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to take. I heard and felt an inner voice and according to Paul’s example Gal. 1:16 “conferred not with flesh and blood”. Even before the president made his official outline of what was to be non-combatant service, the camp officials repeatedly solicited in a friendly way among our group for hospital work especially. Many of the boys in our group yielded and went into some branch of service which is usually called non-combatant. Day by day our group shrank in size or number. Often it was pressure from home that caused the boys to take service in the army. One young man whom we considered the staunchest in his stand yielded quickly when he received news from home that his wife and next of kin, were being despised and mocked on his behalf. What pain have some well-meaning friends caused by advising a course which they should have known to be at variance with the way Christ pointed out. Yes, to go with the masses is easier, and if it were merely a question of preference or expediency I should consider anyone foolish for defying the authority. Whittier says in his poem, “Barklay of Ury”:

They are slaves who dare not speak for the fallen or the weak; They are slaves who will not choose hatred, scoffing and abuse, Rather than in silence shrink from the truth they needs must think; They are slaves who dare not be in the right with two or three.

On the first occassion [sic] where a special effort was made in the Surplus Department, to persuade us to accept Hospital or Q.M. service, our commanding officer was Captain S. He was not very popular in the company, nor did he have much of a liking for his subjects. One time he, in presence of visiting officers, as we were going to mess, remarked loud enough for all of us to hear, “I wonder these fellows don’t object to eating”. Should we have in a group declared a hunger strike against

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