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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  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- January 30, 1877
    [Scandinavians Honor Thomas Payne]

    The Scandinavian Free Thinkers' Club celebrated last night in the Aurora Turner Hall, the 140th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Payne, the famous American Free Thinker. The proscenium and the gallery of the hall were richly adorned with American, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish flags. There were also pictures representing the burning at stake of Servatius and of Payne explaining to a farmer "the age of reason, while a priest is taking away his corn and sheep for tithes. Dr. Pacts made a speech in Danish language and after him Capt. John Johnson said a few words. A concert and a dance closed the celebration.

    The Scandinavian Free Thinkers' Club celebrated last night in the Aurora Turner Hall, the 140th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Payne, the famous American Free Thinker. The proscenium and ...

    Swedish
    III C, II B 1 c 3
  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- February 13, 1877
    [Dania's Masquerade]

    The local Danish Club Dania had its masquerade last night in the Aurora Turner Hall. It was a great success. The amusement lasted throughout the entire night. Only in the morning did the patrons leave the dance.

    This festivity will linger for a long time in their memories.

    The local Danish Club Dania had its masquerade last night in the Aurora Turner Hall. It was a great success. The amusement lasted throughout the entire night. Only in the ...

    Danish
    II D 1
  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- February 13, 1877
    [Dania's Masquerade]

    The local Danish Club Dania had its masquerade last night in the Aurora Turner Hall. It was a great success. The amusement lasted throughout the entire night. Only in the morning did the patrons leave the dance.

    This festivity will linger for a long time in their memories.

    The local Danish Club Dania had its masquerade last night in the Aurora Turner Hall. It was a great success. The amusement lasted throughout the entire night. Only in the ...

    Danish
    II D 1
  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- February 13, 1877
    Masquerade of the Chicago Turngemeinde.

    The masquerade of the Chicago Turngemeinde was the greatest festival of the year so far. Its greatest attraction was the representation of the cycle of Niebelungen. Picture 1 represented Rheingold. Picture 2 represented Walkure. Picture 3 represented Siegfried. Picture 4 represented the Dawn of the gods. Picture 5 represented the apparition of Prince Carnival.

    The carnival procession was most successful. The wagons of the gods were magnificently decorated. The Chicago Turngemeinde can look back with pride upon last night's entertainment.

    The masquerade of the Chicago Turngemeinde was the greatest festival of the year so far. Its greatest attraction was the representation of the cycle of Niebelungen. Picture 1 represented Rheingold. ...

    German
    II B 1 c 3, II B 1 c 2, II B 3
  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- February 19, 1877
    [Sunday Concert]

    The Sunday concert in the North Side Turner Hall attracted a great crowd yesterday. The better class of Germans was well represented and paid a friendly tribute to the efforts of Mr. Clauder. But the audience was not only composed of Germans, as many Americans could also be found there. Seldom has an audience been so captivated by music, when eating and drinking was supposed to be the main entertainment. The potpourri from Weber's Freischutz held the people spellbound. Even an admirer of Wagner must have been forced to revise his opinion, that there was no German music previous to him, when he noticed the silence of this big crowd. There was not the least sound nor the slightest disturbance. The facial expressions betrayed the deep emotion with which people listened to the magic melodies of the German composer. Even the waiters whose steps otherwise were often so disturbing, were leaning motionless against 2the columns until the last notes had died away. So spellbound was the audience, that almost a full minute elapsed before the applause rang out. Music talks to the German heart and even when he hears it for the first time on distant shores he comes under the spell of the melodies from his old fatherland.

    The Sunday concert in the North Side Turner Hall attracted a great crowd yesterday. The better class of Germans was well represented and paid a friendly tribute to the efforts ...

    German
    II A 3 b, I C
  • Chicago Tribune -- February 24, 1877
    Cameron, Amberg & Co. a Fruitless Attempt to Begin the Investigation.

    The Joint Committee appointed by the County Commissioners and the Citizens' Association to investigate the charges made some time ago by the Staats-Zeitung, was called for yesterday afternoon at two o'clock, in the rooms of the secretaries, who have been conducting a preliminary investigation.

    About an hour after the time set for the meeting, two County commissioners, Ayars and Hoffmann, and Mr. Field, of the Citizens' Association, had put in an appearance, Mr. McCaffrey and Mr. Franklin MacVeagh being out of town, and Mr. A. M. Wright being sick.

    Without waiting for the Committee to organize, Mr. Ambler, the Secretary, proceeded to read his report to the assemblage, which consisted, besides the gentlemen named, of Messrs. Cameron, Amberg, and Cushmann, supported by their counsel, Leonard Swett, and of Mr. Cestefeld, the representative of the Staats-Zeitung, and several newspaper reporters.

    The following is the report:

    2

    The secretaries, who were directed by the Joint Committee of the County Commissioners and the Citizens' Association to take such preliminary testimony in the examination of Cameron, Amberg & Co.!s accounts with the County Board, so as to provide a basis for further and more explicit investigation, report that they have gone over, in the presence of the accused and the accusing parties, all the invoices and papers obtained from the County Clerk for the years 1874-'75-'76, and have compiled a list of all the objectionable items pointed out by the agent of Mr. Hesing, who brought the charge.

    They have also requested the said agent to file with them a detailed specification with the amounts of the alleged overcharges extended opposite each objectionable item, that they might embrace the same in their report to you; but as he has declined to comply with this request, they now ask further instructions.

    J. C. Ambler

    W. H. Hornaday

    After the document had been read, Mr. Gestefeld inquired if the members of the Committee who were present, considered themselves a quorum.

