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  • Narod Polski -- January 01, 1913
    Notes

    Today is the 16th anniversary of the first issue of Narod Polski.

    The organ of our organization was formerly published under the title of Wiara Ojczyzna (Faith and Fatherland). Looking over these pages we find a very interesting story about our little organization form the beginning up to now, when it has become a large and strong organization.

    Today is the 16th anniversary of the first issue of Narod Polski. The organ of our organization was formerly published under the title of Wiara Ojczyzna (Faith and Fatherland). Looking ...

    Polish
    II B 2 d 1
  • Narod Polski -- January 01, 1913
    Notice

    The United States Congress has passed a law against illiterates, to limit immigration. This is a disaster for our comrades immigrating to the United States for a piece of daily bread.

    We have protested once before against that law, and we are protesting against this new law again.

    Petitions should be sent to the President by every association and organization like the one we outlined, and sent also to Congressman J. M. Curley, Washington, D. C.

    The United States Congress has passed a law against illiterates, to limit immigration. This is a disaster for our comrades immigrating to the United States for a piece of daily ...

    Polish
    III B 1, III G
  • Daily Jewish Courier -- January 01, 1913
    Chicago Jewry Will Respond

    Although many Jews of Chicago, adhering to the class interested in the Hebrew language, will not approve of everything that Mr. I. Suballsky, the publisher and editor of the Hayahudi, stated when appealing to Chicago Jewry, to help him establish a newspaper, printed in Hebrew, in America, there will be many who will contribute, no less than one dollar to such a fund and there will apparently be several who will contribute an honorable sum.

    The Jews of Chicago will not contribute toward this fund because of the reasons expressed by Mr. Suballsky in his appeal. The conception, that the American, or the Chicago, Jews are mendicants or parasites because they are satisfied merely with Hebraic newspapers from abroad is not only ridiculous but also very naive.

    2

    If Mr. Suballsky will publish the Hayahudi in America, and if he will have as many subscribers as the European - Hebrew newspapers have in America, he will not exist very long.

    Lovers of Hebrew, nationalistically minded Jews, rabbis, shochtim, cantors, and Zionists have no more reason to subscribe and to render aid to an Hebraic newspaper than the common layman, especially when the editor confesses that his newspaper will be an impartial one. The newspaper will hold the interests of nationalists, if the paper will be nationalistic; rabbis - if city publishes biblical literature; cantors - if it publishes musical literature; it is not the language in which a party man is interested, it is the matter which is being treated.

    3

    It is neither pitiful nor disgraceful that two million Jews are unable to support a small Hebraic press; they can support one should they want to. They fail in their support not on account of meanness, but merely because it is a Jew, holding reactionary ideas, who appears disguished in the word "Hebraic Press" and wants to impose his opinions upon the great masses.

    The reason why Mr. Suballsky will receive the support which he requests - and from the non-Hebrew patriots - is due to the fact that we are well off materially and everyone will do his best to give Mr. Suballsky, or others an opportunity, to establish and support an Hebraic newspaper.

    Although many Jews of Chicago, adhering to the class interested in the Hebrew language, will not approve of everything that Mr. I. Suballsky, the publisher and editor of the Hayahudi, ...

    Jewish
    II B 2 d 1
  • Narod Polski -- January 01, 1913
    Petition to the President

    The President of the United States

    White House

    Washington, D. C.

    Mr. President:

    Whereas, it has been clearly demonstrated by the foremost economists that immigration is the direct outcome of, and is regulated by, the demand for labor in this country, and that immigration in its turn has stimulated and made possible the remarkable industrial development of the United States; and

    Whereas, the findings of the Immigration Commission upon whese recommendation the Congress of the United States has passed the so-called illiteracy test, are based chiefly on local conditions in come centers of immigration and not on the whole of it; and

    Whereas, the said illiteracy test is highly diseriminating against some nationalities, and especially against those nationalities and classes of laborers, which are most needed in the United States, as is shown by 2the foremost economists and official statistics; and

    Whereas, the enactment of this law would not have any effect upon immigration as a whole, but merely would be a discriminating hardship upon the classes most needed here; and

    Whereas, such legislative measure is utterly inconsistent with the fundamental principles of the American law and time-honored American institutions; and

    Whereas, we consider such measure as inhuman and un-American.

