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  • Lietuva -- January 01, 1909
    New Lithuanian Periodical to Be Published in Chicago

    The Zinia (News) Society, a newly organized Chicago Lithuanian society, has completed plans for the publication of a new Lithuanian monthly magazine, entitled Musu Gyvenimas (Our Life).

    The Musu Gyvenimas will contain the following sections: (1) Long scientific and educational articles;(2) short fiction stories;(3) bibliography;(4) comments and criticism;(5) various miscellaneous articles;(5) questions of the day;(7) poetry;(8) all kinds of books, etc.

    In order to encourage and attract the best writers the Zinia Society will 2make an effort to pay for all manuscripts that are accepted for publication in the Musu Gyvenimas. The publication will be independent, and shall not serve any party or organization. Controversial writings will not be published. The periodical will be in the form of a booklet and will contain about forty-eight pages.

    Bruno Vargsas, famous Lithuanian author and playwright, has been invited to become the editor of the Musu Gyvenimas. Mr. Vargsas is the author of the following theatrical plays: "Paskutine Banga" (The Last Wave); "Antras Krikstas" (The Second Baptism); "Milijonai Vandenyj" (Millions in Water); "Saliamono Sapnas" (Solomon's Dream); "Pirmi Zingsniai" (The First Steps); "Galilelio Galilejus" (Galileo of Galilee); and many short fiction stories and monologues.

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    All Lithuanians are asked to support this new publication; its success depends altogether upon the support of the Lithuanians of Chicago and the United States. The Muso Gyvenimas promises to play an important role in the educational and cultural uplift of our people. Therefore, it deserves the full support of every Lithuanian. Those who are in sympathy with our plan are asked to subscribe to the Muso Gyvenimas immediately. The subscription rate is $1.50 per year; single numbers will be 15 cents.

    Address all communications in regards to the Musu Gyvenimas to the Zinia Society, 2515 Kensington Avenue, Pullman Station, Chicago, Illinois.

    The Zinia (News) Society, a newly organized Chicago Lithuanian society, has completed plans for the publication of a new Lithuanian monthly magazine, entitled Musu Gyvenimas (Our Life). The Musu Gyvenimas ...

    Lithuanian
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  • Revyen -- January 02, 1909
    [Accomplishments of Socialism in 1908] (Editorial)

    We are entering the new year under a plutocratic rule. A small group of men, the captains of high finance, control the economic destiny of the country and execute their power by fixing a commodity price level which is out of proportion to the purchasing power, and that in spite of a serious unemployment problem and hard going for business. Plutocracy's grip on the economic life is felt the harder when it seems as though it is relaxed for a moment in preparation for a new attack. Plutocracy's 2economic power reflects itself in public life in many; not least in the way of an increased tendency to curb free speech and other civil liberties, thanks to the servility of the judges.

    But in spite of all, the Socialistic movement approaches the new year with more courage and vitality than ever. Socialism is far more popular than it was a year ago, and a year hence it will be more popular than it is at the present moment. Even the foes of Socialism have to reckon with its influence which under Capitalism's demonstration of power has brought important practical results. For instance, the Socialists have managed to arouse public opinion in favor of the Russian fugitive, Christian Rudowitz, whose extradition was decreed by the government's commissioner, Mr. Foote, in compliance with Russian law. In this campaign the Chicago Daily Socialist 3played an important role.

    Another important issue just brought before the public by the same paper is the fact that the Corn Products Refining Company, located at Argo, outside Chicago, has held its workers as virtual prisoners and treated them like slaves. The publication of these conditions brought about a government investigation.

    Locally the Chicago Daily Socialist is the only paper to speak in favor of the Chicago teachers' complaints, or actually the parents' complaints, voiced by the teachers, against the capitalistic domination of the school board.

    The public is unable to acquire a perfect understanding of conditions and persons unless they have a chance to look at the issues, not from a Capitalistic 4point of view only, but also from a Socialistic viewpoint. Even those who consider themselves inveterate anti-Socialists are fooling themselves if they neglect the opportunity to be kept posted on a cultural movement which asserts itself more or less the world over.

    A wise new year resolution for friends and foes of Socialism (the indifferent ones included) would, therefore, be: not to let one day pass without taking advantage of the excellent and necessary supplementary and corrective comments offered by the Chicago Daily Socialist as a check on the propaganda unfolded by the Capitalistic press.

    We are entering the new year under a plutocratic rule. A small group of men, the captains of high finance, control the economic destiny of the country and execute their ...

    Danish
    I E, I F 3
  • Revyen -- January 02, 1909
    Concert

    The Marillac Trio, under the direction of Mrs. Fausta Marillac, is staging a performance in the Y. M. C. A. Auditorium, 153 La Salle Street, Friday evening, Jan. 8. Mr. Oscar Rubardt and Miss Clara Jensen will assist. Among other selections,The Marillac Trio will play is a new composition of the young Danish violinist, Miss Nisted.

