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 Post subject: A Soldier and his Deck of Cards
PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:07 pm 
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This story is 200 years old. I still like to hear it, I hope you do too.


During the North American Campaign, a bunch of soldier boys had been on a long hike, and arrived in a little town called Kasinok. The next morning being a Sunday, several of the boys went to church. A sergeant commanded the boys in church, and after the Chaplain had read the prayer, the text was taken up next. Those of the boys who had prayer books took them out, but this 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 cards."

After the services were over, the soldier was taken prisoner and brought before the provost marshal.

The marshal said, "Sergeant, why have you brought this man here!"

"For playing cards in church, sir."

"And what have you to say for yourself, boy?"

"Much, sir," replied the soldier.

The marshal replied "I hope so, for if not, I will punish you more severely than any man has ever been punished."

The soldier said, "Sir, I have been on march for about six days, and I have neither Bible, nor 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, it reminds me that the Bible is divided into two parts, the Old and the New Testaments. And when I look at the trey, I think of the Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.

"When I see the four, I think of the four evangelists who preached the Gospel: there were Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. And when I see the five, it reminds me of the five virgins who trimmed their lamps. There were ten of them: five who trimmed their lamps, five were foolish and were shut out.

"And when I see the six, it reminds me that in six days God made this great Heaven and Earth. 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 this earth. There was Noah, his wife, and their sons and their wives.

"And when I see the nine, I think of the lepers our Savior cleaned, because it was nine out of ten who didn't even thank Him. When I see the ten, I think of the Ten Commandments that God handed down to Moses on a table 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 Mary, the mother of Jesus. And when I see the jack of knaves, it 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 are 52 cards, the number of weeks in a year. There are four suits, the number of weeks in a month. There are 12 picture cards, the number of months in a year. There are 13 tricks, the number of weeks in a quarter.

"So you see, sir, my pack of cards serves me as a Bible, almanac and prayer book."

With a tear, the marshal just waved the soldier away.

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 Post subject: Re: A Soldier and his Deck of Cards
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:02 pm 
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sammyjohn wrote:

"So you see, sir, my pack of cards serves me as a Bible, almanac and prayer book."
And the deck causes me to pray like crazy when I'm trying to bluff with only a pair or drawing to an inside straight, when the poker pot is large!


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 Post subject: Re: A Soldier and his Deck of Cards
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duplicate

Must be in another suit!


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 Post subject: Re: A Soldier and his Deck of Cards
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:51 am 
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This is of course a myth, especially as written. Mary as queen, 200 years ago, in a protestant setting

The Jack was not called the "Jack of knaves," which is a nonsensical attempty to sound older, like saying the "Bob of Kings" If you were playing All Four and you had the Knave of trumps, which was called the Jack. It was consider a vulgar and ill bred usage even in the 19th century to call knaves Jacks.

So either the soldier should have said the knave (showing that he was not vulgar) or jack, but not jack of knaves which is made up by this fictional and unamusing story. The card would be labelled Knave btw, with a Kn as opposed to a K. If this were after the 1850s, then some decks had them labelled Jacks with a J and others did not

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 Post subject: Re: A Soldier and his Deck of Cards
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Also, who in their right mind, presumably actually knowing back then what knave meant, would associate it with the devil? This was the knight, the loyal servant of the king. Historically the four knaves were identified with Ogler the Dane, Hector, La Hire, and Judas Maccabeus. Not anything wicked

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 Post subject: Re: A Soldier and his Deck of Cards
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Sammy,
I liked the story, thanks for posting it :)

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 Post subject: Re: A Soldier and his Deck of Cards
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:31 pm 
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My introduction to The Deck of Cards was Tex Ritter:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsCiaxPhtVY

Here's a bonus for ya ... Do Not Foresake Me (from High Noon) ... awesome song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlSaEBA0WUo&feature=fvst

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