Hokoruma, a Japanese soldier, is sent to San Francisco, to obtain at all hazards a plan of the new harbor fortifications about to be erected. He registers at a Japanese employment bureau and, through this means, secures a position of butler in the home of the Commanding General, Colonel Jones. This gives him the opportunity of learning and seeing much that is necessary for him to know in accomplishing his end. The Colonel's daughter, Clara, is engaged to Lieutenant Pond, and the marriage is dated for the near future. At the Officers' Club, Lieut. Pond is guilty of an act unbecoming to a gentleman, and the Colonel, who is severe but just, offers him the choice of two alternatives, court-martial or resignation. The Lieutenant is overwhelmed with the threatened disgrace. But he thinks he sees a means of escape; he will persuade his fiancée to elope with him. The Colonel would never carry out the proceedings against his son-in-law. He enters Clara's home secretly and, while waiting in a ...
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