American Actor

Charles Bennett

  • Mar 11, 1889 - Feb 15, 1943 (age 53)
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1943
PersonalFebruary 1943

Charles Bennett

Charles Bennett passed away.
1934
Treasure Island
MovieAug 17, 1934

Treasure Island

Former pirate Billy Bones boards at the seaside inn operated by …
Former pirate Billy Bones boards at the seaside inn operated by Jim Hawkins and his mother and confides his dread of discovery by his old cohorts to the young boy. After Bones' death, Jim shares his treasure map with the reputable gentry, Dr. Livesey and Squire Trelawney, who organize an expedition to recover the buried loot. Long John Silver, a charming but ruthless rogue, is able to infiltrate the ship with his pirate co-conspirators and mercilessly murders loyal crew members. In the subsequent struggle with the mutineers over the buried gold, half-witted marooned pirate Ben Gunn may hold the key to victory.
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1933
Narcotic
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MovieAug 1, 1933

Narcotic

As the opening scroll tells us, Narcotic was "presented in …
As the opening scroll tells us, Narcotic was "presented in the hope that the public may become aware of the terrific struggle to rid the world of drug addiction." The movie itself is a salacious plunge into a world of sordid pleasures. It tells us the story of Dr. William G. Davies, an infamous snake-oil salesman who started his career as a promising medical student. In the opening sequence he saves an unborn baby by performing a cesarean operation after the mother was killed in an automobile accident. Stock medical footage shows a woman's stomach being sliced open like a ripe watermelon and the baby popping out like a jack-in-a-box. But the allure of opium proves too strong for the doctor to resist. After a single night of relaxation in a Chinatown opium den, Davies becomes a slave to drugs. As his medical practice deteriorates, he shifts his attention to "selling medicine by demonstration." He says to his nurse/fiancee, "I can't see anything wrong if my preparation has merit." However, his "preparation" is one of the great quack cure-alls: "Tiger-Fat." Davies soon becomes one of the leading sideshow attractions for a carnival. His success as a carnival huckster initially allows him to run with a fast crowd. In the movie's most shocking episode, Davies and his ritzy friends retire to a hotel room together for a drug party. "We're gonna get lit," says a woman. A buffet of drugs is spread out on a table and each guest takes their drug of choice. "It takes a needle for me to get a bang," says a woman. As each participant indulges, the party quickly turns into an orgy of excesses, one woman hikes up her skirts, another laughs hysterically, a man pontificates, another man becomes paranoid. The movie provides a litany of different reactions to drugs. Ultimately, Davies' drug addiction leaves him gaunt and stooped, living in a hovel with no hope of returning to his previous life.
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1924
America
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MovieFeb 21, 1924

America

The story of a family caught up in the American Revolutionary …
The story of a family caught up in the American Revolutionary War.
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1922
The Top of New York
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MovieJun 18, 1922

The Top of New York

The Top of New York is a lost 1922 American silent drama film …
The Top of New York is a lost 1922 American silent drama film directed by William Desmond Taylor and written by George James Hopkins, Julia Crawford Ivers and Sonya Levien. The film stars May McAvoy, Walter McGrail, Pat Moore, Edward Cecil, Charles Bennett, and Mary Jane Irving. The film was released on June 18, 1922, by Paramount Pictures, four months after director Taylor's murder, and was the last one he completed.
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1919
The Adventures of Ruth
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MovieDec 28, 1919

The Adventures of Ruth

The Adventures of Ruth is a …
The Adventures of Ruth is a 1919 American film serial directed by George Marshall. It is now considered to be a lost film. The serial was advertised as written, produced and directed by Ruth Roland. Roland was the producer, but it was written by Gilson Willets and directed by George Marshall.
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All Wrong
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MovieJun 1, 1919

All Wrong

Salesman Warren Kent develops the idea of "The Unending …
Salesman Warren Kent develops the idea of "The Unending Courtship" and manages to convince his new wife Betty of his theory, which entails their living separately and only meeting on Wednesday evenings, as they did while they were engaged. Warren's boss, however, who was never enamored of the idea, fires him when he bungles an account and loses the company a large order. On top of that, through a series of misunderstandings Warren comes to believe that his wife is pregnant and his mother-in-law believes that Warren is having an affair with Betty's friend Ethel. Things go downhill for Warren from there.
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1918
The Bride of Fear
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MovieApr 7, 1918

The Bride of Fear

Ann Carter, a distraught young woman, is saved from …
Ann Carter, a distraught young woman, is saved from committing suicide by Hayden Masters. It turns out, however, that Masters is a vicious criminal who wants to make Ann his partner in crime. Fearful of what might happen to her if she doesn't marry him as he asked, she accepts, but on their wedding night he is arrested by the police for burglary and thrown in prison. Broke and alone, Ann gets a job as a sectary to a wealthy executive, whose son Donald falls for her. When she hears that Masters has been killed in a failed prison escape attempt, she accepts Donald's proposal--but then Masters, very much alive, shows up.
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1917
The Rainbow Girl
MovieSep 17, 1917

The Rainbow Girl

The Rainbow Girl released.
A Limb of Satan
MovieJul 10, 1917

A Limb of Satan

A Limb of Satan released.
Whose Baby?
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MovieJul 1, 1917

Whose Baby?

