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  • Abendpost -- January 02, 1899
    Politics and Administration. Harrison's Friends Are Victorious During the "Tammany" Elections.

    In twenty "wigwams" of the Tammany organization office holders were chosen with the following result: a splendid victory of the Harrison followers over the Altgeld contingent! Although the exact results will not be known until later today, there seems to be no doubt that the mayor enjoys the full support of his party in the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th, 27th, 28th, 33rd and 34th wards and the Tammany Democrats of the 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd wards who will select their new officers on Monday, will also be faithful adherents to Harrison's cause, at least as far as the majority will be concerned. In many Wigwams resolutions were passed in which Harrison's re-election was endorsed. In the 26th ward however, where Altgeld lives, there the Harrisonites were not successful in obtaining an adoption of a similar resolution for which the mayor might express his gratitude-especially to Alderman Schlake. He insisted that the aforesaid petition be put to a vote which resulted in 50 against 38 votes, whereupon the city father declared, he does not wish the incident to be construed that he,(Schlake) is antagonistic to Harrison or a promotor of Altgeld's aspirations.

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    He only wishes to prevent dissension in the Wigwam, and there is sufficient time later, to give resolutions for endorsement, after the party selected its candidate for mayor.

    It is claimed, that Alderman Schlake's proceedings were received with considerable misgivings by the Harrison Camp, since it is known that Schlake's reelection is due only to the mayor's energetic intercession in his behalf; he therefore should have been more considerate.

    In twenty "wigwams" of the Tammany organization office holders were chosen with the following result: a splendid victory of the Harrison followers over the Altgeld contingent! Although the exact results ...

    German
    I F 4, IV, I F 3, I F 2, I F 1
  • Abendpost -- January 03, 1899
    Call to German Teachers, Men and Women.

    Last Wednesday, at the home of Miss Ehlich, no. 89 Evergreen Avenue, a meeting of ladies, German teachers was in progress, for the special purpose of founding a Club of German teachers. Its object is: The discussion of school affairs and German social solidarity. Since nearly all English teachers are members of Clubs it is about time, that the German ladies create such an institution for members of their profession.

    Last Wednesday, at the home of Miss Ehlich, no. 89 Evergreen Avenue, a meeting of ladies, German teachers was in progress, for the special purpose of founding a Club of ...

    German
    II A 1, I C, III A, I A 1 b
  • Katalikas -- January 05, 1899
    [Katalikas States its Policy]

    In those days when a newspaper appeared, the public was very enthused about its contents and aims, both from a political and educational viewpoint.

    We will state briefly that our paper Katalikas will devote its entire time to the affairs of Lithuanian Catholics of America. Knowing that knowledge is a power and education is one of the greatest assets to a man, therefore every one ought to be interested in education.

    Education based on religion and morality make people stronger spiritually and more competent in fulfilling their duties. We must study and make every effort to educate ourselves with a real education. We must read good books and good newspapers in order to know our past and present needs of our people. Knowing our own needs and needs of our fatherland, we must prepare ourselves for a better future, then we will be on the same level with the nations that are more advanced in education. Without education, we will be always degraded and serve others as slaves. Therefore Katalikas will make every effort to educate Lithuanian Catholics and explain the needs of Lithuania and American Lithuanians. Knowing that education without God and morality is the road which leads to perdition, through which we can travel but we cannot return. We will put in an article in the paper on how 2we should live and with help of God we will be able to save ourselves from all evils, from those who degrade us and lead us to perdition. Education is very useful and it plays important part in this world, but education without religion and faith in God loses its value. Our present day great scholars, benefactors of mankind were worshipers of God; but there are some people who make statements that there is no God; that there is no eternal life and that they may live as they please. Those people have not learned anything worth while and at the same time they have lost their faith in God through their dissolute life.

    Such people wish that there were no God, because their conscience tells them that God's punishment for their immoral life is waiting for them. Therefore, these people wish to still their conscience and don't wish to be told about God. They rather have their conscience suppressed than to admit the existence of our God. For example, if a drunkard is worrying about something, he will not stop drinking, but he will start drinking more in order to forget his troubles.

