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Antonine, a worthless, good-for-nothing scoundrel, demands money from his cousin Galora, an energetic, provident husband and father. His demands were met with a positive rebuff and he was forcibly ejected by Galora. He vows to get even when he leaves the tenement, and waits for Galora to go out of business. The Galoras live on the fifth floor and he watches his chance when he climbs there. Galora is going to visit a neighbor on the same floor. He saw the awful result of a drop to the ground, five stories below, when he darted into the apartment and raised the window. Taking the infant child from the cradle, and placing it in a basket, he lets it out with a short rope, the end of which he secures by letting the sash down on it, so that to raise the window would cause the baby to be destroyed.
The Cord of Life is a 1909 American silent short drama film directed by D. W. Griffith. A print of the film exists in the film archive of the Library of Congress.
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