Wild Sumac (1917)

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After he shoots a man in a brawl, Jacques Fontaine (George Chesebro) becomes a fugitive. He travels to another town in the Northwest where he meets pretty Wild Sumac (Margery Wilson), supposedly the daughter of Lupine (Frank Brownlee) and his squaw. Fontaine goes to work on a railroad where he makes the acquaintance of Pierre (Ray Jackson), the son of the town's bigwig, Armand duFere (Wilbur Higby). Pierre spends his free time drinking and gambling at Lupine's, and since Lupine is crooked, he loses his nut. When Pierre discovers that he's been had, he confronts Lupine, who kills him and blames the murder on Wild Sumac. She is arrested, but the villagers, wanting a rougher justice, break her out of jail with the intention of burning her at the stake. Fontaine saves her, and Lupine confesses that she is really the niece of duFere. Mountie John Lewis (Edwin Brady) finally catches up with Fontaine, but it turns out that the man he shot did not die. He goes to serve a short jail term, but Wild Sumac promises to marry him upon his return.