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The Peculiar Nature of the White Man's Burden (1912)

Short | Short, Drama

The history of the picturesque northwest territory abounds with memorable tales of daring performed by members of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police. Looming large among these deeds of daring is the story of how Corporal "Billy" Needham ...See moreThe history of the picturesque northwest territory abounds with memorable tales of daring performed by members of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police. Looming large among these deeds of daring is the story of how Corporal "Billy" Needham stamped out the "bootlegging" evil on his range. "Half-breed" Joe, a whiskey smuggler, had, for some time, been carrying on his unlawful barter among the Cree Indians, much to the annoyance of the R.N.W.M.P., and "Billy" Needham in particular. "Billy" gets track of "Joe" and trails him to his camp, where he captures him and confiscates two bottles of whiskey. He stops with his prisoner at his cabin for lunch, and while his back is turned, "Joe" empties every whiskey bottle and refills them with tea from "Billy's" teapot. When "Billy" tests this evidence he is dumbfounded, and releases "Joe." After he has gone "Billy" discovers other bottles are full of whiskey and also that his teapot is empty. Disgusted with having been so easily duped, he sets out determined to re-arrest "Joe" or die in the attempt. He strikes the smuggler's trail and finally locates him in a half-breed's "dive" long since suspected of being the clearing ground for smuggled liquor. "Billy" enters and single-handed proceeds to make his arrest. He is overpowered, however, by "Joe's" accomplices, and is himself taken prisoner. Later, by a most adroit ruse he manages to turn the tables and, as a result, "Joe" and his pals are marched away to pay for their defiance of the law. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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Otis Thayer (as Otis B. Thayer)
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Updated Jul 30, 1912

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Jul 30, 1912 (United States)

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William Duncan
Corporal Billy Needham, R.N.W.M.P. Corporal Billy Needham, R.N.W.M.P.   See fewer
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Lester Cuneo
Half-Breed Joe Half-Breed Joe   See fewer
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Rex De Rosselli
Private Cooper Private Cooper   See fewer
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Marshall Stedman
Private Greeves Private Greeves   See fewer
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S.L. DeLong
Private Smith (as Shorty DeLong) Private Smith (as Shorty DeLong)   See fewer
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Charles Tipton
Half Breed Juel Half Breed Juel   See fewer
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W.J. Rutherford
Half Breed Jim (as John Rutherford) Half Breed Jim (as John Rutherford)   See fewer
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