John Lewis, a young settler, with his wife and child, go to Minnesota and open up a farm. John goes out to fell trees. The Pillager band of Chippewas, in open hostility to the whites, discover John's absence, and attack his cabin. Mrs. Lewis holds them at bay with her rifle. John hears the shooting and tries to reach his cabin. Mrs. Lewis finds she has but one shot left and decides she would rather use it in the sacrifice of her babe than have the child taken by the ferocious Indians. She tremblingly takes aim, fires, and then falls in a dead faint. Her husband and the lumbermen soon make short work of the redskins. They burst into the cabin, revive Mrs. Lewis, who, in a dazed and vacant state of mind, tells them what she has done. Her husband is overcome when he realizes the sacrifice she has made. One of the lumbermen goes over to where the child is lying, and tenderly lifting it in his arms, finds it is uninjured.
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