Wis­dom from the past

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE -


Ap­prox­i­mately 72 years ago my un­cle, Cpl. Ge­orge Bailiff, wrote this let­ter to the Whig while he was likely at Monte Cassino in Italy dur­ing World War II. I think it is a let­ter for to­day as well as then, as we hear the same cry now.

“Your wor­thy jour­nal is passed on to me by a mem­ber of Co. D, and a fel­low Cecil Coun­tian, James Al­bert Mc­Cauley.

The news of folks at home is highly in­ter­est­ing, and too, knowl­edge of county events dur­ing our ab­sence will do much to­ward our re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion should we have to the good for­tune of again set­ting foot on the na­tive soil.

But ed­i­tor, my friend, you and your staff ex­press an ex­ceed­ing lot of pes­simism in re­la­tion to the present and fu­ture of Amer­ica. In ev­ery edi­tion of your good paper, I find sev­eral pre­dic­tions of a din and hor­ri­ble dis­as­ter that the present ad­min­is­tra­tion is madly rush­ing to­ward. Now ed­i­tor, I can’t be­lieve we are go­ing to suf­fer any such sad fate. Amer­ica is the great­est na­tion in ex­is­tence, and so shall she re­main. We are born with a free­dom you will find in no other land.

Of course, I’m a sol­dier and know lit­tle of gov­ern­ment, but the fact that in the 20 months and few odd days that I’ve been overseas we have been well sup­plied with all nec­es­sary needs cause me to be­lieve some­one is look­ing out for the av­er­age sol­dier and cit­i­zen of Amer­ica.

On Nov. 8, 1942, I landed in Africa, and I’ve trav­eled from Ra­bat in French Morocco on up to Tunis in Tu­nisia, and over the Mediter­ranean Sea to my present sta­tion in Italy. And ed­i­tor, I ob­served gov­ern­ment and liv­ing con­di­tions dur­ing that travel and what I saw caused me to be­lieve Amer­ica is a land God has fa­vored. I could tell you of ig­no­rance, op­pres­sion, filth and poverty, such as has never been in Amer­ica, but I haven’t the time.

Keep your paper com­ing, don’t worry too much about fu­ture Amer­ica and things won’t be nearly so bad as you ex­pect.”

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