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  • Narod Polski -- January 01, 1897
    [Commemorate Polish Uprising]

    A centennial program in memory of the uprising of Poland in November 1797 was observed.

    The meeting opened with a chorus singing "Z dyme pozarow", (With Smoke of Fire).

    The minutes were read.

    The followed several patriotic readings by children and musical numbers.

    The meeting closed with the chorus singing "Jesscze Poska Me Zginela" (Poland is not as yet dead).

    A centennial program in memory of the uprising of Poland in November 1797 was observed. The meeting opened with a chorus singing "Z dyme pozarow", (With Smoke of Fire). The ...

    Polish
    III B 3 a, II B 1 a
  • Dziennik Chicagoski -- January 02, 1897
    Holy Family Orphanage Receives Support

    At the birthday party given in honor of the Reverend John Piechowski, pastor of St. Hedwig Parish, a collection was made for the Holy Family Orphanage. Twenty dollars was turned over to the administration. This is indeed a fine example of co-operation.

    At the birthday party given in honor of the Reverend John Piechowski, pastor of St. Hedwig Parish, a collection was made for the Holy Family Orphanage. Twenty dollars was turned ...

    Polish
    II D 4
  • Dziennik Chicagoski -- January 02, 1897
    Polish Pastor Helps Holy Family Orphanage

    The Reverend John Piechowski, pastor of St. Hedwig Parish, gave twenty dollars to the Holy Family Orphanage as a Christmas gift.

    Sincere thanks are extended to the donor for this generous gift.

    The administration wishes success, health, and happiness throughout the coming year to all the supporters of the Holy Family Orphanage.

    In the name of the orphans,

    The Sisters of Notre Dame.

    The Reverend John Piechowski, pastor of St. Hedwig Parish, gave twenty dollars to the Holy Family Orphanage as a Christmas gift. Sincere thanks are extended to the donor for this ...

    Polish
    II D 4
  • Dziennik Chicagoski -- January 02, 1897
    New Polish Weekly Published

    The first number of the Narod (The Nation), official organ of the Polish Roman Catholic Union, made its appearance today. Judging by its general appearance, this number looks good. Its type, make-up, articles, etc., are of the best. We hope that success will favor it.

    The editorial staff pledges to work for the good of the faith, the fatherland, and organization.

    The first number of the Narod (The Nation), official organ of the Polish Roman Catholic Union, made its appearance today. Judging by its general appearance, this number looks good. Its ...

    Polish
    II B 2 d 2, III C
  • Dziennik Chicagoski -- January 02, 1897
    Courtesy Is Welcomed Everywhere

    There is not one clownish, rude, or despotic person in the world who is in a position to win the hearts of others.

    No matter how well educated a clownish, rude, or despotic person may be, his high learning means nothing to others, and does not win the respect, if the individual is unmindful and negligent of others, or discourteous to others in their presence. Even an uneducated person, if he is pleasant and courteous, wins the hearts of others, and, in every instance, may count upon their help and support.

    Mention is not being made of the type of civility that is associated with flattery, and is intended for personal gain at another's expense, for there is an appropriate German saying for this: "Das sind Katzen, die vorne lecken und hinten Kratzen." [Editor's note: This is the equivalent of "nice to your face--knife you when your back is turned".] We have in mind the kind of 2courtesy that every person has a right to expect and demand--sincere politeness, not exaggerated, without superfluous condescension or the servility of a Judas.

    If we have the right to demand from everyone pleasant politeness, then we have the more right to demand this from those whom we support and help to enrich with our money. We have the right to demand politeness from businessmen of all nationalities, as well as the right to expect it.

    Those of other nationalities have long plied the trade of the businessman. It was long afterward that we followed suit in our fatherland, imitating the Germans and the Jews, and only after them are we able to garner even stray bits of trade. It is little wonder that they exceed and excel in every phase of business. They surpass us in buying material and merchandise; they stand above us in the keenness and consideration that are so necessary in business; they excel us in the methods of selling their goods, and what is more important, they represent the pinnacle of politeness and patience, which they display no 3matter how small the purchased item may be.

    It must be admitted that we do not as yet possess these qualities, chiefly because our forerunners in business lacked the patience, consideration, and cold-bloodedness that are so essential in business.

