This Lubin comedy, running a scant 300 feet (about 4 minutes), was released in tandem with the 600-foot farce Papa's Honeymoon. Anticipating such later 2-reelers as Laurel and Hardy's Perfect Day, the film details the misadventures of a typical family as they go out on a picnic. As the family takes a swim, a tramp comes along and steals their lunch. The youngest member of the family solves this problem by dressing up as a ghost and scaring a black couple away from their lunch (this sort of offensive ethnic humor was not only acceptable in 1909, but highly prized -- especially if one wasn't black!) The film ends as the father of the brood drags the family home by wagon, replacing their missing horse with "dad power."
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