Erickson, an inventor of high explosives, manufactures a compound for the U.S. Government, but will not sell the secret of its ingredients, as he wishes his family (which consists of a son and daughter) to still benefit by his formula in case of bis death. The daughter, Lillian, is in love with one of the clerks in the War Department, who is in reality a foreign spy. Another country tries to buy the explosive, but Erickson's patriotism will not permit him to sell it. To prevent the secret from perishing with him at his death, he starts to write out the formula, but Lillian's sweetheart, Brack, watches what he is writing. This is seen by young Erickson, who orders Brack from the house. Lillian protests until told what he had done when she, too, denounces her lover. The inventor, to safeguard himself and family in case of his death, writes out the formula in a way that only his children will be able to read it. It is placed in an envelope and sent to the War Department with the ...
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