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  • Svornost -- February 08, 1882
    Chicago Bohemians, Their Representatives in Public Offices

    For many years Chicago Bohemians were unable to attain even the most minor public office, and only in recent years, namely during Mayor Harrison's term, has there been any change in regards to this matter so as to encourage us to have expectations for the future.

    Chicago Bohemians, today, have their own representatives in practically all public offices. They have their own officials, both honorary and paid, and there is not another city in the United States where they can boast of so many Bohemian officials as we have in Chicago.

    Let us take for example the Honorary positions, and there are many of them, whose holders render their services without pay. On the School Board, one of the most important admisistrative bodies, we have the able countryman of ours, Lawyer Adolf Kraus, who will, no doubt, very soon have the opportunity to prove himself an able defender of Bohemian interests.

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    The Chicago Public Library is an institution, in which every nationality can consider it an honor to have it's own representative. The interests of Chicago Bohemians are looked after in a deserving manner by Mr. L.W. Kadlec.

    Not long, to be sure, but at any rate, we have our own Bohemian Justice of the Peace, on the North Side, Mr. E.A. Fischer, who was given this position to satisfy the requests of Bohemians.

    Now let us see what conditions exist among our paid officials. We have, in the service of the Public Library, three appointees, and there may be more soon; they are Leo Meilbek, F. G. Novy, and W.A. Purer. In the City Water Department we have two officials, they are V. Kasparek and Adolf Chladka. In our public schools, we have four women teachers, the Misses Purer, Fischman, and the two Stieger sisters.

    In the Unites States Custom House we have, as a clerk, Josef A. Novak. In the Police Department we find three countrymen; they are Fr. P. Barcal, Ant. Kakuska, and J. Vanata.

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    In the Fire Department we have Mr. J. Kamen. Even in the Post Office we have Fr. Kohout, who is a mail-sorter and Josef Vaska and Anton Lajicek, who are carriers.

    Chicago Bohemians are deserving of better representation in public offices, but since it was neglected for so many years, it will take some time to accomplish.

    The political activity among us is not so energetic as it could be, but even that is somewhat improved for, whereas, there formerly were only about three hundred of our countrymen taking an active part in politics, there now are that many thousands.

    That which is not, may yet be. Chicago Bohemians will not cease striving for political recognition, and if activity in this respect is continued everywhere, as it is in Chicago, Bohemian Americans will not be forced to complain that they are being neglected and pushed aside.

    For many years Chicago Bohemians were unable to attain even the most minor public office, and only in recent years, namely during Mayor Harrison's term, has there been any change ...

    Bohemian
    I F 4, IV
  • Die Fackel -- February 12, 1882
    Theatre and Music.

    "I can indeed not dance a Jig", said Mr. Friedrich Haase, Friday, when he visited the Editor of the ArbeiterZeitung, "but I hope nonethe-less to have made many friends in Chicago."

    Without any doubt, this great actor is very popular among German Society in Chicago. Yesterday, the tickets for today's performance were quickly sold out, due undoubtedly to Mr. Haase's world reputation.

    Next Sunday is positively Mr. Haase's last appearance in the Comedies "Die Beiden Klingsberg" and" im vorzimmer Seiner Excellenz." Both comedies are famous, and are performed by Mr. Haase.

    "I can indeed not dance a Jig", said Mr. Friedrich Haase, Friday, when he visited the Editor of the ArbeiterZeitung, "but I hope nonethe-less to have made many friends in ...

    German
    II A 3 d 1, II A 3 b
  • Chicagoer Arbeiter Zeitung -- February 18, 1882
    [The German Society]

    The Directors of the German Society held a meeting, yesterday, and passed a resolution requesting the Council of Administration to employ more collectors and to put on a drive for new members.

    American and German wholesale houses shall be visited and solicited for back donations, for the reason that these firms indirectly profit from immigration. As soon as we have enough testimony collected, we will prosecute all employment offices engaging in fraudulent practices.

    The Directors of the German Society held a meeting, yesterday, and passed a resolution requesting the Council of Administration to employ more collectors and to put on a drive for ...

    German
    II D 10, II D 7, III G
  • Svornost -- February 21, 1882
    Wanted: a Bohemian Alderman in the 6th Ward

    We have heard this wish expressed for the past six or seven years or more, but so far there has been nothing much accomplished in this regard. On April 4th the citizens of Chicago will elect eighteen aldermen to the City Council, and here is added again, that the Bohemian Citizens of the 6th ward again are making it known that they want their ward, which is settled by Bohemians nostly, represented in the City Council by a Bohemian. This time it was our countrymen in the lime quarry section who took the initial steps toward the accomplishment of their desires.

    They held a public meeting on the premises of Mr. A. Skvora and resolved to support unanimously a Bohemian candidate and already they have picked a man whom they intend to carry through victoriously in the coming election. He is Mr. Josef Lalak, who has lived in America since he was nine years old and is well-known, not only among our own countrymen, but to the public of other nationalities.

    We take it for granted, that there will be meetings in other precincts of the 6th ward soon, in order to decide about the coming election, whether 2a candidate should be set up in opposition to the renowned Ed. Cullerton, who, to secure his election again, is fighting tooth and nail. If a Bohemian candidate is to be offered it is desirable that all factions in the 6th ward come to some understanding soon. With that we add that a second independent political meeting will be held on Sunday, February 26, on the premises of Mr. Skvora.

    We have heard this wish expressed for the past six or seven years or more, but so far there has been nothing much accomplished in this regard. On April 4th ...

