Instead of the gong for dinner, let us hear a whistle from the Spartan fife.
We have a great many flutes and flageolets, but not often the sound of any fife.
There were brass bands, drum and fife bands, and bands of bagpipes.
They might have been read to an accompaniment of fife and drums.
But is it not better than the simple drum and fife of a common training-day?