Whose Baby? is a 1917 American silent comedy film directed …
Whose Baby? is a 1917 American silent comedy film directed by Clarence G. Badger and starring Gloria Swanson.
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Teddy at the Throttle
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MovieApr 15, 1917

Teddy at the Throttle

Gloria Dawn lives down the …
Gloria Dawn lives down the hall from her sweetheart, Bobbie Knight. The dishonest Henry Black is Gloria's guardian, and he is also in charge of Bobbie's inheritance. The scheming guardian and his sister have been spending Bobbie's money, and they hope to have the sister marry Bobbie so that they can keep control over his money.
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1915
The Passing Storm
MovieNov 4, 1915

The Passing Storm

The Passing Storm released.
Heart Trouble
MovieSep 18, 1915

Heart Trouble

Heart Trouble released.
The Little Slavey
MovieAug 14, 1915

The Little Slavey

The Little Slavey released.
Stronger Than Love
MovieAug 12, 1915

Stronger Than Love

Stronger Than Love released.
The Chadford Diamonds
MovieJul 19, 1915

The Chadford Diamonds

The Chadford Diamonds released.
For Her Happiness
MovieMay 20, 1915

For Her Happiness

For Her Happiness released.
1914
Tillie's Punctured Romance
MovieNov 14, 1914

Tillie's Punctured Romance

A con man from the city …
A con man from the city dupes a wealthy country girl into marriage.
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His Talented Wife
MovieNov 9, 1914

His Talented Wife

His Talented Wife released.
Cursed by His Beauty
MovieOct 31, 1914

Cursed by His Beauty

Cursed by His Beauty released.
Mabel's Latest Prank
MovieSep 10, 1914

Mabel's Latest Prank

Mabel's Latest Prank is a 1914 film both starring and co-directed …
Mabel's Latest Prank is a 1914 film both starring and co-directed by Mabel Normand and Mack Sennett.
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Mabel's Blunder
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MovieAug 14, 1914

Mabel's Blunder

Mabel is engaged to Harry, the boss's son. The boss has an …
Mabel is engaged to Harry, the boss's son. The boss has an eye for Mabel too, in this gender-bending comedy of errors and mistaken identities.
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The Face on the Bar Room Floor
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MovieAug 10, 1914

The Face on the Bar Room Floor

The plot is a satire derived …
The plot is a satire derived from Hugh Antoine D'Arcy's poem of the same title. The painter courts Madeleine but loses to the wealthy client who sits for his portrait. The despairing artist draws the girl's portrait on the barroom floor and gets tossed out. Years later he sees her, her husband and their horde of children. Unrecognized by her, Charlie shakes off his troubles and walks off into the future.
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The Property Man
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MovieAug 1, 1914

The Property Man

Charlie has trouble with actors' luggage and conflicts over …
Charlie has trouble with actors' luggage and conflicts over who gets the star's dressing room. There are further difficulties with frequent scene changes, wrong entries and a fireman's hose. At one point he juggles an athlete's supposed weights. The humor is still rough: he kicks an older assistant in the face and allows him to be run over by a truck.
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Tony, the Greaser
MovieApr 30, 1914

Tony, the Greaser

While sightseeing among the ruins of an old mission on the …
While sightseeing among the ruins of an old mission on the Mexican border, Mary Blake and her father come across Tony, the Greaser, strumming a guitar. Tony is instantly attracted to the girl. Mary listens entranced until the music is finished and then offers him some money, which is gently refused. She smiles at Tony and he stands looking after her with a rapt expression, already in love with the girl. A little further on, her father falls and sprains his ankle. Mary, unable to help him, runs back to Tony, and between them, they get Mr. Blake to the carriage. He gratefully offers Tony employment on his ranch. Mary smiles in a friendly manner and Tony eagerly says he will come. At the ranch, Tony receives rough treatment at the hands of the foreman and cowboys, and seeks solace in his guitar alone in the moonlight. Mary sees the boys tormenting the Mexican and takes his part. Later, Hammond proposes to Mary and is accepted. He speaks to her father, who approves the match. Tony one day asks Mary for a handkerchief she has been hemming and she says, "Why certainly you may have it." The foreman and some of the boys try to take it away from him and there is a desperate fight. She then tells the Mexican that, while she takes a friendly interest in him, she can never love him. Tony is heart-broken and goes back to his old life in the Mexican quarter. Becoming mixed up with the insurrectionists, he learns that they are going to attack the Blake ranch. His love for Mary is still strong, and he decides to warn the Blakes. Stealing a horse, he rides like mad to the ranch house. Finding the men have all ridden out on the ranch, he tells Mary to ride after them and he will defend her home. She dashes off and Tony, with the bullets tearing holes in his shelter, holds off the Mexicans. Mary arrives with the cowboys, who, after a sharp fight, drive the insurrectos into full retreat. Tony has been mortally wounded and dies in the little room he has defended so ably, surrounded by the respectful cowboys and soothed in his last moments by Mary's kind administrations.
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A Little Madonna
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MovieApr 23, 1914

A Little Madonna

Terrorized by Guido, her drunken and brutal father, Marie …
Terrorized by Guido, her drunken and brutal father, Marie receives assurance from her dying mother that the Madonna will always protect her. The father reels in just after the mother has expired, too drunk to realize the woman is dead, and finding the whiskey bottle empty, abuses the child. Marie appeals to the image of the Madonna and Guido, in a frenzy of rage, smashes it on the floor. Horrified at the sacrilege, Marie screams, bringing in the neighbors, among them Paul Langrois, a young artist and curio-lover. Paul's sympathy is aroused and he adopts the child. Later, Marie's father, who is ignorant of her whereabouts, sees Paul purchase an expensive silver image of the Madonna. He determines to steal the statue and follows Paul home, planning to return that night and get it. The little statue is put in a prominent place by the worshipful Marie. Paul conceives the idea of painting a picture of the Madonna. He sends for a professional model and she is just donning her costume when Paul is called away on urgent business. He tells her to wait, as he will be back shortly. He is delayed until dark, however, and the model falls asleep in the dressing room. While Marie is performing, her usual devotions before the Madonna, Guido pries open the window and stealthily enters. Marie hears him and as he is about to take the silver Madonna, she grabs his arm with a scream. The door is flung wide and the model, awakened by the scream, stands in her Madonna robes, in a blaze of light. Filled with superstitious terror, the awe-struck man rushes from the place. Marie at first thinks it is the Madonna herself and kneels reverently. The model lifts her up and explains who she is, sympathetically assuring the child she need not feel. Marie feels sure that her mother's words have come true and gratefully offers up a little prayer for her safe deliverance.
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The Way to Heaven
MovieMar 12, 1914