    Today, at last, we are straining every effort to enter this field. Our brothers in Europe have taken a definite step in this direction. We in America, outside the saloons, groceries, butcher shops, and shoe stores, however, cannot brag of our achievements in the bigger and more lucrative businesses. Those businesses that we have are small indeed. One will ask why these few Polish businessmen cannot maintain and enrich themselves. By and large, we are to blame for this, because we do not patronize the Polish businessman. The young Polish businessman is also largely to blame, for he would like a person to buy what he offers, and accept without question the way he offers a piece of merchandise.

    We cannot blame the customer who enters a Polish store and informs the proprietor 4that he or she desires a pound of coffee of a grade higher than that previously purchased, and never returns again to trade because the following reply is received, "Then please go elsewhere to find a better grade"--or when one of our businessmen spots a newcomer in his store (who has heretofore been making purchases elsewhere) and greets him in a rude fashion to the effect that he has been trading somewhere else. Others, having a poor selection of goods, reply that they do not keep goods for the aristocracy (in the event that the customers wish cannot be fulfilled) and rudely walk away from the counter. Still others lack patience, and would like to get rich in a month and, because of this, they charge unusally high prices for their wares. No wonder, then, that such stores are avoided by the customer. A purchaser should not be offended just because he wishes to spend his own money. It would be interesting to know what our businessmen would say if they were treated the same way by commercial and industrial houses they deal with.

    The Jew, American, German, and, in fact, merchants of all other nationalities treat their customers with kindness and consideration. At times it happens 5that a customer enters a store, looks around and walks out because he does not find anything suitable to his wants. The proprietor does not treat the prospective purchaser with rudeness, nor does he throw merchandise roughly upon the counter, but apologizes and leads the person to the door, begging him to return again.

    These are the qualities that we lack, and, until we remedy this, our business houses will never be larger than the small shacks found in the European country fairs.

    Let us not criticize a person because he has not traded with us, but be joyful because he enters our store and desires to patronize us; let us not get angry because a customer criticizes our merchandise or returns it, but accomodate that person to his satisfaction, even if it involves a slight loss. It must be remembered that one person influences another, and so on.

    Where the businessman is pleasant, courteous, and accomodating, even a poor 6grade of goods is appealing to the customer's eye.

    The above suggestions are intended for our mutual good, and are not intended to hurt anyone. They should serve as a stimulus to right our wrongs.

    A Well-Wisher of the Polish Businessman.

    There is not one clownish, rude, or despotic person in the world who is in a position to win the hearts of others. No matter how well educated a clownish, ...

    Polish
    I D 1 b, II A 2
  • Dziennik Chicagoski -- January 02, 1897
    Polish Hospital Receives Support

    The Reverend Adolph Nowicki, pastor of St. Michael Archangel Parish of South Chicago, donated thirty dollars to the Polish Hospital as a Christmas gift.

    Sincere thanks are extended to the donor for this generous gesture. The Sisters of Nazareth and the patients of the hospital will offer prayers for the pastor as well as for his entire parish.

    The Reverend Adolph Nowicki, pastor of St. Michael Archangel Parish of South Chicago, donated thirty dollars to the Polish Hospital as a Christmas gift. Sincere thanks are extended to the ...

    Polish
    II D 3
  • Dziennik Chicagoski -- January 02, 1897
    Polish Society Makes Contribution for Kosciusko Monument

    The St. Martin Knights Society, of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, has recently turned over ten dollars to Leon Szopinski for the Kosciusko Monument Fund.

    The Committee,

    Joseph Pranga, president,

    Michael Pokorny,

    F. Golubski.

    The St. Martin Knights Society, of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, has recently turned over ten dollars to Leon Szopinski for the Kosciusko Monument Fund. The Committee, Joseph Pranga, president, Michael ...

