Jimmy Drew arrives at the train looking for his sister Ruth. He was told in St. Louis at a saloon that she was seen with the train after she left there. When he tells Lank Carr where she was from he tells Jimmy no woman with that background could be on the train. As the argument heats up, Lank pulls a knife and tries to stab Jimmy who shoots and kills him. Lank's blind uncle hears the confrontation. Jimmy is caught and saved from a lynching by the Major. Jimmy's sister Ruth who is remarried to a school teacher spots him and tells Jimmy that she did have a past she has tried to put behind her. Jimmy is so hurt he decides not to defend himself until his sister tells the truth at the trial. Jimmy then gives his defense and the uncle and brother confess about hearing the fight and hiding the knife. Ruth is relieved to learn her husband does not care about her background. Written by
Did You Know?
While riding on the wagon with Ruth, Major Adams declares, "The Bible says that each of us is born with guilt trailing us, and I believe that." Unless it was a general statement on original sin, Adams may specifically be referring to Isaiah 5:18, "Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope" (KJV). See more
Major Seth Adams
You can't make a man want to live that's already dead inside.