The Chicago Foreign Language Press Survey was published in 1942 by the Chicago Public Library Omnibus Project of the Works Progress Administration of Illinois. The purpose of the project was to translate and classify selected news articles that appeared in the foreign language press from 1855 to 1938. The project consists of 120,000 typewritten pages translated from newspapers of 22 different foreign language communities of Chicago.

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  • Svornost -- June 03, 1878
    Local News

    Local Socialists held a mass meeting yesterday at 31st and Halsted Streets. About 3000 people were present. Speaking was in several languages.

    The gathering quietly dispersed afterward.

    Local Socialists held a mass meeting yesterday at 31st and Halsted Streets. About 3000 people were present. Speaking was in several languages. The gathering quietly dispersed afterward.

    Bohemian
    I E, I C, I F 2
  • Svornost -- June 26, 1878
    [Meeting of Socialist Party in Sixth Ward]

    All members of the Socialist Labor party of the 6th Ward are requested to attend a meeting Thursday, June 27th at 8:00 P.M. at 130 Canalport Avenue.

    Bohemians are also invited as there will be important matters discussed.

    P. Hudek-Agent.

    All members of the Socialist Labor party of the 6th Ward are requested to attend a meeting Thursday, June 27th at 8:00 P.M. at 130 Canalport Avenue. Bohemians are also ...

    Bohemian
    I F 2, IV, I E
  • Svornost -- June 28, 1878
    (Socialist Meeting)

    A joint meeting of Czech, German, English and Scandinavian units of the Socialist Labor Party was held last night at 130 Canalport Avenue.

    Citizen Kristof called the meeting to order. Felix Richter, elected Chairman and Lew Meilbeck Secretary.

    Citizen Kristof was given a vote of thanks for past services as captain of 6th ward and citizen Roth was elected captain for the next meeting which will be held the next Friday at this same address.

    A joint meeting of Czech, German, English and Scandinavian units of the Socialist Labor Party was held last night at 130 Canalport Avenue. Citizen Kristof called the meeting to order. ...

    Bohemian
    I F 2, I C, IV
  • Svornost -- September 04, 1878
    Cesti socialiste (Bohemian Socialists)

    Yesterday's meeting of Bohemian Socialists in the 6th Ward was well attended. Martin Bamruker acted as chairman and J. Beran as secretary. The old agitation committee reported on its accomplishments. Report was accepted.

    The new committee appointed is as follows: First Section, L. Meilbek, Matej Lestina and Jan Baumruker; Second Section, Citizens Pavel, Hloucal and Svehla. Leo Meilbek was appointed agent of the Section.

    Several candidates endorsed for County and State office.

    Yesterday's meeting of Bohemian Socialists in the 6th Ward was well attended. Martin Bamruker acted as chairman and J. Beran as secretary. The old agitation committee reported on its accomplishments. ...

    Bohemian
    I F 2, IV, I E
  • Svornost -- March 31, 1879
    [Meeting of Labor Party in Eight Ward]

    The meeting of the Labor Party section of the 8th Ward was called to order, by George Cvachoucek, the section's agent, in the hall of "Tel. Jed. Sokol" (Gymnastic Society Sokol.) Fr. Kozak was elected chairman. Citizen J. B. Belohradsky in a lengthy speech encouraged a wide-awake participation in the coming elections and urged everyone to be especially watchful for scoundrelism by opposition parties.

    Citizen Reidling, Captain of the 8th Ward Section, spoke in German and recommended the Socialist Ticket. It is possible in the 8th Ward to obtain specimen ballots at the office of "Svornost" at the hall of "Telocvicne Jednota Sokol" (Gymnastic Society Sokol) and from citizen J. Cvachoucka. Every citizen can take part in the distribution of the specimen ballots and in fact it is one of his duties to do so. Those willing to do so will report to the above named. Many new members were accepted into the section.

    Thereafter meeting was adjourned.

    The meeting of the Labor Party section of the 8th Ward was called to order, by George Cvachoucek, the section's agent, in the hall of "Tel. Jed. Sokol" (Gymnastic Society ...

    Bohemian
    I F 2, IV
  • Svornost -- October 20, 1879
    Socialist Party Nominations

    There was a meeting yesterday afternoon, at 99 W. Randolph Street of the delegates of the Socialist Party the purpose of which was the selection of candidates to replace the ticket decided on two weeks ago, which met with such general disapproval. Mr. J. B. Belohradsy, the candidate nominated for clerk of the Superior Court two weeks ago withdrew his candidacy and in his place the name of Mr. Bowler was placed on the ticket.

    The men selected for county commissioners candidacies were for the North side Alex Eilert; for the West side Leo Meilbek; for the South side James White. The candidate selected for the Superior Court Judgeship was H. Rubens. In order that the Bohemian people might also be represented on the party's ticket our Mr. Meilbek accepted the nomination for County Commissioner.

