Guilt of Silence (1918)

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After striking it rich in Alaska, Smith (Monroe Salisbury) is robbed of his gold by Amy (Betty Schade) and her partner (Sam deGrasse). He unsuccessfully pursues them through a snow storm and when he is finally saved by Harkness (Alfred Allen), he has been rendered mute from an injury. But Amy and Sam haven't gone very far and they decide to make Harkness their next victim -- easy enough since Smith can't talk and spill the beans (no one ever explains, however, why he doesn't write Harkness a note). Amy entices Harkness into marrying her, and after they are wed, he takes off for his claim. While he is away, his daughter Mary (Ruth Clifford) arrives and she believes that Smith and Amy are involved. Amy has a child and Mary believes Smith to be the father -- so does Harkness when he gets back, and he shoots Smith. But an Indian rounds up Amy and Sam and makes them 'fess up -- they're actually married to each other. Harkness lets them go for the sake of their child. Smith recovers from the gunshot wound and his voice is restored. But he doesn't have to say much, since his innocence has already been explained.