The Alpine Lease (1911)
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Jenson, an unfortunate oil operator, buys the abandoned Alpine Lease. Rodney Willis, the young foreman of the adjoining Sterling lease, meets Jenson's daughter, Chick. The Sterling's manager laugh at Jenson's efforts to redeem the dry Alpine Lease. Two weeks later Jenson strikes an oil pocket. The Sterling's manager plans to secure Jenson's well by claiming it is on the Sterling lease, and has ejectment papers served on Jenson. Young Willis, disapproving of his superior's methods, searches the records and finds Jenson's title is good. In the meantime Jenson, crazed by his apparent loss, starts out to destroy the derrick rigging. Chick, seeing her father's peculiar actions, follows him and climbs the derrick. During the struggle in mid-air, between Chick and her father, the old man with the torch in hand, drops to the platform below, the torch quickly igniting the oil. Rodney, arriving at the Jenson cabin to tell them of their good fortune, finding the house deserted starts for the well, expecting to find them there. As he approaches he takes in the situation at a glance. Getting nearer he sees Chick perched on the ladder near the top with the flames and fumes shooting up about her. Tying a handkerchief over his face, he successfully performs a daring rescue. The manager of the Sterling lease tries to have Jenson arrested for attempted arson, but is confronted with the proof of the validity of Jenson's title.
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