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Letter from Charles Young to Clarence I. Smith Jr.
			
HEADQUARTERS DEVELOPMENT UNIT
				Camp Grant, Illinois



					January 15, 1919.


Mr. Clarence I. Smith, Jr.,
5838 St. Elmo Ave.,
College Hill
Cincinnati, Ohio.


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,


						 CHAS. YOUNG
						COLONEL, U.S. ARMY
						COMMANDING.

y/p

			
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Letter from Charles Young to Clarence I. Smith Jr.


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