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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 16, 1917, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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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

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