Advocacy chain letter. Instructions for conscientious objectors. "Please make as many copies of this letter as you can ..."  US, 1917.
Dear Friend - I am sending you this information for conscientious objectors anonymously because there are many spies watching our movements in order to prevent an organized demonstration of the objectors. There must be an organized movement or our stand will be futile.
  Obey the registration order, for you will be compelled to register anyway after a prison sentence. At the time of registration, when asked if you wish to serve in the military forces, reply, "No, I am a conscientious objector to war." Insulting, abusive remarks will be made to you. Do not reply to them, for they are traps of the recruiting officers. Keep cool at all times. Make no resistance to abuse or violence.
  When receiving a conscript's order to report to military headquarters, refuse to respond. If arrested, notify a lawyer at once. He will make an effort to free you and look after your interests while you are jailed.
  The most important thing to do now is to visit a lawyer who is in sympathy with conscientious objectors and agree on some method of notification when you are arrested. Hundreds of lawyers throughout the Nation are giving their services to the cause. Get in touch with one of them at once.
  President Wilson has said conscientious objectors will not be conscripted, but the military authorities will do their best to send objectors to prison. As the bill stands, the penalty for refusing to serve is a year in prison. The penalty for urging a conscript to refuse to respond is ten years in prison. So be careful in your remarks and in your letters.
  I warn you again not to reply to abuse or violence from the military authorities If reviled by the conscription authorities, make no reply. If struck, meekly submit, for if you try to defend yourself the military authorities have an excuse to shoot to kill for they will clear themselves with the explanation that you were shot down "resisting arrest" or "attacking an officer." A feeble old man was slain in New York for disobeying a guardsman, so there will be no hesitation at shooting a conscientious objector.
  All sorts of tricks will be used to get you to take the military oath and sign the roll of conscripts. Carefully read everything you sign, for, if you sign the roll and take the oath, you are subject to military law and out of the power of the civil courts, and your lawyer will not be able to aid you.
  Please make as many copies of this letter as you can at once and send them in plain envelopes, unsigned, to as many persons as you can. Don't send them only to men of conscript age, for everyone can assist in this chain letter of warning to conscientious objectors.

Published: The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York), June 5, 1917, p. 1. "Conscientious Objectors" Urged to Oppose the War. "A Brooklyn business man has received from one of his agents in this city a copy of an anonymous letter which, according to the letter itself, is being sent out in an "endless chain" to men of military age instructing them to register but declare themselves conscientious objectors. The letter has apparently been sent out generally through the lower East Side of Manhattan. A copy follows:"      Entered by DWV, July 22, 2014.


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