    Mrs. Marillac and Mr. Rubardt start on a tour of Illinois, on Jan. 11, with 29 concerts scheduled.

    The Marillac Trio, under the direction of Mrs. Fausta Marillac, is staging a performance in the Y. M. C. A. Auditorium, 153 La Salle Street, Friday evening, Jan. 8. Mr. ...

    Danish
    II A 3 b
  • L'italia -- January 02, 1909
    Employment Office

    At the Masonic Temple, on Dec. 21, there will be a meeting of the Agricultural section of the Italian Chamber of Commerce, under the presidency of G. Garibaldi and the Italian Consul, Mr. Sabetta.

    Plans for setting up a centralized employment office for the Italian immigrants will be discussed.

    An institution of this sort will be of great help to our countrymen.

    It is planned to make it self-supporting.

    At the Masonic Temple, on Dec. 21, there will be a meeting of the Agricultural section of the Italian Chamber of Commerce, under the presidency of G. Garibaldi and the ...

    Italian
    II D 8, IV, I L, III H, III G, II A 2
  • Revyen -- January 02, 1909
    [New Year's Gatherings]

    p.4.col.3............New-Year's gatherings are well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by old and young at various Danish clubs.

    Walhalla drew a crowd of 450 children who marched, danced, sang and were served with lunches and gifts. The festival was noteworthy for the orderliness that prevailed in contrast to the usual disorder and noise that often prevails at a Christmas or New-Year's celebration.

    Lodge #18 provided lunch, movies and a performance by the Danish magician, E. Sorensen.

    Lodge #17 entertained 350 children who, with the adults attending, filled the hall. This was a record crowd for the hall; and both the officers and committee, felt well repaid for their efforts to please old and young.

    p.4.col.3............New-Year's gatherings are well attended and thoroughly enjoyed by old and young at various Danish clubs. Walhalla drew a crowd of 450 children who marched, danced, sang and were served ...

    Danish
    III B 2, II D 1
  • Revyen -- January 02, 1909
    [Inadequate Postal Service] (Editorial)

    p.2.col.1...........The Christmas postal service in Chicago was the poorest in many years. Many complain that holiday mail (1st class) from Denmark that had been posted in time for delivery by Christmas eve was received on Saturday and Monday. In many instances letters stamped with the same mailing date were received several days apart. They had evidently remained from two to three days in the Chicago Post Office.

    The fault does not lie with the carriers; they were loaded down as never before, some having even used wheelbarrows. Nor can the blame be placed on the clerks; they were as usual - systematically over-worked.

    The fact,however, that hundreds of men, who have passed examinations as clerks and carriers, were not called in for emergency, places the blame upon the postal authorities, local and national.

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    The shortage of clerks and carriers may be due to necessary economy by local authorities, although it savors strongly of economical orders from higher up giving greater opportunities to the railroads and other grafting parasites surrounding the department.

    p.2.col.1...........The Christmas postal service in Chicago was the poorest in many years. Many complain that holiday mail (1st class) from Denmark that had been posted in time for delivery by ...

    Danish
    I E, III H, I F 6
  • Revyen -- January 02, 1909
    Concert

    The Marillac Trio, under the direction of Mrs. Fausta Marillac, is staging a performance in the Y. M. C. A. Auditorium, 153 La Salle Street, Friday evening, Jan. 8. Mr. Oscar Rubardt and Miss Clara Jensen will assist. Among other selections,The Marillac Trio will play is a new composition of the young Danish violinist, Miss Nisted.

    Mrs. Marillac and Mr. Rubardt start on a tour of Illinois, on Jan. 11, with 29 concerts scheduled.

    The Marillac Trio, under the direction of Mrs. Fausta Marillac, is staging a performance in the Y. M. C. A. Auditorium, 153 La Salle Street, Friday evening, Jan. 8. Mr. ...

    Danish
    II A 3 b
  • Revyen -- January 02, 1909
    [A Plutocratic New Year] (Editorial)

    p.2.col.1..........We pass out of the old year and into the new more definitely under the regime of plutocracy than ever before. The capitalistic organizations, dominated by only a few men, control the entire economic structure of the country. Their position enables them to dictate the present high prices on all necessities in spite of the wide-spread unemployment and the downward trend of wages.

    The Socialist movement is entering the new-year with greater determination to fight conditions that have no right to exist in a country like this,the U.S.A. The principles of Socialism are becoming more and more the standard of justice to the oppressed worker throughout the country.

    Locally, for instance, the "Chicago Daily Socialist" is the only publication favoring the teachers and parents cause in their struggle against a "School Board" dominated by the capitalistic element.

