It was virtually a given in a Vitagraph drama of the pre-WWI era that the characters all suffer spectacularly. The film begins with two children, foraging for a living on the "mean streets" of New York. Their partner in survival is a stray dog, who looks almost as woebegone as his human companions. The two waifs and the stray are unexpectedly scooped up by welfare workers, who take them to the country for an idyllic afternoon of healthy play and relaxation. The film was one of several produced in cooperation with the Fresh Air Fund, a prominent charitable organization of the era (the best known of these one-reel fables was Edison's The Land Beyond Sunset).
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