John Smythe returns from war as a youth who has been seasoned by experience, vested with ambition and armed with a sword which has won him honors. His father is one of those merry old English squires, of the hard riding, hard drinking type, who lives in the open in the saddle, and when at home takes much to the flagon. His mother is a gentle woman, and abhors the night revels in the hall of their manor, but she has been overruled so long, that she has submitted to the disagreeable function that has become a bad habit. When the stalwart son returns, the jolly squire marks his approval of his triumphs with much wine. The poor mother interferes, but the squire declares that it will "put red blood in him like that of his ancestors." John soon meets up with blushing, budding Mary Wayne, their engagement is announced. A friendly rivalry springs up between John and his cousin, William Wayne. The latter strangely proves his superiority in archery and horse racing, but the former, as a soldier...
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