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    The Chicago Daily Socialist is also responsible for the present federal investigation of conditions at the Argo, Illinois plant of the Corn Products Refining Co. Employees at this plant were literally locked in, under conditions bordering on actual slavery. The treatment of workers in this institution has helped awaken the public to the deplorable conditions under which many labor, to eke out a meager existense , and it is hoped that investigation will be a means of greatly bettering the lot of the workingman in and around Chicago.

    There is only one way to properly judge a case and that is by hearing both sides. We suggest this sensible New-Years resolution: "If your view has been dominated by the capitalistic press, read the Chicago Daily Socialist and make an unprejudiced comparison. Such comparison will make you to better understand conditions and to judge impartialy."

    p.2.col.1..........We pass out of the old year and into the new more definitely under the regime of plutocracy than ever before. The capitalistic organizations, dominated by only a few men, ...

    Danish
    I E, I F 6, I D 2 c
  • Record-Herald -- January 02, 1909
    Italians Are Generous

    Throughout yesterday afternoon Guido Sabetta the Italian consul; Bernard B. Barasa, his legal adviser, and Dr. Antonio Lagorio, treasurer, Stephen Malato, secretary, of the Chicago Italian committee selected to take charge of the work of obtaining funds from Italians of Chicago, remained in room 412 of the Masonic Temple greeting visitors and thanking them for donations.

    It was announced last evening that $2,000.00 is at hand to swell the fund already sent to the minister of foreign affairs at Rome and that today this sum, in all probability, will be increased to $4,000.00. It is the policy of consul Sabetta, whenever any considerable amount is on hand, to cable it to Rome as promptly as possible.

    Table Piled With Money.

    Throughout the afternoon Dr. Lagorio was kept busy receiving donations and toward evening gold, silver and bank notes were piled high upon the table before him.

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    The amount already donated by South Water Street fruit merchants has almost reached $2,000.00.

    It was announced that today and tomorrow there will be meetings of at least 250 Italian societies and that substantial additions to the relief fund can be expected from those sources.

    Consul Sabetta received a communication yesterday from P. S. Lombros, proprietor and editor of the Greek Star of Chicago, who announced that contributions collected by that publication for the relief of the earthquake sufferers already amounted to $185.50. In order that other Greeks may be given an opportunity to contribute the time for receiving contributions by the Greek Star has been continued until Friday.

    Mass Meeting Today.

    An "earthquake mass meeting" will be held at 12 o'clock today in the Y.M. C. A. Building at 153 La Salle Street. Among the prominent men expected to be present are : C. H. Wacker, Mayor Busse, Judge Julian W. Mack, George E. Roberts, Judge John Gibbons, Charles M. Walker, Judge Axel Chritans, Edward J.

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    Brundage, Jenkin Lloyd Jones, Julius Stern, Frank J. Loesch, A. M. Thomson, John V. Farwell, G. G. Goss, Cyrus Bentley and Dr. H. B. Favill.

    At this meeting the matter of sending the business men's fund direct to Switzerland, where a special train can be fitted out and dispatched to the devastated region will be discussed.

    Mayor Buss sent a cablegram yesterday to Professor Lorenz, the famous surgeon, asking him to organize a corps of nurses and head the relief expedition. Another cablegram was dispatched to the burgomaster at Geneva, Switzerland, asking him to direct the expenditure of the money. Answers to these messages are expected at the meeting today.

    Throughout yesterday afternoon Guido Sabetta the Italian consul; Bernard B. Barasa, his legal adviser, and Dr. Antonio Lagorio, treasurer, Stephen Malato, secretary, of the Chicago Italian committee selected to take ...

    Italian
    II D 10, III H, I C
  • Dziennik Związkowy -- January 03, 1909
    Ludlow Strike Ends

    The newspapers of Boston Mass. lack adequate words of praise, when complimenting Mr. John Romaszkiewicz past commissioner of the Polish National Alliance, and Mr. Andrew Sadowski for - their voluntary intervention, and final solution, of the textile workers strike at Ludlow Mass.

    These two gentlemen were prompted to intercede only, because of the great suffering of the striker's families. At first, they appealed to the Governor, then to the owners of the mills. A settlement was finally agreed upon, after both parties were prevailed upon to peacefully arbitrate.

    Mr.Romaszkiewicz and Mr. Sadowski have crystallized a settlement, and brought to a peaceful end a strike which might otherwise have ended in bloodshed and economic ruin. These men are deserving of great praise.

    The newspapers of Boston Mass. lack adequate words of praise, when complimenting Mr. John Romaszkiewicz past commissioner of the Polish National Alliance, and Mr. Andrew Sadowski for - their voluntary ...

    Polish
    I D 2 a 4, IV