During the North African campaign, a bunch of soldier
boys had been on a long hike and 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 and after the Chaplain
had read the prayer, the text was taken up next. Those of the boys who had a prayer book 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 was over, the soldier was taken prisoner and
brought before the Provost Marshall. The Marshall said, "Sergeant, why have you brought this man here?"
playing cards in church, Sir."
"And what have you to say for yourself, son?"
"Much, Sir," replied the
The Marshall said, "I hope so, for if not I shall punish you more than any man was ever punished."
soldier said, "Sir, I have been on the march for about six days.
I have neither a 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
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 Ghost.
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
When I see the Six, it reminds me that in six days, God made this great heaven 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
God saved when He destroyed this earth; there was Noah, his wife, their sons and their wives.
And when I see the Nine, I think of the lepers our Savior cleansed, and
nine out of the ten didn't even thank Him.
When I see the Ten, I think of the Ten Commandments 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 the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is Queen
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 are 52 cards, the number of weeks
in a year. There are 4 suits, the number of weeks in a month.
There are 12 picture cards, the number of months in
There are 13 tricks, the number of weeks in a quarter.
So you see, Sir, my pack of cards serves me as a Bible, an Almanac and a Prayer
"And friends, the story is true. I know, I was that soldier."