There's a huge fire at Miss Burden's house and the entire town comes to watch it burn.
The guy who discovered the fire tells the sheriff how he ran into the house and found Miss Burden upstairs with her head nearly chopped off. He remembers seeing a drunken white man in the house too, but that guy has since disappeared.
The sheriff wants to find out who lives in the cabin on the property, so he finds a black kid and begins asking him questions. The black kid tells him that two white men live in the cabin.