Bateese Latour ( Monroe Salisbury ) is a lumberjack in the French Canadian district, and he arrives in the village of Montrouge after a summer spent in the woods. Bateese is a kind man, and beloved by the townspeople, but he is a bit of a savage, and everyone refers to him as "That Devil Bateese," especially when he is drunk, which is often. After a quarrel with her lover, Martin Stuart ( Lamar Johnstone 0, Kathleen St. John ( Ada Gleason ) leaves her Montreal home to teach at a parish school in the Montrouge. On her way to the home of Father Pierre ( Andrew Robson ), she becomes lost and is seized by Louis Courteau ( Lon Chaney ), a terrifying brute who lives in the woods. He is struggling with her, trying to kiss her, when Bateese comes down river on a raft. He struggles with Courteau and gives him a beating. He tries to win Kathleen, but she finds his manner too coarse for her tastes. She learns that Stuart is coming to take her home, and not wanting to marry him, she agrees to marry Bateese. When Kathleen tells Bateese that she does not really love him, he goes away, heartbroken. Courteau comes to the cabin and fights with Stuart. While the two fight, Kathleen runs into the night to find Bateese. Bateese, miserable over Kathleen's failure to love him, has thrown himself from a cliff. Kathleen finds him injured, but alive, and she realizes that Bateese is the man she really loves.
This 1918 silent action/drama was produced by the Universal Film Manufacturing Company with filming on locations in Big Bear Lake, Big Bear Valley and San Bernardino National Forest, California. Starring Lon Chaney, Monroe Salisbury and Ada Gleason, sadly this film is now a lost silent.
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