It looks like he failed to report to military authorities. Perhaps that's why he left? To get out of going to war?
in the U.S., Lists of Men Ordered to Report to Local Board for Military Duty, 1917–1918
busterlee98 Apparently he changed his name when he went to the Bahamas after the incident that lead to court. I understand that he told his family about the Hand name and family when he was close to death.