Het geheim van het staal
The Holland National Steel Foundry discovers the secret for the manufacture of a wonderful steel. Piet Goethal, an old workman of the foundry, has two prides, the steel works and his son Joachim. The latter is in love with Maria, the daughter of Alsteen, the local beer-seller, but she refuses to marry him as he has no money. Consequently Joachim falls an easy prey to a foreign secret service agent who bribes him to steal the secret formula. He is disturbed in the act and pursued through the works. To escape pursuit, he tips up a converter, which sets the foundry on fire. Old Piet becomes aware of his son's criminal act and proclaims the young fellow's guilt to his former masters. Joachim, however, is not arrested, for he flies to a foreign country where he seeks to expiate his guilt in exile.
Francis Lacassin, Alfred Machin, Anthologie du Cinéma 39, pp. 453-454, p. 491
Bulletin hebdomadaire Pathé frères 46, 1912
The Bioscope, Supplement 7 november 1912, p.III
G. Donaldson, Of Joy and Sorrow. A Filmography of Dutch Silent Fiction, Amsterdam (1997), p. 96