    Mr. Field thought not, and Mr. Commissioner Hoffmann moved that the Committee adjourn, as no quorum was present.

    3

    Mr. Leonard Swett rose and addressed the Committee at length. He thought that the members present could well decide the question whether Mr. Hesing should be required to file with the secretaries a specified statement of the charges he had to make against his clients. He desired very much that they would decide that this had to be done, as it would help much to facilitate business. There was, however, a legal question involved in this matter, which he thought this Committee was not competent to decide. The contract required Cameron, Amberg & Co. to furnish certain articles at certain prices, some of them far below cost.

    Mr. Field thought the Committee would have to find out whether Cameron, Amberg & Co. were guilty of the charges brought against them. Mr. Swett replied that no charges to which an answer could be given had been brought forward by Mr. Hesing, and his agent now refused to give them.

    Mr. Gestefeld then addressed the Committee. While he protested against having any arguments before a "rump" committee, whose action would be of no account, he desired to say something in reply to Mr. Swett.

    Access had been given the representative of the Staats-Zeitung to the documents which obtained full proof of the charges made, and he had pointed out to the secretaries in the course of the investigation such items as he considered needing 4investigation on the part of the Committee. The same facility had been given to Messrs. Cameron, Amberg & Co., who had noted down every item objected to. He thought he had furnished enough specifications, and preferred to withhold his evidence until the Committee was ready to receive it.

    The meeting then broke up, after a few fruitless efforts to set a day on which to meet again.

    The Joint Committee appointed by the County Commissioners and the Citizens' Association to investigate the charges made some time ago by the Staats-Zeitung, was called for yesterday afternoon at two ...

    German
    I F 6
  • Illinois Staats-Zeitung -- March 01, 1877
    Socialism and Communism

    Upon the invitation of the Turn Community of Chicago, Mr. Heinrich Ende of Milwaukee gave last night a lecture on "Socialism and Communism". The small audience which gathered there was proof enough that the Germans are not interested in Socialism. Attorney Philipp Stein introduced the speaker. Due to his extraordinary education the audience followed his speech with great interest.

    Whoever expected the speaker to demonstrate that Socialism and Communism are vastly different, was greatly disappointed. On the contrary, Mr. Ende did not deny that both sprang from the same root and therfore belong to the same class. "Communism is man's expression of the dark feeling, especially of the laborer, that a betterment of his lot has to come, whereas Socialism is a scientifically founded doctrine." Communism and Socialism differ without clashing....

    Upon the invitation of the Turn Community of Chicago, Mr. Heinrich Ende of Milwaukee gave last night a lecture on "Socialism and Communism". The small audience which gathered there was ...

    German
    I E, II B 2 g
  • Der Westen -- March 04, 1877
    The Enderis Book Store.

    An event has taken place recently which is of great importance for the development of the German language here in Chicago, namely the enlargement of a German bookstore.

    Mr. H. Enderis, known for several years to our teachers as a German book dealer, has enlarged his store at 130 Lake Street to almost twice its former size. A visit to the friendly store proves that not only enlargement of room but of business as well has taken place. Mr. Enderis deserves credit for having built up a store which satisfies the most exacting bibliophile. Mr. Enderis has a contract with New York importers which enables him to receive the latest books. It is unnecessary to mention that he has also a great number of periodicals on hand. One must not underestimate the difficulties with which a German book dealer has to contend here. He must not only buy everything he receives from Europe, but he must also pay import taxes. He does not receive commissions as do the other book dealers in Europe.

    2

    It is to be noticed that the guiding principle of Mr. Enderis was to make of his store not only a business but also an entertainment place for his visitors. There can be no greater entertainment for friends of literature of all nations than to browse through this rich collection of books.

    As is well-known, Mr. Enderis is also consul for Switzerland. He may well be proud of his store, which started from such small beginnings 18 years ago.

    An event has taken place recently which is of great importance for the development of the German language here in Chicago, namely the enlargement of a German bookstore. Mr. H. ...

    German
    II A 2, III H
  • [Association documents] -- March 05, 1877
    Sinai Congregation, Board of Directors Minutes

    (Budget for 1877-78.)

    (a) Expenditures:

    Salary of minister $4,000
    Salary of organist and choir 1,800
    Salary of reader 700
    Salary of teachers 1,000
    Salary of janitor 300
    Insurance 125
    Fuel, gas and water est. 500
    Taxes on 3rd Ave. 400
    Interest on encumbrance 2,400
    Incidentals 500
    Total $12,225

    (b) Estimated Receipts

    Dues from 90 members $3,600
    Assessment 10% in valuation of pews sold 6,400
    Contributions from new members 225
    For pew rents 2,000
    $12,225

    (Budget for 1877-78.) (a) Expenditures: <table> <tr> <td>Salary of minister</td> <td>$4,000</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Salary of organist and choir</td> <td>1,800</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Salary of reader</td> <td>700</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Salary of teachers</td> ...

    Jewish
    III C
  • Chicago Tribune -- March 12, 1877
    The Protection Life German Policy-Holders Demand an Investigation.

    The German policy-holders of the Protection Life Insurance Co. held a meeting yesterday afternoon, at the hall of the Swiss Maennerchor, 45 N. Clark St., to take some action for the protection of their interests.

    The meeting, which was largely attended, was called to order by Sebastian Engert.

    He said that he had no ill-feeling towards the Protection Life Insurance Co., but had called the meeting for the purpose of taking some measures to protect the interests of the policy-holders and save them from serious loss.

    The German policy-holders of the Protection Life Insurance Co. held a meeting yesterday afternoon, at the hall of the Swiss Maennerchor, 45 N. Clark St., to take some action for ...

    German
    II A 2