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  • Svornost -- June 15, 1878
    Lecture

    A Free-thought lecture will be given to-morrow at 10 o'clock in the hall of the "Sokol" Gymnastic Union.

    Free admittance to all. Ladies permitted.

    A Free-thought lecture will be given to-morrow at 10 o'clock in the hall of the "Sokol" Gymnastic Union. Free admittance to all. Ladies permitted.

    Bohemian
    II B 2 g, III C
  • Svornost -- July 22, 1878
    [Bohemian National Cemetery Lays Cornerstone]

    The celebration yesterday at the Bohemian National Cemetary, occasioned by the laying of a corner stone, was attended by over 8000 people. The crowds were orderly.

    The success of the celebration was heightened by the decorations of buildings and streets along the line of march. Twenty eight Lodges and six bands were in line on their way to the trains. P. Hudka was Marshall. The parade moved out at 9 A.M. through streets jammed with thousands of people. Two trains of 17 coaches each were required to carry all those who wished to go to the cemetary. Arriving at their destination, the parade reformed and marched to the cemetary where dedicatory exercises were held.

    Speakers at the gathering were Mr. V. Stehlik, Mr. Matonsek, Mr. Fr. B. Zdrubek, and others. More than 5000 people were in attandance.

    The celebration yesterday at the Bohemian National Cemetary, occasioned by the laying of a corner stone, was attended by over 8000 people. The crowds were orderly. The success of the ...

    Bohemian
    III C, IV, II B 1 c 3
  • Svornost -- July 25, 1878
    [National Cemetery Committee Held Regular Meeting Yesterday]

    The "Sbor pro Narodni Hrbitov" (National Cemetary Committee) held its regular meeting yesterday. The business at hand was mostly concerned with last Sunday's celebrations. Mr. P. Matousek acted as chairman and 17 members were present. The minutes of previous meeting accepted, the committee on arrangements for the celebration, Fr. Bedlan, Fr. Cilik and V. Stehlik reported that they are unable to turn in completed accounts of celebration as all tickets have not been returned and it does not know how many were actually sold.

    All bills ordered paid. Also it was agreed to rent a safety box for the committee's more important papers...After several minor matters were attended-meeting adjourned.

    The "Sbor pro Narodni Hrbitov" (National Cemetary Committee) held its regular meeting yesterday. The business at hand was mostly concerned with last Sunday's celebrations. Mr. P. Matousek acted as chairman ...

    Bohemian
    III C
  • Svornost -- August 01, 1878
    [National Cemetery Committee Meets]

    The National Cemetary Committee held its regular meeting at Svatovaclavske (St. James) School yesterday. The main order of business was the rendering of accounts. Mr. Matousek as chairman called the meeting to order with 23 members present.

    The Committee in charge of the celebration reports as follows:-

    Receipts were $1,763.40
    Expenses were $1,144.58
    Balance $ 618.82

    Further matters of minor concern and meeting adjourned.

    The National Cemetary Committee held its regular meeting at Svatovaclavske (St. James) School yesterday. The main order of business was the rendering of accounts. Mr. Matousek as chairman called the ...

    Bohemian
    III C
  • Svornost -- September 30, 1878
    Chicago. [Second Annual Convention of Central Bohemian Catholic Union]

    The Central Bohemian Catholic Union has in the past few days held its second annual convention. The convention was brought to a close with a celebration yesterday.

    Catholic Benevolent Societies met at 2:00 P. M. yesterday at the corner of De koven and Desplaines Streets. After parading through several streets, the procession returned to hold a meeting in the Bohemian American Sokol Hall.

    The gathering was welcomed with an address by Mr. Roubik. The Singing Club, sang several numbers, after which Mr. P. Suchy of Milwaukee delivered an address. The band played "Hej Slovane" (Hello Slav) and Mr. Kalal closed the afternoon session with a short talk.

    In the evening an entertainment was held in honor of the visiting delegations. The Central Bohemian Catholic Union consists of 19 Benevolent Lodges having a membership of 1415 which shows an increase of 500 members over a year ago.

    The Central Bohemian Catholic Union has in the past few days held its second annual convention. The convention was brought to a close with a celebration yesterday. Catholic Benevolent Societies ...

    Bohemian
    II D 1, III C
  • Svornost -- September 01, 1879
    Bohemian American School

    Yesterday there was a great celebration on 18th Street in the 6th Ward. The occasion being the completion and delivery of the building of the Bohemian English Liberal School. The whole of our so-called Pilsen carried a holiday air. From the majority of the homes, flags of national colors were flown and the streets were unusually decorated. Here stood a temple of freedom, the work and sacrifice of Bohemian Liberals. The membership of the United Lodges of "C. S. P. S. " ( Czecho Slovak Benefit Union) have built for themselves a lasting monument by doing away with the constant moving and kicking around from place to place of the Bohemian-English Liberal School and are deserving of the thanks of every fair-minded Bohemian.

