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  • Preface: Amid shrieking shells and dying groans, a heroic nurse finds opportunity to further serve her country. Daring all, patriotism opens the door to love, and she meets and merits her great reward. On the Battlefield: Two armies opposed in battle array. Outpost halts carriage, demands passport. Lady emerges. Corporal in doubt, takes her to headquarters. The Field Hospital: Lady put in charge of nurse. Corporal seeks Captain. Captain finds passport correct. Attack on hospital. Soldiers rush forth. Nurse calms lady. Fighting outside. "War Is Hell:" Soldiers driven back. Fire from hospital. Pandemonium reigns, windows broken, doors splintered. Shells crash through walls. Floor falls, lady struck. A Patriotic Mission: Nurse alone, rushes to aid. Lady apparently dead. Discovers important letter, "For the good of the cause." Determines to assume her place. Quick change of costumes. Victors enter. Nurse given escort. Leaves in carriage. En Route South: Beyond battle zone. Guard leaves. Carriage hastens on. The Southern Home: Disguised nurse reaches destination, met by mother and son. Son is Captain. Cordial welcome. Shows letter, unsuspected. "All's Fair in Love and War:" Captain smitten, lays siege to nurse's heart, presses suit. Nurse hesitates. Courier arrives. Consultation. Nurse learns important news. The Mysterious Lady: Veiled lady arrives. Mother receives her. Nurse denounced, proofs shown. Mother thinks insane. Lady shown out. "As From the Dead:" Nurse, happy, enters library, receives important papers, makes fearful discovery. Lady abruptly enters, confronts nurse, demands retribution. Nurse offers all. "Spare my love." Lady unrelenting. Nurse defies her, she calls her lover. Waits decision. Love's victory. Lady departs. Captain escorts. The End Justifies the Means: Captain returns, sees shadow on door, suspicions awakened. "Twist love and duty." Demands explanations, a harsh measure. The unexpected, a confession, woman to woman. Happy reconciliation. Love triumphs.

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