a year off as a

Doctor and travels around Dutch Giana observing and collecting the plant

life, animals and natives. He begins writing a three volume book about his

research in Dutch Giana. While traveling around Dutch Giana Bancroft

comes across the Macusi tribe in the jungles of Dutch Giana. The Macusi

were known to have the strongest poison for their arrows. Bancroft wanted

to learn how to make the curari poison but the shaman would not reveal the

plant or process.

FADE IN:

19.

In a local Macusi tribal village deep in the jungles of Dutch Giana. Edward

with a local guide enter a Macusi village. A macusi native approaches them

with a head piece of beautiful bird feathers. His body is marked with many

tattoos and he is wearing only a breech cloth.

Macusi shaman, Selna Walayzo, 1700’s Dutch Guiana forests.

EDWARD BANCROFT

I am Doctore Bancroft. I want to meet you

shaman.

SELNA WALAYZO, MACUSI SHAMAN

What do you want of me white man?

EDWARD BANCROFT

I have beads as a gift to you. I want to learn

about your tribe and it’s medicines and the

poison you use on your arrows and blow

guns.

SELNA WALAYZO, MACUSI SHAMAN

Macusi arrow poison is a tribal secret that

cannot be told, white man.

20.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Perhaps if I give you some gifts for you to

tell me the secret of your arrow poison.

SELNA WALAYZO, MACUSI SHAMAN

No gifts. Secret and very dangerous. Gods

of Macusi protect poison.

JIM BOB, MAROON GUIDE (40)

The shaman is not going to give you the

secret to the Macusi arrow poison no matter

how many gifts you give him. He wants you

to sit at the fire and drink native drink

masato. Be careful boss the drink is very

powerful. To refuse it is considered an

insult.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Thank you Jim Bob for keeping me

informed. Tell the shaman I accept his

invitation to sit down with him and drink his

masato.

JIM BOB, MAROON GUIDE

We sit. Drink Masato.

SELNA WALAYZO, MACUSI SHAMAN

Good. White man drink. We talk.

EDWARD BANCROFT

What did he say Jim Bob?

JIM BOB, MAROON GUIDE

He invites you to sit and drink masato with

him.

EDWARD BANCROFT

I will try the masato. It really has a kick to

it. Wow, I just got a rush to my head after

one sip. This drink is really strong.

21.

JIM BOB

The Macusi make the drink from fermented

yucca.

After several hours Edward felt drunk from drinking the masato.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Ask the shaman if we could stay for a few

days to observe their tribe.

JIM BOB, MAROON GUIDE

(In Macusi language) White man thanks the

shaman for his drink. May we stay tonight

and learn the ways of the Macusi?

SELNA WALAYZO, MACUSI SHAMAN

White man and maroon welcome to say. We

have empty hut for you to sleep tonight.

EDWARD BANCROFT

What did he say Jim Bob?

JIM BOB, MAROON GUIDE

He welcomes us and has an empty hut for us

to stay tonight.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Thank God. I am very drunk and cannot

even focus my vision. That drink was very

powerful. Let’s thank the shaman and retire

for the night. I feel sick.

JIM BOB, MAROON GUIDE

Thank you shaman. We accept your offer

and will stay here tonight in your empty hut.

SELNA WALAYZO, MACUSI SHAMAN

(In Macusi language) Come follow me white

man and maroon and I will show you to

your hut.

The next morning Edward woke up with a tremendous headache.

22.

EDWARD BANCROFT

My head is killing me. That macusi drink

was very powerful. I need to learn how the

natives make it. Most important I need to

find our what the arrow poison is made of

and how to make it.

JIM BOB, MAROON GUIDE

The shaman will never give up the secret to

their arrow poison. Mah-koo-nye-mah the

creator protects all Macushi especially the

secret to making the arrow poison. The

Shaman must guard against Canaima, the

evil spirit that turns people into deadly

animals.

EDWARD BANCROFT

We will see about that. I have some magic of

my own. Come let’s see what the shaman is

up to today.

JIM BOB, MAROON GUIDE

(In macusi language) Good morning

shaman. Thank you for the lodging last

night.

SELNA WALAYZO, MACUSI SHAMAN OR

PEII

(In Macusi language) Come maroon. You

and white man will join us in eating. We

killed a wild pig the other day, and roasted it

for the whole village to eat. Come, you are

welcome.

EDWARD BANCROFT

What did he say?

JIM BOB, MAROON GUIDE

He wants us to join him in eating a wild boar

they roasted.

23.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Fine I am starved.

FADE TO BLACK.

About 40 macusi men and women sat around a huge fire spit with a wild

boar being roasted. Various jungle fruits and plants were also being cooked

on the fire.

FADE IN:

EDWARD BANCROFT (CONT’D)

This wild pig is delicious and I am starved. I

gave the shaman some beads and other gifts.

JIM BOB, MAROON GUIDE

Gifts will not get the shaman to give up the

secret of their arrow poison. You need to do

something amazing that will scare the

shaman showing you have magic. More

magic than the shaman has. The shaman

asks if you have any magical powers. I told

him how you cured many slaves and Dutch

colonists. He is impressed with your magic.

EDWARD BANCROFT

I am going to have to think about it. Eat up

this pig is delicious. I have to come up with

a method of impressing the shaman in order

to gain his trust. It is obvious I cannot buy

him out with gifts.

FADE TO BLACK.

