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Letter February 20, 1920 from David Eichel to Parents and Julius Eichel

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Dear Juluis [sic]:-

I received your card of the 9th, and your letter of the 12th. I delivered all your messages to the various boys, and again read some part of it to the group. It is certainly a treat to hear of so many people who have practically been ceased to exist for you.

Your letter of the fourteenth just reached me. I have been writing as often as I had promised to.

You will understand why my letters were delayed when you receive them. Some conscientious but stupidly ignorant post-office clerk, who doesn’t know his business, just held them up for no apparent reason as you will notice.

I received a letter from Montgomery Ward containing a check for $1.14, which was to represent the total amount of the order you placed with them. The order had evidentally [sic] gone lost in the mail. I see that that is 20 cents less than the amount you placed with them. I shall write for the balance.

I have received one grand surprise, and that is in the form of a really splendid letter from Jack Rosenfeld. I was truly surprised at his wholehearted sympathy. If I get a chance I shall certainly answer him. In the meanwhile just tell him that I have received his letter and I am grateful to him for his words of encouragement and sympathy.

I also have a letter from Moe Greenspan. He seems to think that I miss you. How absurd. Just tell him that around May 5, I shall drop in for a straw-hat, providing he still retains his managership of Sarnoff hat store.

Gus brought back practically the same impression of affaires on the outside that you embodied in your letter. He does say however, that everything seems to be abnormal. People are setting a pace that cannot last. Life seems to be too intense for the crash to be far off.

I am happy to learn that you made a success of your first venture as a lecturer (You know I am writing this and at the same time talking dramatics to Howard and Roderick, who want to put on a Freudian comedy entitled “Suppressed Desires”. In between I am listening to Gus telling of his various experiences. He also mentions that you are not master of yourself; that the new life is quite overwhelming you. I understand it was just this distraught frame of mind that compelled Jake to flee to the country. He feels that you will have to do the same thing.)

Bloch was speaking to me of his brother, who expects to provide himself with a staff of one to two hundred men. He is preparing to embark on an educational campaign for the Fox Film Co. Bloch thinks there may be an opportunity for you there and he expects to broach the subject to his brother. I don’t know just what you are doing about a job, but from reports it seems that you ought find very little hardship in procuring something suitable.

Gus brought me regards from Langman. He paid him a visit at the United Hebrew Charities where Langman is conducting a statistical bureau. Have you seen him yet? Nothing more. My kindest regards to my friends.

As ever,
Dave

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