Letter November 5, 1920 from Howard to David Eichel

Date

1920-11-05

Title

Letter November 5, 1920 from Howard to David Eichel

Date

1920-11-05

Subject

WWI conscientious objection / objectors

Coverage

Fort Douglas, Utah

Creator

Howard

Source

DG 131: Eichel Family Records

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

jpeg/image

Language

English

Type

text

Identifier

HowardToDavid1920November5

Transcription

Ft Douglas, Utah
[November 5, 1920]

Dear Dave,

Many, many thanks for the candy! It was enjoyed by all. I did appreciate your thought of me despite this belated ackowledgement as evidence to the contrary. Half expecting a letter to follow your burnt offering, I was led to put of writing from day to day until [?] I am quite ashamed and full of apologies. So I hope you will be magnanimous in your judgment.

Recent letters from Briehl, Beer, and Roderick made me feel that your fellows must have met and agreed to surprise your old comrade. If so, you more than succeeded. It was a real joy to know that I was not forgotten. Heard also from [illegible word], Loggins, and Grunzig a few days ago. They were at Berkley [sic], Cal. I imagine that Loggins was [illegible word]! They find it as difficult to settle down as those

who have gone east.

There is nothing new hear [sic] except the winter weather, and that is an old story. Already we have had three storms. The snow has disappeared from the compound but the mountains are white to their base.

Powell and Franklin left for home Monday. Schneider is growing uneasy as he begins to count the days. He leaves on the ninth of next months. As for the rest of us, we merely look forward to serve "good time". With the exception of a few who have colds, we are all well.

Election has gone much as we expected. One concludes that the only [illegible word] processes apparent in America is a grand flip-flop every four years. Those of us who had hoped for something more will be able to find some solace perhaps in the experiences of the guy who said that the only thing that gave him any sense of infinity was the stupidity of the human race.

The gang all join in best wishes to both Julius and yourself.

As ever,
Howard

Citation

Howard, “Letter November 5, 1920 from Howard to David Eichel ,” Conscientious Objection & the Great War: 1914-1920, accessed November 25, 2020, https://cosandgreatwar.swarthmore.edu/items/show/29.

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