The Conspiracy of Pontiac; or, At Fort Detroit in 1763 (1910)
Short, Drama · 21 September 1910
The story, which is well known to every school child, is taken from Parkman's History and is presented without alteration or embellishment, and in the number of people employed and in the character or the scenic mountings is by long odds the greatest Indian production yet offered under the Kalem trade-mark. It will be remembered that Major Gladwynn, Commandant of Fort Detroit in 1763, had declared his love for a young Indian girl and she had become much attached to him. At this period Pontiac was at the height of his power and had sent emissaries about the villages of the Ottawas inciting war against the whites. The final plan involved the entry to the fort of a number of picked chieftains, each carrying a shortened gun beneath his blanket. The mission was ostensibly to be one of peace, but at a signal from Pontiac the chieftains were to drop their blankets and to massacre the whites. However, Major Gladwynn was informed of the plot by the Indian girl and when Pontiac presented himself with his delegation on his treacherous mission, Major Gladwynn was well prepared and the fort was saved. Throughout this story is woven a love romance involving an Indian girl and Lady Jane Amherst, a young English girl visiting the fort at the time. The "Conspiracy of Pontiac" is so accurately and beautifully done that it will stand for a long time as an Indian classic and will unquestionably appeal very strongly to the school authorities as an educational subject worthy of close study.
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