Letter January 20, 1920 from David Eichel to Parents

Date

1920-01-20

Title

Letter January 20, 1920 from David Eichel to Parents

Date

1920-01-20

Description

General Pershing's visit to Ft. Douglas

Subject

WWI conscientious objection / objectors

Coverage

Fort Douglas, Utah

Creator

Eichel, David

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

DavidToParents1920January20Handwritten

Transcription

Letter from David Eichel, U.S.D.B., Fort Douglas, Utah

[January 20, 1920]

Dear folks:

I have to write this in record time, I'm so busy. We are going to give a play this Saturday night, and it keeps me busy every minute of the day. A part was forced upon me, at the last moment, so that my task of committing my lines to memory is not an easy one. I shall tell you more about it in my next letter, or better still Julius will tell you about it when he reaches home.

We had a most distinguished visitor here Friday, Jan. 16, in the person of Gen. Pershing. People on the outside have been going miles to see him, but in this instance, he came to see us. He walked thru the gate, followed by a retinue of officers, including Col. Byram and Col. Graham, one or two generals, and the chairman and secretary of the Utah American Legion. The last two were in civies [sic]. His Generalship displayed an astounding lack of politeness by indulging in some very derogatory remarks about us. He said something to the effect that the average American has nothing but contempt for us. But then he was apparently thinking of the average American as symbolizing the attitude of the American Legion, whose particular guest he was at this moment. From this stand-point he is absolutely correct,

for we are hardly high in favor with the A.L. But then the A.L. seems to be very much in disfavor in some very American centers. For example we understand that over 1/2 million overseas-men have found it necessary to organize into a rival body in order to combat the type of Americanism the Legion stands for.

But this is hardly important. We were thankful for the visit, even tho we had no occasion to tell him so. We have so few visitors here that anybody is absolutely welcome, and he being such a distinguished American figure was especially so.

Mrs. Allen, who presented each one of us with a box of candy on Christmas, has aided us considerably in our theatrical business. She sent us a wardrobe of ladies apparel etc. that is estimated at $200.00.

I am sorry I cannot write more at detail. I will do so the next time.

I am well. So is Julius. He is getting ready for his big ride. Ten more days, and a "flop" as we say here.

Our fondest regards to all.
Dave

P.S. Please thank Anna Fruchtman for her letter.

Citation

Eichel, David, “Letter January 20, 1920 from David Eichel to Parents ,” Conscientious Objection & the Great War: 1914-1920, accessed October 26, 2021, https://cosandgreatwar.swarthmore.edu/items/show/78.

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