Lightning Bryce: The Voice of Conscience (1919)

Run Time - 17 min.  |  
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Synopsis by Hans J. Wollstein

Lightning (Jack Hoxie) and Kate (Ann Little) seek shelter in the tunnel and thus manage to escape the avalanche. They catch the Indian Zambleau (Steve Clemente) and bring him to the nearby town where Lightning uses trickery to make him talk. Zambleau admits to having killed Lightning and Kate's fathers because they had stolen the sacred gold, the location of which Lightning learns from winding Kate's piece of string around his own Bowie knife. Printed on the string is a legend: "Broken Butte s. 700 ft. Find split rock, up cliff, 28 ft. to cave." Meanwhile, Lightning's ever-present guardian angel, the veiled Mystery Woman (Jill Woodward), kills one of Solvang's eavesdropping henchmen with her specialty, a poisoned dart. Zambleau uses the confusion to steal away with the inscription, Lightning hot on his trail. The chase ends in a violent struggle atop a cliff and as the episode concludes, a body is seen hurling off the precipice.