Wamba, a Child of the Jungle (1913) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Wamba, a half-breed woman, and her Portuguese husband, Pete, live near a jungle in British East Africa. One day Wamba's child falls sick and she asks her inebriated husband to get Dr. Rice, the surgeon at the British Trading Post, some miles distant. Pete turns a deaf ear to his wife's pleadings and finally when he is in a drunken stupor the sympathetic mother love of Wamba asserts itself and she deserts him. She reaches the doctor's home where she is kindly received, and after hearing of the brutality inflicted upon her by her husband. Dr. and Mrs. Rice decide to protect her by retaining her in their household. The doctor is unable to save Wamba's child and it passes away. Pete, in the meantime, discovers that his wife and child have disappeared and tracks them through the jungle to the doctor's home. He attempts to drag Wamba away, but the doctor intercedes, thus incurring the everlasting enmity of the treacherous drunkard. Pete leaves the house, vowing vengeance, but lingers in its vicinity and one day when Dr. and Mrs. Rice visit a neighboring settlement he crawls behind the unsuspecting Wamba, hits her on the head, knocking her unconscious, and abducts the doctor's child, Lillian. But the little girl manages to escape through the jungles, followed closely by Pete. After escaping many tortuous deaths by the ferocious lions, she arrives at the edge of a high precipice. She turns and sees Pete close behind with a lion following him. The next moment she throws herself over the precipice into the waters below and swims to the other shore. Pete follows, but instead of swimming to the other side, hides himself under an overhanging rock. Meanwhile Wamba has regained consciousness and takes the trail of the missing Lillian, whom she finds about to take refuge in a hollow log from the carnivorous lions. Wamba seizes her rifle and begins shooting and soon the little girl is clutched to, the bosom of the mulatto woman. The Rices return, and discovering that their daughter and Wamba are missing, form a posse and start in pursuit, Lillian and Wamba are found and the posse then takes the trail to Pete's shack, where they find all that remains of him after a conflict with the lions.


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