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In the small shipbuilding town of Danforth, Albert Walker realizes, to his distress, that German sympathizers, spies and draft evaders, by voicing doubts about the United States' involvement in the war, are having a disastrous effect on the patriotic spirit of the townspeople. In order to silence these "yellow dogs," Albert organizes the boys of Danforth into a club, to be headed by a young patriot called "Nosey" White. The boys pledge to challenge unpatriotic remarks by handling the speaker a card labeled "yellow dog." While Nosey is in the home of his sweetheart, Kate Cummings, one day, he overhears her father, Alexander Cummings, in conversation with a group of German spies. Learning that the agents plan to set fire to the shipyard, he informs his father, who rushes to the scene and engages one of the spies in a fight. The spy is shot, and when Albert and Nosey expose Cummings, the German is sent to prison.
Dodge's story was also published in book form (New York, 1918). The film had a pre-release run in New York beginning October 13, 1918. Inspired by Jewel's advance publicity campaign, a nationwide movement was initiated to form Anti-Yellow Dog clubs. Boys wishing to join the clubs were instructed to "ferret out pro-German sympathizers and rumor-mongers, and label them 'Yellow Dog.'" According to news items, city and state officials commonly involved themselves in the formation of these clubs. Various release dates were listed in the reviews.