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  • Lietuva -- January 01, 1904
    On the New Year (Editorial)

    On New Year's Day, among Christians of the olden times, there was a custom of sending good wishes to friends and relatives. We also have many wishes for this coming year.

    The first of our desires is peace and mutual understanding between the so-called intellectuals and the newspapers. As long as the disputes and disagreements on minor things exist, we can accomplish nothing good for ourselves, for the society as a whole or for the nation. The most disreputable propaganda is spread by the clergy. The clergy attacks with the dirtiest denunciations, disregarding morals and ethics. The clergymen hold their secret conventions, in which they do not permit laymen to participate. If some loyal layman comes to the secret convention and opens his mouth against the schemes of the clergy, he is denounced as an infidel and is expelled from the convention.

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    The greatest aim of the clergy is to keep under their absolute control the parish schools in order to bring up the young Lithuanian generation as the slaves of the priests. Instead of giving moral and intellectual training in the parish schools, the clergy are trying their best to develop in the schools, fanatics, followers of the clergy, and denouncers of everything that is good for society and the nation.

    In this coming New Year, let us use more sense. Let us have strong workers' organizations, cooperative stores and small factories. Then we will not lack good schools. For this cause we ought to convince our brothers through facts and through logic, but not by denunciations and intrigues. By doing this we shall uplift our Lithuanians morally, intellectually, and economically.

    On New Year's Day, among Christians of the olden times, there was a custom of sending good wishes to friends and relatives. We also have many wishes for this coming ...

    Lithuanian
    III C, II B 2 d 1, I A 2 a, I D 2 b, I E
  • Revyen -- January 02, 1904
    [New Gymnastic Society on South Side]

    The latest Danish society is a gymnastic club on the South Side. The president is Mr. Friis and the teacher is John Jepsen, who recently came from Omaha, Nebraska. The society meets at 4033 South State Street. The gymnasium is available for gentlemen every Wednesday and Friday night, for ladies every Thursday and Saturday night.

    The latest Danish society is a gymnastic club on the South Side. The president is Mr. Friis and the teacher is John Jepsen, who recently came from Omaha, Nebraska. The ...

    Danish
    II B 3
  • L'italia -- January 02, 1904
    Christmas Party

    About 1700 Italian children were guests of the William Randolph Hearst League, at a Christmas Party. The party was preceded by an attendance of High Mass at the Church of the Guardian Angels on Farquer Street. The children had taken part in the Mission at the church during the year.

    A Christmas tree was loaded to capacity with presents for all present.

    About 1700 Italian children were guests of the William Randolph Hearst League, at a Christmas Party. The party was preceded by an attendance of High Mass at the Church of ...

    Italian
    III B 3 b, III C, I C
  • Scandia -- January 02, 1904
    Scandia

    Scandia has moved quite often lately. The reason for all this moving is that we must follow the trek of the Scandinavians as they move further West and Northwest. Scandia has moved from 811 North Western Avenue [Old number] to 661 West North Avenue [present number, 2440].

    Scandia has moved quite often lately. The reason for all this moving is that we must follow the trek of the Scandinavians as they move further West and Northwest. Scandia ...

    Norwegian
    II B 2 d 1
  • Revyen -- January 02, 1904
    [New Gymnastic Society on South Side]

    The latest Danish society is a gymnastic club on the South Side. The president is Mr. Friis and the teacher is John Jepsen, who recently came from Omaha, Nebraska. The society meets at 4033 South State Street. The gymnasium is available for gentlemen every Wednesday and Friday night, for ladies every Thursday and Saturday night.

    The latest Danish society is a gymnastic club on the South Side. The president is Mr. Friis and the teacher is John Jepsen, who recently came from Omaha, Nebraska. The ...

    Danish
    II B 3
  • Skandinaven -- January 03, 1904
    [New Gymnastic Society on South Side]

    A new Danish gymnastic society has been founded on the South Side. The president is K. Friis and the instructor is John Jepsen. The society has its gymnasium at 4033 South State Street. Sessions are held every Wednesday and Friday for men, and Thursday and Saturday for women.

