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Letter 1918 from David Eichel to ____ Langman
I was asked whether or not I believed in maintaining a police force. I answered that personally I could do without it, but I realized that because of economic conditions the struggle for existence is so intense that some naturally fall by the wayside. They are therefore caused to resort to immoral methods in order to live.
Well if an army is a national police force, why don’t you believe in maintaining one. Simply because nations do not act as individuals. The great mass of people is just and righteous. Hence a representative [?] nation will commit no criminal act. But you allow the criminal element of the nation to gain control and you must have an army.
They showed unusual interest and surprise when I informed them that I worked in the [illegible word] Stats bureau.
I was then offered farm work which I refused on the ground that I would do nothing under dictation.
The general then gave a laudation [?] commented upon my sincerity and read a letter I had sent him at one time setting forth my attitude on the war & conscription. He informed me that all these records would follow me to Leavenworth