Bert Stafford is in love with his mother's ward, Sylvia Randolph. She does not reciprocate his feelings as she is in love with Duncan Irving, son of Old Irving, the store-keeper of Pine Level, South Carolina. Although Mrs. Stafford has a daughter, Phyllis, Bert is her favorite child and she has spoiled him by her indulgence of his every whim. Duncan Irving, on the contrary, is a manly chap but unfortunately his father is a habitual drunkard. On account of Sylvia's preference for Duncan, Bert is jealous and tries to pick a quarrel with him, which results in Duncan being ordered from the grounds by Mrs. Stafford. Duncan passes his entrance examinations for West Point and before leaving home tells Sylvia of his ambitions. His father resolves to stop drinking which he realizes might disgrace his son. Two years later Duncan writes his father of his promotion at West Point and the old man shows the letter to Sylvia. When Mrs. Stafford hears of Duncan's success, she decides to send Bert to ...
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