After the dinner the shaman, bancroft, and the maroon guide sat and talked

macusi tribal life. It was then that Edward realized that the only way to get

the secret arrow poison was to scare the hell out of the shaman. He would

have to reveal that he was a shape-shifter who could turn into a red fox at

will, and back again. Edward realized that he could not let Jim Bob see this

secret, so he waited until Jim Bob went back to the hut to rest that night. It

was then that Edward would reveal himself as a white man magician.

FADE IN:

(MORE)

24.

JIM BOB, MAROON GUIDE

I am going to the hut to lay down master.

EDWARD BANCROFT

I will be along shortly. I have a few things to

discuss with the shaman.

JIM BOB, MAROON GUIDE

OK, Master. I will wait in the hut.

After Jim Bob left, Edward attempted to communicate with the shaman with

sign language.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Shaman I am a white man wizard with many

magical powers, which I will show to you if

you promise to reveal the secret of the arrow

poison. I know of your spirit called the

canaima, and I am not of the canaima. I am a

good spirit whom Makunaima has sent to

talk with you.

SELNA WALAYZO, MACUSI SHAMAN OR

PEII

Shaman cannot reveal secret of poison.

FADE TO BLACK.

Upon realizing the shaman was not going to change his mind Edward

focused his mind and turned himself into a red fox in front of the shaman. A

flash of light and the sound of thunder and suddenly Edward was a six tailed

fox in front of the shaman.

FADE IN:

EDWARD BANCROFT AS THE

SHAPESHIFTER FOX

I shall go into a fox,

With sorrow and sych and meickle care;

And I shall go in the Devil’s name,

Ay while I come home again.

You see shaman my magic is more powerful

than your magic.

EDWARD BANCROFT AS THE SHAPESHIFTER

(MORE)

25.

I am a fox now that can talk like a white

man. As a fox, I can run faster, see farther

and smell ten times better.

SELNA WALAYZO, MACUSI SHAMAN OR

PEII

(In Macushi language) Gods above, you are

a devil creature. Do not eat me. Are you

Canaima the evil one? Spare me evil one.

EDWARD BANCROFT

I will not eat you. See I am back in the shape

of a white man again. Did my magic impress

you shaman?

SELNA WALAYZO, MACUSI SHAMAN OR

PEII

You have the power of black magic white

man. I will show you the secret of the arrow

poison. After we make the poison from a

local vine you can carry the black tar like

substance in a bamboo tube safely. You

cannot touch or inhale the fumes of the

poison or it will kill you. There is no

medicine to stop the poison. First we cut

slashes in the bark of the nibbee tree and let

it drain into a bamboo tube which has one

end closed off. The dripping of the sap from

the nibbee may take a day or two.

EDWARD BANCROFT

You have no medicine to stop the poison?

SELNA WALAYZO, MACUSI SHAMAN OR

PEII

(In Macusi language) We gather the bark of

the root of Woorara tree, five parts. We add

the bark of the warracobba coura with two

parts. Finally the bark of the rootts of

coursnapi, Baketi, and Hatchybaly of each

one part. Then we cook it over a fire.

SELNA WALAYZO, MACUSI SHAMAN OR PEII

26.

We have to make a little palm leave boat in

which we pour the sap. Mixed together the

poison is spread on a leaf and rubbed on an

arrow. At no time can you touch the poison

or you will die. Now you can keep your fox

magic away from me. I make a small pot to

put the bark in and boil for several days until

the bark turns into a black like tar. Then I

pour the poison tar into a bamboo tube to

keep it safe.

Several days later Edward returns to the shaman’s hut to see the poison still

boiling in the large pot.

SELNA WALAYZO, MACUSI SHAMAN

(In Macushi language) Poison is ready. I will

pour it into bamboo tubes and seal it closed

for you to carry. Be careful, do not touch the

poison especially if you have a cut or

wound. I will not tell anyone that you are the

spirit of a six tailed fox. Go now before I

change my mind white man.

EDWARD BANCROFT

You are safe my friend. I want to bring some

bamboo tubes of poison back with me to

England. I offer you some knives made by

white men to trade for the arrow poison.

SELNA WALAYZO, MACUSI SHAMAN

This is a good trade white man. Now you

must take the woorara poison, and go from

this village before the Gods become angry

with me for revealing the secret to our

poison.

FADE IN:

That Fall Edward left the Dutch Giana plantations and returned to London,

England bring with him the woorara poison, and many native plants from

Giana. He wrote a three volume book on the plants, animals and natives of

27.

Dutch Giana and had it published in London, England.

FADE TO BLACK.

10 10

Dr. Charles Edward Bancroft, Double spy for British and Americans in

his later years.

ACT FOUR- RETURN TO ENGLAND 11 AND TEXTILE TRADE 11

SCENE 1- EXT. DAY- Edward Bancrofts Office, England.

EDWARD SENDS HIS BROTHER DAVID BACK TO THE AMERICAN

COLONIES TO GATHER BLACK OAK FOR YELLOW DYE.

FADE IN:

EDWARD BANCROFT

David my beloved brother I have a mission

for you.

28.

DAVID BANCROFT, BROTHER OF

EDWARD (34)

You only call me beloved when you want

me to do something dangerous. What

scheme do you want me to do now?

EDWARD BANCROFT

I need several tons of black oak bark from

the American Colonies to sell as a yellow

dye in London and make a fortune.

