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Lost film found

1913 Lincoln film found in barn will be screened

A contractor cleaning out an old New Hampshire barn destined for demolition found seven reels of nitrate film inside, including the only known copy of a 1913 silent film about Abraham Lincoln. "When Lincoln Paid" is a 30-minute film about the mother of a dead Union soldier asking Lincoln to pardon a Confederate soldier whom she had initially turned in. Found in 2006 by Peter Massie in the western New Hampshire town of Nelson, the film was taken to nearby Keene State College, which consulted with the George Eastman House film preservation museum in Rochester, N.Y. The college plans an April 20 screening of the film, which was one of eight silent films starring Francis Ford as Lincoln.

-- The Associated Press