In company with his father, Frederick W. Freutel, 127 Linden avenue, young Freutel returned home last Thursday evening after his father had gone to Washington and arranged for his honorable discharge with the army department.
It was more than six weeks ago that the boy, aged sixteen but looking a good twenty-one years of age, left his home and took the train for New York unknown to his parents. For a month they had no word from him and since detectives had searched every nook and cranny of the big cities without finding a clue to his whereabouts, his mother had about given him up for lost. There was, however, the one ray of hope and that was since he had plenty of money when he started she felt sure he would send word to them when he went "broke."
Then came the postal card, post marked Fort Slocum and signed "Harry." It stated that he was serving in the New York state national guard under the name of "Clark" and that he was tired of army life. The boy's parents immediately left for Fort Slocum and there they consulted the commanding officer as to the best means of securing the release of the minor who had enlisted under a fictitious name and age. While Mrs. Freutel returned to Wilmette to secure the necessary papers as to her son's date of birth and age, Mr. Freutel went on to Washington where he went right "to the front" for his son's immediate discharge. There Mr. Freutel was treated with the greatest courtesy, he says and the request was promptly granted when the required legal assurances were given.
"I did not join the Illinois militia," young Freutel told his folks, "because I was informed that conditions were better in New York State. I enlisted the first day I was in New York."