    Therefore, we, the undersigned representatives of (Name of the Society), Branch number (Name of the organization), knowing your fearless stand for justice and truth; and

    Knowing your impartiality and adherence to a deep and a thorough study of the various social and economic problems during your administration; and

    Knowing your firmness, sound principles and broad-minded convictions 3Do hereby most earnestly and respectfully petition you to vote the aforesaid legislative measure which provides for a literacy test, and to send it for reconsideration of our legislative body, the Congress of the United States.

    And, we further implore you to reopen public hearings, and allow our representatives to be heard in this matter and to have it impartially and thoroughly discussed.

    The President of the United States White House Washington, D. C. Mr. President: Whereas, it has been clearly demonstrated by the foremost economists that immigration is the direct outcome of, ...

    Polish
    III G, III B 1
  • Denní Hlasatel -- January 02, 1913
    New Year's Festival of the Cesko-Slovanska Jednota

    Successful indeed was the New Year's celebration held by the Cesko-Slovanska Jednota (Bohemian-Slavonic Unity) in the Pilsen Sokol Hall, at Ashland Avenue and 18th Street. It is an annual event, since almost without exception the Jednota every year prepares a refined New Year's Eve entertainment for its members and friends. Yesterday's event was really very successful.....

    The Cesko-Slovanska Jednota was founded in May, 1892 when, because of intolerable conditions in the Knights and Ladies of Honor Society, it became necessary for several of its Bohemian lodges to secede and found the independent Jednota Cesko-Slovanskych Rytiru A Dam [Unity of Bohemian-Slavonic Knights and Ladies]--the present Cesko-Slovanska Jednota. In a few years, the Jednota was enlarged by taking in a number of lodges and 2organizations which did not employ the Bohemian language, so that our Jednota is now rightly called a refuge of all those of European origin who have been disappointed in foreign-speaking organizations. In November, the Jednota had sixty-four lodges with 5,513 members. During its existence, it has paid out $592,371 in life insurance. The reserve fund amounted to $36,200.04, and total assets of the Jednota to $39,428.48.

    Insurance with the Jednota is valuable and safe, no court action is necessary when a policy falls due, as is frequently the case with societies of other nationalities. It is therefore desirable that the Jednota grow and the principle be put into operation that each Bohemian belong to the Bohemian Jednota. It was through the Jednota's efforts that the S. C. P. S. [Sdruzeni Cesko-Slovanskych Podpurnich Spolku, Association of Bohemian-Slavonic Benevolent Societies] came into being, in which benevolent body there are six individual benevolent organizations represented.....

    The Jednota's slogan is "May our national aims flourish." Therefore, no 3one should hesitate to become a member. Every healthy man or woman of good reputation will be accepted. The value of the insurance policies is $1000, $500, or $250.....

    Successful indeed was the New Year's celebration held by the Cesko-Slovanska Jednota (Bohemian-Slavonic Unity) in the Pilsen Sokol Hall, at Ashland Avenue and 18th Street. It is an annual event, ...

    Bohemian
    II D 1
  • Denní Hlasatel -- January 02, 1913
    Noble Donations

    At its annual meeting, the Atlas Brewing Company donated one hundred dollars each to the Old People's Home and Orphanage, the Catholic Orphanage at Lisle, and the Bohemian-American Press Bureau; and one hundred florins [$40] to the Scholastic Association in Bohemia. May this noble example be followed in other places.

    At its annual meeting, the Atlas Brewing Company donated one hundred dollars each to the Old People's Home and Orphanage, the Catholic Orphanage at Lisle, and the Bohemian-American Press Bureau; ...

