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is danger. Let him that thinketh himself to stand take heed lest he fall. One day I was walking home from work, a lone parole prisoner; as I was going up the ascending road from the river bottom to the bluffs upon which the Fort is built, somewhat weary and tired from the labors of a warm summer day I was accosted by [a] group of rather young children who railed me with, coward, yellow back, slacker, etc. I don’t know where they got their information, but they took me by complete surprise. A feeling of resentment overwhelmed me and I would have given anything for the moment, to be privileged to lay my hands on these youthful prancers and teach them civil look and decent speech. In my childhood days my grandmother sometimes told me the story of Elisha and the bears, how the prophet was mocked by a group of children and how the man of God invoked Divine wrath on the children so they were eaten by bears. I could not understand this story in its implication. It seemed all out of proportion when I compared the offence [sic] with the punishment. It is a little clearer to me now, even though I am no kin to a prophet, and worthy of less consideration than was Elisha.

The C.O.’s do not lose their identity when entering the D.B. neither is there any friction between them and the other prisoners as has been reported by the hostile press. Very seldom if ever have the C.O.’s as a minority group received a fair break at the hands of the large newspapers and that is not surprising. It was extremely detrimental to champion an unpopular ideal and is so today. There were about forty C.O.’s that refused to perform prison labor on the ground that the institution was under military jurisdiction. To me it seems that some of these men carried their scruples to unnecessary lengths, yet one

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