May 8, 1907 (Wednesday)
WIDELY KNOWN SOLDIER OF FORTUNE FADES AWAY: Henry MacIver, most recently a major general in the Servian army, died May 6 in New York City. The notice in today's Washington Post said he died with 46 CENTS to his name. That's about 2.5 cents for EACH of the 18 FLAGS he fought under during his long soldier-for-hire career. He was 61. He fought in Crete, Egypt, Spain, Cuba and Bosnia -- all BEFORE taking up arms for the Confederate States of America as a TEENAGER. After the Civil War he went on to fight in Mexico and numerous other places. He was expecting to travel to Washington but he lingered in New York for a few days in order to meet journalist Richard Harding Davis, who included MacIver in his book "Soldiers of Fortune". Evidently, Davis got most of his material for his "Captain Macklin" book from MacIver.