Aesop's Jacked Fables

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The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner

A TRUMPETER, bravely leading on the soldiers, was captured by the enemy. He cried out to his captors, "Please 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."

"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."

"It wasn't me!" pleaded the man. "If it weren't for that infernal trumpet there would be no war on this Earth. It made me do it! Destroy the trumpet, not me!"

"Again this fails to help your situation," said the general as he breathlessly arrived. "In fact, kill him at once." On his command the soldiers did so instantly.

"With this trumpet," the general declared in triumph, "I shall rule the world."

The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner (original fable)

A TRUMPETER, bravely 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." "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."

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