Letter March 15, 1920 from Julius Eichel to David Eichel




Letter March 15, 1920 from Julius Eichel to David Eichel




WWI conscientious objection / objectors


Eichel, Julius


Swarthmore College Peace Collection


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[March 15, 1920]

262 Stanton Street, New York

Dear Dave,

I just received your letter #7. I am certain a good number of your thoughts in that letter have been answered in some of my previous letters. By this time you must have received a report of my letter to Baker; and my explanations in that letter I hope has I hope cleared up many of the puzzles in the Jewish article you write about. I also received a letter from Manny's friend requesting that I see Mrs. Lucy Robbins. You can assure Manny that I attended to that matter long before I received his request. Your letter has also dispelled a good deal of the mystery about the Lacusalli [?] affair. The "Call, you know, wrote so vaguely about the affair that I couldn't make head nor tail of it, and I was patiently waiting for an explanation from you. I've written to "Robbie" and he in turn wrote to me and we have arranged at last to meet Thursday night. I imagine he will have a good deal to write you, after he sees me. I will acknowledge the receipt of the letters from Anna and Gussie.

Well, the 6th A.D. Ball was a howling success. The place was just simply jammed in spite of the very bad weather conditions. I never mentioned the weather before to you for the same reason that I did not

want to mention anything about my hunt for a job. They both are very displeasing subjects to talk upon at this time. When I first reached New York, a newly fallen snow blacked the streets. The traction companies suspended a good deal of their service and for the first time, since I can remember, cars on Delancey Street and Clinton Street were not running. Since the city is loath to pay decent prices to have the streets cleaned, enough men could not be gotten together to clear the streets. In the meanwhile snowfall after snowfall accumulated until the streets were as muddy and dirty as the Missouri River. It is only now that the streets are beginning to look normal again.

Now about the Ball. I met a good number of people up there. I met Myerowitz and had quite a discussion with him. Anna bawled him out for his stand during the war and he admitted he was inconsistent and cowardly and did not try to defend any of his actions. He did the expedient thing. He remembers Howard and wants to be remembered to him. Lip [sp?] and the Ornstien [sp?] boys were up. Sam and Moe could not come for they worked late.

I was up to see Harry again last night.

A teacher of sociology was up when I got to his home and a few moments later a chemist, of promising importance, joined us. You know Harry -- he enjoys discussing the C.O. problem with everyone. That was the main subject of discussion during the evening. We ate supper together, and after supper we came up to the house again and Harry suggested that we play a game of cards. You know Harry is a card sharp. He can beat the best of gamblers for he can figure things out by his mathematical process and so do less gambling. He said that during the summer he would play with gamblers, but since he does not play for money, he would demonstrate with beans, how easily he could take their money, for at the end of the game the beans were all at his end of the table. The sociology teacher happened to graduate with you at P.S. 22 and after he had been told I still had another brother at Douglas he did not think of you. It was only later in the evening when my name happened to occur to him again that he asked me if I ever lived on Willett Street. When I answered yes, he asked me if I had a brother by

the name of David. We all laughed then for Harry, in explaining my case had been saying a good deal about you but it never occurred to that man that he knew you. Lip [sp?] is waiting for me and I am in a hurry to go. I have the name of the man on a slip of paper and will give you his name in my next letter. He and the chemist wanted to be remembered to you. Harry too sends his respects.

With regards and love from the friends and folks and with regards from me to you and the boys, I am,

Your brother


Eichel, Julius, “Letter March 15, 1920 from Julius Eichel to David Eichel ,” Conscientious Objection & the Great War: 1914-1920, accessed September 21, 2021, https://cosandgreatwar.swarthmore.edu/items/show/106.

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