A lone miner and his daughter make the journey to California by prairie schooner.




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Credited cast:
The Daughter
Dell Henderson ...
The Wanderer
W. Chrystie Miller ...
The Father
The Marshal
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Alfred Paget ...
Frank Powell


In the heart of the American desert we find an old miner with his only daughter, he toiling day after day at his rocker-cradle in quest of the precious ore, while his pretty daughter keeps his camp and makes it as comfortable as possible in this wilderness. Having secreted quite a store of nuggets, his daughter persuades him to return to civilization, where they may enjoy the fruits of their labor. Both are happy in the anticipation of what seems a bright future, and the girl starts to prepare their final meal at the camp. While she is away at the spring getting water, a desert wanderer appears at the spring getting water, a desert wanderer appears at the camp, and at the sight of the old man weighing his gold is seized with cupidity. He himself had toiled long in the wilds, but with no success, so he demands that the old man divide his gains with him. This, of course, the miner decries, and the wanderer uses force. In the struggle the old man is knocked down, and striking his head, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama | Western





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16 May 1910 (USA)  »

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From the heights of joy to the depths of grief
31 May 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A strongly dramatic picture, representing what sometimes follows a quest for gold. Here is murder, for one thing, with the situation complicated by the murderer falling in love with the daughter of the man he killed, and she, in her turn, doing her duty and avenging her father's death by turning her lover over to the officers. One could not want a more dramatic, or more thrilling picture. From the heights of joy to the depths of grief is but the transition of an instant. The girl has that trying experience. Then the lover receives his portion. One follows the film, fascinated by the complications of the story and wondering what to expect next. The acting is sympathetic, so much so that one involuntarily wants to offer sympathy when the young woman finds her father murdered. And again a feeling of exultation springs up when one sees the girl forcing the murderer to go to the sheriff's office to be arrested The setting is of the sort that adds to the attractiveness of a picture. - The Moving Picture World, May 28, 1910

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