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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- April 13, 1869
    Habitual Begging (Editorial)

    The German "collection plate" is again making the rounds in America. The city of Cannstadt wishes to erect a monument to Wilhelm, King of Swabia, and the "ignorant" Germans in America, who "are rolling in wealth," are being asked to contribute to the fund.

    Now, it is true that old King Wilhelm was a good man, and it will not be forgotten that he remained a "good German" at the time when France dominated Germany (Napoleon's time) and all other rulers in Germany were doing their utmost to further French customs among Germans; no doubt he was much more German than the present enemies of Prussia who dwell on the Neckar and who would revive the Rhenish Confederation as soon as possible; but just because 2of this infamous attitude it is doubly shameful that these obstinate beggars of Swabia are stretching their hands to the Germans across the ocean for donations. Of course, if this attitude is made plain to them, they will be ready with the indignant reply:

    "Why, it is not just for the sake of the money; we merely seek evidence of your love toward your mother country, and we wanted to do the Swabians in America a favor by giving them an opportunity to participate in this most worthy cause."

    However, we are familiar with such lame excuses; they are nothing more than a mask which covers the greed of our "good friends" across the sea. Apparently the committee which is doing the begging here thinks that it is making a valuable contribution to a public enterprise by composing pathetic requests. That is the "mite" which the members of the committee contribute; they keep their money in their own pockets.

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    As far as we can see the German press in America is unanimous in its contempt for habitual begging on the part of the Germans. Regarding this habit the West Bote says:

    "If the officials of Cannstadt wish to erect a monument in honor of the late King Wilhelm, let then reach into their own pockets. The Germans in America will not contribute to the glorification of a kingdom that chased them across the ocean. We advise these beggars to withdraw their petition and spare themselves further disgrace. They will receive no assistance here, neither copper nor paper, much less gold. Now, it is true, in America begging is not prohibited by law as it is abroad; but it does not look well when the admirers of a kingdom solicit funds in our American Republic. Even our good friend Wilhelm Rapp who makes no effort to conceal his admiration for Wilhelm, King of Swabia, says:

    "By the way, it is our opinion that Wuerttemberg is wealthy enough to erect 4a monument to the honor of the man who did so much for the development of cattle and horse-breeding, agriculture, and manufacturing in his country, and who bravely led his soldiers against the French; but in view of the fact that the wounds which we suffered in the Civil War have not yet healed, we can and must contribute to causes that are more useful and urgent than a monument could ever be."

    We agree, Swabia, once a poor, starved country, became rich chiefly through the ability and foresight of King Wilhelm, and can easily donate enough money to pay for ten monuments. However, the people living on the banks of the Neckar, like those who dwell on the banks of the Elbe and the Weser, have not developed the sense of honor which prohibits respectable people from asking others for money, while they themselves are living in affluence. Perhaps rude refusals of their bold requests will help develop a sense of decency in these people.

    Often, when it has been necessary, mother countries have assisted their 5colonies, and that is only natural. Thus some German religious organizations which settled in America have received assistance from their brothers in faith in Germany; but now matters are reversed. Germany, which is rich, which holds American securities worth $400,000,000, is not ashamed to beg from those of her sons whom she has banished to a foreign country. But appeal to her for contributions to some worthy cause in America--say a German hospital in New York--and see how much money you will get! Our former countrymen would not contribute one cent; yea, they would regard any plea for their aid as an affront. When eighty brave German fathers were killed in the terrible massacre at Lawrence, Kansas, five years ago, an appeal for aid for the widows and children of these unfortunate victims of Indian treachery and brutality was published in Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung, the most widely read newspaper in Germany. And how much money do you suppose our rich German friends across the ocean donated? Not one penny! This despite the fact that by that time many thousands of German capitalists, big and little, had realized enormous sums from their investments in American securities.

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    "Not one penny!" --henceforth let that be the answer of all German-Americans to all petitions which are directed from the mother country to her emigrant sons, who, like stepchildren were forced to find a new and better home in America.

    The German "collection plate" is again making the rounds in America. The city of Cannstadt wishes to erect a monument to Wilhelm, King of Swabia, and the "ignorant" Germans in ...

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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- April 20, 1869
    Edmund Jussen (Editorial)

    All local Germans will be gratified to hear that Mr. Edmund Jussen has been appointed Federal Revenue Collector for the First District of Illinois; for it would have been difficult to find a more capable and worthy German representative for this important office. Mr. Jussen is a well-educated man and is highly respected by all who know him. A gentleman in the full sense of the word, his political attitude, too, has been weighed and not found wanting. During his long residence in Chicago he acquired all the technical and commercial knowledge necessary to perform the duties of his new office, and his work will be a credit to the friends who sponsored his appointment.

    Originally Mr. Jussen sought a European consulate in the hope of recovering 2his health which had been impaired by his strenuous activity during the War.

    While on the way to Washington, he took sick in New York, and he was in that city when Mr. Jacob Rehm, the only other German aspirant to the office of Revenue Collector, voluntarily withdrew his application. Some close friends of Mr. Jussen then decided to persuade him to apply for the appointment, and so notified him by telegraph. When they received his consent, Mr. Judd took charge of the matter with the zeal which he is wont to display when acting in behalf of his German friends. He and some German Republicans of Chicago succeeded in persuading the President to disregard his (the President's) brother's business partner and appoint Mr. Jussen.

