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Ms. "The First World War"
at these trials.
What would you do in case of an attempted rape on your mother or sister? Would you kill one man to save the life of a thousand? Is it wrong for any and all Christians to fight or wage war? Is or is not our President a Christian as well as you? Which side would you rather see win? Some of these questions are not only unfair but also absurd and should not have been admitted in these trials but this was not for the defendant himself to say.
All of the boys except one were found guilty of the charge, willfully disobeying a lawful command, and were given sentences ranging from ten to thirty-five years. These were reviewed and approved, and one by one or in groups of two or three we were railroaded to the Disciplinary Barracks (military prison) at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.
Before leaving my description of the camp adversities, let me say that in all cases at all points I studiously tried to avoid unnecessary friction, always giving the officers the benefit of every reasonable doubt. Never had I at any time disobeyed an order until I was forced to “draw the line” at the Remount. Sargeant [sic] Clark of the Fourth Company of the 59th Depot Brigade once complimented me for being the “most irradical C.O.” he ever saw. (don’t know whether that weighed so heavy; at that time he may not have had to do with many of them) yet in order to maintain a reasonable degree of consistency between profession and conduct, the break as inevitable.
When we left Cody, about the 14th of June 1918, we had had a good foretaste of persecution, yet we felt a peace “that passeth understanding.”