The Adventures of Billy
Little Billy, the bootblack, finding luck against him, decides to move to some other town. To do this he must walk, as he hasn't the wherewithal for a railroad ticket. While trudging through the country, he falls into the hands of a couple of sinister-looking tramps, and they at once, by threats, force him to beg for them. A day or so later, the tramps hold up an old man, and while procuring his money throw him down with such force as to unintentionally kill him. Panic-stricken at their awful deed, they feel that the boy's knowledge of the affair will prove disastrous for them, and so they decide to get rid of him. Through the sagacity of a dog the boy is saved and the tramps are captured. — Moving Picture World synopsis
Note: Otherness Archive recognizes and does not condone D. W. Griffith as an artist to elevate, he was a racist and problematic filmmaker whose film The Birth of a Nation was one of the key facets that reignited the Ku Klux Klan in the United States when it was released.