    It is expected that not only Mr. Meilbek but all the other candidates will receive the support of our countrymen, the majority of whom approve the principles of the Socialist Party. We urge every friend of the workingmen's party to honesty and conscientiously work for the election of all our candidates.

    There was a meeting yesterday afternoon, at 99 W. Randolph Street of the delegates of the Socialist Party the purpose of which was the selection of candidates to replace the ...

    Bohemian
    I E, I F 2
  • Svornost -- January 19, 1880
    Bohemian in the Public Schools Discussion of This Matter in Yesterday's Meeting

    The mass meeting held yesterday afternoon on the premises of J. Sedlack was not attended so well as the purpose of the meeting required.

    The meeting was brought to order at 3:30 P.M. by Leo Meilbek. Fr. Dvorak was elected Chairman and Mr. Fiala as secretary. Thereafter Mr. L. Meilbek read a speech in which he laid stress on the need for a halt in the constant organization of new Bohemian Lodges to the detriment of our public, but that those existing should be improved for the general good. In his speech he argues that all Lodges and individuals should join forces in order to secure the instruction of the Bohemian Language in our public schools, and first of all in the Throop Street School where over half the pupils are of Bohemian extraction. with this thought in mind the following resolution was accepted unanimously--

    We American Citizens of Bohemian descent gathered in mass meeting on the premises of Citizen Jos. Sedlack, corner morgan and 19th Street, adopt the following:

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    (1) We call upon and urgently request all Bohemian Benevolent Associations and Lodges, whether public or secret, that they require all persons seeking membership in organizations, to become citizens of the United States and that the present members of these lodges and associations should likewise become citizens, in order that we may work in unison to secure equal rights in the public schools of Chicago, so that the teaching of the Bohemian Language may be adopted as soon as possible.

    (2) We urge citizens to join Political Parties, for it is our duty to discuss the various political questions arising from time to time. We must necessarily have public meetings for this purpose, for everyone knows that the discussion of politics in the meetings of our various lodges and associations is not permitted.

    (3) There shall be elected at this meeting a committee (composed of as many members as are decided on by those present) for the purpose of securing signatures of all our Bohemian countrymen who would like to have the Bohemian Language taught in our public schools.

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    That a committee of two be selected at this meeting, who are capable of working out the details of this matter and together with the signed petitions to present it to the School Board and further that this committee shall do all that they consider proper and of benefit to this cause and they shall from time to time call meetings so as to report on the progress of this matter.

    Then so that the first step in the matter might be an accomplished fact the petition to the School Board was drawn up as follows:

    Chicago, Jan. 19th 1880

    To the Honorable Board of Education of the City of Chicago.

    Gentlemen:

    We, the undersigned parents and guardians of children attending the Throop School, would most respectfully petition your Honorable Board to introduce the study of the Bohemian Language in said school for the following reasons: There are now attending this school 430 pupils of Bohemian parentage or about one-half of the total attendance, and as your Honorable Board 4caused the German Language to be taught in several schools, we as citizens and taxpayers demand the same recognition as is accorded to other nationalities.

    Finally it was decided to hold another meeting at this same place next Wednesday night, to which meeting all parents who are sending children to the Throop School are urgently requested to come. At this meeting the committee for the circulation of the above petition will be elected. Mrs. L. Meilbek and M. Baumruker were appointed to the committee which is to take the question up with the School Board.

    The importance of yesterday's meeting and those to come is plainly evident. It is for the individuals now and for our various Lodges especially to do their part, for if the German people can have their Language taught in 18 of our public schools, why can't we Bohemians in those sections of the city inhabited mainly by us have our mother tongue taught in the public schools?

    The mass meeting held yesterday afternoon on the premises of J. Sedlack was not attended so well as the purpose of the meeting required. The meeting was brought to order ...

    Bohemian
    I A 1 b, I A 1 b, I C, III A, I F 2, II D 1
  • Svornost -- July 06, 1880
    Bohemian Political Club

    Last Sunday at a private meeting of several Bohemian citizens of the Republican, Democratic and Socialist Parties, there was organized a Bohemian Political Club. The main purpose of this meeting was to discover if possible, ways and means of injecting more life into the political activity of the Bohemians in Chicago, so that the lack of interest prevailing in the past might be overcome and that we might prove ourselves to be a live political force which is to be reckoned with and respected by other nationalities.

    The main objective of this club is to protect the interests of Bohemians and to achieve such strength as to assure the election of Bohemians into the various city offices, where they are needed so that we will not have to beg for our lawful rights.

    It was decided to call two public meetings of Bohemians, one on Saturday night in "Tel. Jed. Sokol" (Gymnastic Union Sokol) hall, the second to be held early next week in the 6th Ward.