The Way to Heaven

After losing the last of his money in a card game, Pete Carney, …
After losing the last of his money in a card game, Pete Carney, an habitual drunkard, goes home to his poor tenement and abuses his wife, Mary, and little daughter, Bessie. He is in an ugly mood. Finally he goes out. Outside the door of their rooms he stops and sees his wife, who has determined to leave him, take some money from an old sugar bowl. He rushes back, brutally grabs the money from her and departs. At a nearby saloon Pete is about to "sit-in" at a game, lays the money on the table, when his wife, who has followed him, grabs the money and rushes back to the house. Pete, in a terrible rage, pursues her. Mary, in their room, shuts the door and leans against it. Pete outside, takes out a pocket knife and tries to cut the panels. He drives the blade through the door, and into Mary's breast. He is horrified when he discovers what has happened and flees. Bessie finds her mother, and getting no response to her caresses, begins to cry. Neighbors learn of the tragedy and take care of little Bessie. They tell the child her mother has gone to Heaven and she steals out to find Heaven, and mother. After asking several strangers, she finally comes to a den of thieves, the leader of whom is called "The Fox." She asks him the way to Heaven, and tired out, climbs onto his lap. Pedro, one of the men, tries to steal the little girl's cross and chain, which "The Fox" prevents. They fight. "The Fox" is seriously wounded and asks her to pray for him. Then, although suffering from his wound, he succeeds in carrying her to a nearby convent, where she will receive the tender care of loving hearts. His mission fulfilled, he is overcome with emotion, and collapses, with a prayer on his lips.
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The Little Bugler
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MovieJan 29, 1914

The Little Bugler

On his birthday, Tommy, Major Shaw's little son, receives a …
On his birthday, Tommy, Major Shaw's little son, receives a small bugle. Tommy's one wish is to be a soldier. He soon becomes an adept little bugler. Major Shaw receives a dispatch ordering him to lead his regiment to the front to quell a rebellion. Tommy begs to go too, but his father tells him that he is too young yet and that he will have plenty of time to be a soldier when he grows up. The night the regiment leaves. Tommy sits up in bed and listens until all is quiet. He decides he cannot stay behind, dresses quickly, takes his precious bugle and slips out. He makes his way to the yards where the Commissariat wagons are waiting and crawls into one of them. At the first bivouac the next day Tommy is discovered fast asleep in the wagon. The soldiers take him to Major Shaw. It is too late to send him back, so his father consigns him to the care of the officer in charge of the ambulance corps, thinking he will be safe under the protection of the Red Cross. The regiment reaches the front and goes into action. Tommy picks up some field glasses, and to his great joy, sees all that is going on. Men are falling to the right and left; shells are bursting in mid-air; soldiers are charging and retreating over the open spaces and through the tropical marshland swamps. Major Shaw stands back of his regiment with a bugler at his side and suddenly realizes the need of immediate action. He raises his sword and orders the bugler to sound the "Charge." The boy is killed as he steps forward to place the bugle to his lips. Tommy drops the field glasses and runs towards the spot where the dead bugler lies. Major Shaw wildly turns to the nearest man, "Can no one blow to the call to charge?" Tommy, standing beside him, places his bugle to his lips and sounds the thrilling command. Major Shaw looks around at his boy in surprise and wonderment. When the war is over, Tommy, in uniform, proudly marches with the regiment. He is honored now with the title of The Little Bugler.
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1913
Any Port in a Storm
MovieDec 17, 1913

Any Port in a Storm

Two old sea captains, Captain Judd and his friend, Captain Silas, …
Two old sea captains, Captain Judd and his friend, Captain Silas, are retired from active service and spend their contented days spinning yarns, smokin' and chawin'. Miss Sally Snooks is an old maid, who sings love songs to the thrum of her guitar. Her sweet young niece, Salina, comes to visit her. Everybody falls in love with Salina, especially Jack, a handsome young sailor; also Captain Judd. The captain coaxes his shipmate. Silas, to propose marriage to his daughter Jessie, hoping that will encourage her and her sweetheart Ben to get married; then Judd himself will be free to make love to Salina. Jessie overbears the old men plotting and she decides to foil them in a counterplot. When Silas proposes to Jessie she accepts him much to his misery and surprise. Judd addresses a note of proposal to Salina, for now that Jessie is engaged he is free; this note the two girls re-direct and send to the old maid, Sally, who gladly accepts the marriage offer. Judd and Silas are now both in the same boat, engaged to women they don't want and each takes similar methods to get out of deep water. Judd bribes "Peg-leg" Dick to marry Sally, and Silas generously bribes Ben to propose to Jessie. Salina in the meanwhile has become engaged to Jack. With these six disposed of, the two old captains meet again at their favorite spot on the beach and in their snug harbor they chuckle contentedly.
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The King's Man
MovieNov 3, 1913

The King's Man

Babette, the daughter of old Jules, a whiskey runner, lives with …
Babette, the daughter of old Jules, a whiskey runner, lives with her father in a picturesque lodge in the Canadian Northwest. Jules starts out through the wilderness. Babette is not long alone, for Blake, the King's man, of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police, who loves her, comes to see her. She is sorry when he goes. He has given her his picture and she is admiring it when Pierre, a surly, ignorant Canadian half-breed, who also loves Babette, comes in. He snatches the picture and throws it into the log fire. He threatens to expose her father's illegitimate business. Then he leaves her. Old Jules comes back and Babette tells of Pierre's threat. Jules, infuriated, rushes out. The two men meet far in the woods and fight with hunting knives. Jules is left lying upon the ground, mortally wounded. But back in the cabin, Blake has railed again on Babette and has heard all. He hastens to find and to help Jules. Following his tracks, he locates him. He throws him over his saddle and takes him home. Then he goes in search of Pierre. Pierre is possessed with delirious fear, imagining that the ghost of Jules follows him. He wanders aimlessly about, no longer knowing where he is. He comes to Jules's cabin. He sees Blake mounting his horse. He hides until Blake goes, then enters the cabin, where the old man is lying on the bunk, dying. The girl orders her tormentor to go. Pierre laughs cruelly and grips her by the wrists. He says she must follow him to the wilderness. She is struggling when Blake returns. The two men grapple; Pierre draws his knife and holds it above the soldier, whom he forces back on the table. Her father, too weak to raise himself, makes repeated attempts to get his big revolver from the holster on the wall, eventually succeeding, but he has not the strength to cock it. While he tries over and over again to do so the knife is getting closer to Blake. Finally, with a mighty effort, Jules cocks the revolver and fires. Pierre falls back dead. Jules, dying, places Babette's hand in Blake's and gives them his blessing.
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The Outlaw
MovieOct 16, 1913