    Bohemian
    I F 1, I F 5
  • Die Fackel -- February 26, 1882
    [The German Theater]

    Since Mr. Friedrich Haase left town last Sunday, the theatre loving public of Chicago again depends on the home talent under the direction of Callum and Isenstein. It is hoped that through faithful support a happy solution of the problem of worthwhile entertainment can we reached.

    In a way, it might be regrettable if big stars(like Haase) were to come here too frequently, as it naturally will make the public less appreciative of the endeavors of our own actors. This has happened in other cities. Our German actors in Chicago have already given us proof of their brilliant abilities.

    Since Mr. Friedrich Haase left town last Sunday, the theatre loving public of Chicago again depends on the home talent under the direction of Callum and Isenstein. It is hoped ...

    German
    II A 3 d 1
  • Chicagoer Arbeiter Zeitung -- March 03, 1882
    Chicago's Shame Editorial

    We certainly have no intention to obscure the splendid condition of Chicago. Chicago, we feel sure, will expand and become in a short time the largest city in the United States. But of this, Chicagoans should not be proud. Even if this gigantic progress comes to pass and Chicago outsoars all other cities, the public administration of Chicago and the political attitude of its citizens will be quite innocent of it.

    Chicago's great development has other causes than the present administration with its miserly saving policy and its corrupt majority in the city council...But the darkest point in the picture of Chicago, the vilest blemish on its escutcheon is the neglect of 25,000 to 30,000 children of school age. This big a city, whose administration cannot boast enough of its growing prosperity and high standard of public order is the cause of the neglect and ruin of over 25,000 of school age, because it is not building enough school houses and not employing enough teachers, because our wealthy and opulent citizens wont provide sufficient funds for schooling.

    We certainly have no intention to obscure the splendid condition of Chicago. Chicago, we feel sure, will expand and become in a short time the largest city in the United ...

    German
    I A 1 a
  • Chicagoer Arbeiter Zeitung -- March 04, 1882
    [The German Society]

    The German Society held its regular Session yesterday. Great numbers of new members were initiated and the agents report accepted. We quote from it: Almost twice the number of employers made use of our office during this month as compared with the previous one: 69 employers as compared with 40 in January. We supplied 176 unemployed persons with worl and shelter, against 75 in January. Among them were many immigrants.

    Last month's new arrivals in Chicago total 10,450 against 7, 200 in January, the majority of them coming from Westphalia and from Alsace-Lorraine. The agitation committee has been requested again to crusade against the crooked Employment offices.

    The German Society held its regular Session yesterday. Great numbers of new members were initiated and the agents report accepted. We quote from it: Almost twice the number of employers ...

    German
    II D 10, II D 8, V A 1, III G
  • Chicagoer Arbeiter Zeitung -- March 04, 1882
    The Illinois Staatszeitung entices Germans into a fraudulent colonization scheme. (taken from the Western Post, - St.Louis.)

    The Illinois Staats Zeitung, a few months ago, published a detailed report by Mr.Reichert regarding the new colony, New Baden in Robertson County, Texas. Herr Reichert claimed to have 40 years experience in real estate all over the United States and to have found the soil in this particular County to be the best. The result was that quite a few wrote to Mr.Reichert, but the inquiries were answered by a Mr.Raup from Baden, Germany, business man and farmer and supposedly a new colonist, explaining about work and wages and including a plan of the city, church and school,he wrote, had been taken care of.

    Attracted by this proposition several families arrived full of hope on February 21st at their destination.

    New Baden did not exist, except for a barn holding three old horses and what was probably Mr.Reichert's cattle. The farmer Mr.Raup, was found to hold the jobs of schoolmaster and preacher. The population through our poor souls was increased to 10.

    Similar proceedings if engaged in by a real estate company might possibly be 2excused, but this unscrupulous exaggeration in order to entice people into a non-existing colony is in any case a fraud.

    signed: Fr. Zapfe, Fr. Lenkeit, G.Rothamel

    of Chicago, Ill.

    The Illinois Staats Zeitung, a few months ago, published a detailed report by Mr.Reichert regarding the new colony, New Baden in Robertson County, Texas. Herr Reichert claimed to have 40 ...

    German
    III G, II B 2 d 1, II E 1, III A, I H
  • Skandinaven -- March 07, 1882
    Memorial for Ex-President Garfield

    We believe Chicago should erect a memorial to Garfield in one of our parks or on one of our boulevards. Garfield was loved by all, rich and poor alike. The cost of such a monument could easily be covered by taxes. For example, a park tax could be levied. We hope the City Fathers will think this matter over, and that they will get into action soon.

    We believe Chicago should erect a memorial to Garfield in one of our parks or on one of our boulevards. Garfield was loved by all, rich and poor alike. The ...

    Norwegian
    I F 3
  • Chicagoer Arbeiter Zeitung -- March 15, 1882
    For the Protection of Immigrants.

    Yesterday afternoon the Agitation Committee of the German Society held its meeting, to find means and ways to assist German immigrants.

    Mr. Kerkel explained in a long speech that it would be of great benefit to Chicago if immigrants travelling through the city formed a favorable opinion of it. According to his views it would not be so very difficult to induce some persons or parties to make donations, let us say: 10 at $100.00, at least 20 at $50.00, at least 50 at $25.00, at least 100 at $10.00. It should be possible to find at least 4000 more who would make annual contributions to the Immigrants' Protective Fund of the German Society.

    Mr. Kenkel then was elected General Agent for the purpose of soliciting new members: as assistant for the Southside Mc Damman will function for the Westside, Mr. Riese.

    Yesterday afternoon the Agitation Committee of the German Society held its meeting, to find means and ways to assist German immigrants. Mr. Kerkel explained in a long speech that it ...

    German
    II D 10, III G