The scene opens in a railway station in France. Henri Marteau, the station master, Marie, his wife, and his little daughter are living happily. War is declared with Prussia and Marteau is one of the conscripts called out. A message is received from the War Department appointing Marie as station mistress during his absence. When leaving, Marie gives him a small photo of herself and little daughter. In a battle Marteau is mortally wounded. When dying, he gives the photos to the Prussian officer, who gave him his wound, with the request that he forward them to his wife with news of his death. Before he has time to give the officer the address, he dies. Later the station house is attacked and the officer in charge of the attacking force is wounded and left in charge of Marie. One day he gives Marie the photos of the dead soldier's wife and daughter with the request that she forward them. She discovers she has been nursing the man who killed her husband. The station house is used as a ...
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