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The Two Battles (1912)

Short | Drama

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Just previous to his departure for South Africa and the Boer War, Gordon Frazier, a young officer in the English Army, bids an affectionate farewell to his fiancée, Gladys Mayford. In Africa, engaged in battle, Gordon is rescued from death by a young soldier, with whom he formed a slight acquaintance. Although they only meet casually, after this they become friends. One day, while together, they each receive a letter from Gladys. In Gordon's, Gladys informs him that circumstances over which she has no control compel her to break her engagement with him, and that she is returning his ring. In his friend's letter, Gladys writes that she still loves and has confidence in him, hoping God will guide and guard him. On the eve of another battle, Gordon's friend tells him that he feels he will make his last fight in the coming engagement. At dawn the next day the troops are sent to the front, and the battle is on. It is a terrific encounter. After the battle, as Gordon is making his way across the field, he finds his young friend lying fatally wounded among the dead and dying. With his abating breath, he asks Gordon to return a locket and some letters to his sister in England, and tell her, "I died bravely for my country and our father's name." He then passes away. After the war is over, Gordon, faithful to his trust, returns the letters and the locket to Gladys. While he is not altogether dissatisfied with her attitude towards him, she does not speak of their former betrothal. Later she writes him a letter, in which she explains that she broke her engagement with him because she was getting blind. She thanks him for his kindness to her brother and is glad to learn that he redeemed himself in his brave death. Gordon hastens to her and proclaims his love for her and assures her that blindness or any other affliction could not lessen his love for her. Their love is strengthened in the joy of their reunion.
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