The Last Drop of Water (1911) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • A wagon train heading west across the great desert runs out of water, and is attacked by Indians. One man -- their last hope -- is sent out to find water.

  • Jim and John, long-time friends, are the suitors for the hand of Mary. Jim is a chap of exemplary qualities, while John is a weakling and given to drink. Fate has it so that Mary accepts John. After their marriage they start off across the plains for more promising lands, Jim going along as one of the party. On the way over the Great Desert, they are beset by hostile Indians. The fate of the party of tourists hangs in the balance for a long time as they are enclosed in a stockade formed by the wagons, repelling the Indians until the supply of water gives out and death from thirst seems inevitable. A call for volunteers to get water is made. Jim and John both go in its quest. Jim has given his last drop to a feeble old man as he leaves the stockade, while John, meeting Jim perishing with thirst on the desert, gives up to him the last drop between life and death. This draught renews the strength of Jim, who finally succeeds in finding water, while John drops in the sand, a victim of his sacrifice. Meanwhile the troops have been notified and the party is rescued from the besieging redskins.

  • A story of the great American desert, suggested by the lines written by Philip Sidney, who gave a drop of water on the blood to the salvation of the brotherhood. Two suitor, Jim and John, court a girl, who hugs, when she is alone with him, John while the other is desperately bent on a pole. After their marriage , they go to west with their caravan and combine forces with the people of a train to defend themselfes from Indians. The "weakling" is a violent man. Indians attack and volunteers are called to get more water. Jim gives away his small share and he is between life and death because he needs a last drop of water. The " weakling", John, gives him the last drop so he survives. After, there is the peace.


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