The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)

'Sans Peur'       Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders red and white dicing       'Ne Obliviscaris'


THE SOLDIER AND THE PACK OF CARDS

Contributed by 19039392 Cpl. G. CARRUTHERS,
1st Battalion

A soldier was found in Church with a pack of cards and was taken before a magistrate, accused of playing cards in Church. The magistrate enquired of him why he did so and what he had to say for himself?


"Much, sir." replied the soldier.

"Very good," said the magistrate, "explain yourself."

The soldier, taking the cards and placing them out before him, began thus:-

"When I look at the Ace, it reminds me that there is but one God.
The Deuce - the Father and the Son.
The Three - the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
The Four - the four evangelists.
The Five - the five Wise Virgins.
The Six - that in six days God made the heavens and earth.
The Seven - that on the seventh day God rested from his work and hallowed it.
The Eight - reminds me of the eight righteous persons saved from the floods.
The Nine - the nine lepers that were cleansed and the nine out of Ten that never returned thanks.
When I see the King - it reminds me of the great King of heaven.
The Queen - the Queen of Sheba."

"Well," said the magistrate, "you have given a very good account of all except the Knave. What of him?"

"I will give an explanation of him, if you will not get angry." said the soldier.

"I will not," said the magistrate, "if you do not call me the Knave."

"Sir, the greatest Knave I know is the man that brought me here.
When I count the number of spots on the pack I find 365, the number of days in a year.
The number of cards is 52, the number of weeks in a year.
Twelve picture cards are the number of months in a year.
And, last of all, there are four suits indicating the four seasons in a year.
That, sir, is my excuse for the pack of cards."

"Your explanation is satisfactory." said the magistrate. "Case dismissed!"


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