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March 27, 2011

Sweet Memories


Edward Jackson, in the exuberance of his joy over his betrothal to Polly Biblett, brings his bride-t0-be to his mother for her blessing. Mrs. Jackson, aged and infirm, is pleased and takes the fair girl in her arms.

The lovers walk away to plan for the future and the venerable woman is lost in thought. Her son has grown to man’s estate almost without her knowledge. She has regarded him as a youth. She lapses into reverie and seated amid the foliage her mind reverts back to her youth and it is all recalled.

The story shifts to the scenes of her childhood. she is a babbling infant seated in the sward and beside her is Earl Jackson, who is destined to form a large part of her life. It is a pretty scene. The children are eating sweets, cooing and happy — childish innocence personified.

At fourteen Lettie Terrell gives promise of maturing into a handsome woman, the embodiment of health and happiness. Earl Jackson, now a tall stripling, admires her. She is his first sweetheart, and the old, old story, ever new, is being learned by Lettie. Earl paints her portrait, giving promise of talent as an artist. They walk away happy, oblivious to all else save their great love.

Lettie and Earl are next shown as adults. The course of true love has run smoothly. With others the minuet is danced on the green. The party is a merry one–contented pairs of lovers without a cloud to mar their happiness.

It is quite natural that Earl should have a rival. One develops in the person of Ashton Orcutt, a debonair, handsome, carefree young man who sees Lettie and is smitten. His is the bold impetuous way and he attempts to kiss the girl by force. The opportune arrival on the scene of Earl cools his ardor and a bitter quarrel ensues. In the Colonial days an insult inevitably resulted in a meeting on the field of honor. A challenge i given and accepted. The young men fight and the duello is in accordance with the code. The weapons used are rapiers and Ashton is slightly wounded. Earl is satisfied; the girl being a horrified witness to the affair.

The marriage of Earl and Lettie is a joyous occasion. They go forth from the church with the blessings of their friends–a happy party with a bright future in prospect for the bride and groom. Their union is blessed with a child, Edward, the pride of the doting parents. They are seen walking with the boy and a game is in progress in which the elders are childish in the romp with their offspring.

Sadness comes with the death of the father. The grief of the widow is intense. Edward, a youth of fifteen, is all that is left for the good mother to lean upon. They are led from the bedside by kind friends, bereaved.

The scene reverts to the grove. Mrs. Jackson awakens from her reverie, saddened by the memories. Her face is tear stained and her body convulsed with sobs. Edward and Polly approach and she turns to them joyfully. She again takes the young girl in her arms and clings to her, admonishing Edward to cherish and protect her. Edward is embraced and extolled as a dutiful son. The young people receive the blessings of the parent, the story closing with a pretty tableau.

– THE MOVING PICTURE NEWS (17 March 1911): 17.

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