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Ms. "The First World War"

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waiting room right across the street from the main entrance. There they waited and watched patiently (or impatiently) for the glorious exodus, while other women whose husbands were not on the list repaired to their rooms to weep. After a few days stay in the city of Leavenworth where we visited the Federal Penitentiary, we said good-bye to the gloomy walls and castles of North Eastern Kansas. In looking back over a period of sixteen months of eventful life my only regret is that I have not trusted my Lord more implicitly, and was not always willing to bow humbly in perfect submission to His holy will. I trust that the foregoing narrative will dispell [sic] the erroneous conception that choosing the course of Christian non-resistance in wartime is choosing the easy way and evading the obligations of citizenship. There are some good things that a C.O. can do for his country even in war time, and those duties must be found outside the military machine. On the other hand let me say that I sincerely respect the authorities in Washington and the leading men in the war department for their efforts to find a socially acceptable solution to this difficult problem – the C.O. in war time.

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