ination, I admit, but in the circumstances one would not be surprised at his attitude."
"That is a good point," said James. "It had escaped me." He was silent again. "There's another thing, too, I was forgetting," he added. "If he were shot, his wife might possibly object and make a fuss. The affair would very likely get into the papers--you know what the Press is. It might give the Corps a bad name."
We were both silent for a little.
"Suppose," I said, "the death penalty were not enforced, and he were merely given three days in cells?"
"But he has to get back to his work on Monday."
"True. Really, it's very hard to see how discipline can be maintained. I almost wish now that I wasn't a temporary non-commissioned officer. As a private one simply has the time of one's life, telling corporals all day long to go and boil their heads. I wish I were a private again."
"There's one thing you can do," said James. "You can report him to the Sergeant of the Guard."