Letter March 25, 1920 from Julius Eichel to David Eichel




Letter March 25, 1920 from Julius Eichel to David Eichel




WWI conscientious objection / objectors


Eichel, Julius


Swarthmore College Peace Collection


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262 Stanton Street
New York March 25, 1920
Dear Dave,

Sometime ago I addressed a post card to Eddie Morris and in return received a letter from him. He is out in Wyoming at present. In his letter he insists that he has written you frequently and regularly without receiving any reply from you. I know that you did not hear from him when I was with you and it is difficult to believe that his mail has been withheld. I am under the impression that he wrote a letter to you too, when he wrote me one for I wrote him that a line from him would be appreciated by you.

From a reliable source, I learn that Eddie has not been the same man since his return from abroad. He has learned to drink and gamble and in all leads a much more riotous life than you would think him capable of. He has been tramping a good deal and is traveling about with a smartser.

I am selling for Sam. Today I took a trip to Philadelphia and returned about 6 o'clock, Business out there is as bad as it is in New York. You men are under the impression that business is going on splendidly now. If you think so you are very much mistaken. The cost of living has been rising

constantly and those who want to find a good excuse for it blame it on the working man who is forever asking for higher wages. On the other hand the poor worker can hardly make both ends meet. The standard of living has fallen tremendously. When workers receive a 100% increase in wages the commodity they produce is increased to 200 and 300%. Everything is 2, 3, and 4 times as high, as before I left New York. Wages have not risen in proportion. At any rate a crisis is coming. Manufacturers are talking of a lockout, while workers are talking of a general strike. Stores are not buying any stock and from the few business men I had a chance to talk to I gain the impression that the worst period of depression this country has ever had to face will come along in from two to three months.

Did I tell you that I mailed Stieners frame as soon as I reached New York? I've already sent off Katz's and Maller's pictures. I wrote you that I received two communications from Maller.

With Love and regards from the folks and myself to you and with regards to all the boys, I remain

Your brother,


Eichel, Julius, “Letter March 25, 1920 from Julius Eichel to David Eichel ,” Conscientious Objection & the Great War: 1914-1920, accessed September 21, 2021, https://cosandgreatwar.swarthmore.edu/items/show/108.

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