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  • [Association documents] -- March 22, 1888
    Sinai Congregation, Annual Meeting Minutes

    It was moved that the question of disposing of the parsonage be referred to the incoming board, which motion was amended....to the effect that the board have the right of giving the use of the same to benevolent institutions only, free of charge.

    It was moved that the question of disposing of the parsonage be referred to the incoming board, which motion was amended....to the effect that the board have the right of ...

    Jewish
    II D 1
  • The Occident -- March 23, 1888
    Dedication of a New Synagogue

    The new synagogue erected for the congregation known as Beth Hakneseth Israel, on the corner of Judd and Clinton streets, was duly dedicated Sunday last, at 1 o'clock. It stands on a square corner, but facing the west, and its size is 80 x 82 feet. The roof is surmounted by a tower which rises by the height of 140 feet from the ground. The interior of the temple is well planned and tastefully executed. The auditorium is almost square in form and is finished in light wood.

    The pulpit is situated at the extreme east end of the auditorium, and is surrounded by a brass railing.

    The holy ark, in which the scrolls and other sacred works are kept, is an interesting feature. It is made of hard-wood stained a dark color, and rises against the wall at the rear of the pulpit. A beautifully embroidered curtain hangs in front of it, and conceals from view the sacred contents. A large lamp with a red globe depends from the ceiling just in front of the holy of holies. It is the everlasting light.

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    The main floor is designed for the male portion of the congregation, and the females are relegated to the gallery, as in all orthodox congregations.

    The new synagogue erected for the congregation known as Beth Hakneseth Israel, on the corner of Judd and Clinton streets, was duly dedicated Sunday last, at 1 o'clock. It stands ...

    Jewish
    III C, I B 4
  • The Occident -- March 23, 1888
    (No headline)

    In company with our friend Mr. Israel Cowen, a rising legal luminary of this city, we attended the dedication of the Beth Hakneseth Israel, new temple, corner Clinton and Judd street, which occurred last Sunday. We had a brief confab with Mr. Leon Zolotkoff who publishes a jargon (Yiddish) newspaper, with Hebrew letters, in our city, on Canal street.

    Our friend quizzed the aforesaid editor about his singular syntax and construction; i.e., being neither German, Hebrew, or Russian. With true Semitic retort, Zolotkoff retorted, "It is the effort of the Germans to spoil our beautiful language." Well! How we did laugh.

    In company with our friend Mr. Israel Cowen, a rising legal luminary of this city, we attended the dedication of the Beth Hakneseth Israel, new temple, corner Clinton and Judd ...

    Jewish
    V B, I C, III C
  • The Occident -- March 23, 1888
    Handsome Donation to Our Public Library

    The following letter from Mr. Carl Wolfsohn, the eminent pianist of Chicago, has given the Public Library of Chicago, the late Beethoven Society's valuable music scores of eminent authors, which has an intrinsic value of at least $2,500......

    Mr. Adolph Moses

    Dear Sir:

    The Library of the Beethoven Society, which has been placed at my disposition by the Board of Directors of that society, I have held for several years, waiting for an opportunity to present it to a new musical society whose only and principal aim should be the Highest in Art. As no such opportunity presents itself and is even not visible in the near future, I beg you to request the Board of Directors of the Public Library to accept it as a gift on my part, to an institution fostering that, which through my whole life had had my deepest sympathy, - The advancement and culture of mind and soul.

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    Should at any time the loan of the works of the Beethoven Library assist the new as well as now existing choral societies, it would fully meet my wishes, and an object attained I always had in view.

    Carl Wolfsohn

    March 9, 1888.

    Chicago.

    The following letter from Mr. Carl Wolfsohn, the eminent pianist of Chicago, has given the Public Library of Chicago, the late Beethoven Society's valuable music scores of eminent authors, which ...

    Jewish
    II B 2 a, II A 3 b
  • Svenska Tribunen -- March 31, 1888
    Concert by Svithiod

    A concert given by Svithiod Society at Turner Hall last Saturday attracted 1,200 people. The program was unusually well arranged, and one of the best ones held among the Swedes in Chicago for a long time....

    A concert given by Svithiod Society at Turner Hall last Saturday attracted 1,200 people. The program was unusually well arranged, and one of the best ones held among the Swedes ...

    Swedish
    II B 1 a, III B 2
  • Chicagoer Arbeiter Zeitung -- April 09, 1888
    Anniversary Festivities of the Social Turn Society

