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His Trust Fulfilled
Description: The sequel to "His Trust." The opening scene takes place four years afterwards. The war has closed, and the negroes leave to enjoy their emancipation, but George remains true to his trust. He has all these years cared for the widow and her child. The poor woman, worn with worry and heartache is stricken and dies. The care of the child devolves upon George, who takes her to the lawyer, with whom he arranges for a home for her, paying for her support one of his savings, enjoining absolute secrecy on the part of the lawyer. For several years things to along uneventfully until the child, now grown, desires to go to the seminary to procure an advanced education. To the lawyer this seems impossible, but George, when he sees the girl, breaks down and weeps, insists that he take the last of his savings and appropriate it for the purpose. This is an awful ordeal which old George goes through, denying himself even the positive necessities of life in order to keep her in school for the full term. However, at the end of the first term there is nothing left of George's savings and the lawyer is forced to inform the girl that a return to school is impossible. To witness the child's disappointment is more than old, faithful George can stand, and going to the lawyer's office, he finds a cousin from Europe there, inquiring as to the condition and whereabouts of Miss Frazier. George entering the office surreptitiously espies a fat wallet in the Englishman's coat pocket. His love for the child and his desire to grant her every wish leads him into temptation, so he takes the pocket-book. However, he has hardly secured it when his better self asserts itself and he puts it back, but not before he is detected. The lawyer, knowing the negro's worth, realizes what prompted his action and sends him off. The English cousin later meets the girl and they are betrothed and a happy wedding follows shortly after. Old George, at a distance, views the festivities with tears of joy streaming down his black, but honest, cheeks, and after they depart for their new home, he goes back to his cabin, takes down his master's saber and fondles it, happy in the realization that he has fulfilled his trust. Director - D.W. Griffith Writer - Emmett C. Hall Cast: Wilfred Lucas - George, Claire McDowell - Mrs. Frazier, Adele DeGarde - The Frazier Child, Dorothy West - The Frazier Child as an Adult, Harry Hyde - The English Cousin - The Grown Daughter’s Sweetheart, Verner Clarges - John Gray - The Lawyer, Gladys Egan - The Little Orphan, Grace Henderson - The Landlady
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Clip #: SF-1D
Length: 11:04
Year: 1911
Color: B/W
Sound: Silent
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1910s
Filmmaker: D.W. Griffith
Original: 35mm
Keywords:
1910s, 1911, silent film, drama, Civil War, confederates, soldiers, blackface, servants, slaves

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