We see one of those families in which everybody works but father, and then we are soon made acquainted with the way father voices his protests against any insubordination or thwarting of his selfishness, by a threat to end his life. A young sewing machine agent comes to fix the machine and incidentally to make love to father's daughter. As father is afraid that this will take one of his laboring serfs away from him, he objects to the flirtation and orders the young man from the house. The young man drives up a day or so later in his buggy and unloads a keg of gunpowder, a bottle of poison, a rope, a knife and other murderous-looking weapons which he proceeds to deposit in the woodshed. He then wins the girl and her mother to his way of thinking and they decide to call father's bluff. The next time that he makes some outrageous demand upon them they are to rebel. The time is not long in coming and the young man promptly appears upon the scene. Father seizes a long pair of shears and ...
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