The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner

A TRUMPETER, bravely leading on the soldiers, was captured by the

enemy. He cried out to his captors, "Pray spare me, and do not

take my life without cause or without inquiry. I have not slain

a single man of your troop. I have no arms, and carry nothing

but this one brass trumpet." "That is the very reason for which

you should be put to death," they said; "for, while you do not

fight yourself, your trumpet stirs all the others to battle."

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