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ETR
21 Dec 18
p. 237.
MPN
21 Dec 18
p. 3777.
MPW
21 Dec 18
p. 1381, 1389
New York Times
30 Dec 18
p. 7.
NYDM
5 Oct 18
p. 126.
Variety
20 Dec 18
p. 37.
Wid's
15 Dec 18
pp. 7-8.
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Release Date:
22 December 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Thomas H. Ince Corp.
Copyright Date:
9 October 1918
Copyright Number:
LP12972
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,850
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Toby Watkins, a farmer whose fanciful poetry fails to impress his exasperated uncle, leaves the farm to become a subscription solicitor for the Sawbert Weekly Clarion . In Sawbert, Toby meets Mayor Lot Morris' daughter Jean, and the shy young people fall in love. Kendall Reeves, a crooked stock promoter, arrives in town and unveils his plan to open a string bean cannery. While the venture receives the mayor's support, Clarion editor Zachary Bartrum, Morris' political enemy, suspects Reeves and decides to block the scheme. On the night Reeves presents his plan to the citizens, Bartrum falls ill and asks Toby to deliver his opposing speech, but seeing Jean in the audience, he loses his courage and dashes from the hall. The next day, Toby overhears Joe Farley, Reeves' former partner, demanding a share of the profits. Farley learns of this and warns Reeves, who goes to the mayor's home and, gun in hand, demands $5,000. Toby arrives and defeats the crook in a fight, after which the grateful mayor becomes reconciled to Bartrum and bestows his blessing on his daughter's romance with ... +


Toby Watkins, a farmer whose fanciful poetry fails to impress his exasperated uncle, leaves the farm to become a subscription solicitor for the Sawbert Weekly Clarion . In Sawbert, Toby meets Mayor Lot Morris' daughter Jean, and the shy young people fall in love. Kendall Reeves, a crooked stock promoter, arrives in town and unveils his plan to open a string bean cannery. While the venture receives the mayor's support, Clarion editor Zachary Bartrum, Morris' political enemy, suspects Reeves and decides to block the scheme. On the night Reeves presents his plan to the citizens, Bartrum falls ill and asks Toby to deliver his opposing speech, but seeing Jean in the audience, he loses his courage and dashes from the hall. The next day, Toby overhears Joe Farley, Reeves' former partner, demanding a share of the profits. Farley learns of this and warns Reeves, who goes to the mayor's home and, gun in hand, demands $5,000. Toby arrives and defeats the crook in a fight, after which the grateful mayor becomes reconciled to Bartrum and bestows his blessing on his daughter's romance with Toby. +

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