    Shortly after the noon hour the surroundings of the building began to fill with people. The building is simply but tastefully decorated. The front of the building is of red-face-brick and the windows and entrances are of richly decorated stone work. Outside the large window just above the entrance there is an iron balcony, painted in green. Above this window there are carved the initials C. S. P. S. and above them are the words "Rovnost",(Equality) "Svornost" (Harmony)"Bratrstvi" (Fraternity). Above this there is the emblem of brotherhood, two hands clasped together, also the date 1879.

    2

    All carved in stone. Toward three o'clock the parade of the various lodges, participating in the ceremonies arrived before the building. The band played "Kde Domov Miy". (Where is my home)? whereupon the chairman of the Bohemian-English School, Mr. Krejci addressed the gathering with a timely speech in reference to the occasion.

    The singing society"Lyra" under the direction of Mr. R. L. Pitte sang several selections. It is fitting to mention that there were 25 Lodges represented in the parade and that the streets through which the parade moved were richly decorated. The evening merriment was begun at 8 o'clock sharp with the band playing and the children of the school singing. During the evening Mr. Pitte sang several solo selections and the Misses Dusek and Heckner sang several duets.

    With the celebration as a whole everyone can be satisfied. The number of students attending this school has risen to 130 and it probably will grow much larger now, for the teacher, Mr. R. L. Pitte is not only qualified and one of the best Bohemian-American teachers, but he knows how to acquire the good will of his pupils.

    3

    Furthermore and most important it is up to the parents to send their children to this school, for only in that manner will its successful existence be insured and our young people be kept from straying away.

    Let this first school dedicated with the spirit of liberalism also be first in successful influence.

    Yesterday there was a great celebration on 18th Street in the 6th Ward. The occasion being the completion and delivery of the building of the Bohemian English Liberal School. The ...

    Bohemian
    II B 2 f, III C
  • Svornost -- January 22, 1880
    Equal Obligations, Equal Rights Sign the Petition Bohemian in the Public School

    The decisive step has been taken and if it were not for the cursed indifference and sluggishness among us, we could know before tomorrow morning what kind of reception was given to our petition to the School Board, in regard to the teaching of the Bohemian Language in our Public Schools.

    It is to be regretted that, in view of very great importance of this matter, the personal interest of the greater portion of our countrymen remains unprecedentedly cold and indifferent. There is, no doubt, but that it was for this reason that the meeting which was held last night, in the interest of this generally known cause, was so little attended.

    The meeting was opened and presided over by Citizen Leo Meilbek. After the explanation of the purposes of this meeting, namely the selection of a committee for the securing of signatures to the petition. Mr. M. Baumruker gave a brief talk, pointing out the usefulness and benefits to be derived from the teaching of the Bohemian Language in the Public Schools, 2describing the convenience of the present time for the accomplishment of this purpose.

    "Let us give some thought to the Bohemian English (Liberal) School, even though it is sufficient for our purpose, still no one can deny that if the Bohemian Language were taught in the Public Schools it would be of great benefit to us for in the former, English is not studied so well as in the latter, and after all, English is the chief language here."

    Many bitter truths were spoken by our esteemed friend and all those present admit that he was right. It was brought out that some of our countrymen were opposed to the teaching of the Bohemian Language in the Public Schools, fearing that they would be forced to pay additional taxes for that purpose. To be sure they are very much mistaken. The appointment of an instructor of the Bohemian Language in the Public Schools will cause no increase in the tax levy upon Bohemians, because the estimated needs for school purposes are spread upon the entire city and each one is required to pay a certain sum, whether they have one, two, five or no teachers whatever and whether or not they send their children to school.

    3

    Supposing that the taxes were really increased because of this appointment of a Bohemian Teacher, who would receive about $600.00 yearly, how much increase would fall upon each citizen of the community, surely not over one cent before the entire amount would be made up. Let no one be frightened about this matter; the teaching of the Bohemian Language can be introduced into the school system without any additional outlay or expense to us. Let the parents who have children attending the Throop school sign the petition when it is presented to them and secure the signatures of their neighbors.

    The petition which was made public last Monday was to have been delivered to the School Board today, but owing to the lack of a sufficiently large number of signatures the presentation is postponed for two weeks.

    The committee appointed for the securing of signatures is as follows: Jan Poustecky and J. Sedlacek.

    Once more we wholeheartedly urge all our countrymen who have children attending the Throop School to see to it that the petition for the teaching of Bohemian have as many signatures as it is possible to get.

    The decisive step has been taken and if it were not for the cursed indifference and sluggishness among us, we could know before tomorrow morning what kind of reception was ...

    Bohemian
    I A 1 b, III C, I A 1 c, II B 2 f
  • Svornost -- October 08, 1880
    Bohemian English School of 8th Ward

    What progress has been made in behalf of the school, formerly conducted by the St. James Lodge and now temporarily housed in the "Tel. Jed. Sokol" (Gymnastic Union Sokol) building, is known to our public, especially to the readers of Svornost. (Harmony)

    At the last meeting of the citizens of the 8th Ward it was resolved not only to maintain the school but to build it up, and to that end invite all Bohemian Liberal Lodges to be of the utmost assistance in this respect. There was elected a special committee and it sent a proclamation to 45 Bohemian Lodges in Chicago requesting that they take this matter under consideration and make some decision as soon as possible.

