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The Patriot (1913)

Short | Short, Drama

The storekeeper was the biggest man in Cranberry Centre, and his neighbors were convinced that he would be a political hero some day. He dutifully attended all conventions of his party, was on terms of personal friendship with the ...See moreThe storekeeper was the biggest man in Cranberry Centre, and his neighbors were convinced that he would be a political hero some day. He dutifully attended all conventions of his party, was on terms of personal friendship with the legislative candidates (during campaigns) and each day became more and more convinced that the fate of the republic rested heavily upon his shoulders. When his party assumed power at Washington, after many long years, the Idol of Cranberry Centre decided that his services were needed at the Nation's capitol. His wife protested that it would be far better for him to remain at home and attend to business, but he overruled her. He was absolutely convinced that the new president needed him, so he determined to sacrifice himself upon the altar of his country. A delegation of his admiring neighbors cheered him as he departed, but the cheers were not echoed when he arrived in Washington. He found that city plumb full of patriots who were trying to save the country, and no one seemed to want the big man from Cranberry Centre. At first he had fondly hoped to be urged to accept a cabinet position, but as the weeks went on he would have taken a place as janitor had it been offered. His money ran out, and appeals to his wife for more brought no response. She was convinced that he was squandering their savings upon "pesky politicians." so contented herself with advising him to come home. He did, but was compelled to walk. There was no crowd out to greet him when he limped into Cranberry Centre over the ties. Everybody was in at the storekeeper's home, as he discovered later. He arrived just in time to witness the conclusion of the marriage ceremony which united his daughter to a young farmer. In days gone by the storekeeper bad scouted the idea of such an alliance, being determined that his girl should be the bride of a statesman. Now, wiser by sad experience, he uttered no protest, and at the same time solemnly swore that he would cease being a patriot and devote all his attention to the mercantile business. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis See less
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Updated Apr 8, 1913

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Apr 8, 1913 (United States)

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Eugene Moore
The Patriot The Patriot   See fewer
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Carey L. Hastings
The Patriot's Wife The Patriot's Wife   See fewer
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Mignon Anderson
The Patriot's Daughter The Patriot's Daughter   See fewer
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Harry Benham
The Suitor The Suitor   See fewer
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Woodrow Wilson
Self - Incoming President Self - Incoming President   See fewer
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William Howard Taft
Self - Outgoing President Self - Outgoing President   See fewer
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