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  • At a skirmish in the second battle of Bull Run two young privates, Bud Heiser and Bill Hall, race to recapture the flag which had been taken by the enemy. They reach the flag at the same time and quarrel over the honor of reaching it first. The incident makes them bitter enemies; their hatred of each other being in nowise diminished years later when a juggle of fate finds them political rivals. The only son of William Hall falls in love with Ethel Heiser, daughter of Hamilton Heiser, formerly Bud Heiser. Ethel reciprocates young Hall's affection and to overcome the difficulties strewn in their path by their parents, they decide to elope. The old veterans quickly follow, but are compelled to abandon the chase at the depot, where they arrive just as the train pulls out with the young couple aboard. Again the old rivals snap their fingers in each other's faces and argue as to who reached there first, taking leave of each other in a rage. Later we find Heiser in an inn, where he is grossly insulted by a ruffian who is about to throttle him. Hall, who happens to pass the inn at the critical moment, runs to Heiser's rescue, after which the two veterans forget their little differences and become fast friends. They forthwith go to the telegraph office, where they send the following telegram: "Don't spend money like a blame fool. All is forgiven. You and Ethel come back quick. Dad Hall. Pop Heiser." Upon arriving home the happy couple receive the joint blessings of their reconciled parents, and peace and happiness reign once more.

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