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Letter November 15, 1918 from Clark Getts to Mrs. Davis


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Mrs. Davis:

This is a supplement to the letter which I sent concerning Francis Hennessey. I find, by the way, that I have been calling hum [sic] Frederick, but, you see, we are all known by numbers here, so that names are of no consequence.

The boys in the dungeon are hunger striking now, demanding their release. I cannot learn whether Francis is among them, but he said when he left me that he intended going the limit. He was getting on quite happily on brad and water yesterday morning.

Rose of Philadelphia who struck for twenty five days in Camp Meade, was taken from the wing yesterday and ordered to begin breaking rock. He refused and was ordered to stand all stand, the cold wind cutting his flesh, eating nothin [sic]. He went to his cell in the evening shuddering with chills and burning with fever. Today he is out in the yard agin [sic] professing health and liberty. He is to be court martialed, he is told, and given a long term of years at the federal penitentiary.

Others will be joining the hunger strike day by day. None will die, for the officers do not want the responsibility of making explanations to enraged parents and friends and the public generally, but they will all have a sober time of it. As long as I am at liberty myself, I shall be happy to tell you of the condition of Hennessey -- and of the others.

Very truly,

Clark H. Getts

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