Highway of Hope (1917)

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Lonely Lou (Kathlyn Williams) works in the dance hall at a mining camp -- not as one of the dancers, but as a slavey. The brutish Missouri Joe (Jim Farley) is trying to force her into marrying him. But she is rescued by Steve King (House Peters) who, while drunk, decides to marry her himself. When he wakes up sober the next morning, he is not thrilled with what he's done, nor is Lou. Nevertheless, they head up into the mountains in search of gold. Steve makes a strike, but can't bear the thought of bringing Lou home to his city parents, and he contemplates taking poison. Lou finds the nitric acid and believes it is meant for her, so she pretends to take it and feigns death. Steve leaves and tramps around the country while Lou develops the claim and becomes wealthy. Years later, she and Steve are finally reunited.