During the North African campaign, a bunch of
boys had been on a long hike, and they arrived in
little town called Casino.
The next morning,
Sunday, several of the boys went to church. A
sargent commanded the boys in church; and after
Chaplin had read the prayer, the text was taken
next. Those of the boys who had a prayer book
them out; but this one boy had only a deck of
so he spread them out. The Sgt. saw the cards
said, "Soldier, put away those cards".
service was over the soldier was taken prisoner,
was brought before the Provost Marshall.
Marshall said, "Sgt., why have you brought this
"For playing cards in church,
"And what have you to say for yourself,
"Much Sir", replied the soldier.
Marshall said, I hope so. For if not, I shall
you more than any man was ever punished".
soldier said, "Sir. I have been on the march for
about six days. I have neither Bible nor Prayer
But I hope to satisfy you, Sir, with the purity
intentions". And with that, the boy started his
"You see Sir, when I look at the Ace,
reminds me that there is but one God. And the
reminds me that the Bible is divided into two
parts...the Old and the New Testaments".
the tray, I think of the Father,the Son, and the
Ghost. And when I see the 4, I think of the four
evangelists that preached the Gospel. There was
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John".
"And when I see
5, it reminds me of the five wise virgins that
trimmed their lamps. There were ten of
were wise and were saved; five were foolish and
"When I see the 6, it reminds me
six days God made this great heaven and earth.
see the 7, it reminds me that God rested from his
"And when I see the 8, I think
eight righteous persons God saved when He
the earth. There was Noah, his wife, their sons
"And when I see the 9, I think
lepers our Savior cleansed; and nine out of the
didn't even thank Him".
"When I see the 10, I
of the Ten Commandments God handed down to Moses
table of stone".
"When I see the King, it
that there is but one King of Heaven...God
"And when I see the Queen, I think
Blessed Virgin, Mary, who is Queen of Heaven".
the Jack of Knave is the Devil".
"There are four
number of weeks in a month".
"There are 12
cards, the number of months in a year. There are
tricks, the number of weeks in a quarter".
see,Sir, my pack of cards serve as a Bible, an
Almanac, and a Prayer Book".
"And friends, this