Man's Law (1917)

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This Northwoods drama stars Ruth Sinclair and Irving Cummings. Ruth (Sinclair) is an orphan who lives with her foster-father, Jim Vance, a crude mountaineer (Arthur Morrison). One night he tries to attack her and she stabs him. Fleeing the cabin in the belief that she has killed Vance, she is found by handsome French-Canadian Jules LeClerc (Cummings), and the two fall in love. Ruth and LeClerc marry and head for the DuBois settlement, where he goes into partnership with Mackenzie, who runs the general store (Roy Applegate). Late one night, Ruth catches a man rifling the cash drawer, who turns out to be Vance. He escapes, and the next morning when Mackenzie discovers the money is missing, he thinks that LeClerc is the culprit. LeClerc overhears Vance talking at the local saloon and comes to believe that he was Ruth's lover. He gives chase and they head into the woods. A fierce battle between the two men ensues, and Vance is drowned in the river. Ruth explains everything to her husband and they are happily united.