    The very same thing with those people, who do not believe in God. If 3somebody happens to mention to them of our Christ and His teachings of Christian faith, and the laws of our church, they begin to abuse and disrespect more. They even write in their newspapers against our church and Catholic faith. It is obvious that they don't want to know or hear about the eternal life. Their conscience tells them that it would be better if there were no eternal life, moreover, they are afraid of the life beyond, which they may have to face in the future, and be punished for their immoral deeds which they had committed during the period of their existence upon this earth. They also know that one cannot hope anything good for immoral life after death.

    It would be much better for those people, especially those who live in this world, merely to fill their stomachs and satisfy their physical desires, to maintain silence than to write in papers, stating that science has proved that there is no God and no eternal life.

    Nobody can believe or follow those who are against our faith, only one who needs psychopathic examination and an individual who lost his moral faith; however, we, Catholics, know well that Christian faith has no 4fear of science and the science agree with the religion and faith in God.

    In order to settle the argument between Catholics and Godless group who was so anxious to prove that the Catholic church was afraid of science. To prove that the enemies of God and church are spreading false propaganda against the church.

    The holy Father Leonas XIII opened his library to scholars and the scientists of the world and appealed to all Catholics urging them to make scientific investigations. He said. "Who considers the spirit of the times will understand that this is the time for scientific investigation, that natural science agrees best with Christian faith. Therefore we, as sons of the Holy Catholic Church, must take care of religious education that opens the way to understanding of our faith in God. Only through religious education we will recognize our needs and we will understand our problems and purpose for which we were created.

    In those days when a newspaper appeared, the public was very enthused about its contents and aims, both from a political and educational viewpoint. We will state briefly that our ...

    Lithuanian
    II B 2 d 1, III C
  • Abendpost -- January 05, 1899
    [Haino Isermann Passes Away]

    Haino Isermann Died. An excellent German artist, a man who obtained a great reputation, an individual endowed with a profound love for creative art, died last night at his home, 18 Starr Street. Whilst the seventy year old sculptor sat at the table, drinking tea, death came suddenly, in the form of heart failure. For nearly a quarter century, the deceased has been intimately connected with art affairs, where he always acted as a leader.

    The sculptures of the City Hall and County Building, Board of Trade, and Central Music Hall are his works; there are many others. During his long artistic career in Chicago, he created numerous statues in marble, bronze and granite.

    Mr. Isermann was born in the former kingdom of Hanover; he emigrated to the United States, settling in Baltimore. He fought in the Civil War, and after his discharge from the army, moved to Chicago where he not only dedicated himself to the pursuit of his art but also obtained renown as a scientist and excellent lecturer. Three children remain to mourn his demise, Alida, Leon, and Mrs. C. H. Hitt, all of them residents of Chicago.

    Haino Isermann Died. An excellent German artist, a man who obtained a great reputation, an individual endowed with a profound love for creative art, died last night at his home, ...

    German
    II A 3 c, III H, III D, V A 1
  • Revyen -- January 07, 1899
    [Henry L. Hertz Secures Another Political Position] (Summary)

    Henry L. Hertz's term as State Treasurer is up, but he has already secured a job as clerk with the Board of Review, which pays from five to six thousand dollars a year. A nice little New Year's present from the Republican party.

    Henry L. Hertz's term as State Treasurer is up, but he has already secured a job as clerk with the Board of Review, which pays from five to six thousand ...

    Danish
    I F 5, IV
  • Katalikas -- January 12, 1899
    Editorial

    If we look upon the lives of the Lithuanians living in Lithuania and also American Lithuanians, we will see a great difference between these Lithuanians. In Lithuania, the Russian government forbade the people to teach the Lithuanian language, publish books, newspapers and reading. Russian government used every means possible to spread Russian faith and abolish Catholic faith, and Lithuanian language. However, the people of Lithuania decided to suffer Russian cruel persecution than to denounce their native language and Catholic faith. Lithuanian people determined to bring up their children under Catholic faith and teach them at least the catechism in their native language; notwithstanding the consequences of Russian cruel persecution. Parents had to teach their children prayers and reading secretly and under the most difficult conditions. It was a most pathetic situation for the people, who wanted to teach their children and they were not permitted even elementary education in their native language.

