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DECK OF CARDS
Writer T. Texas Tyler
SPOKEN: During the North African Campaign, a bunch of soldier boys had been
on a long hike. They arrived in a little town called Casino. The next
morning being Sunday, several of the boys went to church. A sergeant
commanded the boys in church. After the Chaplain read the prayer, the text
was taken up next. Those of the boys that had a prayer book took them out.
One boy had only a deck of cards, and he spread them out. The sergeant saw
the cards and said, "Soldier, put away those cards." After the service was
over, the soldier was taken prisoner and brought before the Provost
Marshall. The Marshall said, "Sergeant, why have you brought this man
here?" "For playing cards in church, Sir," was the response. The Marshall
asked the soldier, "And what have you to say for yourself, son?" "Much,
Sir," replied the soldier. The Marshall stated, "I hope so, for if not I
will punish you more than any man was ever punished." The soldier said,
"Sir, I have been on the march for about six months. I have neither bible
nor a prayer book, but I hope to satisfy you, sir, with the purity of my
intentions." And with that, the boy started his story ... "You see, sir,
when I look at the Ace, it reminds 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 Holy Spirit. And when I see the four, I think of the four evangelists
who preached the Gospel: there was Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. And when I
see the five, it reminds me 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. When I see the six, it reminds me that in six
days God made this heaven and earth. And when I see the seven, it reminds
me that on the seventh day, God rested from his great work. And when I see
the eight, I think of the eight righteous persons that God saved when he
destroyed the earth: there was Noah, his wife, their sons and their wives.
And when I see the nine, I think of the lepers our saviour cleansed, and
that nine of the ten didn't even thank him. When I see the ten, I think of
the ten commandments that God handed down to Moses on a tablet of stone.
When I see the King, it reminds me that there is but one King of Heaven,
God Almighty. And when I see the Queen, I think of the blessed Virgin Mary
who is the Queen of Heaven. And the Jack or Knave is the Devil. When I
count the number of spots in a deck of cards, I find 365, the number of
days in a year. There are 52 cards, the number of weeks in a year. There
are four suits, the number of weeks in a month. There are twelve picture
cards, the number of months in a year. There are thirteen tricks, the
number of weeks in a quarter. So you see, Sir, my deck of cards serves me
as a bible, an almanac and a prayer book." "And friends, this is a true
story. I know, I was that soldier."
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