Letter April 8, 1920 from David Eichel to Julius Eichel




Letter April 8, 1920 from David Eichel to Julius Eichel




Eichel, David


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Letter [#14] to Julius Eichel from David Eichel, U.S.D.B., Fort Douglas, Utah\

[April 8, 1920]

Dear Julius:

I have your letter of March 31st. I also received a letter from Anna Wenger. I was thinking of sending you another supply of pictures, but I'll not do so. They cannot reach home much before me, so I have decided to bring them with me.

No, the officials are certainly in earnest about releasing the Germans. Wobblies and all are going. There are some who are refusing a parole. They demand an absolute release. Others are refusing parole pending return of certain property that had been taken from them (you know that while protection of property is more important here than protection of life, apparently this property conscience was grossly misused during the war, at last so the Hun says); one man demands transportation to Alaska where he was apprehended (the dep't is only willing to give him fare to Seattle); etc. It is said that all these refractory individuals will be taken off the military reservation and left in Salt Lake City without any fare. It's a great piece of business, this business of strangling the individual by hitting him at his most sensitive and

vulnerable point, his pocket book. You know that Blalock was dumped off the reservation, like so much baggage, because he refused to sign his discharge. I do believe that is a sufficiently important matter to be given some notice. There is no earthly reason why the unwillingness to sign your discharge should result in depriving you of the means to return home. The officials didn't scruple about bringing people to such a distance from their home. They ought surely return him from whence he was taken. There should be no connection between signing of the discharge and receiving transportation. It is simply used as a club to compel you to sign.

Schneider has again asked me to tell you about calling on Mrs. Bertha Mailley [sp?]. He would like you to do that as soon as possible. You know it is in connection with the books he received from the Rand School. He would like to know what he is to do with them, or whether they were intended for any particular individuals.

I know Saposnikov quite well. I had lost track of him since our high-school days. It is indeed a pleasant surprise to suddenly discover him with Langmann.

I shall write no more letters to any of our friends. I shall write several letters home, however.

With kindest regards to all, I am,


David Eichel (84)



Eichel, David, “Letter April 8, 1920 from David Eichel to Julius Eichel ,” Conscientious Objection & the Great War: 1914-1920, accessed October 26, 2021, https://cosandgreatwar.swarthmore.edu/items/show/92.

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