    Polish
    II C, IV, III B 2
  • Skandinaven -- January 03, 1897
    Protest

    The record of Alderman Martin B. Madden, as laid before the voters by the Municipal Voters' League, is one unbroken chain of faithlessness to the people and contemptuous disregard of their welfare. He has been a member of the City Council for some six years, and during the last four years, he has been recognized as the controlling spirit in the Council and in municipal legislation. While every alderman must shoulder his share of responsibility for the misdeeds of the Council, Mr. Madden, by virtue of his undisputed leadership, is vastly more responsible than any other member. His reign as Pooh bah in municipal lawmaking has been productive of a larger measure of bad and corrupt legislation than emanated from the Council during the whole period of its existence prior to the Madden era. His powerful influence has been exerted in behalf of nearly all the bad legislation that has been proposed or enacted during his term of service, while his support of meritorious measures has been intermittent, spasmodic and feeble. In summing up his record the Municipal Voters' League says:

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    "His general disregard of public interests and opposition to compensation for franchises condemn him as unfit for public service. His record shows that he has favored many notorious measures and actively opposed but few bad ones during his long term of service. As the leader of the Council, he is chargeable with the responsibility for much that has made the Council notorious and irresponsive to public opinion. Under no circumstances should he be re-elected to the Council."

    This man is posing as a candidate for the United States Senate, and it is generally believed that his candidacy has the support of the Republican machine of Illinois! Whither are we drifting? Has it come to pass that a seat in the United States Senate is to be the spoil of ward politicians of the lowest type? Are the people of Illinois and their representatives so dead to public decency and the honor of the state as to consider such a preposterous proposition seriously?

    It would be a gross insult to the members of the Legislature to doubt that the candidacy of Mr. Madden will be frowned down and summarily rejected. All his 3experience in legislation has been confined to the City Council of Chicago, and as the Municipal Voters' League has shown, his record in this field is thoroughly bad. Not even his personal organ has dared to deny the facts marshalled against him. All it has to say in his support is that "he has sometimes voted right," and that it is vindictiveness and cowardice to put his true record before the people.

    That is Mr. Madden's defense. He has generally voted wrong, but sometimes he has voted right, and hence, forsooth! he ought to be sent to the United States Senate--directly from the backways of ward politics!

    If our standards of statesmanship and public morality have sunk to this level, to put Madden in a seat occupied by a Douglas, a Trumbull, a Palmer, is probably the proper thing to do. He has been wonderfully successful in Maddenizing the City Council, and if we desire to City-Councilize the United States Senate, Mr. Madden is just the man for the job.

    But this paper does not believe that the plain, honest people of Illinois are 4ready for such departures. And we do know, that the Scandinavian voters will protest, at the ballot, such an insane thing, and regard it as an outrage upon the party of Lincoln, deserving the severest punishment. The machine had better beware of the plain people! They still have a voice, they still have their franchise, and they can use it.

    The record of Alderman Martin B. Madden, as laid before the voters by the Municipal Voters' League, is one unbroken chain of faithlessness to the people and contemptuous disregard of ...

    Norwegian
    I F 6, I C
  • Dziennik Chicagoski -- January 04, 1897
    Reverend Piechowski Donates Twenty Dollars to Polish Hospital

    Twenty dollars has been donated to the Polish Hospital by the Reverend John Piechowski, pastor of the St. Hedwig Parish.

    May Jesus Christ repay the kind pastor a hundredfold for his generous offering.

    The Sisters of Nazareth.

    Twenty dollars has been donated to the Polish Hospital by the Reverend John Piechowski, pastor of the St. Hedwig Parish. May Jesus Christ repay the kind pastor a hundredfold for ...

    Polish
    II D 3
  • Dziennik Chicagoski -- January 04, 1897
    Play Staged by School Children

    Two plays "St. Nicholas" and "Professor" were staged by the school children of St.Mary of Perpetual Help Parish on January 1. The program was greatly enjoyed by the capacity audience. Besides the two plays, speeches, drills, and declamations were on the bill of entertainment. All were heartily applauded.

    One of the most impressive numbers was that of the school children who sang a song of welcome to the pastor and the parents.

    The program was concluded with the presentation of a tableau, "The Mother of God, Guardian of the Innocent".

    It is needless to say that the audience enjoyed the performance. The applause and cheering spoke for itself. The audience was reluctant to leave; however, 2it was comforted to hear that a January exercise, a patriotic event commemorating the uprising of January, 1863, against Russia, will be staged on the twenty-fourth of this month.

    Two plays "St. Nicholas" and "Professor" were staged by the school children of St.Mary of Perpetual Help Parish on January 1. The program was greatly enjoyed by the capacity audience. ...

    Polish
    II B 1 c 1, I A 2 a, II B 1 a