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(1914)

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  • Captain Wynnegate leaves England, accepting the blame for embezzling charity funds though knowing that his cousin Sir Henry is guilty. Out West he and the Indian girl Nat-U-Rich save each other from the evil cattle rustler Cash Hawkins and marry. Lady Diana shows up to announce Sir Henry's death. After Nat-U-Rich's suicide Wynnegate takes his half-breed son and Lady Diana back to England as the new Earl of Kerhill.

  • Sir Henry, a British earl, is jealous of the platonic affection between his wife Diana and Captain James Wynngate, a British officer and his cousin, and they have a falling out. Sir Henry, who is also a compulsive gambler, embezzles funds from the regiment's widow and orphan's fund to pay for his losses at the racetrack. For Lady Diana's sake, the chivalrous Wynngate takes the blame and after avoiding arrest departs for America. He survives a ship fire and is rescued at sea, eventually making his way to the New York, where he helps a stranger who is being robbed. Big Bill, Jim's new friend, encourages him to go west and begin a new life. After he establishes himself as a rancher, his life is saved twice by Nat-U-Rich, a Ute princess, who kills the evil Cash Hawkins when he is about to shoot Jim in the back and later rescues him again when he is overcome by noxious sulfur fumes in Yellowstone. They marry and have a son. Back in Europe, Sir Henry dies in a fall while mountain climbing, and a note exonerating Jim is found on his body. Although the family wants Jim to return as the new Earl of Kerhill, he declines, but allows them to take his son back to the advantages of an aristocratic life. Nat-U-Rich, distraught over the impending loss of her son and pursued by the sheriff in the death of Cash Hawkins, tragically takes her own life.

  • A chivalrous British officer takes the blame for his cousin's embezzlement and journeys to the American West to start a new life on a cattle ranch.


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