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honorable death. He can't die again. Nobody can put him in jail.- His suf-n
fering is over. ' i
Sammy is not unlike hundreds of thousands of other boys who didn't,
have the best chance in the world to. become1 successful citizens.
Notwithstanding the handicap of poverty and comparative ignorance,.
Sammy did become .successful citizen. Not by remaining in Chicago and
fighting the odds, but b-going to war and getting killed.
He did what the other marines did who suffered the same fate,
obeyed orders, took the chances of war, lost his life and gained undyi..
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 otner ooys 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
and 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-ownfed
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 peoplefeel
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 bodies will
lie in state in the City Hall?
No matter what mistakes young
Meisenberg may have made in his
youth, he became in his death one of
Chicago's most eminent and success
And so it will go on until our na
tional habit of thought changes, and
we teach our boys that it is more
blessed to live for humanity than to,
die for one's country,
I have no disposition to dig up
Sammy Meisenberg's record. I would
hope to find it a good one if I did dig
it up. But I wouldn't have any grudge ,
against the dead body even if it turn
ed out to be otherwise. Sammy has
paid the price. What more could any
man do? I
And shouldn't we be rather proud
of our Chicago humanity in the
thoughtjthat it made a bigger fuss .
over Sammy than it would over a
dead millionaire who piled up a good
church record and a vast fortune?
Personally I am not a hero. I
haven't the slightest intention of