This pastoral Selig film appropriates the title of James Whitcomb Riley's poem The Ol' Swimmin' Hole, but not the text of the poem itself. The Riley original described an inland body of water, while the film is set along a California beach. The story concerns a Civil War veteran and his no-good nephew. The boy robs the old man of his pension money, only to be set upon by a group of youngsters who witnessed the crime while swimming. Determined to "do right" by the elderly veterans, the resourceful kids chase down the nasty nephew through a picturesque corn field.
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