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Chambers' novel was serialized in Cosmopolitan in 1916. The film, according to news items, broke all previous world-wide records for box office receipts in a single day when it took in $3,471 at the Rialto Theater in New York City. Other cities reported record-breaking earnings as well when the film opened in January 1917 across the country. This film was released January 21, 1917 in the East and January 28, 1917 in the West. The New York Times noted that the film displayed an unusual effect by the use of two projectors used simultaneously, projecting both a proclamation of war and scenes of mobilization, to create an effect similar to that of double exposure.