    Those men who were responsible for the establishment of the Social Turn Society a year ago, can proudly look back on their accomplishment. Last night's anniversary celebration of this young society, held at the Northside Turner Hall had the appearance as if all the friends and admirers of these gymnastic societies kept its rendezvous and extended their hearty birthday greetings to the Social Society. Taking into consideration that the red banner flowed over the heads of the audience it was not at all surprising that the progressive turn societies as the Vorwarts Turn Society, Der Fortschritt and the Garfield Turn Societies were well represented. The Lincoln and the Chicago Turn societies took active part in the execution of the program, thus helping to make the evening a great success. Then turner Glog stepped on the speaker's platfrom and delivered a speech which did not fail to produce the expected effect: "Friends: That America, which is of most concern to this society is the platform of the turners of North America, which if necessary, the society is ready to defend. Our organization is not as progressive as it was expected to be, and it needs the strong support of its well wishers to help them win back the reputation of old. The heavy clouds which have 2gathered on the political horizon of the Socialists, have become more threatening since the time of the sevenfold judicial murder of November last. Modern developments have reached a point, when a radical change of the social and political order, according to socialistic ideas, has become an important question of the present time. Disregard for this situation is dangerous and unworthy of an organization as that of the N. A. T. We have to take action! We can not remain neutral in a fight which divides modern society into two huge camps, capital and labor. Capital demands slaves, which a free man can never be, and with conditions as we know them, could there be even the slightest doubt to which of the belligerents the N. A. T. will give its aid? The North American Turners will have to decide in the near future whether the organization wishes to be known as a progressive and liberty loving organization. If so it will have to decide to work hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder with the progressive organizations of the country.

    We hope that it will not sink to the level of the American "Athletic and Sporting Societies" and share the viewpoint of the war societies, and be patriotic even to the extent of approving of murder. Finally, I wish to mention the unfriendly attitude of our press, which reminds me of Bebel's words "Whenever the liberal press has a word of praise for me, I am almost convinced that I did something which 3I should not have done!" If the Illinois Staats-Zeitung ever prints anything in favor of the turn societies or any turner, one can take it for granted that some mistake has been made; and if the contrary is the case, we can be sure that we are on the right path.

    Those men who were responsible for the establishment of the Social Turn Society a year ago, can proudly look back on their accomplishment. Last night's anniversary celebration of this young ...

    German
    II B 1 c 3, II B 2 d 1, II B 3
  • Chicagoer Arbeiter Zeitung -- April 18, 1888
    Change in Police Force

    Inspector Bonfield has been promoted to be Chief of Detectives. He has recently returned from New York where he tried to steal the New York Chief of Detective's tricks in coughing and spitting. He intends to transform the present detective system along the same pattern as New York.

    Whether he will succeed is hard to say but if he should succeed it still will not mean anything.

    Inspector Bonfield has been promoted to be Chief of Detectives. He has recently returned from New York where he tried to steal the New York Chief of Detective's tricks in ...

    German
    IV, II E 3
  • Chicagoer Arbeiter Zeitung -- April 18, 1888
    Own Your Own Home (Advertisement)

    Own your own home!

    Excellent lots from $130.00 to $250.00 in Austin. Situated in high and dry land; trees planted - Streets 80 feet wide. Cheapest lost in Illinois. Conditions: $10.00 down - $5.00 per month.

    Near German church, school, and railroad station. Come any day except Sunday and receive free tickets.

    Dickey S. Baker

    80 La Salle St.

    Room 5

    Own your own home! Excellent lots from $130.00 to $250.00 in Austin. Situated in high and dry land; trees planted - Streets 80 feet wide. Cheapest lost in Illinois. Conditions: ...

    German
    II F, III A, II A 2
  • Skandinaven -- April 19, 1888
    Swedish National Unity

    The Swedes throughout the United States will organize a National Union, with headquarters here in Chicago.

    The Swedes throughout the United States will organize a National Union, with headquarters here in Chicago.

    Swedish
    III B 2
  • Chicagoer Arbeiter Zeitung -- April 20, 1888
    [Joseph Dietzgen]

    A posthumous fame for Joseph Dietzgen as a philosopher of Social Democratic Ideas and Science.

    Born October 27, 1828 - died April 17, 1888. Came to the United States from the Rhineland in 1851 after acquiring the principles of Marx's and Engel's Theories fought for them in 1848. His longing for a renewal of this fight and to join the then existing struggle between the progressives and reactionaries inspired him to return to his native country.

    Convinced after five years of luckless battle, of the impossibility and hopelessness of the liberal cause he returned to America in 1859. He couldn't stay long this time either. In 1862 he returned to the old battle fields, only to leave a year later for Russia to take over the management of one of the biggest government tanneries where he stayed until 1869.

    During this time he wrote the book: The Essence of Human Intelligence, logic by a critique manual laborer. This book attacks Kantian theory and creates a new philosophy which Dietzgen himself calls proletarian philosophy. Marx introduced him to the Congress held in the Hague,1872,with the words: "This is Mr. Dietzgen our philosopher."

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    In 1869 he returned to Germany to manage a tannery of his own which he had inherited. He helped the Social Democratic Party under La Salle, Bebel and Liebkneckt to win their first victory in 1877. In 1881 he was defeated in his candidacy for parliament and returned to his children in the United States. For a while he was chief editor of the New York Socialist but came to his children in Chicago in 1886.

    After the Haymarket disaster he managed the Chicagoer Arbeiter Zeitung during its most trying period.

    A posthumous fame for Joseph Dietzgen as a philosopher of Social Democratic Ideas and Science. Born October 27, 1828 - died April 17, 1888. Came to the United States from ...

    German
    IV, II B 2 d 3, II B 2 d 1, III H, II A 1, I E