Farmer Draft

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DRAFT EXEMPTION PLEAS GOME IN BY THE SCORES Many Pathetic Appeals Reach Governor Capper. However, He Is Powerless to Act, as Matter Rests With District Boards. Scores of letters are coming to Governor Governor Capper from mothers and wives of young: men drafted for service In the army pleading: with him to help them in securing- securing- exemption. These appeals, appeals, many of them, are pathetic, and eome are based on sound justice and reason and should have consideration from the local and appeal boards. Governor Capper, however. Is powerless powerless to aid those seeking exemption. The whole matter rests with the boards. The county boards consider only the physical condition and fitness of the drafted men, while the two district, or appeal boards, consider the industrial reasons set up by those who seek exemption. exemption. The governor in no way can Interfere or Influence the boards In the performance of their duty. Case Need Consideration. "There are cases which should have serious consideration by the two district district boards," Governor Capper said yesterday. "Take, for example, a young man with a wife and children who is a renter. It would be manifestly unfair unfair to send him to the front and leave his wife and children without support. This class of our young men are needed at home, whether they are located on farms, or are wage earners." Probably the most pathetic letter in Governor Capper's mail yesterday came from Mrs. A. G. Schenck.of Altamont. Mr. and Mrs. Schenck have two sons their only support and both boys have been drawn In the draft. "If there is any way under" God's green earth to exempt them, I pray you will do so," the letter says. "Each of the boys are married and one has two little children. Their father says If they take his boys he has nothing to work for, as those boys are exceptions and are needed on the farm." The Farmers Are Excited. Mrs. J. I Montgomery, of Oswego, tells of this case in' Labette county: "We have a neighbor, a life experienced farmer one of the best. He is the only son and only help of an Infirm father and mother who are not able to do any hard work on the farm. Also he has a delicate wife, all depending upon him to control affairs on a 200-acre 200-acre 200-acre farm. Now I would ask If it is Just to his family or his community or his country to draft this young man into military service. The farmers and their families in this vicinity are simply wild over the situation." E. A. Rubaw, writing from Scranton, eays that men employed on farms should be exempted and those who loaf about pool halls in towns and cities sent to the front. Clarence E. Cross, a young farmer of Edwards county, writes that he has the ground prepared to sow 240 acres of wheat, has purchased a silo and has blocked out for the summer and fall more work than he can do. If he is not exempted he will have to leave all this and a wife without any means of support. But the farmers' side of the question Is not the only one. There are other cases In the towns and cities of Kansas Kansas Just as urgent and deserving of consideration. Take the case of Ed J. Rogers, a young clothing merchant at Phllllpsburg. for example. He writes this letter to Governor Capper: Invested All His Money. "About three months ago I Invested every dollar I had in the clothing business business here. I also borrowed a few thousand thousand dollars and Invested that. I am 27 years old and unmarried and my draft number was one of the first drawn for Phillips county. "I feel It my duty to respond to the call, and If I were free I would not try for discharge on any grounds. My bankers and the local examining board advise ms to state the case to you. 1 can find nothing in the regulations that pertain to cases of this kind and ask you to please advise me what to do. "I have $4,000 or $5,000 worth of goods bought that will begin coming in the near future. If I am to continue business business I want them to come along. If I am forced to close out I "will sacrifice enough of my present stock without having more to dispose of." Mr Rogers does not set up a claim for exemption, except his case, as he states It, would warrant the board in leaving him at. home to conduct his business and save him from heavy financial loss. In closing his letter to the governor he said: "Tour fair Judgment Judgment and advice is all I ask. In he the of for in his In I In ad in to an i ,

Clipped from The Topeka Daily Capital27 Jul 1917, FriPage 5

The Topeka Daily Capital (Topeka, Kansas)27 Jul 1917, FriPage 5
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