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  • Just before she dies, an elderly married woman stashes the horde of money she's secretly accumulated beneath the false bottom of an old shipping trunk. After her death, her husband, believing himself penniless, has to leave their old home and move in with his son's family, where he's treated with no respect or consideration. Also on the scene is a newly-hired kindly young housekeeper (Mary Pickford); she and the old gentleman become close friends and eventually run away together (taking the old shipping trunk with them).

  • The miserly wife hoards the money which she receives from her husband and when she dies its hiding place remains a secret. The son is advised of his mother's death and is informed that unless he gives his father a home the old man will have to go to the poorhouse. This the son and his wife are unwilling to do, but to avoid scandal they consent to take him. About this time a little girl from the workhouse comes to the son's home, she having been engaged to do the housework. Upon the old man's arrival at the home of his son he is made to feel that he is unwelcome. He and the little girl, being treated most unkindly by the son and his family, run away, and by a peculiar turn of conditions the son is made to regret the persecution to which he had subjected his father.


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