A young politician is elected to the legislature, from which he is absent during the debate of the very first bill of the term, because of his wife's illness. The bill favors a land company... See full summary »
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A young politician is elected to the legislature, from which he is absent during the debate of the very first bill of the term, because of his wife's illness. The bill favors a land company, and it is necessary to obtain his vote to insure its passage. A representative of the land company calls on him and proffers a bribe, which he indignantly spurns. Then, realizing that his wife is ill, and that he is in poor circumstances, they try to gain his gratitude and his vote by sending a doctor to attend the invalid. The doctor's examination results in his discovery that an operation is imperative, which requires a large fund of money. He decides to accept the bribe, and his wife dies under the dearly bought operation. At the next session of the assembly the vote comes up. A vision of his wife's empty chair arises before him, just as he is about to cast his vote, and he votes against the bill. As he leaves the assembly chambers he is confronted by the land company's president, who flies ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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6 October 1910 (USA)  »

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A phase of political scheming far too common
15 September 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

This political film, presenting a phase of political scheming far too common, may, perhaps, offer an explanation of the reason some legislators go wrong. Under these circumstances men are few who could have withstood the temptation. Whether the man did right in accepting the bribe and voting the other way, is a nice question which needs careful consideration to decide. Probably almost everyone will say that he did right to vote against the scheme. But in that case he had received money under false pretenses and was on the other horn of the dilemma. It is a subtle question, and right now, when political questions obscure all else, it is well to stop and look it over for a time. Perhaps it will exert an influence upon some of the political manipulations now in progress - The Moving Picture World, October 22, 1910


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