War Is Hell (1914)
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An army pilot is on a visit at the home of another army pilot in the neighboured country. He falls in love with his sister. After the outbreak of a war between the two countries, her brother is killed by her friend in a battle, he is killed by some friends of her brother. She engages her with her brother's friend who was there, but then she finds out about that battle.
Lester Hardy, who lived in the principality of Bergstern, sent his son, Adolph, to live with his friend, Modzel, at Dawsbergen, where he was to learn the art of aviation. Modzel also had a son, Sigmund, who attended the aviation school and the two young men became fast friends. Adolph, after three months, became a proficient aviator and wrote to his parents of his progress. He also confessed that he had fallen in love with Helene, his host's daughter. But peace and harmony was destined to be disrupted. War was declared between the two principalities and Adolph was ordered to return to Bergstern. Sad indeed was the parting of the lovers, who vowed that the cruel war would not separate them for long. But fate smiled wickedly to herself. Helene fastened her locket to Adolph's watch chain as a token of her love. When Adolph arrived home, he immediately enlisted with the aviation corps and was ordered to destroy the enemy's balloons, if possible. Sailing through the air on his mission of destruction, he sent bomb after bomb into the enemy, destroying a dozen great balloons. Consternation reigned in Dawsbergen. Sigmund, who had enlisted with his country's aviators, was ordered to set out after the enemy's destructive aeroplane. Soon he sighted it and succeeded in gaining a position directly above it. He sent a bomb toward the other machine, which was struck and fell to the ground. Unhurt by the fall, Adolph ran for the shelter of a nearby mill. From this vantage point he succeeded in killing several of the enemy. Sigmund volunteered to capture the bold aviator, but fell mortally wounded. Lieutenant Maxim then commanded that the mill be blown up. The great structure came to the ground with a crash, and the lifeless body of Adolph was laid beside that of his friend. Neither had known that the other was his old comrade. Lieutenant Maxim reported the death of Sigmund to his bereaved parents, who sadly but proudly learned of his heroism. Maxim was smitten with the beautiful daughter, Helene, who waited in vain for news of her lover. One day Maxim told her that he loved her and asked her to marry him, but she told him that she could not give an answer to him then. As they were resting after a stroll through the wood, Helene was startled to see hanging from his watch-chain the locket which she had given to Adolph when they parted. Maxim then explained that he took it from the body of the man whom he had killed in the destruction of the mill. Beside herself with grief at the unexpected news, Helene was tempted to throw herself in a nearby lake. Hearing the bells tolling in a cloister nearby, she hesitated, and realized that the bells were calling to her. For the world had no place for her now, with her burden of grief and memories, and she made her way to the holy house. And oft in the twilight those memories come back to her of the days when peace reigned in the land and the terrors of war were unknown.
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