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MEISENBERG PAID THE BIG PRICE WHY
WORRY ABOUT HIS RECORD
BY N. D. COCHRAN
Several letters have come to The Day Book asking that Sammy Meisen
berg's record in Chicago before he joined the navy be published giv
ing the inference that it was shady? ,
But why? If the police authorities and all others wiped out the past,
and worshipped Meisenberg as a hero after he was killed at Vera Cruz in
the performance of his duty, what good would it do any of the rest of us to
kick up a fuss about the past now?
No matter what that record may have been, Sammy has paid the price.
He is dead land, according to the general way pf looking at war, he died an
honorable death. He can't die again. Nobody can put him in jail. His suf
fering is over.
Sammy is not unlike hundreds of thousands of other boys who didii't
have the best chance in the world to become successful citizens.
Notwithstanding the handicap of poverty and comparative ignorance,
Sammy did become a successful citizen. Not by remaining in Chicago and
fighting the odds, but by going to war and getting killed.
He did what the other marines did who suffered the same fate. He
obeyed orders, took the chances of war, lost his life and gained undying
fame in Chicago.
Besides that, his death and the high honors paid his remains when
they were brought home, served a useful patriotic purpose; for it surely
tempted other boys to give up trying
to become rich and to go to war,
glory and death instead.
Those of us who direct the nation's
destinies by our advice should feel
duly grateful to heroes like Sammy
Meisenberg for they help- us to get
other poor boys to enlist, go to war
atfd risk their lives for our protec
tion. That makes it possible for
many of us to stay at home where
we are out of range of the enemy's
guns and attend strictly to our own
I think Hearst did all he could to
thank Sammy and the thousands of
other soldier boys by devoting many
columns of praise to him after his
death. Hearst was under great ob
ligation to the soldiers who died at
Vera Cruz, and no doubt would be as
grateful to several hundred thousand
more dead heroes if he could bring
on a real war with Mexico that would
result in American occupation and
increased value of American-owned
estates in the land below the. Rio
I can't see any reason why anybody
should raise the slightest objection
to the great honors paid Chicago's
dead hero. The patriotic demonstra
tion evidently made many people feel
better. There was a new thrill about
it. It made great newspaper copy,
fired boys with the spirit of adventure
and thus helped put Chicago in shape
to furnish her share of boys for the
sacrifice whenever in the future a few
of us feel that some sacrifice of the
many is necessary.
I imagine that on the day of that
impressive parade the day when the
body lay in state in the City Hall
many bright, ambitious and thor
oughly patriotic Chicago boys had
visions of themselves dying for their
country and being brought home in a
flag-covered casket and lying in state
in the City Hall, to be admired by
How many of Chicago's multi
millionaires will have a parade like
that when they die?
And how many of their bodiesr will
he in state in the City Hall?
Darned fewi .. '