Smith's time to become a soldier under conscription has arrived. Smith is an actor, and we see him at a farewell dinner given him by his pals. He makes a bet that on the following Monday morning he will be back with them, exempt from all military service. Off he goes to the barracks, and soon we see him attired in his new garb. He adopts all sorts of tricks in order to win his bet. In his squad he does everything wrong. His rifle always gets on the wrong shoulder; his fingers get jumbled in the barrel. On sentry duty, he wraps himself up with all manner of apparel to keep out the cold. Before the commanding officer or at mess, he appears as Hamlet, or Napoleon, and is always giving one the impression of a mad actor. Taken before the surgeon, he is examined and his antics procure for him the coveted document informing all and sundry that "Mr. John Smith is unqualified for military service on account of mental debility." Armed with this, he repairs to the restaurant where his friends ...
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