A mob breaks into the castle of a scientist and kills him as they have heard he is creating a vampire monster. The scientist was actually a hero, as the monster he created lives only off of the blood of other vampires.
A wooden-legged ship's captain works his furnace stokers until they drop and there is only the most powerful one left. When the last of the coal is gone, they use wood until that is gone and they are still just short of port. The stoker tosses the captain into the furnace so that his wooden leg provides the last bit of wood they need.