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Letter October 1, 1918 from David Eichel to Anna ____
CAMP FUNSTON, KANS., OCTOBER 1, 1918
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Received your letter of the 20 th Sept. Your letter leads me to conclude that my last note to you never reached its destination. You see, my last letter to you remained unanswered.
I am now a prisoner, as a result of my inability to comply with an order from Col. Waterman, Commander of Fort Riley, to shovel some tin cans and rubbish into a truck. The same perfunctory procedure was gone thru with all the other men at the tents so that I am not alone. [sentence blackened out]
My confinement at Fort Riley guard house began on Sept. 17 and ended with the 27 th when we were transfered here to Camp Funston. Previous to our transfer we were again interviewed by a member of the Inquiry Board in connection with accepting some kind of furlough or service.
At Riley we were completely under the tender mercies of a second lieut. Whenever he felt so disposed he imposed some petty hardship upon us. But at no time did I find conditions absolutely intolerable. We did receive some rough handling when I first reached this place, but since then our treatment has been splendid and beyond reproach. We are given ample opportunity for outdoor exercise – and that helps some.
I might tell you something startling, but I must first ask you not to speek about it to anyone who is likely to come in contact with my folks, and so impart this news to them. A short time previous to my arrest some twenty of us refused to cook our own food. We felt that since the Gov’t chose to keep us here it was the Gov’t’s duty to feed us. As a result we went without food 13 days. Most of the boys wound up in the hospital. I was one of the very few who lasted thru the whole