leading on the soldiers
, was captured
by the enemy. He cried out to his captors, "Pray spare me, and do not take my life without cause
or without inquiry
. I have not slain
a single man of your troop. I have no arms, and carry nothing but this one brass trumpet
His captors replied, "That is the very reason for which you should be put to death," they said; "for, while you do not fight yourself, your trumpet stirs all the others to battle."