A wealthy, callous moneylender finds a terrifying way to learn about money's limitations.

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Credited cast:
George Nichols ...
Grace Henderson ...
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H. Ryker, the Usurer
Edward Dillon ...
Bill Collector
Anthony O'Sullivan ...
Bill Collector
Alfred Paget ...
Bill Collector
Kate Bruce ...
One of the First Debtors
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One of the Second Debtors
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Despairing Mother / One of the Third Debtors
Gladys Egan ...
Child of Despairing Mother / One of the Third Debtors
Dell Henderson ...
Guy Hedlund ...
Second Mover / At Luncheon
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Florence Barker
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"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt" Matthew 6: 19. How few there are that appreciate the truth of this advice from holy writ, in our incessant struggle tor gold. Wealth is not only transitory, but it often conspires against our eternal salvation. "Ye cannot serve God and Mammon." True it is that the fight for fortune is ethical where the methods are legitimate, but the one despicable means is that of the usurer or money shark. This man fattens on the misfortunes of his fellow beings, gloating over the fact that his debtors are his abject slaves, and like the ancient king who called tor a reckoning from his servant, "But forasmuch as he had not to pay, he commanded him to be sold, and his wife and children, and all that he had." This is the procedure of the usurer. We find him about to have his office in the evening ordering his collectors to warn the delinquent debtors that if they do not pay by the morrow their effects will be sold. They... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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This picture represents a modern manifestation of this greed
8 August 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Whether intended or not the producers of this him have preached a sermon against oppression that should exert an influence against the methods of those who take advantage of the needy. It is a story of an usurer, emphasized by the contrast of the condition of those to whom he has loaned money and his own attendance at expensive banquets in alternate scenes. Dramatically the situation of the dependents is shown, and it is made clear that it is all for gold. The usurer's doom is made dramatic. A widow, whom he has oppressed, faints and in falling pushes his safe door shut with him inside and he is suffocated before the time lock allows the safe to be opened. The determination to get gold, no matter at what cost, has caused unspeakable misery throughout history. This picture represents a modern manifestation of this greed. Not all usurers are so summarily dealt with, but it is not too much to say that it would be well if they were. - The Moving Picture World, August 27, 1910


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