By Judith Holmes,2014-06-02 15:02
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     A Message to Garcia

     In all this Cuban business there is one man stands out on the horizon of my memory like Mars at perihelion. When war broke out between Spain and the United States it was very necessary to communicate quickly with the leader of the Insurgents. Garcia was somewhere in the mountain vastness of Cuba—— no one knew where. No mail nor telegraph message could reach him. The President must secure his cooperation and quickly.

     What to do

     Someone said to the President “There „s a fellow by the name of Rowan

    will find Garcia for you if anybody can.”

     Rowan was sent for and given a letter to be delivered to Garcia. How “the fellow by the name of Rowan ” took the letter sealed it up in an

    oil-skin pouch strapped it over his heart in four days landed by night

    off the coast of Cuba from an open boat disappeared into the jungle and

    in three weeks came out on the other side of the Island having traversed

    a hostile country on foot and delivered his letter to Garcia are things

    I have no special desire now to tell in detail.

     The point I wish to make is this McKinley gave Rowan a letter to be

    delivered to Garcia Rowan took the letter and did not ask“Where is he

    at” There is a man whose form should be cast in deathless bronze and the

    statue placed in every college of the land. It is not book-learning young men need nor instruction about this and that but a stiffening of the vertebrae

    which will cause them to be loyal to a trust to act promptly concentrate

    their energies do the thing ——“Carry a message to Garcia

     General Garcia is dead now but there are other Garcias.

     No man who has endeavored to carry out an enterprise where many hands were needed but has been appalled at times by the imbecility of the average man —— the inability or unwillingness to concentrate on a thing and do it. You reader put this matter to a test You are sitting now in your office

    —— six clerks are within call.

     Summon any one and make this request“Please look in the encyclopedia

    and make a brief memorandum for me concerning the life of Correggio ”

     Will the clerk quietly say“Yes sir” and go do the task

     On your life he will not. He will look at you out of a fishy eye and ask one or more of the following questions

     Who was he

     Which encyclopedia

     Where is the encyclopedia

     Was I hired for that

     Don „t you mean Bismarck

     What„s the matter with Charlie doing it

     Is he dead

     Is there any hurry

     Shan„t I bring you the book and let you look it up yourself

     What do you want to know for

     And I will lay you ten to one that after you have answered the questions

    and explained how to find the information and why you want it the clerk

    will go off and get one of the other clerks to help him try to find Garcia

    —— and then come back and tell you there is no such man. Of course I may

    lose my bet but according to the Law of Averages I will not.

     My heart goes out to the man who does his work when the “boss” is away

    as well as when he is at home. And the man who when given a letter for Garcia

    quietly take the missive without asking any idiotic questions and with

    no lurking intention of chucking it into the nearest sewer or of doing aught

    else but deliver it never gets “laid off” nor has to go on a strike

    for higher wages. Civilization is one long anxious search for just such individuals.

    Anything such a man asks shall be granted his kind is so rare that no employer can afford to let him go. He is wanted in every city town and village

     in every office shop store and factory. The world cries out for such the man who can carry a message to Garcia.

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