Letter November 2, 1918 from David Eichel to Julius Eichel

Date

1918-11-02

Title

Letter November 2, 1918 from David Eichel to Julius Eichel

Date

1918-11-02

Subject

WWI conscientious objection / objectors

Creator

Eichel, David

Publisher

Swarthmore College Peace Collection

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

Language

English

Type

text

Transcription

Letter to Julius Eichel from David Eichel, Camp Funston, Kansas

[November 2, 1918]

Dear Julius:

I write you a second time since Sept. 26, though I have no way of learning whether or not you are permitted to receive these letters. I have made repeated inquiry to the folks about you and their replies are extremely discouraging. They have heard nothing from you in almost a month, and as a result are extremely worried. Of course your silence is obvious to me, and I know the folks realize that it is not due to any indifference and neglect on your part. Hence they are wont to give rise to all manner of lurid and gruesome speculation as to what is happening to you. I feel that the next logical step on the part of the folks, if your ominous silence continues, will be an inquiry directed to the Washington officials. The prevailing Influenza epidemic has tended to augment their uneasiness, especially so since Abe, Phil, Clara, baby and Mr.[Mrs.?] Marcus were all stricken, tho none were seriously effected. Yet the proximity of the disease, its invasion of our home, and the reports of the terrible ravages at the camps and army posts has naturally given rise to a most

disquieting spirit that can only be appeased my some word from you. I tell you this, in no spirit of censure and rebuke, for I realize only too well that the situation is beyond your personal control.

I believe I made mention in my last letter of my court-martial. I am now awaiting sentence, and then I feel that my enforced travelling will case and I will again rejoin you. All the men with me have already been court-martialed. They are being sent to Leavenworth in groups of two to five men. Of the Upton men, already court-martialed and presumably sent to the D.B.'s, Wortsmann, Block, and Katz are known to you. Have you met any of them, or are the D.B.'s so extensive that you cannot possibly meet all its residents, or better still its denizens?

Conditions are very tolerable here at present and bid fair to continue so. we are now under the jurisdiction of a most liberal group of officers and non-coms. We are permitted to write one letter a day, and of course, I take advantage of this privilege to keep the folks at ease, at least as far as my own personal health

and welfare are concerned. I wish I were in a position to reassure them about you. I have implicit faith in your ability to measure up to all situations that may confront you. But I cannot impart this spirit to the folks.

I do hope that my next letter from home will contain some information concerning your doings. In the meanwhile, I am hoping, tho not without a great deal of misgivings, that you are well and comfortable.

World affairs just now are most promising. Every thing indicates that the German junkers are ready to capitulate and that peace is in sight.

I received a letter from Harry Langman. He informs me, he wrote you. He describes the political situation in N.Y. as most favorable for the Socialists Gordon, Nearing, Hilquist, Lee, Shiplocoff & Whitehorn, are certainties for Congress. Quite a few local changes are sure to take place.

My kindest regards to Sam, Robinson, and any of the boys with you. The friends and comrades with me wish to be remembered. With good luck & best wishes, I am,

Your brother,
Dave

M.P. Guard House

Citation

Eichel, David, “Letter November 2, 1918 from David Eichel to Julius Eichel ,” Conscientious Objection & the Great War: 1914-1920, accessed October 27, 2021, https://cosandgreatwar.swarthmore.edu/items/show/87.

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