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(1910)

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  • To Walter Holden since the death of his wife, falls the responsibility of raising his only child, a boy about twelve years old. Holden being of domestic tastes, feels the loneliness of the home without his wife, despite the presence of this interesting boy. The youngster, ebullient in spirits, was, while a source of anxiety, a great balm to his crushed heart, and father and son were almost constant companions. Like all boys of his age, he is a bit wild and prankish, and we find him amusing himself playing cowboy and soldier, with an old-fashioned flint-lock pistol and cowboy makeup. His father enters into the fun for a time as earnestly as the Kid. Finally the Kid goes out into the field to play the game. A short distance from the house is a very tall windmill tower and to the top of this, by means of a ladder, climbs pretty Doris Marshall to enjoy the beautiful view therefrom. The Kid happens along, and seeing the pretty girl on the tower, an idea strikes him. "Aha! The fair maid will be a prisoner on the tower." This he effects by removing the ladder, and so she remains until the father seeking the whereabouts of the boy, discovers his deed, and rescues Doris from her lofty position. This is their first meeting and they are visibly attracted by each other; even the Kid takes a fancy to Doris, and wants her to come along with pop and him. An energetic Cupid, to say the least. Well, the girl is again irresistibly drawn to the tower. By a trick of fate, the father also climbs the tower, not knowing Doris is already there. Here is fine sport for the Kid. By removing the ladder he makes prisoners of them both. Here he tantalizingly keeps them until the novelty of the act wanes. They are, however, together long enough to intensify the feeling induced by their first meeting. Upon reaching ground, the father makes a faint attempt to spank the Kid, but Doris begs him not to. This raises her still higher in the esteem of the Kid, and he renews his pleas for her to come with them. Well, the boy's trick results in a new mamma for him.

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