A country fisherman,wearing wide brimmed straw hat, is sitting on the end of a plank, holding a fishing pole. A practical joker sneaks up behind him and removes a heavy stone holding down the other end of the plank, causing the fisherman to fall into the stream. A man arrives in a horse drawn wagon. He joins the practical joker in laughing at the fisherman's dilemma. Eventually, the practical joker jumps into the stream as well.
View of bridge with active waterfalls of the Passaic River behind it, near Patterson, New Jersey. (Produced by International Film Company or the Edison Company, both of whom filmed the same scene in 1896.)
Films of the Newark New Jersey Fire Department responding to fire alarms. Two segments are seen.The first shows a Hook and Ladder truck coming out of the firehouse of Hook and Ladder Company Number 1. It is followed by a pumper from the Engine Company and another truck full of firemen. They are all led by Chief Kiersted with his driver in a four-wheel open two-seater horse-drawn Victoria carriage. After a pause, the second segment shows rear of a passing Hook and ladder and then a succession of other firefighting vehicles, including another Hook and Ladder, 3 smoking pumpers, and several trucks filled with firemen. There is light snow visible on the ground in this segment. Spectators watch with great interest from the sidewalk. (Edison Company, 1896)
Chicken thieves. One man walks behind a hen house with a sack in his hands. Another man from the window drops a chicken into the sack. The two men look around as they steal, then one walks away with the sack containing stolen chickens. The other man jumps out of the window with a chicken in his hands. Two farmers chase them, one carrying a scythe and the other a gun, which he shoots. (Edison Studio, 1896)
A woman seated on a bench as she reads a book. A man joins her. They hug and kiss. The woman's father and brother approach from behind and break up the tryst. The father carries a spade and the young man defends himself with a walking stick. The father chases his daughter home with a kick. (Edison Company, 1896)
Farmyard scene. A girl and her little sister stand outside their house and feed pigeons and chickens. Horse tied in the background. The pigeons flutter about. (Edison Company, 1896).