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    To these meetings will be invited all citizens, without regard to political parties, so that there might be a public discussion as to what would be the best for all concerned and whether there is a possibility of uniting all forces in the interest of the Bohemian nationality. For the purpose of calling these meetings a committee of three citizens was appointed, Fr. Kohout, Fr. Stejskal and A. Pregler. They were instructed to announce the meetings and procure the necessary halls as reasonably as possible.

    Last Sunday at a private meeting of several Bohemian citizens of the Republican, Democratic and Socialist Parties, there was organized a Bohemian Political Club. The main purpose of this meeting ...

    Bohemian
    I F 2, I F 4, I F 1
  • Svornost -- March 26, 1883
    Local Politics: John Kalal for Alderman of the 6th Ward.

    The Independent Democratic Club in the 6th ward proposed at yesterday's meeting our countryman John Kalal for the City Council.

    It was done to have our own representative in the City Council. There are in the 6th ward 1,700 Bohemian votes, which will be deposited for Mr. Kalal. As Mr. Kalal was not present at the meeting, there was sent to him a committee to notify him of the nomination. He was thankful for the honor, which was shown him and promised to answer, tonight, if he would accept the candidacy.

    John Kalal is a foreman in the Harvey lumberyard.

    The Independent Democratic Club in the 6th ward proposed at yesterday's meeting our countryman John Kalal for the City Council. It was done to have our own representative in the ...

    Bohemian
    I F 2, IV, I F 5
  • Svornost -- February 15, 1884
    Bohemian Independent Club in 8th Ward

    Bohemian Citizens, fulfill your duties. Don't be confounded by the Germans. It looks like all nationalities in our city start to show more vital dictorial activities, and it seems that the Bohemians will not be behind others, and will participate in the forthcoming election with as much energy. Not long ago there was founded a Republican club in "Pilsen" Hall and yesterday, the Bohemian citizens were called again with the purpose of organizing a club in the 8th Ward. The object of this club should be the election of our own candidates for the coming election and to put a decisive end to the rule of certain Aldermen, who are taking care of everything in the world, but the welfare of their community.

    The meeting was called for 8 P.M. but opened at 9 P. M. It is impossible to pass in silence, the carelessness of the local Bohemians on almost all occasions in which they should manifest their consciousness of the duties of a good citizen. But they show plenty of wisdom at home and in the saloons. They discuss there all events of our political life, what is right or wrong, which Aldermen are taking care only of their pockets,--and so forth.

    When it comes to the point, of being invited to a meeting to take part in the 2discussion, and to help with their votes to root out all dishonosty and mischief, they neglect their citizens' duties and stay at home or, when they appear at the meeting, they are as silent as fish.

    Yesterday a similar situation occured. The invitation to the meeting was mailed many days ago and there were present in the "Houdkov" Hall as many as seventeen Bohemian citizens from the whole 8th Ward.

    At the meeting were present the delegates of the "German Club", which was founded in the 8th Ward not long ago for the same purpose. The meeting was opened by M. Patera. In a few words he explained the purpose of the meeting and suggested the election of the Chairman, the Vice-Chairman and the Secretary for today's meeting. L. W. Kadlec opposed and suggested the election of only two, the Chairman and the Secretary. The result of the voting was as follow: Chairman--M. Patera, Secretary--J. Benes. The Chairman immediately explained the purpose of today's meeting and called for a speech from the German delegates, that they declare themselves and lay the foundation for the mutual work. The German delegate Karl Finkensieper explained what the idea was of the newly organized club of German citizens of the 8th Ward, and that it is a well known principle, that in unity is power. That is why the "German Club" intends to 3join the Bohemian Citizens of the 8th Ward. This will make the introduction to the City-Council of an honest and decisive German or Bohemian candidate, much easier.

    As the German delegate was speaking German, our Ad. Chladek answered in German and in his applauded speech referred to the previous elections pointing, especially, to the fact, that we don't want to know or to talk at all about the Republicans, the Democrats, the Socialists and so forth, but only about ourselves and to help our common program.

    He advised harmony and unity, the manlike action, not childish, and finished his speech with the statement, that it is impossible to be unable to bring into office in the coming election, a Bohemian or German candidate for Alderman of the 8th Ward. Two Irish candidates would only help to scatter the votes. The speaker promised his highest cooperation and proposed to elect a special committee to be present at today's German meeting, held at 8 P.M. at 311 S. Canal St. It was decided that everybody, time permitting, should be there.

    Bohemian Citizens, fulfill your duties. Don't be confounded by the Germans. It looks like all nationalities in our city start to show more vital dictorial activities, and it seems that ...

    Bohemian
    I F 2, I E, I C, I F 6