We have both personally witnessed it being praised in various military education and professional development venues. The lesson intended to be derived from the story is unclear, and its applicability to the modern military professional is far from certain.
By Elbert Hubbard Note: The essay created such a sensation that Hubbard republished it as a booklet with additional background and commentary. The text of that booklet appears below. If he pays wages that supply you your bread and butter, work for him, speak well of him, think well of him, and stand by him, and stand by the institution he represents.
I think if I worked for a man, I would work for him. I would not work for him a part of his time, but all of his time. I would give an undivided service or none. If put to the pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.
But, I pray you, so long as you are a part of an institution, do not condemn it.
Not that you will injure the institution--not that--but when you disparage the concern of which you are a part, you disparage yourself. This literary trifle, "A Message to Garcia," was written one evening after supper, in a single hour.
The immediate suggestion, though, came from a little argument over the teacups, when my boy Bert suggested that Rowan was the real hero of the Cuban War.
Rowan had gone alone and done the thing--carried the message to Garcia. It came to me like a flash! Yes, the boy is right, the hero is the man who does his work--who carries the message to Garcia. I got up from the table, and wrote "A Message to Garcia.
The edition went out, and soon orders began to come for extra copies of the March "Philistine," a dozen, fifty, a hundred; and when the American News Company ordered a thousand, I asked one of my helpers which article it was that had stirred up the cosmic dust. The next day a telegram came from George H.
Daniels, of the New York Central Railroad, thus: Our facilities were small and a hundred thousand booklets looked like an awful undertaking. The result was that I gave Mr. Daniels permission to reprint the article in his own way. Two or three of these half-million lots were sent out by Mr.
Daniels, and in addition the article was reprinted in over two hundred magazines and newspapers. It has been translated into all written languages.Find A Message To Garcia and Other Essays by Hubbard, Elbert at Biblio.
Uncommonly good collectible and rare books from uncommonly good booksellers. Like most people who have read Elbert Hubbard’s essay, “A Message to Garcia,” I never questioned his description of Lt. Andrew Rowan’s mission to Cuba. In fact, I was inspired to write a juvenile biography of the good soldier.
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A MESSAGE TO GARCIA Elbert Hubbard’s “A Message to Garcia” is an essay about a man by the name of Rowan who was given an order to deliver a message to General Garcia.
General Garcia’s whereabouts were unknown and without question or hesitation Rowan accomplished such a task.
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