Ethel Warren has many suitors for her hand. She cannot decide between two of them, Anson Pryce, a lawyer, and John King, a journalist. John has had an accident and lost the use of an arm. War is declared and both men hasten to volunteer. Anson is accepted at once, but John is rejected on account of his arm. Anson is lauded as a hero by the neighbors and Ethel is impressed by his prowess in volunteering. She does not know that John has been rejected for physical reasons. Anson is called at once, and has no time to visit Ethel. He writes her a letter in which he says good-by and mentions the fact that John will not be with him in the regiment. Ethel then thinks that John has shown the white feather, and when he calls to see her, she denies herself to him. He is much hurt but accepts her decision. He tries in every way to get to the front, and at last succeeds in being sent as a war correspondent. One day his heroism is instrumental in saving the Union Army from defeat. In writing the story for his paper, he gives the credit for his brave deed to Anson, for Ethel's sake, so that she may be proud of her lover. After the return of the regiment, at the end of the war, Anson is received as a hero by his town. Ethel worships his courage, and is engaged to him. Anson at last finds it impossible to accept any longer the praise which he has not earned. He confesses that it was John and not himself who saved the regiment from disaster. John is then declared the real hero and marries Ethel.
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