When this film was being made, a bill regarding pensions for widowed mothers was being debated in Congress, and judging from the plot, it's easy to see which side the filmmakers were on: The widow of a mechanic (Thasis Lawton, in her film debut) has a little daughter and no way to pay the rent. The landlord (Percy Standing) offers to let her stay on for free, providing that she submits to his sexual demands. The widow refuses and is put out in the streets. The little girl, Esther, is taken to an orphan's asylum where she grows up (to be played by Mabel Treneer). Eventually she reunites with her mother, who has managed to scrape together the necessities of life. Since she had no mother to guide her as a child, Esther's morals are less than pristine and she hangs out at a dance hall, where the meets the lascivious landlord, who had evicted her mother. Unaware of this association, the girl decides to elope with him. Her mother, however, follows them. When she can't bring Esther to her senses, she kills the landlord. Esther reforms and secures a pardon from the governor for her mother.
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