    May we be permitted once more to add a few remarks in behalf of this matter? We and with us, surely every cooperative, educated person must admit the importance of a Bohemian-English school in this land. Therefore, it is the duty of every Bohemian to participate in the spread of knowledge, the establishment, and the improvement of these schools.

    2

    It should be the concern of every Bohemian to see to it that his child can learn correctly the use of it's mother tongue so as to acquire a Bohemian foundation. He is not excused from his duty toward his nationality because he has no children. If he has a school in his own neighborhood, he should remember that be also sought the help of others in his undertaking and he should be pleased that others of this countrymen are about to follow his example, therefor he should be of assistance to them with advice and in any other way possible.

    As has been previously said; the committee has dispatched their requests to all of our national lodges and it is hoped that the request will not be denied. The object of our dealings is not an impossibility but can very easily be accomplished with ease through united effort. The committee is hopeful of soon receiving some encouraging reports and it should not be disappointed in its expectations.

    What progress has been made in behalf of the school, formerly conducted by the St. James Lodge and now temporarily housed in the "Tel. Jed. Sokol" (Gymnastic Union Sokol) building, ...

    Bohemian
    II B 2 f, III C, II D 1
  • Svornost -- March 24, 1881
    Czecho-Slovak Orphanage

    To the Honorable Editor:-

    For Bohemians in America there is nothing of greater importance than the establishment of an orphanage. Therefore, I take the privilege to make the following suggestions:

    (1) That there may be a committee appointed as soon as possible, in Chicago, for the purpose of building and maintaining a Czecho-Slovak Orphanage.

    (2) This central committee will invite by circulars and by means of the various papers, all Bohemian-American Lodges and Societies, as well as individuals, to institute collections or themselves make donations.

    So that there may be a beginning to the collection of funds, my wife and I will give fifty dollars for the establishment of a Czecho-Slovak Orphanage in America. This money, I will forward as soon as I find out that a committee has met and where the money should be sent.

    Respectfully,

    London, March 7, 1881

    Josef Bartos.

    2

    We are almost ashamed to admit, that we are, we American-Bohemians, in our national interests, so careless and slow in a work of such usefulness. For over two years we have been writing, speaking and debating about this very important matter of a Bohemian Orphanage and not one cent, not one workable resolution, not one person has come forward to form a committee to investigate how best to accomplish the purpose, and now we must receive the first $50.00 from a countryman in London, who has not seen America, and does not know us except for what he is able to read about us in the Daily Newspapers.

    With this $50.00 the first decisive step is taken and our national Lodges would be traitors in accordance to their laws, to their own members if they allowed this offer to pass by and allowed the matter of providing for an Orphanage to lay dormant for several more years.

    Thus far we have in America one orphanage,--The Bohemian-Polish Catholic Orphanage; it was founded by the Catholics and is supported through annual contributions.

    3

    Let us stop talking and arguing and go to work. Let us not argue about individual ideas as to how and what would be the best thing to do first, but let us have a committee elected, which will receive all suggestions and will then proceed to pick out those most suitable to the purpose.

    The time for work has arrived, our nationality is calling and whoever is a true son, let him accept his share of this beneficent work.

    To the Honorable Editor:- For Bohemians in America there is nothing of greater importance than the establishment of an orphanage. Therefore, I take the privilege to make the following suggestions: ...

    Bohemian
    II D 4, III C, III A
  • Svornost -- August 31, 1881
    Activity of Bohemian Catholics

    Our Bohemian Catholic fellow-citizens have of late been showing activity such as would be befitting as more reasonable and noble purpose. We are informed that St. James Church on De Koven St. is to be enlarged and is to have a new steeple added to it. The outlay for this remodeling is estimated at $16,000. Also the Catholic community around St. Prokop Church is also considering the erection of a new large edifice to cost in the neighborhood of $36,000. Indeed, our Bohemian American Catholics surpass us so far in generosity and willingness, that every free-thinker must feel ashamed. All of our free-thinking Bohemians were fearful, that we would be able to raise not more than $5,000 to $10,000 at the most for the foundation of a Bohemian Orphanage. Hundreds of thousands of Bohemians unable to furnish $10,000 and about from 8,000 to 10,000 Bohemian Catholics in Chicago undertake to furnish among themselves over $40,000.

    Free-thinkers, go and learn from your own fellow-citizens and Bohemian Catholics. They surpass you in generosity to your personal shame. Learn generosity from those, whom you consider as stupid.

    Our Bohemian Catholic fellow-citizens have of late been showing activity such as would be befitting as more reasonable and noble purpose. We are informed that St. James Church on De ...

    Bohemian
    III C, II D 4