Honesty Is the Best Policy ()


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The Home of Poverty: In a small garret in the slum district of a great city, a poor, sick mother, with two children, a boy and a girl, is struggling to keep her little home together. The girl cares for her little brother and sick mother,... See more »

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The Home of Poverty: In a small garret in the slum district of a great city, a poor, sick mother, with two children, a boy and a girl, is struggling to keep her little home together. The girl cares for her little brother and sick mother, who slowly becomes worse. The children realize that they must have a doctor or their mama will die. One Touch of Nature: The two children visit the home of a prominent doctor and beg him to come and help their mama. They have no money and he cruelly drives them away. While the two children are crying in the street they are met by a newsboy, who learns the cause of their sorrow. Cheering them up, he gives half his papers to the little boy to sell and to the little girl he gives some money that she may buy flowers and earn more. The two children hasten away. Café: The little .girl tries to sell her flowers and the little boy his newspapers. One gentleman buys a paper and lays his pocketbook on the table while waiting for change. A sneak thief steals the purse. The boy is accused and is about to be arrested when the gentleman's kind-hearted wife interferes and he is released. The Test of Honesty: The little girl finds a purse and returns to her mother, who has become worse. She must have medicine. The little girl decides to take some of the money from the purse and procure the medicine. The drug store: The medicine is obtained. The struggle between right and wrong. Right conquers. She runs out of the drug store, crying, and returns the money to the purse. The Prayer to Heaven for Help: She reads a notice of the lost pocketbook in the paper and sends a note with her little brother to the owner of the purse. The Prayer is Answered: The loser of the purse arrives and identifies his property. He notes the miserable condition of the mother and children. Leaves some money on the table. After his departure, packages and bundles of every description begin to arrive; also the best doctor in the city for the sick mother. Honesty receives its just reward. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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