Across the Continent
Cast & Crew
Mrs. Guy Standing
W. H. Burton
Saloon keeper John Adderly encourages George Constance to drink, and soon George becomes an alcoholic, unable to support his wife Agnes and their two children. When Agnes pleads with Adderly to prevent her husband's drinking, he instead asks her to join him in toasting his young son, John, Jr. Lifting her glass, Agnes denounces Adderly, warning that John, Jr. will live to curse his father. The kindhearted Mr. Goodwin finds Agnes weeping in the snow, and after he promises to care for her children, she expires. Twenty years later, John Adderly, Jr. becomes involved with crooks and takes all of his father's money, leaving the old man blind and heartbroken. John, Jr. becomes infatuated with Agnes' daughter Louise, and when she fails to reciprocate, he frames her sweetheart Joe, who is sent to prison. John then abducts Louise, but Caesar, Mr. Goodwin's butler, shoots the villain, partially blinding him. Imprisoned, John, Jr. curses his father, while Joe, released from prison, marries Louise.
The actress who portrayed Louise Constance May actually have been Miriam Cooper. Some sources attribute authorship of the play to Dion Boucicault, while others credit it to Oliver Doud Byron, who popularized it on the New York stage.