R. I. P.
"Requiescat in pace", some think, should apply to the body as well as to the soul. Protest against the removal of General Oglethorpe's remains from England to Georgia all but reached the proportions of the storms which centered about the disinterement of Pocahontas or King Tut.
Some objectors, as the Georgia Society of Colonial Wars and Dr. Benjamin Rand of Harvard, a student of the colonial history of Georgia, claimed that the proposed honor was too great for he memory of a person who was but one of the several to promote the colony. The greater number who opposed the transfer muttered "sacriligious ghouls" I h a righteous shudder.
Regard for the feeling of the dead is, like the belief in relies or the desire to visit the tombs of departed greatness, a survival of primitive hero worship. And everybody is anxious about the ultimate disposal of his own corpse. Yet Diogenes, reports Cicero, ordered his to be thrown out unburied. "To the birds and the beasts!" cried his shocked friends. "Not at all," was the answer, "but-lay a stick beside me so that I can drive them off". "How can you, since you will not feel them?" "Well, if I do not feel them, what will I care if they rend me?"
Thus did the crabbed cynic ridicule those who made marble mausoleums for a heap of ashes. But those of us who have never achieved living in a wine cask, insist upon at least six feet of quiet sod and an undisturbed headstone. For, as Dr. Rand has observed, the living might find some more appropriate way of honoring the dead than by carting the bones around.