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A widowed mother with her two little children, the poorest of the poor Irish peasantry, tries to make life cheerful and pleasant for her little ones. She tells them fairy tales from Irish ... See full summary »

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A widowed mother with her two little children, the poorest of the poor Irish peasantry, tries to make life cheerful and pleasant for her little ones. She tells them fairy tales from Irish folklore. The one that pleases them most is about the fairies who boil buttercups from the fields into gold. Her little children decide that they will follow the example of the fairies, gather some buttercups and boil them into gold. A generous huntsman coming that way, empties his purse into the kettle with the buttercups. They call their mother and she is soon possessed of sufficient means to relieve her needs. Surmising the source from which their wealth has come, she thanks God for his goodness. The little children are convinced that the good fairies have imparted to them an endless source of supply. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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12 February 1913 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with the documentary The Panama Canal (1913). See more »

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We count the offering a distinct success
27 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

A pretty little story of two Irish children, with a fairy background. It is set in and around a dilapidated cabin where a poor woman and the children live. An old folklore tale of how fairies make their gold leads the children to boil buttercups to get some money. We have the rough tax gatherer and the grinding landlord and, contrasting with them, the charitable passer, who sees to it that the buttercups do boil down to real gold. Mrs. Breuil, the authoress, deserves a good deal of credit. Julia S. Gordon plays the woman and puts all her art into the part. The children also are engaging. We count the offering a distinct success. Frederick Thomson produced it. The photography is only fair. - The Moving Picture World, March 1, 1913


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