The Outlaw

The citizens of Cherokee County are aroused over the …
The citizens of Cherokee County are aroused over the depredations of Tom Wallace, a notorious outlaw and horse thief. Wallace lives with his daughter, Nan. Jim Farrell, a roving young prospector, is caught cheating at cards in the "Red Dog" saloon, and after an exchange of shots with his accuser, he makes his escape into the desert, where, without water and seriously wounded, he wanders aimlessly about all night. At sunrise Wallace, from his shack, sees the solitary form stagger and fall in the desert. Suspicious of every stranger, Wallace cautiously approaches Farrell, and finding him half dead, takes him back to the shack, where Nan cares for him. She falls in love, but Farrell very lightly regards the devotion of the uncultured mountain girl. Provisions run low. Nan is the only one who can go to town to secure a fresh supply. She accomplishes her errand and Farrell sees in an old newspaper wrapped about her purchases a picture of Wallace, and a notice of the reward offered for information leading to his capture. One night, while Wallace and Nan are sleeping, Farrell seeks the sheriff, to whom he betrays his benefactor and guides a posse back to the mountain hut, where Wallace and his daughter make a desperate resistance. Wallace is killed and Nan is forced to surrender. The sheriff and his men bury her father's body, after which she returns to the cabin. She sees her father's gun upon the floor and a solitary bullet, which she picks up and places in the rifle. She makes a detour across the hills and catches sight of the departing posse, with Farrell trailing in the rear. She takes aim and, with her last shot, kills the treacherous ingrate.
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When Friendship Ceases
MovieOct 8, 1913

When Friendship Ceases

Sandy and Shorty wander …
Sandy and Shorty wander into the country, where, happy though hungry, they are fed and set to work by an old farmer, whose old maid daughter carries on a furious flirtation with them both, much to the dismay and alarm of Silas, the hired man, who is her old-time sweetheart. Through the woman's wiles Sandy and Shorty's long friendship ends, until at length a challenge to fight is given and accepted, and they fought behind the barn. Silas, feeling that he has been supplemented by the two rivals, goes into the barn to die by slow strangulation at the end of a rope, leaving a note to Gwendoline acquainting her with his intentions. She finds the note, goes to his rescue and declares she loves him and him alone. At length, battered and bruised, Sandy and Shorty, still snarling and glaring at each other, fall exhausted, side by side, to the ground. They call wildly for their lady-love to soothe their fevered brows and aching bodies, only to learn that she has eloped with her old-time sweetheart, Silas.
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Salvation Sal
MovieOct 1, 1913

Salvation Sal

Sal, by showing too much attention to one of a party of young …
Sal, by showing too much attention to one of a party of young and rich idlers who come into a slum dance hall, offends Red McGee, her steady, and thus starts a general brawl. Red, after shutting out the lights, goes after his man and gets him down. The police enter and Red is sent to jail. Up to this time Sal had been nothing more than a girl of the street, but Red's imprisonment changes her attitude toward life and she becomes interested in settlement work, joining herself to the Salvation Army. In this guise, the young fellow who had caused Red's arrest, meets her one day. This time his admiration is genuine, and he wants her to marry and live a life of luxury with him. Sal, loyal to Red, refuses, for she has just received a letter from him telling her that he is dying, and begging her to get him a release so that he may die at home. She is unsuccessful throughout. Her wealthy admirer at last, taking pity on her and admiring her loyalty to Red, secures her the pardon, without her knowing it. One day, sometime later, Sal goes into a saloon in the slums, where she is accosted by a drunken "hanger on." Red, just back from the prison, is searching for his old cronies in their old haunt. He enters the saloon, sees Sal and rushes to her rescue, falling, after the first assault to the ground, senseless. Sal, kneeling on the barroom floor, takes his head in her lap as he breathes his last.
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Sunny; or, The Cattle Thief
MovieSep 18, 1913

Sunny; or, The Cattle Thief

Sunny and Bob are very …
Sunny and Bob are very much in love and although her father refuses to give his consent to their marriage, Sunny manages to meet her lover as much as she pleases. Mr. Weston has told Bob that he will not agree to their marriage until his herd of cattle equals his own. In the spirit of fun, Sunny procures a bottle of branding acid and puts Bob's initials on an equal division of her father's herd. Wilson, a rival for Sunny's love, seeing Bob's initials on Weston's cattle, decides to put him in wrong, hastens to the sheriff and accuses Bob. Bob, who has come up with him, overhears his accusation, and denies it. A struggle ensues, Bob's pistol is discharged and Wilson is shot in the wrist. The sheriff and his posse go in pursuit of Bob, who fled after the shooting. Sunny hears of this and decides to go to Bob's assistance. The sheriff and his posse lay in wait for Bob, expecting him to come that way. Sunny, who has reached this point, with the same expectation, forces a way through the bushes, following the trail of the posse. She is heard by the sheriff and his men and they, supposing it to be Bob, discharge their pistols into the brush. They rush forward, hoping to arrest their man. They are greatly surprised to find Sunny. They carry her home to her father, who sets about making an investigation of the false branding of his stock. Wilson, who is standing upon the stoop outside the house accidentally discovers the empty bottle which contained the acid, under the steps, where Sunny had hidden it. She makes a clean breast of it to her father and tells him that she did it because she loves Bob; hoping to secure his consent to their marriage. Matters explained, Mr. Weston is convinced that it would be foolish to interpose his objections longer and at once agrees to their marriage and gives them his blessing.
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His Lordship Billy Smoke
MovieSep 2, 1913

