The Call of the North (1914)
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Trader Ned Stewart's father Graehme was unjustly accused of adultery and killed. Ned sets out to avenge his father but is captured and send on "la longue traverse," the long journey to death. Virginia saves Ned, and the villain confesses Graehme's innocence on his deathbed.
Galen Albert and Graehm Stewart are employees at an important trading post in the great Northwest. Albert marries Elodie. Rand, one of the traders, instills jealous thoughts in Albert's mind, pointing to Stewart as the guilty man. Albert, who is factor at the post, condemns Stewart to travel the journey of death. Stewart makes the long journey, first giving his son to an Indian woman. Stewart dies after five days and Galen Albert is made factor at Conjuror's House Post, the most important in the North. This constitutes the prologue. After twenty years young Stewart, a free trader, defying the laws of the trading company, is captured by the factor's Indians, and condemned to make the journey of death as did his father. The factor's daughter. Virginia, meets and falls in love with Ned Stewart and promises to aid him. The journey of death consists of a man being compelled to walk across the bleak, barren, snow covered plains, five hundred miles to civilization, without food or arms. Young Ned conspires with Picard and procures a rifle with which to secure food while on the journey of death. The rifle, however, is taken away from him and he is sent on the horrible trip. Virginia's pleadings are of no avail. Rand, who originally caused the breach between Albert and Stewart's father, witnesses Picard giving the rifle to Stewart and tells Picard's sweetheart, Julie, that unless she "throw Picard over'' and become his wife, he will tell the factor of Picard's traitorously aiding the condemned Stewart. Julie, at an opportune moment, shoots and vitally injures Rand, who confesses with his dying breath to having wrongfully injured Graehm Stewart. The factor relents and sends a rescue party for young Stewart, who has by this time reached civilization. Realizing that Virginia loves Stewart, the factor sends her to meet him and the brave woodsman begins life anew with his bride from the wilds.
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