    The fact that Mr. Jussen is related to Carl Schurz caused some of the latter's jealous opponents to accuse him of nepotism. However, we can assure them that Mr. Schurz is not guilty of any underhanded act. Just because he is related to Mr. Jussen, and any intervention on his part in behalf of Mr. Jussen would 3be ascribed to motives other than a desire to promote public interest, he refrained from using his influence in the matter. In fact, he had absolutely nothing to do with the appointment. Mr. Jussen owes his appointment solely to his position among his fellow citizens and political associates in Chicago who succeeded in convincing the President that he could chose no better man for the work. As to the claims of Mr. Schurz' political friends in Missouri--that he should use his influence in their behalf--they may rest assured that none of that influence was exercised for the benefit of Chicago.

    [Translator's note: For a biography of Mr. Jussen see Andrae's History of Chicago.]

    All local Germans will be gratified to hear that Mr. Edmund Jussen has been appointed Federal Revenue Collector for the First District of Illinois; for it would have been difficult ...

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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- September 21, 1869
    Republican Ticket Election Tuesday, November 2, 1869.

    County Offices

    Judge of Superior Court .................Honorable Joseph Geary

    Clerk of Superior Court...................C. J. Thomas

    County Judge..............................J. C. Knickerbocker

    County Clerk.................................Edward S. Salomon

    County Treasurer............................Charles H. Ham

    Superintendent of Schools..................O. W. Herrick

    County Surveyor..............................Alexander Wolcott

    Police Commissioner of South Side........Captain M. C. Hickey

    Justice of the Peace.........................P. C. Feeney

    Delegates to Constitutional Convention, 59th District.....Joseph Medill J. B. Bradwell L. L. Bond 260th District..............................S. H. McRae

    J. L. Stark

    61st District...............................J. Y. Scammon

    General J. L. Thompson

    City Ticket

    Mayor...........................................George W. Gage

    Treasurer.......................................W. F. Wentworth

    Collector.......................................George von Hollen

    Attorney........................................Ira W. Buell

    Clerk or Police Court.........................Henry Spears

    Town Tickets

    North Chicago

    Supervisor.....................................H. A. Hoffmann

    Assistant Supervisor..........................Friedrich Heinze

    Collector......................................Fritz Metzke

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    Clerk....................................................Charles West

    West Chicago

    Supervisor.............................................Joseph Wilde

    Assistant Supervisor..................................Charles Lodding

    Collector...............................................J. N. Draffin

    Clerk....................................................T. J. Corse

    South Chicago

    Supervisor.............................................John Summerfield

    Assistant Supervisor..................................Michal Schmitz

    Collector...............................................W. G. Ogle

    Clerk ..................................................Otto Blubm

    Ward Nominations

    Alderman..............................Charles D. Peacock

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    Supervisor........................................William H. Fuller

    Constable........................................R. H. Wallace

    Second Ward

    Alderman.................................................Arthur Dixon

    Supervisor................................................Leopold Mayer

    Constable.................................................G. A. Hartmann

    Third Ward

    Alderman...................................................D. Vaughan

    Supervisor..................................................S. D. Phelps

    Constable...................................................Seville Stott

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    Fourth Ward

    Alderman.................George Clough

    Supervisor................C. J. Whitehead

    Constable.................Jacob S. Pollack.

    Fifth Ward

    Aldermen..................William C. Richardson

    Aron (sic) Gibbs.

    Supervisor.................L. Gotthardt

    Constable..................C. McLane

    Sixth Ward

    Alderman...................

    Supervisor..................

    Constable..................John Holderness.

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    Seventh Ward

    Aldermen.......................................W. Metzger, T. Tegtmeyer

    Supervisor......................................John Pfeiffer

    Constable.......................................M. Seiferth

    Eight Ward

    Alderman.......................................Isaac Wentworth

    Supervisor......................................John Gillepsie

    Constable........................................Christ Gnsche

    Fred Wagenfuehr

    Ninth Ward

    Aldermen........................................William Frazer

    G. Parent

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    Supervisor...............

    Constable................

    Tenth Ward

    Alderman................Alfred G. Law

    Supervisor...............Fred Boehrner

    Constable................

    Eleventh Ward

    Alderman................J. K. Holden

    Supervisor...............T. T. Verdier

    Constable................A. A. Loebelmann

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    Twelfth Ward

    Alderman...............................C. Lippe

    Supervisor.............................Joseph Harris

    Constable...............................A. Lawrence

    Thirteenth Ward

    Alderman...............................J. L. Campbell

    Supervisor..............................J. K. Thompson

    Constable................................W. R. Crumpten

    Fourteenth Ward

    Alderman................................Jacob Greenbaum

    Supervisor...............................S. Oliver

    Constable................................P. Scanlin

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    Fifteenth Ward

    Alderman..................................S. J. McGrath

    Supervisor................................Jacob Enrhardt

    Constable.................................Jacob Deutsch

    Sixteenth Ward

    Alderman.........................................Moses Hooke

    Supervisor.......................................Charles West

    Constable...................................Henry Versemann

    Seventeenth Ward

    Alderman...................................Louis Schaffner

    Supervisor..................................C. Albert

    Constable...................................Charles Hoeyel

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    Eighteenth Ward

    Alderman.................................Thomas Connon

    Supervisor...............................Jacob Enders

    Constable................................Peter Swanson

    Nineteenth Ward

    Alderman..............................William M. Clark

    Supervisor.............................Julius Kuehrt

    Constable..............................D. S. McLane

    Twentieth Ward

    Alderman................................Philipp A. Hoyne

    Supervisor...............................Henry Lampner

    Constable................................Friedrich Zitt

    County Offices Judge of Superior Court .................Honorable Joseph Geary Clerk of Superior Court...................C. J. Thomas County Judge..............................J. C. Knickerbocker County Clerk.................................Edward S. Salomon County Treasurer............................Charles H. Ham Superintendent of Schools..................O. ...

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