    A new Danish gymnastic society has been founded on the South Side. The president is K. Friis and the instructor is John Jepsen. The society has its gymnasium at 4033 ...

    Danish
    II B 3
  • Skandinaven -- January 03, 1904
    [New Gymnastic Society on South Side]

    A new Danish gymnastic society has been founded on the South Side. The president is K. Friis and the instructor is John Jepsen. The society has its gymnasium at 4033 South State Street. Sessions are held every Wednesday and Friday for men, and Thursday and Saturday for women.

    A new Danish gymnastic society has been founded on the South Side. The president is K. Friis and the instructor is John Jepsen. The society has its gymnasium at 4033 ...

    Danish
    II B 3
  • Denní Hlasatel -- January 04, 1904
    Patriotic Act

    During the annual meeting, held yesterday, by the stock-holders of the Garden City Brewing Company, which is owned and operated by Bohemian tavern keepers, $200 was unanimously and enthusiastically appropriated for the Old Peoples' Home and Orphanage. Bohemian tavern keepers, represented in the brewery showed that they are not only exceptional, businessmen, but genuine patriots.

    The report on the condition of the enterprise sounded very favorable; and with the excellent quality of the product of the Garden City Brewery, it could not be expected to be otherwise.

    During the annual meeting, held yesterday, by the stock-holders of the Garden City Brewing Company, which is owned and operated by Bohemian tavern keepers, $200 was unanimously and enthusiastically appropriated ...

    Bohemian
    II A 2, II D 4, II D 5
  • Denní Hlasatel -- January 04, 1904
    New Organization of Liberalminded

    A new central body of Liberalism has been created here recently, which took upon itself the task of working for the enlargment and the strengthening of the liberal movement. This organization calls itself the Central Liberal Community; it's main purpose is indicated by its name, that is to organize liberal-communities in Bohemian-American settlements. Meeting dates will be announced in the newspapers. The Central Liberal Community will come before the public for the first time on Jan. 6th in the Bohemian American Liberal School hall on 18th Street, where it has arranged to hold a demonstration meeting on this subject the Iroquois Theatre Catastrophe. Thus far Messrs. Bittner, Iska, and Zdrubek have agreed to speak.

    A new central body of Liberalism has been created here recently, which took upon itself the task of working for the enlargment and the strengthening of the liberal movement. This ...

    Bohemian
    II B 2 f, III C
  • Svenska Nyheter -- January 05, 1904
    Death and the Strike (Editorial)

    We believe that many a month has passed since a strike has created such an uproar as the strike of the drivers of carriages and hearses, now going on in this city. We are certain that never before have the people of Chicago found so much to say about a strike as they have about the present one. The strike-hating press contains new denunciations of the strike every day, and a contemporary [a rival editor], otherwise thoroughly businesslike, becomes utterly sentimental... as he considers the fact that the remains of a judge and of a mayor had to be carried to their graves without the customary finery and richness of ceremony which attend the burial of people of such rank.

    The blame for this strike is being placed completely upon the shoulders of labor. The drivers had the presumption to think that they were entitled to more than twelve dollars for seven days of work; they considered that fourteen dollars for seven days of service was not too much for their none too 2agreeable labor. ....The fact that the strikers are willing to have the points at issue settled by a committee consisting, on the one hand, of workers, and on the other, of such prominent citizens as Harry G. Selfridge, F. C. Peabody, F. G. Hartwell, J. S. Field, R. J. Thorne, and H. B. Steele does not count with the baiters of labor. To them, the workers are henceforth merely a bunch of rascals who dare refuse to carry the bodies of a judge and a mayor to their graves in style.

    The employers, who, time and again, have increased the prices for burial equipment, are of course not at all to blame for the strike! Or are they? Did they confer with their workers to avoid the strike? No! Would they agree to have the questions at issue settled by an arbitration board? No! Did not the employers' organization threaten to drop from the organization every employer who would take steps to settle the strike with his workers? Yes! And yet the employers are said to bear no blame for the strike!

    We believe that many a month has passed since a strike has created such an uproar as the strike of the drivers of carriages and hearses, now going on in ...

    Swedish
    I D 2 a 4