    Bohemian
    II D 10, II A 2
  • Denní Hlasatel -- January 02, 1913
    [President Wilson and Bryan] (Editorial)

    Reactionary American newspapers reproach our newly elected President Wilson, saying that he is not independent, that he frequently takes advice from Bryan. These same papers were in the habit of glorifying President McKinley, calling him "the greatest President" America has ever had, because he permitted himself to be dominated by Mark Hanna and gave the trusts an entirely free hand. Wilson is right in listening to the advice of a man who is as honest and fearless as Bryan, and with whom even his greatest enemies cannot find any other fault than that they do not like his political opinions and actions. Even so, Bryan remains an honest and honorable man, very popular with the American people. Whenever he lost an election, it was because he was defeated by the superior force of capitalistic interests. As long as it is Bryan who stands by Wilson, the American people may rest assured that the President is on a good road.

    Reactionary American newspapers reproach our newly elected President Wilson, saying that he is not independent, that he frequently takes advice from Bryan. These same papers were in the habit of ...

    Bohemian
    I D 1 a
  • Radnicka Straza -- January 02, 1913
    After the Congress

    The Second Jugoslav Socialist Congress which adjourned in Milwaukee, Wis., last week, was a bright turning point in the history of our Socialist movement in America. During three and a half days this congress finished matters which had to be taken care of.

    We want to mention here just the main things which the congress accomplished to the satisfaction of all our comrades and making our enemies sorry.

    The new organization of the old Federation will permit more success in the future. This congress adopted complete centralization without division according to nationality, or division of financial means to separate central committees.

    The necessity of such strong united organization was felt everywhere. The realization of this is the guaranty that our Federation henceforth 2will have successful progress.

    The second next important question was the question of our press. The best intentioned proposition was to merge both of our newspapers Radnicka Straza and Narodni Glas into a new newspaper printed in the Latin and cyrillic alphabets. But the congress decided that there will be no merger and the paper will be issued separately as before. This resolution is in accord with the progress of our Socialist movement.

    All the resolutions of the congress will be submitted to the members of the whole Federation for approval. We are certain they will meet acclaim by the members.

    The Second Jugoslav Socialist Congress clearly proved that our Federation has the moral vigor, consciousness and discipline necessary for such a great movement as the Socialist.

    There is much fighting spirit, much resoluteness, much good will for work in our ranks, Accordingly, our Federation stands not behind the 3other legions of the Socialist Internationale.

    This Second Jugoslav Congress of America created by its work a far greater possibility for progress by eliminating things which prevented our advance. There is no doubt that our comrades will work with more and greater zeal for the awakening and encouragement of the weak and for the enlistment of new fighters in a big army, the aim of which is the liberation of the proletarians from capitalistic slavery.

    Long live the Jugoslav Socialist Federation of America.

    The Second Jugoslav Socialist Congress which adjourned in Milwaukee, Wis., last week, was a bright turning point in the history of our Socialist movement in America. During three and a ...

    Croatian
    I E, III B 4, II B 2 d 1
  • Skandinaven -- January 02, 1913
    Real-Estate Transactions

    The following Scandinavians bought or sold real estate in Chicago recently:

    C. W. Ferguson to C. A. Anderson: Ashland and Estes Avenues. Price, $16,700.

    William G. Boyd to M. G. Swanson: Farragut Avenue and Lincoln Street. Price, $2,700.

    Walter R. Walden to J. G. Johnson: Austin, Johnson's Addition, lot 3, block 8. Price, $3,000.

    Hans P. Dahl to A. B. Nelson: 1918 North Humboldt Street. Price, $3,500.

    The following Scandinavians bought or sold real estate in Chicago recently: C. W. Ferguson to C. A. Anderson: Ashland and Estes Avenues. Price, $16,700. William G. Boyd to M. G. ...

    Norwegian
    II F
  • Skandinaven -- January 03, 1913
    Real-Estate Transactions

    The following Scandinavians bought or sold real estate in Chicago recently:

    W. B. Hallbom to Charles S. Neeros: Avers Avenue and Humboldt Street. Price, $4,000.

    Niels K. Kjeldsen to Robert W. Hulkart: Rockwell Street and Diversey Avenue. Price, $14,000.

    The following Scandinavians bought or sold real estate in Chicago recently: W. B. Hallbom to Charles S. Neeros: Avers Avenue and Humboldt Street. Price, $4,000. Niels K. Kjeldsen to Robert ...

    Norwegian
    II F