With a warrant for the arrest of Manuel Lopes, a notorious Mexican horse thief, the sheriff strikes his trail. He finds the desperado out in the desert, prostrated by thirst. He revives him with water from his own canteen, and placing the handcuffs on him, puts him under arrest. After regaining his strength, the Mexican treacherously pretends to be weak. The sheriff, little suspecting an attack, is struck down by his prisoner. He is left to face the death from which he has just rescued his assailant. The Mexican takes the key from the prostrate man's pocket, and unlocking the handcuffs, places them upon the sheriff. The brave officer, as soon as he regains his senses, resolves to stick to the end of the trail, and, wounded though he is, crawls manacled to the Mexican's house. Some cowboys, who see the Mexican on the sheriff's pony, follow him to his home, where his daughter, Mercedes, has given shelter to the sheriff. The Mexican reaches the house ahead of the others. His daughter ...
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