This picture is proof positive that there is such a person as Santa Claus, that he does come down the chimney, and that he does know the things that children want. It begins with the departure of Captain Lovell, a young officer of the Merchant Marine, and his farewell to his little motherless daughter, whom he leaves at a select school for girls, presided over by a lady whose business instinct is stronger than her sympathies. Captain Lovell's ship goes on the rocks, and in the next scene we see the school mistress reading the account of the wreck in the paper, and in anything but a kindly way breaking the news to the Captain's little daughter, Eloise. Eloise now has no one to provide for her, and at the end of the month she is forced to give up her pretty room at the school and become a little drudge, scrubbing the steps, sweeping the floors and sleeping in the bare attic room at the top of the house. Here we see her finding some consolation in her love of books and entertaining her ...
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