DAVID BANCROFT, BROTHER OF

EDWARD

So you want me to travel to the American

Colonies and retrieve several tons of black

oak and have it shipped back to London for

processing as yellow dye?

EDWARD BANCROFT

Yes, I have some financial backers that will

fund the ship expenses for you to travel to

the colonies and to book a ship to bring

several tons of black oak bark back to

London. Do you think you can accomplish

this task? You will need to hire laborers to

cut down the black oak trees and strip off

the bark. Then you will need to lease horse

and wagons to transport the bark to the port

of Boston to load on an English frigate back

to London. I will give you spending money

to cover all your costs including food and

lodging in the colonies.

DAVID BANCROFT, BROTHER OF

EDWARD

What is in this task for me brother?

EDWARD BANCROFT

You will be paid handsomely when I sell the

black oak bark to a dye merchant in London.

In fact you will be a rich man after the first

shipment.

29.

DAVID BANCROFT, BROTHER OF

EDWARD

Now I am interested. When do you want me

to depart for the American Colonies?

EDWARD BANCROFT

As soon as possible. I have booked passage

for you on the British frigate, “The Eagle,”

which sails at high tide in two days.

DAVID BANCROFT, BROTHER OF

EDWARD

I only have two days to get ready? Consider

it done brother. I hope this financial venture

works out for us this time.

David returned to the Colonies in August 1771, and practiced medicine

shipped black oak back to London for his brother. When the Revolution War

broke out he sided with the English, and joined the British army under Brig.

General Timothy Ruggles

FADE TO BLACK.

30.

12 12

John Aitken, Scottish activist aka John the Painter.

ACT FIVE- JOHN AITKEN THE ARSONIST 13 AKA JOHN THE 13

PAINTER.

14 SCENE 1- INT. DAY- SCOTTISH ACTIVIST JAMES AITKEN VIS1IT4S

SILAS DEANE IN PARIS, FRANCE.

James Aitken is a short scotsman with dark red hair. He joined the British

Navy when young and then ran away. His heavy scotch accent was often

difficult to understand.

FADE IN:

JAMES AITKEN, BRITISH ACTIVIST (40)

Excuse me I am here to speak with the

American Colonial delegate Silas Deane.

31.

CHARLES MOSS, SECRETARY TO SILAS

DEANE

Mr. Deane is not available sir. He is in the

Paris country-side today. Come back

tomorrow and Mr. Deane will be back in his

office.

The following day James Aitken returned unannounced and asked for an

audience with Silas Deane. He was refused and he broke into the meeting

room without permission.

JAMES AITKEN, RUNAWAY SAILOR OF

THE BRITISH NAVY

Mr. Silas Deane? I am sorry I had to break

into your meeting sir. I have important

information about the British.

SILAS DEANE, AMERICAN

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATE TO

PARIS (55)

What did you say your name was again?

JAMES AITKEN, RUNAWAY SAILOR OF

THE BRITISH NAVY

My name is James Aitken, and I have come

to you with a plan to destroy Portsmouth and

Plymouth shipping harbors.

SILAS DEANE, AMERICAN

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATE TO PARIS

Why would you want to do that Mr. Aitken?

JAMES AITKEN, RUNAWAY SAILOR OF

THE BRITISH NAVY

I am on the side of the colonies, Mr. Deane.

I am a runaway British sailor, and I hate the

English. I just came to Paris from London

where I have information how to blow up

Portsmouth, and Plymouth harbors where

many British ships are kept in the harbors.

32.

SILAS DEANE, AMERICAN

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATE TO PARIS

I cannot officially give you my support Mr.

Aitken, but I can give you some money to

return to England on the next boat. I implore

you to be careful that you do not involve the

Colonies in your anti-British efforts.

JAMES AITKEN, RUNAWAY SAILOR OF

THE BRITISH NAVY

Thank you Mr. Deane.

SILAS DEANE, AMERICAN

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATE TO PARIS

One thing I can do for you is to put you in

touch with my friend Edward Bancroft in

London, England if you run into difficulties.

Please keep his name secret for he is our

only contact for the colonies in England.

JAMES AITKEN, RUNAWAY SAILOR OF

THE BRITISH NAVY

Thank you sir and I will remember to look

up Mr. Bancroft in London if I run into

troubles with the British government when I

burn down Portsmouth and Plymouth ship

yards.

SILAS DEANE, AMERICAN

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATE TO PARIS

Good day to you Mr. Aitken.

FADE TO BLACK.

SCENE 2- EXT. NIGHT- DEC. 7, 1776.

JAMES AITKEN SETS FIRE TO THE PORTMOUTH ROPE-YARD,

FADE IN:

33.

JAMES AITKEN BRITISH ACTIVIST

It is very cold tonight, December 7th and the

moon is covered by clouds which makes it a

good time to set fire to the Portsmouth

shipyard. Perhaps if I set a delayed action

incendiary device to burn the rigging of

several ships in the harbor? There that

should work. Now I must run.

BRITISH SAILOR

Fire, fire, the ship’s rigging is burning.

Hurray bring water buckets.

The rigging on two ships burst into flames at the same time and all the

rigging was lost before the fire could be put out.

FADE OUT.

FADE IN:

ADMIRIAL VAN FLEET (60)

How could this fire have started Captain?

