Little Jackie Blair (Coogan) arrives in New York City from France without a friend in the world, his mother having died in steerage during the voyage. He slips by the immigration officers at Ellis Island by blending in with a family of eight, and follows an old seaman Captain Bill (Gillingwater), who was looking for work along the waterfront, home. Jackie makes himself handy around the house and when morning comes and the Captain decides to take him back to the immigration bureau, Jackie begs to remain. Later, the Captain is taken ill and Jackie goes out and dances with a hand organ grinder to obtain the money needed to buy some medicine. Invited to a party at a settlement house sponsored by wealthy lady, Jackie is accused of stealing the lady’s handbag. The handbag is found, however, and the lady turns out to be Jackie’s grandmother Mrs. Blair (Brundage), who had been searching the city for him.
Victor Heerman and Albert Austin [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons