A Girl of the West (1912)Drama, Romance, Short · 20 January 1912
"Easy money" seems to be in sight for "Scar-Faced Bill," a cattle rustler, when he overhears Jones, a ranch owner, offer John Winthrop $500 for his horse, which Jones very much admires. Bill plans to steal Winthrop's horse, deliver it to Jones and get away with the money. Winthrop is very much in love with Dolly Dixon, and is very fond of Polly, her youngest sister, who is an excellent horsewoman and a great friend of the cowboys. She happens to be with him when Mr. Jones makes the agreement to buy the horse. "Dance Hall Nell" stands in with "Scar-Faced Bill," who instructs her to follow him when he gets away with Winthrop's broncho and to delay, with her winning ways and cajolery, anybody who follows. Early the next morning Polly is out for a ride. She overhears Bill's friend discussing the stealing of Winthrop's horse and the carrying out of Bill's scheme. She spurs her horse and starts at breakneck gallop to warn Mr. Jones. On the way she meets "Dance Hall Nell," who tries to detain her. She wrestles from Nell's grasp and a neck and neck race ensues. At times the two women are engaged in a hand-to-hand struggle. Polly manages to break away and outdistance the desperate ally of the horse thief. Bill is carrying out his job and is just getting away with the money when Polly rides up. He grapples with the girl, but she succeeds in discharging her pistol, which is overheard by the ranchmen, whom Bill has just left. They immediately jump in their saddles, rescue the girl from the desperate struggle with the desperado. They make him return the money to Mr. Jones and take him into custody, then continue their pursuit in a wild chase over miles and miles of country until they capture all of "Scar-Faced Bill's" pals. Mr. Jones gives the $500 to Polly, who later hands it to Winthrop. He takes Polly and her sister in his arms. Polly is the idol and life of the ranch, loved and petted by all.
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