It is not book-learning young men need, nor instruction about this and that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies: do the thing—"Carry a message to Garcia!"
Elbert Hubbard (1856–1915), U.S. author. repr. In Respectfully Quoted, ed. Suzy Platt (1989). A Message to Garcia, The Philistine (March 1899).
In the Spanish-American War, the Cuban revolutionary leader Calixto García y Iñigues was able to provide vital information to the U.S. army. The task of securing the information, which assumed a mythic importance, was granted by President William Kinley to Lieutenant Rowan.