A MESSAGETO GARCIAMike Thornburg, February 7, 2013
SOMEONE SAID TO THEP R E S I D E N T, ― T H E R E I S A F E L L OW B Y T H E N A M E O F ROWA N W H O W I L L F I N D G A RC I A F O R YO U, I F A N Y B O DY C A N.‖
A MESSAGE TO GARCIA Publisher, Elbert Hubbard pens a 1500 word essay entitled, A Messageto Garcia following dinner on February 22, 1899. • Later refers to the work as a ―literary trifle‖ The ―trifle‖ was printed worldwide over forty million times during theauthor’s life, making it the most circulated of any literary venture everattained during the life of the author. Currently required reading for Marines within the ranks ofprivate, corporal, private first class and lance corporal.
A MESSAGE TO GARCIA Just prior to the Spanish American War (April to August of 1899), PresidentWilliam McKinley urgently needs to get a message to the Cuban insurgentleader, General Calixto Garcia, who is encamped in the mountains of Cuba. To thisend the messenger, Rowan, is called. ―McKinley gave Rowan a letter to be deliveredto Garcia; Rowan took the letter and did not ask, ―Where is he at?‖ By the Eternal!there is a man whose form should be cast in deathless bronze and the statue placedin every college of the land. It is not book-learning young men need, norinstruction about this and that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will causethem to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies: do thething—―Carry a message to Garcia.‖
A MESSAGE TO GARCIA Read the entire essay at: • http://www.gutenberg.org/files/17195/17195-h/17195-h.htm YouTube • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5HuyOsHcIU ―The world cries out for such he is needed, and needed badly – theman who can carry a message to Garcia.‖ Elbert Hubbard