His Lordship Billy Smoke

The illusion of Billy Smoke, a …
The illusion of Billy Smoke, a cowboy, of having a good time in guiding Lord Fitznoodle and his valet to the former's mine, is soon dispelled after he meets the gentlemen on the station. Billy soon finds himself laden with the luggage of the lord, and even when they reach the trail, Billy is subjected to meanness. The lord's "junk" is taken from the back of Billy and placed upon the back of his horse. The lord and his valet ride on while Billy walks. The lord will not even permit Billy to eat at the same time that he eats. Billy's patience comes to an end when the lord asks him to prepare his morning bath. Instead of doing as he is told, Billy gives his lordship an impromptu bath, and, at the point of a revolver, takes his clothes, goes to the mine and presents himself as Lord Fitznoodle. He raises the salaries of all the men and fires the superintendent for trying to kiss the stenographer. When the lord appears Billy has him arrested for being an impostor. Billy marries the stenographer and the situation is made clear to everyone by the reading of a letter from Billy found on the table after his departure that the imprisoned man is the real lord after all.
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Slim Driscoll, Samaritan
MovieAug 18, 1913

Slim Driscoll, Samaritan

A notorious burglar, Slim …
A notorious burglar, Slim Driscoll, is released after a long term in the penitentiary. He is determined to begin life afresh and to lead an honest career. Bill Blinkers, his mate before he was imprisoned, tells him of a big job that they might pull off together, but Slim will have nothing to do with the proposal. A detective, who knew of his previous connection with Bill Blinkers, and who wishes to find him, asks Slim to betray his hiding place. When Slim refuses to do so, the detective threatens to find a means of getting him back to jail and utterly refuses to believe that Slim wishes to be "on the square." Slim makes up his mind to make one big haul so that he will be able to get away from the country. The "crib" Slim means to "crack" is the home of John Manners, a police surgeon, and his wife. Mrs. Manners and her husband have long been on bad terms and on the night that Slim enters the house she writes to her husband saying that she is going to end it all and then takes poison Slim enters the room where she is lying unconscious on the floor, and stumbles over her body. He sees that she is still alive and, finding the vial of poison by her side, guesses that it is a case of attempted suicide. At once forgetting the danger of his being there, he calls loudly for help. The woman's little child wakes at his call and runs into the room. She tells Slim that the servant is away and that she is quite alone. Slim at once calls over the 'phone for a police ambulance and does all he can to revive the unfortunate woman. When the police surgeon enters the room he sees Slim's burglarizing tools and guesses what has happened. He allows him to escape, Slim is filled with gratitude and resolves to keep strictly to the straight and narrow path for the future.
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The Courage of the Commonplace
MovieAug 1, 1913

The Courage of the Commonplace

While ploughing his fields …
While ploughing his fields one day, John Cameron, a farmer, notices that his horse, Jerry, is evidently sick, so stops work and takes the team up to the barn. He looses Jerry and lets him go into a loose box, while the other horse, Jim, is put, as usual, into his stall. Cameron finds that the horse is in bad shape, and at once sets off to see a veterinary surgeon, who gives him medicine for the animal, but does not come to see what is the matter. That same morning, Julia, his daughter, receives a reply from the principal of the School of Arts and Sciences to a letter she has written him asking the cost of a course she wishes to take. She has long hoped to get something better than a college education, and has been saving all the money she could make on her chickens in order to be able to afford it. Her elder sister, Bessie, who is rather of a frivolous disposition, already attends the school, but her parents, who have besides the two girls, several other younger children, cannot afford to send Julia as well. It is at the cost of much hard work and self denial that Julia has been able to save at all and she is now overjoyed to find that she has just enough to put her through. That night the horse dies, Cameron is in despair, for Jim, Jerry's team-mate, is an old horse and is not strong enough to plough alone. Unless Cameron is able to get his seed into the ground and reap the harvest, he will be unable to meet the payment on the mortgage, due in the fall. Both he and his wife are greatly distressed, for it looks as if their work of years in improving the farm will all be wasted. Knowing this, Julia decides to forego her college course and offer them the money so that a new horse may be bought. This course is indeed difficult for her for she has long dreamed of what her new life would be. The sight of her frivolous sister, who does not seem to realize what opportunities she has, only makes it harder for her to bear. At first her father will not accept the money, knowing of the dream of his daughter's heart, but at length she persuades him to do so, all the time wearing a smiling face as though it means nothing to her. Truly it is such commonplace sacrifices as these that demand the highest courage.
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The Wrong Pair
MovieMay 12, 1913

The Wrong Pair

Peter Hobson. An irascible old gentleman, throws fits when …
Peter Hobson. An irascible old gentleman, throws fits when he is told over the phone that his daughter is about to elope. He starts for home at top speed, thinking perhaps to be in time to stop the couple. On the way he is almost winged by an automobile, and on looking around sees it to be that of his would-be son-in-law, with his daughter actually in the car with him. Hobson quickly secures the aid of a policeman, who starts off in a racing car to chase and arrest the couple. Then, in his excitement, the old man posts up a notice offering a reward of one thousand dollars for the capture of the pair in time to prevent the marriage. Every young man in the neighborhood scours the country, seeking the elopers. The policeman, in the racing car, catches up with and arrests a pair of speeders in an automobile, bringing them back with him to Hobson's residence. He will not listen to any explanation, but just forces them to come along. Simultaneously with the policeman's arrival at the house, comes a number of young men, bringing several other pairs in tow. It costs Mr. Hobson quite a lot of money to get rid of them all without suits or damages. The last pair to arrive, come unattended, and prove to be the elopers, who have had the knot tied and come back for papa's forgiveness. Papa is by this time all in and has not energy enough to refuse it. He sees that he cannot change the condition of affairs, and so decides to make the best of it.
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A Matter of Matrimony
MovieMar 21, 1913