CAPTAIN OSWALD RITTER (55)

It must have been an accident Admiral. No

one was seen in the ship before or after the

fires broke out. Perhaps the oil lamps near

the docks leaked and caused the fires. It is

unfortunate we lost the complete rigging of

two ships in the fire.

ADMIRIAL VAN FLEET

I want this incident investigated and I also

want the guard at night doubled in case this

was intentional.

CAPTAIN OSWALD RITTER

Yes, Admiral. I will see to it immediately.

FADE OUT.

SCENE 3- INT. NIGHT- JAMES AITKEN 17 FLEES TO EDWARD 17

BANCROFT’S HOME IN LONDON, ENGLAND.

FADE IN:

34.

JAMES AITKEN BRITISH ACTIVIST

Downing street. This is the address of

Edward Bancroft. Perhaps I can hide here

for the night to avoid the British guards?

(Knock, knock) Hello Mr. Bancroft. My

name is James Aitken and I was

recommended by Silas Deane in Paris to

contact you if I needed help.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Yes who is it? (Opening the door) Can I help

you sir?

JAMES AITKEN BRITISH ACTIVIST

My name is James Aitken, and I need your

help sir. Silas Deane suggested I contact you

if I was in trouble with the British. Can I

come in to explain sir?

EDWARD BANCROFT

There are British spies and Colonial spies

watching my house all the time. Quickly,

Come in please.

JAMES AITKEN BRITISH ACTIVIST

Thank you Mr. Bancroft. The British are

looking for me after I set fire to several

ships rigging in the Portsmouth harbor.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Why did you set fire to the British ships?

JAMES AITKEN BRITISH ACTIVIST

I am a supporter of the American Colonies,

and I took my plan to Silas Deane in Paris to

approve my destruction of British ships.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Silas Deane approved of your plan? I find

that hard to believe. What is it you want me

to do Mr. Aitken?

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35.

JAMES AITKEN BRITISH ACTIVIST

I need some money and a place to hide Mr.

Bancroft.

EDWARD BANCROFT

I cannot speak with you now. My house is

being watched by the British. Perhaps you

can meet me tomorrow at the Salopian

coffee house on Charing Cross road adjacent

to the Admiralty offices. You must go out

the back door now to avoid being seen. I

will see you tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. at the

Salopian coffee house.

JAMES AITKEN BRITISH ACTIVIST

Thank you Mr. Bancroft. I am most grateful.

FADE OUT.

The next day Aitken and bancroft met in the Salopian coffee house adjacent

to the admiralty offices on Charing Cross road.

FADE IN:

EDWARD BANCROFT

You are late Mr. Aitken. I ordered you a cup

of coffee.

JAMES AITKEN BRITISH ACTIVIST

I am sorry I am late Mr. Bancroft. Have you

thought about giving me assistance?

EDWARD BANCROFT

Yes, I gave it great thought last night, and

decided I cannot help you. I am undercover

for the Colonies, and my position could be

revealed, and I could be hung as a spy if I

got caught helping you. I am going to have

to say, “No.”

JAMES AITKEN

I am sorry to hear that. I guess I will have to

attack the Plymouth boat yards myself.

JAMES AITKEN (CONT’D)

36.

You’ll have to excuse me I have business to

do elsewhere.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Do me a favor if you get caught. Never

mention my name to the British.

JAMES AITKEN, BRITISH ACTIVIST

Good bye then.

After attempting to burn down the Plymouth ship yards James Aitken, aka

John the Painter was caught and hung as a spy. He never revealed Edward’s

name before he was hung.

FADE OUT.

37.

18 18

SILAS DEANE, 1776, AMERICAN DELEGATE TO FRANCE.

ACT SIX- SILAS DEANE 19 IN PARIS, FRANCE 19

SCENE 1- INT. DAY- BANCROFT BECOMES ILL AT HOME JUNE

25, 1776.

In March of 1776 the Continental Congress established a secretive

committee called the Committee for Foreign Correspondence and elected

Benjamin Franklin to head the committee. Silas Deane was selected to go to

Paris, France to order field canons, uniforms and runs for 2500 men on

credit. Benjamin Franklin told Silas to contact Edward Bancroft who was

living in London at the time. Edward could speak fluent French and was a

38.

supporter of the colonies.

FADE IN:

SILAS DEANE, AMERICAN

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATE TO

PARIS

(Letter to Edward Bancroft) To Mr. Griffins,

Turnham Green, London; I wish to invited

you to come to Paris to meet with me and

various friends. Enclosed is 30 pounds

sterling to cover your expenses. I remain.

Silas Deane.

EDWARD BANCROFT

(Letter back to Silas Deane) I am

unavailable currently due to an illness and

some business regarding land grants in

America. I will come to Paris as soon as I

am well. E.B.

Edward was having a bout of malaria reoccurring which he contracted when

he was in Dutch Giana many years before. The illness caused problems with

his shape-shifting ability.

FADE TO BLACK.

FADE IN:

The Scene opens in a dark living room with the curtains on the windows

closed. It is daylight out but the room is as dark as night. Sitting in the

corner of the living room next to the couch is a small red fox with many

tails.

39.

Shapeshifter image when he turns into a many tailed fox.

EDWARD BANCROFT AS THE FOX

(A six tailed red fox is sitting in the corner

of Edward Bancroft’s living room) Oh, no

I’ve changed into a fox because of my

malaria disease keeps coming back to haunt

me. There is no way I can go to Paris until

this disease goes away. No one can ever find

out that my real name is Aero-long,

shapeshifter. Oh, I just saw a tasty mouse

run across the floor. That mouse is mine.

