Even by 1913 standards, this melodramatic Selig two-reeler was regarded as corny and outdated. It all begins when the newly formed IRS goes after a pair of cigar manufacturers for 500,000 dollars in back taxes. Conscience-stricken, one of the tax delinquents makes good his debts, then promptly dies (and who could blame him?). The other "holds out" a bit longer, but also pays his overdue taxes, and also drops dead. The only people left standing at this juncture of the film are the deceased partners' respective son and daughter. Worried that they, too, will be hit up for past debts, the two youngsters head for the hills; the son runs off to a foreign country, while the daughter enters a convent. Eventually, however, they realize the error of their ways and happily make restitution to Uncle Sam. This is a happy ending?
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