The little French family consists of only mother and two sons. The Franco-Prussian War is on, and one son enlists for his country, while the other stays at home, a coward. In the course of ... See full summary »

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The little French family consists of only mother and two sons. The Franco-Prussian War is on, and one son enlists for his country, while the other stays at home, a coward. In the course of service the soldier son is sent with a message on a dangerous journey through the enemy's lines, is espied, and in a running fight is badly wounded. He manages to get to his home, however, and before the pursuers arrive gives the message to his brave mother, who secretes it under the bonnet she wears. The German soldiers now come storming in, but death cheats them of their prey. They search the corpse, but find nothing. Foiled and chagrined, they seize the other son who is now cowering in fear and march him out, struggling. In order to save his neck he tells the enemy where the dispatch his dead brother bore is hidden and soon we see it torn from the person of his mother. The coward further agrees to deliver a false dispatch, a decoy to the French generals: his captors agree and he is soon on his ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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13 December 1909 (USA)  »

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