Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 11:55:25 :
Los Angeles Herald
Wednesday, 25 July 1917
Refuses Operation to Balk Draft, Dies
By International News Service
SAN RAFAEL, July 25.—Philip Testa, 27, is dead here today a victim of lack of patriotism. He died late yesterday from acute meningitis. Although physicians told Testa an operation would save him, he refused to permit it, saying he would wait until he had been examined by the draft exemption board. “If they see I am sick they won’t take me,” he said. “That is my only chance to escape being a soldier.” He was dead in a few hours.
Thursday, July 26, 1917
Phillip Testa of Fairfax died Tuesday at the West End Sanatarium from acute meningitis following an operation. Testa disregarded Dr. J. H. Kuser's advice a few days ago that an operation was necessary immediately. That night he was taken with convulsions and hurried to the hospital. Testa had been drawn for the first draft army.
Marin County Tocsin
Saturday, 11 August 1917
Proceedings of the Superior Court
Estate of Filippo Testa, deceased — Petition granted.
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