The Soldier’s Watch

One of the Prussian soldiers was inordinately proud of his watch chain.  However, he was too poor to afford a watch to attach to it, and so, improviser that he was, he attached a bullet instead.  Frederick the Great became aware of this, and decided to mock the soldier.  Passing by him one day, Fritz took out his diamond-studded pocket watch.

“My watch tells me that it is five o’clock.  What time does yours tell?” he asked.

“Mine does not tell me the hour,” the soldier boasted, “but tells me every minute that it is my duty to die for Your Majesty.”

Frederick was so greatly pleased by the soldier’s answer that he handed over his watch to him on the spot.  “Here, take this, so that you can also know the hour.”

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