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.'