Letter September 1, 1918 from David Eichel to Phil [Eichel]

Date

1918-09-01

Title

Letter September 1, 1918 from David Eichel to Phil [Eichel]

Date

1918-09-01

Description

Letter to brother giving updates on conditions at Fort Riley

Subject

WWI conscientious objection / objectors

Coverage

Fort Riley, Kansas

Creator

Eichel, David

Publisher

Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Rights

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Format

image/jpeg

Language

English

Type

text

Identifier

DG131DavidtoPhil1918Sept1

Transcription

[September 1, 1918] Dear Phil:

I received your ever welcome letter. I must confess that you are not far from wrong in your statements. It is indeed true that conditions here are not entirely satisfactory. Four of the men – Even Thomas, Moore, Lunde and Grey, because of these conditions went upon an absolute hunger strike for liberty or death. The four of them are now in the hospital. I must also admit that I too was very much tempted to be with them; so were others – but believe me, I never was on a hunger strike. To make things more apparent

and believable, and this by the way is a fine opportunity for me. I’d be perfectly grateful if Clara would prepare some of her prize cookies for me. I really could enjoy something home made.

I also agree with you that it is absolutely useless to oppress and depress the folks with such news. It only adds to their already crushing burden – and it certainly doesn’t help me.

I have written a special registered letter to Keppel in reference to Julius. I am certain conditions will soon improve and he will soon be having some kind of peace.

Again allow me to assure you that I am not a hunger-striker and if you are doubtful, you can easily satisfy yourself by sending those cookies along. I am sure Clara won’t mind. I hate to burden mama.

Hoping this satisfies you – and hoping you will continue your fine work in comforting the dear folks. I am with kindest regards to Clara, baby Mr. Marcus – etc-

Dave

Citation

Eichel, David, “Letter September 1, 1918 from David Eichel to Phil [Eichel],” Conscientious Objection & the Great War: 1914-1920, accessed November 25, 2020, https://cosandgreatwar.swarthmore.edu/items/show/24.

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