A Matter of Matrimony

On his return home from sea, …
On his return home from sea, Captain Silas Harvey finds his little cottage closed. A note on the door informs him that his maiden sister and housekeeper has married a traveling minister and gone to the next town to live. The Captain tries to run the house himself, makes a dismal failure and decides to get married. He counts the possible candidates contemplatively upon his fingers as he considers their several qualities. Ignoring his next-door neighbor, Miss Nancy Stimpson, who really has been very kind to him, the Captain sets out to woo and to win. His first call is upon the widow Bassett, whom he finds working in her little garden in front of her cottage, and learning heavily toward her over the fence, the Captain makes ardent advances and succeeds only in smashing down the widow's fence and trampling down her garden and is forced to beat a hasty retreat. His next stop is at the home of the widow Haskell, who meets him at the door, and the Captain follows her into the kitchen, where his attempts to be both useful and amiable, are a flat failure, and covered with flour, he departs in deepest disgust, as she pursues him with a rolling pin. He next ventures to pay his respects to a single woman, the spinster, Martha Hopkins, who receives him in her prim way in her little parlor, where she succeeds in keeping the Captain at arm's length in spite of his affectionate advances, until, when he attempts to embrace her, he finds himself alone. He makes his way homeward with but little use for women. Upon his steps he finds a tray, containing a well-cooked dinner, and a note from Nancy Stimpson, who was wise enough to understand that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. The Captain eats her dinner with great relish, and then decides to propose to her. As an excuse, he takes back the tray and the dishes, pops the question which she answers in the affirmative, making the two happy in the anticipation of future bliss and happiness.
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The Artist and the Brute
MovieFeb 7, 1913

The Artist and the Brute

Alice Atkins, artist, …
Alice Atkins, artist, specializes in wild animal painting. She falls in love with Hortez, an intrepid animal trainer. This is resented by Barker, the proprietor of the menagerie, who falls to attract her admiration. While she is painting in an enclosed arena some lions, the diabolical Barker turns into the arena a hungry and ferocious leopard. The efforts of Alice to defend herself brings Hortez unexpectedly on the scene. He kills the leopard, but one of his shots flying wild, ends the life of the would-be assassin Barker.
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The Smoke from Lone Bill's Cabin
MovieJan 30, 1913

The Smoke from Lone Bill's Cabin

To settle her homestead …
To settle her homestead claim in a new and unsettled territory, Mary is obliged to take a long ride over the plains to locate her newly-acquired property. When she reaches her destination it is nightfall. She looks about for a shelter. She has almost come to the conclusion that she will have to pass the night alone, using her blanket as a mattress and her saddle as a pillow. In the far distance, she sees smoke suddenly belch from the stovepipe of Lone Bill's cabin. It is a welcome sight and she hastens to ask for a night's lodging. Bill is only too willing to give up his bed and sleep outdoors himself. The nest morning when he starts to prepare breakfast, Mary gives him a hand and as they sit down together at the table, Bill says to himself, "this is something like I have dreamed of for years." Mary is obliged to build a cabin upon her property, which joins Bill's, and he volunteers to put up the house for her. He starts in and Mary proves quite apt with the hammer and saw. Bill and Mary grow very fond of each other and he declares his love for her. Mary thinks the matter over and finally decides to go back home, leaving the following note, expressive of her feelings: "Dear Bill, it is true that I love you, but I fear my love is not strong enough to endure the life out here. I leave on the 2:20 train. Forgive me and forget your little pal, Mary." Bill calls over to see her shortly after she has gone and finds the note on the door. He hastily jumps on his horse to catch the train. Mary, on her way to the depot meets a parson and tells him that she has decided to go back to her claim and marry Bill. Bill, who has taken a short-cut to the station, gets there just as the 2:20 train is pulling out. Sad and lonely, he turns back and as he is approaching his cabin, he sees smoke arising from the chimney. He hastens forward and enters. He sees a pair of gloves on the table and when he picks them up, recognizes them as Mary's. He kisses them. Mary slips from behind the curtain of the door and covers his eyes with her hands, saying, "Guess, who it is." Bill turns about and beholds Mary. He cannot understand until the preacher steps out from the other room. Bill knows what it means. Too happy for words he seizes Mary's hand and in less time than it takes to tell it, they are married. Bill is no longer "Lone."
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A Bit of Blue Ribbon
MovieJan 4, 1913

A Bit of Blue Ribbon

Senor is only a horse, a thoroughbred, and winner of …
Senor is only a horse, a thoroughbred, and winner of many blue ribbons. On account of old age, Jim Hartwell, the ranch owner, orders Steve, an employee, to take the old horse into the foothills and shoot him. Kitty, Hartwell's daughter, loves old Senor and claims him for her personal property. Steve loves Kitty and refuses to shoot the horse. In anger, Hartwell discharges him. The ranch owner, mounting his horse, leads Senor to the foothills. He takes the bit of blue ribbon which Kitty had tied in Senor's foretop, and throws it aside. Just as he raises his revolver to shoot, he sees a Mexican creeping towards his horse in the act of stealing it. He turns his attention towards the thief, who shoots Hartwell. Steve appears, and fires at the Mexican, who in turn, shoots Steve and escapes. Steve, not seriously wounded, turns his attention to Mr. Hartwell. The Mexican makes his way afoot across the hills and comes across a party of range riders. He notifies them that Hartwell is dead and that he saw Steve shoot him. Steve is found bending over Hartwell. Mr. Hartwell is taken back to his ranch and Steve is delivered to the sheriff. Hartwell regains consciousness, but has lost all recollection of what has happened. Kitty tries in vain to make him recall the incidents of the shooting. He suddenly catches sight of Senor and immediately regains his memory and declares the innocence of Steve and the guilt of the Mexican. Kitty has learned that the sheriff and the ranchmen are about to hang Steve for the crime. She rushes from the house, mounts old Senor and is soon riding wildly to Steve's rescue. On her way, she is intercepted by the Mexican and thrown from her horse. He jumps on Senor's back and tries to make his escape in the opposite direction. She hastens on foot to stay Jim's execution and reaches there just in time to save him. Steve is released and the men hastily go in pursuit of the Mexican, whom they capture and condemn to death. Confronted with the evidence of his guilt, the bit of blue ribbon, which he had picked up when he shot Hartwell and dropped when he stopped Kitty on her way to Steve's rescue, he confesses and is sentenced to death.
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1912
The Better Man
MovieDec 27, 1912

