The Lonely Range (1911)
Charley Crawford, a young ranch man, marries the daughter of a farmer and takes her from the homestead to his ranch in the West. They are very happy, in love, and the days slip by, unnoticed, while they are together. But the day comes when it is necessary for the young husband to leave his home to look after his scattered herd. After he is gone, the young wife, left alone, finds the absence of human companionship and the silence of the vast prairie oppressive. In the course of their work, her husband and his companions come upon a ranger, whose horse has fallen upon him, pinning him underneath and seriously injuring him. Crawford's ranch is the nearest habitation and the ranger is carried to the ranch to be looked after by the young wife. She welcomes the break in the monotony and nurses the ranger; glad to have the diversion. The ranger's injuries are soon well, thanks to her care; and he prepares to leave the ranch. He informs Mrs. Crawford of his intention and she watches his preparations for departure with much regret. Then fear of loneliness prompts her to ask him to take her to town that she may return to her parents until after the roundup. The ranger takes her on his horse and she gives him a letter to be delivered to her husband at his camp. On the trail, they meet one of the cowboys, who takes in the unusual situation to mean that Mrs. Crawford has run away with the ranger. He rides to the camp and tells Crawford that his wife has eloped. In his anger, Charley attacks his informant, but the boys intervene; and he hurries to his home to find the house empty and circumstantial evidence pointing to the truth of the cowboy's story. He feels the pangs of jealousy and the bitterness of life makes the hitherto honest man an outlaw. Months after, the same ranger is assigned to the task of hunting the desperado down. He trails him into the mountains and comes upon him, but the wary outlaw has him covered with his gun before he realizes what has happened. They recognize each other simultaneously and the ranger drops his gun. All the bitterness he has felt surges through Crawford. At last, he has at his mercy the man whom he believes has wrecked his home and he prepares to strangle him. A desperate conflict ensues and at last the ranger succeeds in mastering his adversary and he snaps on the handcuffs. He extends the letter written by Crawford's wife to his captive, who opens and reads: "Dear Roy: The loneliness of the range is awful. I am going home until after the roundup. Lucille." Remorse comes to Crawford and the ranger understands. He unlocks the handcuffs and releases his man, and Crawford hurries back to his home and his waiting wife.- Written by Moving Picture World synopsis
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