Lawrence Percival Van Huyler ( Franklyn Farnum ) was a society mollycoddle, and the butt of many jokes at college. He is basically good material, but was raised by his parents to be the fop that he is, and the family are snobs of the first rank. He was engaged to Alicia Vanderveldt ( Juanita Hansen ), but she is repelled by his sissy ways, and dumps him for Richard Barnaby ( Edward Cecil ), who woos her with his tales of adventure of romance. While the estate is undergoing renovation, Lawrence discovers a box with the written confession of one of his ancestors, Peter Van Huyler ( Fred Montague ). The confession states that he was not a great Dutchman as is widely believed, but one Patrick John O'Malley, an Irishman who made his fortune through piracy on the high seas. Percival is thrilled to learn that he is part Irish and from such a colourful ancestry. With this news, he embarks on a wild spree that eventually lands him in jail. Lawrence puts on a suit of overalls and takes a job doing construction work, much to the distress of his father. He learns that Barnaby has, in fact, never had all the adventures he speaks of, for Lawrence has found the book that Barnaby has taken all his adventures from. With Barnaby exposed, and having shed his foppish behaviour for that of a real he-man, Alicia happily returns to him.
This 1918 silent comedy was produced by the Universal Film Manufacturing Company, and sadly now remains a lost silent film.
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