The Fox chases after the mouse.

FADE TO BLACK.

Later on, days later, Edward recovers and heads for Paris on July 3rd.

FADE IN:

EDWARD BANCROFT

One ticket for Paris please.

(MORE)

40.

CAPTAIN LUKE DOWNING (60)

The frigate “The Mary,” will be leaving at

high tide today sir. Two pounds sterling is

the fare.

Two days later Bancroft arrives in Paris, France.

EDWARD BANCROFT

It is good to get out of London finally. Paris

is a much cleaner. Now I have to find which

hotel Silas Deane is staying in. I am glad to

be rid of that crazy scotsman

Later that day.

EDWARD BANCROFT (CONT’D)

Is this the Hotel de Valentinois? I am

looking for Mr. Silas Deane.

HOTEL CLERK (30)

One minute sir. I will send a messenger to

inform him he has a guest.

MESSENGER

Mr. Deane you have a guest waiting for you

downstairs in the hotel lobby.

SILAS DEANE, AMERICAN

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATE TO PARIS

Thank you. Tell him I will be right down.

Later.

SILAS DEANE, AMERICAN

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATE TO PARIS (CONT’D)

Edward Bancroft I presume? Thank you for

accepting my invitation. Your friend

Benjamin Franklin recommended that I

contact you. I have some business to do for

the American Continental Congress.

EDWARD BANCROFT

So you are working for the Continental

Congress? How may I be of service?

EDWARD BANCROFT (CONT’D)

41.

You must remember I was a student of yours

just after you graduated from Yale

University?

SILAS DEANE, AMERICAN

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATE TO PARIS

Yes, now I remember I tutored you for a few

months after I graduated from Yale

University. I see you have done well for

yourself. I will reimburse you for your travel

expenses from London to Paris.

FADE TO BLACK.

42.

20 20

Lord Frederick North, Minister to King Charles III of England 1770’s.

21 21

ACT SEVEN LORD NORTH 22 AND HIS CABINET 22

43.

SCENE 1- INT. DAY-23 BRITISH PARLIAMENT 23

FADE IN:

LORD NORTH, FIRST MINISTER OF

BRITAIN (40)

Have we heard any news from Bancroft in

Paris yet?

LORD SUFFOLK

No news yet your lordship.

LORD WILLIAM EDEN

I will contact my agent Paul Wentworth to

learn of any news of the American

delegation in France.

LORD NORTH, FIRST MINISTER OF

BRITAIN.

Keep me informed regarding the activities of

the American delegation in Paris. I want to

be kept aware of any attempt at an alliance

between France and the Colonies.

LORD SUFFOLK

Yes your lordship.

LORD EDEN

We have many spies in France keeping track

of the Americans. Bancroft is personally

working with Silas Deane and Benjamin

Franklin and he sends copies of their

documents on a regular basis. We have no

doubts as to what the Americans are up to.

LORD NORTH, FIRST MINISTER OF

BRITAIN

The expenses for our spy network are

beginning to climb. I want you to keep

control of the expenses Lord Eden.

44.

24 24

PAUL WENTWORTH, BRITISH SPY DURING THE AMERICAN

REVOLUTIONARY WAR, WHO RECRUITED EDWARD

BANCROFT TO SPY ON THE AMERICANS IN FRANCE.

25 25

ACT SEVEN- THE BRITISH SPY

SCENE 1- INT. DAY- BANCROFT CONTACTS 26 WENTWORTH AN2D6

REQUESTS TO RELOCATE TO PARIS BECAUSE OF THE JOHN

THE PAINTER INCIDENT.

Fearing that he might get caught up in the John the Painter, James Aitken

incident, Bancroft decided to move to Paris.

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45.

EDWARD BANCROFT

(Writing a Letter) Dear Mr. Wentworth, It

becomes necessary for me to move to Paris,

France to more closely observe Silas Deane

and Benjamin Franklin. Poor investments in

vegetable dye ventures have brought more

debt rather than profits. My first and

principal motive for agreeing to work with

the British government has been pecuniary

considerations. I will need a steady income

if he was to move to France to spy on the

Americans there. I therefore request a

lifetime income of 200 pounds a year and

600 pounds as an initial grant to cover my

expenses in moving to Paris for my and my

family.

PAUL WENTWORTH, BRITISH SPY

I am in receipt of your letter requesting

funds to cover your move to Paris, France

and for an annual sum of 200 pounds for

services to the British government. Your

ability to get close to Silas Deane and

Benjamin Franklin will be most useful in

learning what the Americans are up to with

the French. You have my permission to

move to Paris and you can envelop with 800

pounds for your services will be delivered to

your home address. I will meet you

sometime in Paris to establish our lines of

communication.

Elsewhere.

LORD SUFFOLK

(Letter to Paul Wentworth) I am in receipt of

your request for funds for Edward Bancroft

who will be reporting to us from Paris,

France.

LORD SUFFOLK (CONT’D)

(MORE)

46.

I am approving the 200 pounds a year, and

the 600 pounds initial grant for his services.

I will forward the finances to you directly.

Yours truly, Lord Suffolk.

FADE OUT.

