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Letter March 30, 1920 from David Eichel to Julius Eichel


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never were in any way opposed to me. "But your uncle is not in support with your views, he said quite emphatically. My curiosity was fully aroused. "How do you know that?" I asked. He replied that he made that inference quite logically from uncle's communication. When I asked for particulars, he replied simply that Uncle was a sensible old soul, to which I agreed, and that he knew more about my history than the folks themselves, to which I said nothing. I then quite naturally asked whether Eddie was connected with my case, in a similar capacity, and I was then given the illuminating information that Eddie was an officer in the Aviation Corp. So Eddie's part in my case shall remain a mystery until I need Eddie in New York.

I was asked whether I knew Dr. Frankel, and I was asked to name some of the executive members of the Stats bureau, all of which was unmistakable evidence that the Met.[?] was more closely questioned about its lone C.O. than about its 700 or 1000 soldiers.

I was then asked about my associates at College, was asked to give an idea of what type of men they were. I told him that they were quite normal human beings, not to serious minded nor too frivolous, and I might have added quite truthfully that they voted the Democratic and Republican ticket. My reply was too vague and general to answer his purpose. "Weren't they particularly interested in matters of socialogical [sic] purpose, reform and settlement work, etc." "Oh," I answered "some of them were interested in settlements but that was simply because they offered an opportunity for recreation. You know College men as a rule care little for anything else?" Then he asked me whether I wasn't of a retiring and reclusive type? I assured him that I cherished company of a certain type; that while I did not make friends with everybody, yet I had my share of companions. This again brought forth the query of the type of friends I had. I pointed to Eddie as an example. "Yes, he comments but Morris is your exact opposite. He differs so absolutely from you. I can't see how you ever got along together." Yes I agreed it was strange, but Eddie and I, despite all, were yet good friends.

He had very little to ask about my views. I did tell him that I was a pacifist, and he asked whether I was not also a Humanitarian, but beyond that I was not asked to explain myself. During our interview, the Dr. opened his drawer, drew forth a package of tailor

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