Wisdom from the past
FROM: THEODORE BAILIFF RISING SUN
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.”