Tom Gray and Jack King are prospecting together in the west. One day they receive a letter from Dorris Dean, a girl whom they both love, asking one of them to come to her assistance, as she... See full summary »
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Tom Gray and Jack King are prospecting together in the west. One day they receive a letter from Dorris Dean, a girl whom they both love, asking one of them to come to her assistance, as she is in trouble. They toss a coin to see who shall go, and Jack wins, but later, knowing that Tom will never recover from the blow, he leaves a note telling the other that he will give up all claims to the girl and that Tom should go back. Tom sees Jack leaving the house and thinks he is going back east. In his intense jealousy he shoots Jack from behind, but wounds him slightly. Deeply repentant when he learns of Jack's former sacrifice, he urges Jack to go back and Jack consents to do so. The boys exchange guns as tokens of remembrance and it is then that he learns that it was Jack who shot him. At first moved to have revenge, he later suppresses the desire and goes on to the girl back east. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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As a picture of character drawing, it is worthy of the highest praise
21 May 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

An unusually dramatic picture of an affection, seemingly as strong as that between Damon and Pythias, against which a jealousy lifted up its head so venomously fanged that it prompted one of the characters to murder the other. The attempt was not successful. As a picture of character drawing, it is worthy of the highest praise. In fact, such films as this keep motion pictures as a whole on a high artistic plane, in spite of the amount of trash that is shown. The two men were Western miners, bunkies, and lived in the same cabin. Both were dreaming of the same woman, the girl back East. She wrote saying that she was in need and asking that one come to help her, promising her love to the one who came. This criticizes the girl harshly, but the scenario writer didn't take time to be interested in her. The two men toss a coin to see who will go. The one who loses takes his hat and goes out. It would have been better to have made the result of the toss plainer. The one who wins, after thinking, decides to let the other go, and writes telling him so. He then prepares to leave the country. On his way out, the other man shoots, wounding him. He finds the letter later, and realizes. It's a good, dramatic picture. - The Moving Picture World, November 25, 1911


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