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been on a long hike and they arrived in a town called Sigon.
And the next day being Sunday, several of the boys went to Church.
After the Chaplain had read the prayer, the text was taken up.
Those of the boys who had a prayer books took them out,
But one boy had only a deck of cards, and so he spread them out.
The Sergeant saw the cards and said, "Soldier, put away those
After the services was over, the soldier was taken prisoner and brought before the Provost Marshall.
The Marshall said, "Sergeant, why have you brought this man
For playing cards in church, Sir." "And what have you to say for
"Much, Sir," the soldier replied.
The Marshall said, "I hope so, for if not I shall punish you severly."
You see Sir, I have been on the march for about six
I have neither a Bible nor a prayer book, but I hope to satisfy
you, Sir, with the purity of my intentions.
You see Sir, when I look at the ACE, I'm reminded me that there is but one God;
And the DEUCE reminds me that the Bible is divided into two parts;
The Old and the New Testaments;
When I see the TREY, I think of the Father, the Son, and the
When I see the FOUR, I'm reminded of the four Evangelists, who preached the Gospel.
There was Matthew, Mark, Luke and John;
And when I see the FIVE, I think of the five wise virgins who trimmed their lamps.
There were ten of them, five were wise and were saved. Five
were foolish and were shut out;
And when I see the SIX, I'm reminded that in six days, God made this great heaven and earth;
The SEVEN reminds me that on the seventh day, God rested
When I see the EIGHT, I think of the eight righteous persons God saved when He destroyed this old world.
There was Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives;
And when I look at the NINE, I think of the lepers our Saviour cleansed.
And nine out of the ten, didn't even thank Him.
When I look at the KING, it reminds me that there is but one King of Heaven, God Almighty;
The QUEEN reminds me of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven;
And the JACK, or KNAVE is the Devil;
When I count the number of spots on a deck of cards,
I find 365 - the number of days in a year;
There;s 52 cards - the number of weeks in a year;
There's 4 suits - the number of weeks in a month;
There's 12 picture cards - the number of months in a year;
There's 13 tricks - the number of weeks in a quarter;
So you see, my friend, this deck of cards serves me as a Bible,
As an Almanac and as a Prayer Book."
"And friends, this story is true, because my son was that soldier."
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