When Gold Hill runs short of money, they accept an offer of a school administrator, along with state funds. This results in unforeseen circumstances. First Mr. Simpson kicks out Murphy and Moses. Then he starts to implement more rules that results in less learning for the children, until they ultimately become a work camp. Things come to a head when he imprisons David and Matt in the mine with no food and water. Things look lost until Will discovers an important document. Written by
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When the Taylor's show up at the school to adopt Chester and introduce themselves to Simpson, Simpson proceeds to tell them there will be fees to pay back the State for food and clothes, and that since Chester is one of their better workers, the orphanage will lose profits from him being adopted. The Taylors leave in disbelief. The viewer is of course left with disgust that this character would think of profit before a child. But there is something that the writers may not have thought of: The same is true today with our country. The State controls the children, and one must pay fees to process and adopt children, thereby keeping many from bothering to try. Money before getting a kid a home. See more
While David and Matt Sims are locked in the mine shaft, they observe Simpson shaving and tire of being locked up. They start walking to the rear of the shaft (note the lamps are lit) and David says, "There just gotta be another way out of here." Matt answers and points further back in the mine shaft, "Lets try the other end." This indicates they haven't been to the other end. As they walk back, lanterns are lit, the mine shaft is strangely bright. They come upon spider webs, indicating no one has been there for a while. Matt they yells, "Hey, Look. Come on.....this is how we get out." At the back of the shaft there is a railroad car. Again, there is surprise in finding a rail car at the rear. Notice there are more lanterns (lights) lit all the way back even though they haven't been back there, upon the closeup of them pushing it, one being a candle. See more