In the social world, Jack Bradford was known as a broker. He had very little to do, and was able to devote the greater portion of his time to his wife and his little country place. In the underworld he was known as a leader of crooks, and one who went after big game only. As he was standing at the back door of his bungalow showing his young bride of three months the progress that the garden was making, two tough-looking characters came up and spoke to him. Without introducing them, Jack ushered his wife into the house, and said that he would be in in a moment. One of the men told Bradford that Tom and Lila Clancy are back from England. They were under such a close watch by the police, the man continued, that they could not turn a finger, and are now dead broke. Bradford was further informed that they wanted to make a big haul as soon as possible. Bradford gave the crooks the key to his house, and told them to come there tomorrow night at eight.
Around the front corner Hugh Leghorn, a detective, had watched the two crooks in their meeting with Bradford. He went to headquarters and reported to Von Berhoff that there was a big game afoot, and that Jack Bradford was the leader of the gang. He didn't notice the expression of amusement in Von Berhoff's face as he replied: "All right. Keep an eye on him." A week later he tracked them to Von Berhoff's own house. He had seen, too, that Jack Bradford had had a misunderstanding with his wife owing to the fact that she had surprised a meeting in her house. Her husband being unable to give an explanation, she left him and returned to the Von Berhoff's, for whom she had formerly worked as governess. On the night in question the Von Berhoffs were having a reception, and Von Berhoff was not at all surprised to find Bradford, Tom and Lila Clancy present. Right away Lila got sick, and when Mrs. Von Berhoff took her up to her room, the clever crook asked her it she would keep a necklace which she was afraid of losing, in the wall safe. In this way Lila got the combination of the safe. But before Bradford could climb through the window, his wife interrupted him, and Mrs. Von Berhoff held him up with a revolver. After the fight was over, and Bradford himself had held up Clancy and the other thugs, flat-footed Hugh, the slow but honest detective, came into the room, and with his revolver turned on Bradford, shouted: "At last I have you in my power. Throw up your hands." Von Berhoff burst out laughing. "Why, Hugh, what do you mean? This is one of our cleverest Secret Service operators. He has trapped this whole gang. Why hold him up?" Hugh was the most crestfallen of men, and Mrs. Bradford, in her relief in finding that her husband was a detective instead of the crook she supposed him to be, sank into his arms.
Moving Picture World, August 18, 1917