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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.'