I left the door and walked to the front porch to see if they had done any painting (as they had
previously painted a neighbor’s mail-box); I walked to the road to see if they had painted my mail-
box. And then I turned around to return to the house when they all at one time closed in on me like a
vise; some grabbing my fingers or wrist, others my legs, and several of them were shouting, holding a
paper before me, “Sign up.” I said, “I will not sign up at this time of night.” Then a man shouted,
“Get the rope!” The first I knew was when the rope was about my neck and around my body under
my arms. Someone then gave a sharp jerk at the rope and forced me to my knees and hands; at the
same time some of them jumped on my back, and while bent over someone struck me in the face,
making me bleed; then a man (whom I recognized) said, “Boys, you are going to far”; and then, as
they got me away from them a little, I heard a man say, “You can’t scare him.” I answered, “I am
not afraid of the entire city of Appleton.” Then a man (whom I knew) got me to one side, and he
said, “Let’s go into the house and talk between ourselves.” Then two men (whom I knew) went with
me into the house, and we sat or stood around the table, and they still demanded that I sign up. I
said, “I will not sign up for any man after being abused like this.” Then a man (whom I knew) told
me I would have to go with them, or, if I didn’t go with them, would have to come to town that
Sunday morning at 10 o’clock to see Mr. Keller. I told them that I would be there; they left; as they
left, I noticed, and so did my family and neighbors, that they rode away in seven automobiles. I did
not go to see Mr. Keller. Signed, JOHN DEML.
A Statement made by John Deml of Outagamie County, Wisconsin, at Madison, Wisconsin,
Tuesday, October 22, 1918.

About half-past twelve (continuing for more than an hour) Sunday morning October 20th, my wife
awaked me, saying, that there were a large number of men on the front porch, pounding and rapping
on the door, besides talking in a loud tone of voice. I was upstairs; then I came downstairs and went
to the front door, where they were, and I asked them, who was there! Several answered at once,
“The Council of Defense.” I then asked them, “What do you want?” and they replied, “We want
you to sign up.” I replied, “I have done my share.”And they asked me when, and I replied, “I did my
share in the spring.”(That is, I meant to say I had done my share in the third loan, when I subscribed
for $450 in bonds.) To make it plain, on the 28th of September, at the opening of the fourth drive, I
was notified by letter that my bond assessment would be $800. When Henry Baumann came to see
me, I told him I could not possibly take $500 now but would take some, meaning a substantial
amount, that is all I could afford; and he replied, “My orders are you must take $500 or nothing.”
After I had replied that I had done my share in the spring, they demanded that I open the door and
let them in. I told them I didn’t have to open the door; then they undertook to force the door open,
and went so far as to tear the screen door open; then they threatened to break down the door, and I
said, “Come on then, boys.” Then they appeared to be planning, and while they were doing that, I
took the time to put my shoes on. By that time they were at the kitchen door, and they made a
demand that I let them in through that door; then I went to the kitchen door and opened it and found
a crowd of men (much larger than I expected) around the door, and then reaching out two by two
around towards the front of the house.
The Intimidation of the Innocent