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."