    In American every one has a equal opportunity to educate themselves and read all the good books they want to.

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    However it is heart breaking to see Lithuanian parents neglecting their children's education, especially here in America, where there is a golden opportunity for every child to attain the highest education. It is very pathetic to see Lithuanian children on the streets; doing absolutely nothing, wasting their valuable time, not accomplishing anything worth while, when their time could be used for educational purposes, for example, in learning the Lithuanian language. Lithuanian parents come to this country to earn a few cents and improve their life and conditions in general. However they should remember also to bring their children up according to the Catholic faith; teach them catechism, prayers and other things, so that the children may lead clean lives. Teach your children according to the laws of the Catholic Church if you want to receive grace of our Lord, then you can expect something worthwhile from your children. Do it same as this picture shows; teach your children to read the Lithuanian language and teach them the Holy Catholic faith; for this will show them in whom to believe and how to live clean lives. Teach your children not only theory but also behavior and parents conduct has an influence upon 3their children. Very often children remember things in later years, they recall good deeds as well as bad deeds of their parents and some things they remember the rest of their lives. But, if you teach your children to bring beer from the saloon and let them spend their time on the streets in bad company, you can't expect much from your children, only sorrow and tears in your old age. Your child will not love you and he will not help when you become old and helpless if he does not fear God and revered the Catholic church. Therefore, we must teach our children not only general education but also teach them how to conduct themselves as good citizens. Teaching your children general education is not enough; we must also consider their environment.

    Parents must caution their children not to associate with bad company. They must use every means to create a good environment for their children; because the environment has a great influence upon the child's mind. Only through a good environment parents can mold the character of their 4child. Discourage your children to associate with those who don't believe in the doctrines of our holy church. If you know a neighbor who is sick with some contagious disease, would you allow your children to visit them? Wouldn't you caution your children not to visit the sick neighbors? Yes, you caution your children.

    Disease destroys the child's body, but bad friends kill your child spiritually. This is warning to parents not to allow their children to read books and newspapers which are against the faith of Catholic church. For example, if you had a bottle filled with poison, you would warn your child not to touch it. It is a well known fact that if you had a healthy mind, you will never give a drink from this bottle to your child. Bed books and newspapers have about the same effect as poison, kills the faith of the Catholic church and morality.

    To guard yourselves and your children against all evils and immorality, you must not read those books and newspapers which are against the faith 5of the Catholic Church. You, Lithuanian mothers, don't wish to make your children ungodly, immoral and criminals, do you? I do not believe you wish that. Therefore, make every effort, even though you have a lot of work to do, you must find time to teach your children; because, at the end you will have a satisfaction, happiness and reward for your efforts. You should not be afraid to sacrifice a little of your effort and a few cents for the enlightening of your children and your efforts will not be in vain.

    Akmenis.

    If we look upon the lives of the Lithuanians living in Lithuania and also American Lithuanians, we will see a great difference between these Lithuanians. In Lithuania, the Russian government ...

    Lithuanian
    I B 3 b, I B 1, III C, I A 2 a, I A 1 a
  • Abendpost -- January 12, 1899
    [Politics]

    There is possibility, that Ex-Governor Altgeld may abandon his "independent" candidacy for Mayor and reserve his fight against Harrison for the control of the party convention. At least one of his sub-lieutenants gave that impression yesterday, while his campaign manager, Joseph Martin professed to know nothing about it.

    The latter expects, that the 1100 Altgeld petitions will contain 40,000 names by next Saturday.

    There is possibility, that Ex-Governor Altgeld may abandon his "independent" candidacy for Mayor and reserve his fight against Harrison for the control of the party convention. At least one of ...

