The Will of the People (1913)
Drama | Short
This is a story of more than common interest showing where the "boss" of a small-sized city, not knowing whom to put up for mayor, falls on the idea of putting in Blanchard, the reform man, and ran his chance of getting some power over him. The chance soon comes; too much politics and too little attention to business cause Blanchard to run short of working capital and as the bank refuses to take any more of his paper, he turns for advice from the "boss." Realizing the power in holding some of Blanchard's paper, the "boss" loans the amount on a ninety day note. Next we see him trying to force him to turn a paving contract his way with the threat of publishing his note broadcast. Blanchard refuses and tries to get back the note which is not yet due. This is all overheard by his old bookkeeper, who decides to try to turn the tables by getting some power over the "boss." He goes to the latter's office and discovers a torn letter in the wastebasket. A fragment shows the words "paving contract." This excites interest in the old man and gathering all the fragments he pastes them together. These he gives to the mayor's wife. She comes to the rescue and forces the "boss" to return the note. In the meantime Blanchard has carried the matter to the committee chamber and, through the force of public opinion behind him, has defeated the iniquitous measure.