Tom, about to go on a hunting trip, consults his almanac and finds there will be a total eclipse of the sun, visible about 2:45 p.m. On his way he stops to visit his sweetheart, Nell. He ... See full summary »

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Tom, about to go on a hunting trip, consults his almanac and finds there will be a total eclipse of the sun, visible about 2:45 p.m. On his way he stops to visit his sweetheart, Nell. He has hardly left the cabin when in an attack by Indians, Nell's father is shot and she is made captive. Returning to the cabin about noon, Tom discovers Nell's absence, and noting the signs about realizes her danger. Trailing her to the Indian camp he seeks out the big chief and says: "Release her or I shall put out the sun." Instead of heeding Tom's request, the chief orders him tied to a stake. Just then the heavens begin to darken until the sun is totally eclipsed. The Indians, believing that Tom has made his threat good, release the captives, who quickly make their escape. A few minutes later the sun coming out from under the eclipse, the Indians start in pursuit of their fleeing prisoners. Nell's horse soon gives out. A few miles further on Tom's horse drops also. They continue running on foot ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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8 September 1911 (USA)  »

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This is in line with an old Iroquois legend
13 April 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

An eclipse of the sun in this picture is made to frighten a party of Indians into releasing their captives. This is in line with an old Iroquois legend. Fortunately the lovers make good time in getting away. When the sun reappears from the shadow a few minutes after the captives are released the Indians realize that they have been tricked and hasten after them. It is a hard chase, both their horses fall exhausted and they come dangerously near re-capture. They are saved by a party of emigrants. There is a short, sharp fight and the Indians are defeated. It is a good Indian story and the novelty of the eclipse adds to the interest. - The Moving Picture World, September 23, 1911


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