Office Phone Main 1387 Home Phone North 9193
Real Estate, Loans and Insurance
920 F Street, N.W.
August 16, 1917.
Colonel Charles Young,
United States Army (Retired)
My dear Colonel Young:
I have been very greatly interested in
the matter of your retirement from active service in the regular
establishment. Many leading men of the race in this part of the
country have also expressed themselves on the subject, and all
of them practically without exception seem to think that you have
been mistreated by the War authorities.
Some weeks before your retirement a gentleman very well
informed on military matters told me that you were booked for
retirement-that the cards were staked against you and that you
would undoubtedly be eliminated because of the high rank to which
you were eligible.
We feel very despondent over this matter. Your enforced
retirement at a time when the country needs high military effic-
iency, and is scouring the whole world to find it, to eliminate
a West Point graduate, who is still a young man looks as if color
prejudice were responsible for it.
I and all of my friends think that you should have been
advanced-we were under the impression that you were in excellent
physical condition, and I am taking the liberty to write you in
confidence on this point.
We feel that if it be true that you have been "double
crossed" the matter ought to be investigated and we are prepared
to have a resolution to that effect introduced I Congress at
this session-at least we will make a desperate effort to bring
This is to say that no matter what you may write me will
be treated in strict confidence. I am as you know a former student
at West Point and have always taken great interest in the mili-
tary activities of our people.
Hoping that you are well and that I may hear from you at an
early date, I beg leave to remain,
Very Sincerely yours,