“My friend isn’t back from the battlefield, sir. Request permission to go out and
“Permission refused,” said the officer. “I don’t want you to risk your life for a
man who is probably dead.’
The soldier went, all the same, and, an hour later came back mortally wounded,
carrying the corpse of his friend.
The officer was furious. “I told you he was dead. Now I’ve lost both of you. Tell
me; was it worth going out there to bring in a corpse?”
The dying man replied, “Oh, it was, sir.