The Better Man

With a fondness for gambling, Jim Saunders is given to …
With a fondness for gambling, Jim Saunders is given to neglecting his wife and child. One night during his absence at the saloon, Miguel Gomez, a Mexican outlaw, for whom $1,000 reward is offered, enters Jim's home and demands food of Mrs. Saunders. Her little child, suffering with a severe attack of croup demands her constant attention and she tells Gomez to help himself. The child is taken with a fit of choking, and her mother, alarmed, asks the outlaw to go for a doctor. He consents and starts on a run for the nearest physician, miles away. As he is running through the foothills, he is met by Saunders, who recognizes him and stops him at the point of his pistol. The Mexican, anxious to notify the doctor, grapples with Jim. They struggle to the edge of a cliff over which he hurls Jim, who falls to the bottom stunned. Miguel jumps upon Jim's horse and hastens on to the doctor, whom he tells of the sick child and induces him to go with him to its relief. After a breakneck ride, they reach Saunder's home just in time to save the child from death. Jim Saunders, who has recovered from his fall, hurries to his home and through the window, sees the Mexican. He rushes in and demands his surrender. Jim's wife tells him of the Mexican's generous deed through which their child was saved. Jim hangs his head in shame, and acknowledges that the outlaw is a better man than himself, for had he stayed at home with his wife and child, instead of spending his time at the saloon gambling, he would have proven himself more of a man. Mrs. Saunders tells Gomez that he may go unmolested by them for whatever may he his faults, they must acknowledge his goodness of heart in helping them and their child. Tenderly bending over the little girl, he smooths her forehead, she takes his hand in hers and Miguel Gomez is permitted to depart in peace with their blessing.
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A Wasted Sacrifice
MovieSep 7, 1912

A Wasted Sacrifice

With all his faults, Jack Martin, an Arizona gambler, has one …
With all his faults, Jack Martin, an Arizona gambler, has one redeeming quality, a deep love for his motherless child. The baby is taken sick. Leaving her with Aunt Jane, the Mexican housekeeper, Jack goes for Dr. Winton, who is also the sheriff. The child dies. Crazed with grief, Jack gets drunk and shoots the town marshal. Leaping astride his horse, he escapes into the desert. Far out on a sandy plain, he comes across the dead body of a young Apache squaw, who has been bitten by a rattlesnake. By the side of the lifeless form he finds a child who has nursed from its mother's breast and imbibed the poison. Jack thinks of his own child, and his heart goes out to the little one. Jack has eluded his pursuers and his horse has dropped from exhaustion. He knows that he is free to escape. He hesitates, but determines to save the little papoose by doubling back on his tracks and meeting the posse, of which the doctor-sheriff is the leader. On rounding a curve in the canyon, he comes upon his followers, who cover him with their weapons. Holding out the child to the doctor, he begs him to do something for it. The sheriff examines it and discovers it is dead. Jack, with tears in his eyes, stands ready for his capture, conscious that inasmuch as he did it for one of God's little ones he has not done it in vain.
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The Triumph of Right
MovieMay 27, 1912

The Triumph of Right

Leaving his consumptive wife with her child alone, and in …
Leaving his consumptive wife with her child alone, and in poverty, Dave Dexter passes his time playing cards in the "Silver Star Saloon." His wife, seized with a choking cough, realizes that the end is at hand. She sends little Mary to the saloon for her father. She finds him in a dispute over cards. She steps between "Mexican Luke" and her father. Luke slinks back, ashamed by the child. The father returns to his cabin, realizes his wife's condition, and hastens out for help. The Mexican steals a cowboy's horse and rides toward Dexter's shack, seeking trouble, meeting Dexter going on his way for help. Dexter stops him and tells him of his wife's sickness and begs for the loan of his horse. The Mexican strikes Dexter with his whip. Driven to desperation, Dexter pulls the Mexican off his horse, mounts and rides away, leaving the Mexican swearing vengeance. The cowboys miss the stolen horse and find the hatband from the Mexican's sombrero. They start after him. "Mexican Luke" visits the sheriff and accuses Dexter of being the long-sought horse thief. The sheriff and he ride hastily to Dexter's home and find him bending over the dead body of his wife. The sheriff listens to the stricken man's story, but is forced to do his duty and he places the handcuffs on him. Little Mary pleads with the stern sheriff in vain. Tearfully the child produces her little bank and tries to bribe the sheriff, adding to the offer her last and dearest treasure, her old rag doll. Touched by Dexter's story, the presence of death and the appeal of the motherless child, he forgets he is sheriff, and forgetting his sworn oath of office, gives Dexter a chance to escape. He declines it. The sheriff is about to replace the handcuffs, when the cowboys, on the trail of the horse thief, crowd into the cabin. The sheriff silences them, telling them they are in the presence of death. With uncovered heads, the leader proves the innocence of Dexter by producing the missing hatband and pointing to the Mexican's bat. "Mexican Luke" is led away by the sheriff and the cowboys, leaving Dexter and his little daughter alone with their dead.
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The Redemption of Ben Farland
MovieMay 25, 1912

