Letter March 13, 1920 from Julius Eichel to David Eichel




Letter March 13, 1920 from Julius Eichel to David Eichel




WWI conscientious objection / objectors


Eichel, Julius


Swarthmore College Peace Collection


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Letter [#13] from Julius Eichel to David Eichel, U.S.D.B., Fort Douglas, Utah

[March 13, 1920]

262 Stanton Street, New York

Dear Dave,

Your last letter to us was dated Feb. 29th. I saw the letter you sent to Gussie on the 6th. A good deal has been written about the men at Douglas this past week. Rumors of the intended sanity test seemed to worry a good number of the friends of C.O's Personally I saw no cause for worry and assured all the people I could that such examinations had taken place before without any serious consequences. In the meantime the Civil Liberties Bureau and all other organizations in maintaining civil liberties are doing all they can to make public the method by which the government may hope to bring you into disrepute.

All the people interested in C.O's either understand or try to understand them and they are not very much mislead by any of the of the governments reports or actions. These are the people that are interested in this present sanity test, and believe me, no matter what the results of the test may be, those interested parties will know the truth. The greater mass of the people are not interested in C.O's as such and many of them do not even know that there are such creatures in jail. These people are not influenced by any governmental propaganda -- and the only purpose such propaganda can serve is to advertise the self righteousness of the officials themselves which in no wise hurts the cause of the C.O's. On the other hand, such actions on the part of present day officials, causes a good deal

resentment amongst the friends and relatives of the C.O's who really know the calibre [sic] of the men whose sanity is being questioned. Altogether such actions work to your advantage rather than to the advantage of the government, since those that are interested in you are also sympathetic towards you and they are the only ones that will judge you and the government.

Harry Lee sent the money order on to me and after I signed it I noticed it was made out to you. For that reason I am enclosing it in this letter and you can dispose of it as you see fit.

I met Many Haber [sp?] the other day and he was anxious to be remembered to you. He says that he will be engaged to be married soon. I ran across Harry Weisinger the same day and he asked all about you and wanted me to send you his regards. As we were talking along came young Stemple -- the one we met at camp -- and he too asked numerous questions and wanted to be remembered. Anna Wenger told me that she received your last letter. I am going up to the Annual Ball of the 6th A.D. to-night and I am certain to meet a good number of our friends.

I received my first weeks wages today. I must say I did not deserve it for I have made no returns for it. I am selling for Sam Hyman and I may do better next week. With regards from folks and friends to you and all I am

Your brother,


Eichel, Julius, “Letter March 13, 1920 from Julius Eichel to David Eichel ,” Conscientious Objection & the Great War: 1914-1920, accessed September 21, 2021, https://cosandgreatwar.swarthmore.edu/items/show/105.

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