Fort Huachuca, Arizona, March 23, 1917.
My dear Harry Smith:-
I want first to thank you for the copies of the Gazette, which after
making the rounds of the Border found me here at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, the
station of the 10th Cavalry. I distributed the papers to the various troops
of the Regiment as far as they would go, for the Gazette is too readable to
hide away or throw aside. The wonder to me is how you keep up the gait
throughout the years.
The thing that struck me most in your issue of March 10th was the
controversy over Dr. Spingarn's plan for training Colored Officers for
Colored Regiment in event of War.
May I say I think you both are right. You are always contending for
absolute right, absolute justice, absolute and unqualified equality of oppor-
tunity. These things in this matter-of-fact old world are ideals, limits to
be striven for. From the Editors' view-point I can see how you must stand
by your guns; but, my dear friend, I have learned that no one in this world has all he wants,
not even the President of the United States. (To whom may God give good
guidance in this hour of our country's peril), let alone the poor and lonely
ones of work-a-day. We must all in actual practice at times, stoop to con-
quer, - not cringing, but with our eyes upon a star. I admit that a whole
loaf is better than a half; but the half beats none at all.
Then we Negroes must have a part - a glorious one - in the destiny
of this country - Our Country. The one where our fathers [crossed out word "of"] wrought mightily
in spite of handicaps the most stupendous. The one whose soil is red with
their blood freely spilled for American liberties and freedom in every war.