An adjutant comes in and lays before Colonel Allen, the charges against John Wild, a young soldier accused of theft. When the adjutant goes out, the Colonel remembers about his own wayward son, how he had left his home one evening, after a quarrel, never to return, shipping as a stoker on a big liner, and how, later, he had received word of his death in a shipwreck. As the Colonel is dreaming he is aroused by the entrance of the prisoner, "John Wild." He recognizes him as his son. Quickly getting rid of the sentinels, the Colonel questions his son. He learns that the charges of his being a thief are true, that he has gone from bad to worse, having drifted into gambling and fighting and that he was in a terrible sea disaster, but managed to save himself. The son tells his father that he enlisted under the name of John Wild and shipped on the transport to the island, and that after his father was placed in command of his regiment he tried to keep from meeting him. As the son is trying ...
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