The Indians of the Channel Islands were converted and brought into the fold by two of the Franciscan Fathers. This picture shows not only the physical fortitude of the good Father Baltasar,... See full summary »

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Father Baltasar
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Father Peter
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Father Aloysius
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Nenetzin - an Indian Girl
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The Indians of the Channel Islands were converted and brought into the fold by two of the Franciscan Fathers. This picture shows not only the physical fortitude of the good Father Baltasar, but the terrible trepidation he underwent and overcame. Accompanied only by one monk, Father Jaime, he landed upon San Clemente Island. The savages attacked them and Father Baltasar fell, struck by an arrow. Father Jaime, thinking him dead, fled back to the boat and made his escape. Baltasar's life was saved by a young Indian maiden. A year passed, and no boat or sign of life appeared in those unfrequented waters. Father Baltasar had taught Nenetzin to speak Spanish, and she was now a Christian. But one thing she could not understand, his priestly vows, and she loved him and showed her love all too plainly. Torn by gratitude and natural affection, and unable to explain to Nenetzin the nature of his religious responsibilities, Baltasar was heavily tempted. But at his weakest moment a vision was ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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20 November 1911 (USA)  »

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The picture is dignified and well acted
30 May 2016 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

San Clemente is an island out in the Pacific from the California coast. The convert was a little Indian maid, the only one on the island to be converted. Two friars made a trip to the island. One was shot with an Indian's arrow as soon as they landed, the other escaped, thinking the brother dead. An Indian girl found the wounded priest and for long years kept him hidden from her friends. She fell in love with him and couldn't understand why he wouldn't take her as his wife, but he kept his vow and later, when he is saved, we see the convert kneeling with the cross in her hands, probably still wondering why she had been deserted. The picture is dignified and well acted and some of the scenery is interesting, but it moves at a leisurely pace. - The Moving Picture World, December 9, 1911


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