    German
    IV, I F 4, I F 5, I F 3
  • Lietuva -- January 13, 1899
    The New Newspaper

    A new newspaper has appeared in Chicago under the name Katalikas, (The Catholic), published by the Rev. Krawczunas. The newspaper in its first issue states that its efforts will be to enlighten and to educate the Lithuanians in the Catholic spirit. Further, it gives an explanation of the holiday of the Three Kings, then the news from Lithuania, the news of the world and the news from America. Then the article, "The Maidens Mountain," (Panu Kalnas) and the story of the debtor. Instruction to the priests on how to preach sermons and about Lithuanian orthography.

    In the last instructive article it seems that they have taken the old material about the Lithuanian philology. Whereas the majority of the philologists of today state that the Lithuanian language is distinct, not related to the Slavonic languages, and they are 2holding that the Lithuanian language is older than the German and the Roman languages; that the Lithuanians in Europe lived on the Baltic Sea before the coming of the Germans and Slavs. This is recognized by many scientists. The Slavic philologists say that the Lithuanian language is not related to the Slavonic languages; also the German philologists admit that the Lithuanian language is not related to the German language.

    Even though this new newspaper is issued to fight against us, yet we are cordially greeting it without any envy. If the editor of this newspaper succeeds in bringing the people who are not reading any newspaper nor books to read his newspaper, this will be a great accomplishment. We are heartily wishing the paper success. Besides this we believe that Rev. Krawczunas, by having his own newspaper, will at last give an account of the condition of the parish budget, and will do away with all the scandal. In like manner he may explain why he is 3supporting with Lithuanian money the Polish school, where for instruction of the Lithuanian language, as we have heard, he gives only one hour per day to the teaching of Lithuanian by those who do not understand it.

    For whose benefit is he supporting the school? It is known very well that even in the province of Suvalki in Lithuania, the Russian government gave a better place for the Lithuanian language.

    (R. Tr.: At that time in Lithuania, the Russian government prohibited the publishing of newspapers and books in the Lithuanian language).

    A new newspaper has appeared in Chicago under the name Katalikas, (The Catholic), published by the Rev. Krawczunas. The newspaper in its first issue states that its efforts will be ...

    Lithuanian
    II B 2 d 1, IV, III H, I C, I A 2 a, III C
  • Abendpost -- January 13, 1899
    Hail Harrison: Hail Altgeld: German Clubs Indorse Altgeld as Candidate for Mayor.

    While the supporters of the former Governor of Illinois are in the midst of the campaign and working like beavers, it appears that the Harrison-people are comparatively quiet, as if they intend not to use up their powder, too soon. Nevertheless, the strategy is completed; the banner bearers have been selected long ago. The ticket will read: Mayor: Carter H. Harrison: City Recorder: Wm. Loefler; City Treasurer: Wm. Legner; for the post of City Attorney: Robert Redfield, the Democfatic representative of the 5th senatorial district is to be slated, as the former incumbent, Miles Devine, has been dropped, purely for political reasons. The Mayorality candidacy of Atlgeld has been endorsed by the "Platt Duetschen Gilde Von De Waterkant, No. 42" (Low German Guild of the Shore, No. 42) the "Independent Order of Honor(German), and the "German-American Colony Association", and at an earlier period, from several Turn-clubs.

    While the supporters of the former Governor of Illinois are in the midst of the campaign and working like beavers, it appears that the Harrison-people are comparatively quiet, as if ...

    German
    I F 1, IV, I F 5, I F 3
  • Revyen -- January 14, 1899
    (No headline)

    p. 4.- Mrs. Victor Lanzky has opened a dancing school at Finstad Hall. The classes meet every Monday, the children from 5 to 7 o'clock and adults from 8 to 11 o'clock. It looks like this school is going to be a success. Additional classes for children, every Tuesday, have been opened.

    (Summary)

    p. 4.- Mrs. Victor Lanzky has opened a dancing school at Finstad Hall. The classes meet every Monday, the children from 5 to 7 o'clock and adults from 8 to ...

    Danish
    II B 1 c 2, IV