ACT EIGHT- THE PARIS YEARS 27 JUNE 1776-1784 27

28 SCENE 1-INT. DAY- PENELOPE BANCROFT, EDWARD’S WIFE 28

ARRIVES IN PARIS MAY 1777.

Penelope Bancroft arrives in Paris with their two boys edward Nathaniel (5

yrs. old) and Samuel Forrester (2 yrs. old) to move in with her husband

Edward. Penelope was a short thin woman of English descent with long

brunette hair and green eyes.

FADE IN:

PENELOPE BANCROFT (25) WIFE OF

EDWARD

Edward I am so glad to see you. Nathaniel

and Samuel miss you also. How have you

been? Paris looks like a wonderful city to

live in. I have never been to Europe before.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Penelope you finally made it to Paris. How

was your voyage on the ship? Hi boys.

Nathaniel you are getting taller. How are

you Samuel? Come I have a room rented in

a nice hotel in Paris. I will fetch a livery.

PENELOPE BANCROFT

Paris is so beautiful.

EDWARD BANCROFT

The French food is exceptional also. After

you check in I will take you and the boys to

dinner.

EDWARD BANCROFT (CONT’D)

47.

You can meet Benjamin Franklin who just

arrived in December with his two grandsons.

PENELOPE BANCROFT

I have heard a great deal about Mr. Franklin.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Yes, Mr. Franklin is staying at the Hotel de

Valentinois in Passey. You will get to meet

him shortly.

FADE OUT.

29 29

Portrait of Benjamin Franklin, Envoy to France 1777

48.

30 30

ACT NINE- 31 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 31

32 SCENE 1- INT. DAY- BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ARRIVES IN PARIS3 2

WITH TWO GRANDSONS DEC. 21, 1777.

Benjamin Franklin stayed at the Hotel de Valentinois in Passy, France,

outside Paris.

Hotel de Valentinois, Passy France which Benjamin Franklin rented in 1777.

FADE IN:

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (70) AMERICAN

DELEGATE TO FRANCE

I am so glad to plant my feet on solid ground

again. Are you OK Temple? Benjamin are

you feeling better now? We are in Paris now.

49.

TEMPLE FRANKLIN (16) GRANDSON

OF BENJAMIN

Is this truly Paris Grandfather?

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

Yes this is the renown city of Paris. It is a lot

older and bigger than Philadelphia. You will

get to like it here.

SCENE 2-INT. DAY- FRANKLIN CONFERS 33 WITH DEANE AND 33

BANCROFT AT PARIS HOTEL DE VALENTINE.

70 year old Benjamin Franklin is appointed by the Continental Congress to

be a delegate to France and supervise Silas Deane.

FADE IN:

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

Thank you for taking the time to meet me at

my hotel Silas. I see you brought Dr.

Bancroft with you. Excellent. There have

been some concerns raised by Arthur Lee

and members of the Continental Congress as

to the purchase and allocation of supplies for

the Colonies.

SILAS DEANE, AMERICAN

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATE TO PARIS

Believe me everything is documented. Dr.

Bancroft has helped me with French

documents and has helped to actually

contact our various suppliers.

EDWARD BANCROFT

I can attest to the fact that everything Silas

does is above board. Arthur Lee complains

because he is jealous of our partnership. We

are in the process of purchasing 100 field

artillery pieces, 2500 rifles and Uniforms for

the Continental Army. French and Spain

have granted us the promise of credit, but

until the war actually happens, France does

not want another war with Britain.

50.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

Good then I hope we can get credit from

France and Spain and begin shipping arms

to the Colonies. I have brought my

grandsons Temple Franklin and Benjamin

Franklin Bache. The latter grandson is my

daughters boy. I am hoping to make sure

they both get a good European education

with will further them later in life.

EDWARD BANCROFT

What about your son William Benjamin.

What has happened to him? I heard that he

was jailed by the colonists for being a

loyalist.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

I have disowned William since he refuses to

give up his loyalty to King George III. He

was a governor in Philadelphia at one time,

but he gave it all up to be a loyalist, despite

the fact that his father was actively involved

in the American continental congress and

not a loyalist. I took his son Temple away

from him when he was put in jail for being a

loyalist. I have made it my responsibility to

make sure both of my grandsons have a

good education and remain loyal to the

American Colonies. Temple is sixteen now

and is old enough to assist his seventy year

old grandfather. Gentlemen we have a great

deal of responsibility to get the arms from

France back to the Colonies. Where is

Arthur Lee Gentlemen?

SILAS DEANE, AMERICAN

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATE TO PARIS

He is touring Spain seeking financial

support for the Colonies Mr. Franklin.

51.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

What the hell is he doing in Spain? He was

supposed to be working with you Mr. Deane

and not off traveling on his own. It seems I

am going to have to take a strong hand with

our delegation in order to complete our

mission quickly. Mr. Bancroft I understand

you speak fluent French. That will be

helpful when we talk with the French

Foreign minister.

FADE TO BLACK.

ACT TEN- BANCROFT AND WENTWORTH 34 SPY NETWORK 34

35 SCENE 1-INT. DAY- BANCROFT SENT TO ROEN BY FRANKLIN3 5

TO INSPECT GOODS AND SUPPLIES TO BE SHIPPED TO THE

COLONIES.

Map of Roe, France 1777.

52.

While Bancroft was in Roen, France

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53.

Tulleries Gardens, Paris, France, 1700’s. Where Edward Bancroft

dropped spy notes in a glass jar on a string in a hollow tree.

