The Lamberts give a charity ball for the benefit of the Widows' and Orphans' Fund. Captain Doane is among the guests. The young officer is in love with Jane, the general's daughter. During the affair, he secures her consent to be his wife. Jane's parents both favor Doane's suit. General Lambert places the box containing the receipts of the ball on his library tale. A moment later he is called away. At the same time, Jack, his son, loses heavily at cards to a professional sharp. The man holds several I.O.U.'s for which he demands payment. Desperate, Jack promises to let him have the money at once. The boy hastens home. Entering the library, he sees the cash box. Abstracting the money. Jack gives it to the gambler, who waits outside. General Lambert receives a telegram, stating that war has been declared between Great Britain and the Boers. He spreads the news. The general relates an incident of the first Boer campaign, telling how one of his comrades had been treacherously slain by the...
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