Jack Desnoyers having been without employment for a long time, decides that he will no longer be dependent upon what little his wife is able to earn, and bidding his loved wife and little girl a sad farewell, starts for America, hoping to find better fortune on the other side of the great Atlantic. Some time afterwards, Mrs. Desnoyers' employment ceases, and being unable to pay her rent, she is obliged to leave her home and seek poorer quarters. From exposure and hunger, the poor woman falls ill. A doctor is called in, who prescribes a very expensive medicine, which he states is the only thing which will restore the sinking woman. The little daughter, German, ponders what she can dispose of to obtain the necessary money, and at last decides to part with Mother's Portrait, as that is the only thing left of any value! She makes her way to a Picture Dealer, and tearfully parts with her loved portrait for five francs! The medicine is procured, and gradually the mother regains her strength...
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