Seeking for a Ball

: Soldiers.

The Count de Grance being wounded in the knee with a
musket ball, the surgeons made many incisions. At last, losing patience, he

asked them why they treated him so unmercifully? "We are seeking for the

ball," said they. "Why then did you not speak before?" said the Count, "I

could have saved you the trouble, for I have it in my pocket."