ACT ELEVEN THE TULLERIES GARDENS, 36 PARIS FRANCE, 36

JANUARY 1776.

37 SCENE 1- INT. DAY- HOTEL DE VALENTINOIS, PASSY, FRANCE37

Edward Bancroft and his spy handler Paul Wentworth were strolling in the

Tulleries gardens in Paris, France.

FADE IN:

PAUL WENTWORTH

Edward I am afraid I will have to leave Paris

and return to London, England. There are

many French spies that might soon arrest me

for spying. I am often followed by strangers

who are following my every move. We need

to find a way for you to communicate with

me after I leave Paris.

EDWARD BANCROFT

I am sorry to see you leave. We made a good

team spying on the Americans here in Paris.

EDWARD BANCROFT (CONT’D)

(MORE)

54.

What do you suggest for a new method of

communicating valuable information to you

after you depart for London?

PAUL WENTWORTH

Do you see that tree over there? It is hollow

down toward it’s roots. I will have a jar

placed in the hollow portion of the tree and a

string will be tied around the jar so you can

retrieve it. When you have valuable

information you are to come to the gardens

and seek out this tree. Look for the string

which will have a stick on the end to prevent

the jar from falling to far inside the hollow

tree. Pull the string up and take the jar out

and put your message in the jar. Secure the

lid and lower the jar back down inside the

tree. My operatives will come by once a

week to pick up the messages and to also

leave messages from me. Use the premise of

writing to your mistress in London as an

excuse for the letter just in case the letter is

intercepted. Use the invisible ink and write

between the lines the real information about

the Americans that you have. I will then use

lemon juice to decipher the invisible ink in

London when I get the letter. I am departing

for London tomorrow on a frigate. You are

on your own from this point on in Paris and

you will be our only spy in France due to the

recall of all British spies to London by Lord

Eden.

EDWARD BANCROFT

When will you have the jar in the tree in

place?

PAUL WENTWORTH

My secretary will place the jar in the tree on

a string tomorrow before we depart for

London.

PAUL WENTWORTH (CONT’D)

55.

Feel free to use this method of reporting, but

be careful because you may be watched by

French or American spies.

EDWARD BANCROFT

I wish you well on your voyage back to

London. I will remain in Paris as long as

needed. Benjamin Franklin, Silas Deane all

trust me completely and I have made myself

an important contribution to the American

delegation by translating French documents

into English for them and helping to secure

supplies for the Continental American Army.

PAUL WENTWORTH

We need to know everything about the

Franco-American alliance, what ships are

leaving French ports bound for the American

Colonies, any trade between the Americans

and the Caribbean islands. In addition we

need to be aware of any credit the French

and or Spanish give to the Americans to buy

arms. Sent us any copies or summaries of

Silas Deane’s letters to the Colonies or

Benjamin Franklin. I must leave you now to

pack my bags in preparation for my

departure tomorrow to return to London.

Just in case we are followed I will take

another path to return to my hotel as should

you.

EDWARD BANCROFT

I will do the best I can in reporting Silas

Deane’s activities in securing credit for the

Colonies to purchase artillery and guns from

the French and Spanish. Have a safe voyage

Paul.

At this point Bancroft and Wentworth parted ways in the park.

FADE TO BLACK.

56.

SCENE 2- EXT. NIGHT- TUILLERIES 38 GARDENS, 9:00 P.M.. 38

Edward Bancroft is about to make his first letter drop into the jar in the

hollow tree in Tuilleries gardens. He is paranoid about French spies seeing

him leave the hotel at night. The fear of being caught and shot as a spy

intensifies to the point that he changes into a Fox and runs off into the night

in the direction of the Tuilleries gardens.

FADE IN:

EDWARD BANCROFT

I must change into a Red Fox with six tails

to avoid being seen by any French Spies.

The trip to the Tulleries Garden from the

Hotel de Valentinois is about 3.7 Kilometers

which is about 2.9 Miles. As a fox I can

cover that distance faster than a horse and

carriage. Fetching a horse and carriage at

9:00 at night might attract unwanted

attention. My nerves are killing me, but I

must inform Paul Wentworth that Deane has

received over a million livre from the

French government and the Spanish

government to purchase canons and rifles

for the Continental army. Let me see if I got

everything right in my letter. Dearest

beloved, I have missed you very much over

these past months. I hope to return to

London soon so we can meet and make love

again. You are always on my mind. Love

and kisses. John. I must address the envelop

to M. Richards. Now for the invisible

ink.(Invisible Ink between the lines of the

letter) Deane has secured credit 1 mil. To

purchase 100 canons and 300 rifles from the

French and Spanish government. He is

traveling to Holland to secure the purchases

in two days. Now to become a Red Fox. I

will place the envelope in my mouth and

carry it to the hollow tree. Now I must

depart.

(MORE)

57.

The red fox jumps out the window onto the balcony and down to the ground

and runs off into the darkness.

EDWARD BANCROFT AS THE FOX

No one has noticed me and that is good. The

3.7 Kilometers was shorter than I imagined,

running along the west bank of the river

Seine and then crossing over to get to the

gardens. Now to pull the string out of the

hollow tree. Wait I hear something. No, it is

just the wind in the trees. Taking the lid off

the jar is harder than I thought when you are

a fox. Now to put the letter in the jar, and

put the lid back on and lower the jar into the

tree using my mouth. Ahh it is done. Time to

run back to the hotel.

