HEADQUARTERS DEVELOPMENT UNIT
Camp Grant, Illinois
January 15, 1919.
Mr. Clarence I. Smith, Jr.,
5838 St. Elmo Ave.,
My dear Mr. Smith:
I have your letter of the 26th ult. in which you ask my advice
as to your future course in going to a Military Academy. My advice
is, don't think of it. If you put one-half of the time, patience,
diligence and "pep" in any other profession or vocation, you will
succeed and get rich but if you go thru the Military Academy it
means a dog's life while you are there and for years after you grad-
uate, a pittance of a salary as a subaltern and in the end retirement
on a mere competence, which does not pay if you have a little girl
in view that wishes to wear diamonds.
I tell you this as a brother who has been over the whole road.
I wish I had taken my time and put it in tropical agriculture and
supplement it with the Spanish language and I would have been a rich
man now instead of a Colonel on the scrap heap of the U.S. Army.
Very sincerely yours,
COLONEL, U.S. ARMY