The Redemption of Ben Farland

Ben Farland finds it hard to …
Ben Farland finds it hard to resist drinking. He has another enemy, however, in Steve Higgins, a fellow ranchman, who is in love with Doris Maitland, the ranch owner's daughter. Ben is left in charge of the ranch by Maitland. He neglects his duty and goes to a nearby saloon, where he becomes intoxicated. Steve sees a chance "to get his goat" and provokes a quarrel, in which Ben knocks Steve down. Higgins reports Ben's conduct to Mr. Maitland, who reproves Ben and tells him if he repeats the offense he will discharge him. Ben promises to keep from drink and does so until Steve, who again meets him in a saloon, entices him to drink and again tells his boss, who summarily dismisses Ben. Doris meets Ben leaving the ranch. She encourages him, telling him to brace up and redeem himself. He does so, securing a position on another ranch, and being a fine workman and skilled ranchman, he gains the confidence of his new employer by his sober, industrious behavior, and is made manager. Ben goes to town in his employer's automobile, and stopping at the post office, he meets Doris. She is riding a fractious horse, and on her way home the horse runs away with her. She is unable to stop him. Ben sees her danger and instructs the man at the wheel to give chase. It is a hot chase, but Ben, who is an expert lariat thrower, lassos Doris' horse from the tonneau of the auto and quickly brings him to a halt. Doris is all but exhausted. Ben places her in the automobile and they are soon speeding homeward. During their journey Ben proposes to Doris and she unhesitatingly accepts him.
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The Price of Big Bob's Silence
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MovieMar 25, 1912

The Price of Big Bob's Silence

William Duncan, his mother's …
William Duncan, his mother's only child, leaves his home town as a youth. Away from home, he goes to the bad. Having a deep love and regard for his mother, he keeps her in ignorance of his career as "Long Bill," the highwayman. "Big Bob," the sheriff of the county, with a posse, goes in pursuit of "Long Bill," who keeps his pursuers well covered, and at a favorable opening he rids himself of one of them with an unerring shot and gets away. "Long Bill's" mother is advised by her physician to go away for a while. She determines to visit her son. On her way, the stagecoach is held up by "Long Bill." who recognizes his mother and learns later that she has arrived at her destination. He decides to give himself up, beg the sheriff's silence, and suffer the consequences of his crimes, rather than have his old mother find out his real character. He acts on this decision and "Big Bob," after landing him in jail, goes to the old lady and tells her that Bill is dead. The old lady decides to go back to her old home. The sheriff, with a number of the people of the town, escort her to the roadside to hail the passing stage and send her on her way with a hearty farewell and Godspeed.
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The Two Penitents
MovieMar 20, 1912

The Two Penitents

Arthur Packard dies suddenly, leaving his business to his …
Arthur Packard dies suddenly, leaving his business to his son George. James Parton, confidential and faithful clerk to Mr. Packard, endeavors to assist the young man in the management of affairs, but is discharged for his presumption. The clerk impulsively confiscates some of his employer's funds and decamps west with his little daughter, Ruth. Packard fails in business and is ruined. He goes west and becomes dissolute. James Parton strikes gold, and decides to make restitution to Packard. He sends his daughter with the gold and a note of explanation to Packard. On her way the stagecoach is held up by Packard and his gang. They take Miss Parton to their cabin and one of them attempts to embrace her. A latent spark of manhood in Packard asserts itself. At the point of a revolver he locks his two companions in another room. He allows Ruth to go and she returns to her father. Packard has found Parton's note in the satchel and hastens to his home. The two then confess their sins in the presence of Ruth. Packard asks Parton for his daughter. He gives his consent and life opens up with a new and brighter future.
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Sunset; or, Her Only Romance
MovieMar 16, 1912

Sunset; or, Her Only Romance

Mary Burton lives and works …
Mary Burton lives and works with her brother Bob, to run the ranch and keep their younger sister Alice at school. Mary longs for society and romance. When James Stanford, a forest ranger, comes to the Burton home with a letter of introduction asking for board, it is readily given. Alice Burton comes home from school. It is not long before she and James Stanford are very intimate. He proposes to Alice but she will not consent to marry him until she has gotten her sister's approval. Mary gives it with the secret wish that it was herself instead of Alice.
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How States Are Made
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MovieMar 8, 1912

How States Are Made

Twenty or twenty-five years ago, when the unoccupied …
Twenty or twenty-five years ago, when the unoccupied government lands were released for settlement, everyone who registered their names was given a fair and free chance to secure one of the sections of land, which was apportioned off in sections. The settlers were drawn up in a long line at a certain distance from the lands opened up, some of them on horseback and others in vehicles of all descriptions. At the firing of a cannon, everybody made a rush for the land. Harvey Mattson and his wife Annie, with their child, emigrate form Missouri in a prairie schooner. On their way they hear of the opening up of the Cherokee Strip. They hasten there and Harvey pitches camp, preparatory to entering his name. Their child is taken sick. Harvey goes for the doctor, and during his absence. Bill Slick, a good-looking ruffian, tries to force his attentions upon Annie. She repulses him. Harvey and the doctor arrive, and he "settles" Bill without ceremony. The ruffian, enraged, leaves. Shortly afterwards Harvey starts for the rush. On his way he is shot and severely wounded by Bill Slick. Harvey returns to his wife; she insists upon taking his place in the line and a chance with the rest of the would-be settlers. She makes a bold dash with the others and secures a very desirable section. Bill Slick endeavors to beat her to it, but she gets back to the registry office in time to make her entry first. Slick tries to claim her land. Harvey, who is standing about with their child, interferes, and one of the settlers, who saw Slick shoot Harvey, comes forward to accuse him. The villain is arrested. Annie and Harvey take possession of their newly acquired land. A few years afterward we see them a happy family, prospering in the cultivating of one of the largest and most fertile farms in the west.
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1889
BirthMarch 1889

Charles Bennett

Charles Bennett was born.
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