Edward returns to the hotel undetected around 10:00 p.m.

EDWARD BANCROFT AS THE FOX (CONT’D)

And now I must return to my human self.

My mission is complete. I am exhausted

now, and must rest. Tomorrow Paul’s

operative will get the message and send it by

boat to London.

FADE OUT.

SCENE 3- INT.DAY- FEBRUARY 6, 1778, A YEAR 39 LATER IN PAR3IS9.

Rumors About the Franco-American alliance were spreading around Paris.

Vergennes, the French minister, realized that he could no longer keep the

alliance secret so in March, 1778, he makes the treaties with the American

colonies public.

FADE IN:

VERGENNES, FRENCH MINISTER (50)

I will announce today our treaty with the

American colonies to quiet down all the

gossip in Paris.

VERGENNES, FRENCH MINISTER (50)

58.

This will allow me to expel the English

Ambassador Stormont and his staff back to

London. It gives me great pleasure to get rid

of all the British spies finally.

Later on the British Ambassador to France, Stormont receives the

correspondence from Vergennes the French Minister to leave France

immediately.

Viscount of Stormont, British ambassador to France prior to the

American Revolutionary War.

STORMONT, ENGLISH AMBASSADOR

TO FRANCE (50)

Damm the French have signed a treaty with

the American Colonies and Vergennes the

French Minister is ordering us out of the

country immediately. Inform the staff to

pack up all our documents. We are leaving

for London tomorrow on March 22, 1778.

Burn any unnecessary documents

immediately. It is over.

The scene switches to King Louis XVI in the Vergennes castle.

59.

VERGENNES, FRENCH MINISTER

You majesty may I introduce the

ambassadors from the American Colonies?

Mr. Benjamin Franklin, Mr. Silas Deane,

Mr. Arthur Lee, Mr. William Lee, and Mr.

Ralph Izard along with the entourage.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (70) AMERICAN

AMBASSADOR TO FRANCE.

You majesty we thank you for granting us a

private audience. We welcome and rejoice in

our treaty with France and your majesty.

Your support will greatly help us to defeat

the British.

KING LOUIS XVI, KING OF FRANCE (55)

Bienvenue Americans.

(MORE)

60.

King Louis XVI of France who finally approved the Treaty of Paris with

the American colonies.

VERGENNES, FRENCH MINISTER

Venez nous rejoindre pour un petit banquet.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Amazing how big this banquet is the French

have provided us with. Thank you Mr.

Franklin for inviting me to this special

occasion.

King Louis XVI had table after table of fabulous French food served for the

American guests. It was a celebration beyond all imagination.

FADE OUT.

ACT TEN- THE DEATH OF SILAS DEANE, 40 SEPT.23, 1789. 40

41 SCENE 1- EXT. DAY-ONBOARD THE SHIP, “BOSTON PACKET.”41

Silas Deane finally had enough funds to return to America after living in

London for many years. Bancroft helped support Deane when he ran out of

money. Bancroft also tended to Deane when he was sick.

FADE IN:

SILAS DEANE

I have booked passage on the ship, “Boston

Packet,” to return to America. I want to

thank you Edward for treating me while I

was terribly sick. I owe you a great deal.

EDWARD BANCROFT

Do not fret Silas. You will return to America

and all will be forgotten. The vicious lies the

Arthur Lee spread around will fade in time. I

wish you well on your voyage.

CAPTAIN CHARLES GRENTOR (60)

Last call, All aboard. Retrieve the anchor,

drop the main-sail and the jib. We are sailing

on the high tide from Kent harbor.

CAPTAIN CHARLES GRENTOR (60)

61.

All passengers should go below until we

clear the harbor.

SILAS DEANE,

Good bye old friend. (Leaning on the guardrail

of the ship, looking weak and sick).

As the ship began to sail out of the harbor a storm sudden developed and

huge 10 swells forced the Boston Packet back into the harbor for safety.

Edward never saw the ship return to the dock for he had already left in a

livery.

SILAS DEANE

I never should have taken this trip. I am still

weak and dizzy. I do not have the energy to

go up on the deck. From what I hear the

sailors shouting a storm just developed

forcing the Boston Packet back into harbor

for safety.

SAILOR

Captain, Mr. Deane is very sick below. I

think someone should take a look at him.

CAPTAIN CHARLES GRENTOR

OK I will go below lad. Mr. Deane are you

alright sir. You look very pale. Do you want

to go ashore sir?

SILAS DEANE

I cannot breathe.

CAPTAIN CHARLES GRENTOR

I will help you to go topside. Can you hear

me Mr. Deane?

Minutes later Silas Dean closed his eyes and passed away.

CAPTAIN CHARLES GRENTOR (CONT’D)

Quarter-master come quick. We have a dead

passenger on our hands. Get some lads down

here to take him up on deck. He died while I

was talking to him.

62.

Later the next day.

EDWARD BANCROFT

I just received news that Silas Deane died on

the boat headed for America. Due to a storm

the ship returned to port and Silas turned

extremely ill according to the Captain’s

report and after saying the Fox was the spy

he died. I wonder if Silas knew I was the

British spy who leaked all the confidential

information about the French treaty with the

American Colonies. If he did know he never

confronted me, thank God. Good bye old

friend and teacher.

FADE OUT.

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