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Cast

Ethel Grandin (Hazel Phillips)Charles K. FrenchWalter Edwards

Director

Charles Giblyn

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Synopsis

Young Hazel Phillips is courted by two young men, Evans and Porter, in a Western town. She favors Porter, and the two are married. Evans conceals his chagrin and jealousy, and continues as a friend of the young couple. One day a prospector comes into town with a bag of gold dust and nuggets, and tells an interested crowd of the big strike made in the southwest. Evans decides to seek his fortune there, and persuades Porter to accompany him. Hazel consents, and bids her husband an affectionate farewell. The two men strike through the desert, and after months of hardship and privation Porter finally finds gold. His extreme jealousy has made Evans content to have Porter with him, as he gloated to himself that he was keeping him away from Hazel. When Porter runs in with the glad news, Evans becomes madly angered, as he realizes that Porter will go back to his wife with a fortune. An insane rage, seizes him as he realizes how happy they will be. Before the astonished Porter can defend himself, Evans leaps upon him and strikes him to the earth with the butt of his pistol. The injured man staggers to his feet, but is no match for the infuriated Evans, who rains blow after blow upon his partner's head. Porter sinks to the ground, and Evans leaves him for dead. Evans goes to Hazel and tells her a false story of how Porter died of illness, how he nursed him through it all, and how he had come to convey her husband's dying message to her. Porter is found by a tribe of Indians and nursed back to life. He recovers his health and strength but his memory is a blank, and he is adopted into the tribe. Evans goes back to the gold mine and works it. Knowing that Hazel will soon be in want, having lost her parents and with a baby to support, he sets his trap cunningly. When he goes back to ask her to marry him he finally wins her consent by persuading her it is for the good of her baby, and she accompanies him back to the wild, western country, where he has built a cabin. A few days after her arrival, the baby wanders off into the woods and is playing on the banks of a brook when it is taken by Indians. As they are hurrying away with the child Porter appears, and the sight of the innocent baby arouses him. Not knowing that it is his own child, he makes them set her free, and she runs home with a tale which her mother believes is only childish imagination. Silently and noiselessly, Porter watches the woman through the window, and the sight of her face touches his slumbering memory, but does not awaken it. Troubled, he goes back to the camp, unable to untangle the confused thoughts which crowd upon his brain. At this time the government agent, accompanied by an escort of soldiers, calls upon the Indians and serves notice on them to vacate the land and move to a reservation. The Indians resent the order, and wild disorder prevails in the village. Somebody strikes a blow, ready weapons spring forth, and in a moment an avalanche of redskins throw themselves upon the soldiers. Porter is struck on the head with the butt of a rifle, and the shock instantly clears his mind. The face of the woman in the cabin comes before him, and he knows it is Hazel. The soldiers put up a futile resistance, and are soon dispatched. Porter knows that it is but the beginning, that the Indians will go on the warpath, that they will hurl themselves upon the emigrants and settlers, leaving a trail of death and destruction in their wake, and he thinks of Hazel and the baby. He rushes away, hoping to reach the cabin before the rest of the tribe arrive, and succeeds. With the lapse of years, in his paint and feathers, he is not recognized by Hazel at first. From the window they see the long line of Indians thundering toward them. There is no time to be lost, so Porter throws a table behind the door, crowds Hazel and the baby behind it, and stands there unconcernedly. The Indians rush in and demolish and steal everything, but are adroitly kept from discovering the woman and child.

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