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WILL MARSHALL -FIELD III. ENLIST?
fiy Carl Sandburg If the report proves true that Mr. Marshall Field III. is coming on to Chicago this week and enlist in the First Illinois cavalry his action is ex pected to stimulate recruiting among other young men who up to date in their pale lavender lives have existed only in the rose glow of a granddad's fame and glory. At the present time Marshall Field III. is -physically and mentally a sort of nobody who travels on his grandfather's name and money. The general theory is that if he hadn't picked the world's greatest mer chant's loins to spring from he would on natural form and ability be selling sox at the well-known wages paid by Marshall Field & Co. and without bonus payment at New Year's in war time with record-breaking profits. I am writing the truth about this kid because I hope he enliBts and cur ries his own horse and handles a shovel like any honest-to-Pete ca valryman fighting as a private sol dier in the American army. If this Field boy goes in and the officers of the First cavalry play no favorites, it will be a good thing for Chicago. This is so because the Field boy is just about the most pow erful single individual in this city if he choosey to exercise the power he holds as titular and economic head of the biggest retail and whole sale stores in Chicago, with control in Commonwealth Edison, Surface Lines, Illinois Central, Illinois Steel. Let this boy learn how to stand on his own legs, knock around among rough men, eating pork and beans and listening to smutty stories and rolhcking hi-yi songs, thrown into the guardhouse if he gets drunk or shoots off his mouth, scrubbing his accoutrements, making his bed on the ground or on stone and wooden floors of barracks, washing his own j shirt, battling against vermin that lay eggs under the armpits of all who get into active service let this young Marshall Field III. go up against this game without special f favors from commissioned officers and non-coms. and then he may come back to State street, take things in his own hands and run the vast Marshall Field shebang all by himself. I'm not afraid' of the re sults. I haven't a doubt but Chaun cey Keep, Arthur D. Jones, John G. Shedd and the trustees and caretak- , ers of this young commercial prince have a deep affection for him because of their veneration for his granddad. If the lad goes into the First Illi nois cavalry and learns to work and fight, it is a sure thing the trustees and caretakers will be glad of it. They would like to see him travel on the prowess of his own loins instead of his grandfather's. When Marshall Field III. sings "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" with the ac cent on "MY," he is singing true to ' form, because he is chief designated heir to an estate of $350,000,000 at-60 years of age, and a big share of the country will be his. The American flag is the flag of HIS country in a real sense. Furthermore, Inasmuck as Marshall Field III. & Co., manu facturing wholesalers, have textile mills in France and England and Marshall Field III. was educated from boyhood to young manhood in England he is the one young man in all Chicago whom the forces of destiny ought to shove into the First Illinois cavalry. And right after him should come his younger brother, Henry Field. If they should perish as cannon fodder they would have consolation not known to the millions and mil lions. Their wives and children would be safe against material w&jjt