"You push this indicator; then you turn this handle; then you squeeze this bulb; then you turn on any weather you like, and we've got a million dollar offer from the Republic of Bonozaluza, and your fortune is made." Lefty Lockett, the inventor, is explaining his wonderful weather machine to his daughter, Lucy. In their enthusiasm they never notice that the butler, Protoplasm, is listening behind the door. Protoplasm is in the pay of the Dogfaced Dingbat, the Master Crook of Crookdom, and he sneaks off to give the alarm. But Lucy rushes to the telephone and informs her sweetheart, Detective Squibbs, that she is afraid someone will steal her father's invention, the Weather Machine. He sends her his latest invention, the Smellodium, to quiet her. Dogfaced Dingbat was not the man to pass up such a chance. "Take a bottle of my famous 'Disappearo,' and we'll do the trick." Disappearo is a wonderful concoction, which, poured over a crook, causes him to become invisible. Then a dose of Appearo brings him back again. They bind Lucy and her father, and make off with the Weather Machine. Then Squibbs to the rescue! The Smellodium performs its office, and he dashes to the scene of the crime, unbinds his sweetheart and her dad, and puts his mighty mind to work on the problem. All indications point to Dogfaced Dingbat. Squibbs and Lucy set out on their trusty autoped. Dingbat and his man have gone off for a soothing game of golf. Their body servant, however, a playful ape, begins to amuse himself with the Weather Machine. A storm such as the oldest inhabitant has forgotten could exist comes up at once. The golfers are drenched, and so are Lucy and Squibbs. "Squibbs in my sacred sanctum!" cries Dingbat. They attempt to run, using their Disappearo, but the crafty one beats them to it by pouring over them his "Freezo." When the police arrive he facilitates the removal of their frozen carcasses by the use of "Melto." Then he takes his Lucy and her prospective million to his bosom.
Moving Picture World, December 8, 1917