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  • Forward -- January 01, 1919
    [Forward Is a Servant of the People]

    Here are a few words in the first issue of the Forward, by the President, Mr. Jacob Penkin.

    Up to now we sent our Forward publication from New York, but recently we decided that Chicago was also very much in need of a newspaper which was in sympathy with all labor movements and problems. We can assure our great City of Chicago that the Forward publication will always serve the working classes of this great city in a true and loyal manner.

    Here are a few words in the first issue of the Forward, by the President, Mr. Jacob Penkin. Up to now we sent our Forward publication from New York, but ...

    Jewish
    I F 3
  • Forward -- January 01, 1919
    Labor and Business for Last Year

    The Chicago clothing industry enjoyed exceptionally good business last year. The income was nearly one hundred and fifty million dollars. The industry employed 60,000 workers.

    Chicago-made clothing is being sold in every state in the U. S. A. and Canada. Before the war it was also sold in foreign countries.

    Thanks to the unions which always operate in the interests of the clothing workers, the employees last year were paid better wages than ever before.

    The Chicago clothing industry enjoyed exceptionally good business last year. The income was nearly one hundred and fifty million dollars. The industry employed 60,000 workers. Chicago-made clothing is being sold ...

    Jewish
    I D 1 a, I D 2 a 2
  • Proletarec -- January 01, 1919
    Million Dollar Fund for Slavic Liberty.

    At the regular meeting of the Central Commitee of the Slovenian Republican Organization it has been decided to organize a subscription and collect donations for a Million Dollar Fund, with which our people can be freed from the Italian annexation. The figure of a million dollars may sound enormous and alarming, but after all. It is worth the cause we are fighting for; and if we can judge from the number of sympathizers, we believe the figure will be easily attained.

    The following emblems will be distributed among subscribers: Five dollars will have an emblem bearing the initials S. R. Z. From five dollars to ten dollars, a similar emblem witn one star. From ten to twenty-five dollars, an emblem with two stars. From twenty-five to fifty dollars, an emblem with three stars.

    Artistic Diplomas will also be awarded to those who will subscribe from twenty- five to fifty dollars.

    At the regular meeting of the Central Commitee of the Slovenian Republican Organization it has been decided to organize a subscription and collect donations for a Million Dollar Fund, with ...

    Slovene
    III H
  • Svenska Kuriren -- January 02, 1919
    Swedish Engineers Meet

    The Swedish Engineers' Society had its yearly election of officers for the year 1919. The following were elected to carry the burdens for the year:

    Chairman; Clarence S. Augman, vice-chairman; Carl F. Anderson, Secretary: C. H. Mayer; Financial Secretary: Axel K. Sjolander. As Director, the following was elected: John Brunner, and John E. Ericsson was elected as contractor.

    The Swedish Engineers' Society had its yearly election of officers for the year 1919. The following were elected to carry the burdens for the year: Chairman; Clarence S. Augman, vice-chairman; ...

    Swedish
    II B 2 c
  • Svenska Kuriren -- January 02, 1919
    Concert

    A concert for the Swedish Old People's Home in Evanston was held last Sunday by the Harmony Singing Club.

    About twenty numbers were rendered to the delight of the old folks. They appeared to grow about ten years younger as they listened to the singing and music. Other Swedish singing societies and clubs should follow Harmony's example, and give a concert for these folks so as to shed some gladness and cheer into their lives.

    A concert for the Swedish Old People's Home in Evanston was held last Sunday by the Harmony Singing Club. About twenty numbers were rendered to the delight of the old ...

    Swedish
    II B 1 a, II D 5
  • Abendpost -- January 02, 1919
    Americans of Foreign Origin (Editorial)

    Americans of foreign birth deliberately chose the United States as their residence and, by their own volition, became citizens of this great republic. By their own volition and--as must be supposed--with a full understanding of the significance of this step, they renounced allegiance to their own governments to gain citizenship in the American democracy: in the country which, because of its principles, guarantees all the people "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness".

    All foreign-born citizens, regardless of their nationality or language, like to respect these great principles and like to see them respected. It is necessary that they be in complete unison on this point; it is to their own best interest and that of the republic that they continue to preserve unity in this matter.

    2

    It is to their special interest, because only thus can they hope to preserve intact their right to "life, liberty, and happiness", which includes, among other things, the right to use their native tongue in private intercourse; it is to the general interest of our democratic republic because the native American, who enjoys the blessings of democratic liberty without any active effort, is inclined to regard it as a matter of course and to remain indifferent to any violations or restrictions of it. The loyal foreign-born American is not exposed to this danger in the same way. He appreciates American democracy more, because a previous lack of it has taught him to realize its value; and any attempt to restrict guaranteed liberties he can discover more quickly, and he condemns such attempts with more determination, than the average native.

    This makes the foreign-born, naturalized citizen the most zealous guardian and defender of the democratic institutions of our country: He is (or should be) an alert sentry, who warns the native American of approaching 3danger, a fighter in the front lines when it comes to defending natural and personal rights.

    The native, puritanical, English-speaking elements of our population, taking advantage of the opportunity which the war afforded them, have made clever use of the old European racial prejudices and animosities, in order to foment enmity and hatred among the foreign-born and foreign-speaking elements of the country, hoping and expecting to gain an easy victory over the true democracy of the country by splitting up their adversaries. These fanatics, fake-democrats and fake-Americans, whisper into the ear of one nationality that another nationality used to be its enemy in Europe a hundred, two hundred, or even five hundred years ago, and by this device turn them aside from the common goal of all good democrats and Americans: namely, the perfecting of the democracy in which we live and which our children will inherit; its liberation from all its present faults and weaknesses, and its development into a real stronghold of all natural human rights.

    4

    The undemocratic, un-American, and prohibitionist rapers of the principle of democracy are intent on causing dissension among the best-qualified defenders of personal rights in America. The latter should beware and not be deceived. They should disregard unimportant things and unite in the fight for the preservation of natural rights, for their own sakes and for those native Americans who are unable to see the perils which threaten their democracy, or who do not realize how serious these dangers are, or who are too indolent to fight against them.

    All those who, by their own decision, have made America their adopted country and thereby demonstrated their appreciation of American democracy, should rally together and stick together for the defense of the main principle: "The greatest measure of freedom for the individual which is compatible with the general interest".

    Americans of foreign birth deliberately chose the United States as their residence and, by their own volition, became citizens of this great republic. By their own volition and--as must be ...

    German
    I C, III G
  • Forward -- January 02, 1919
    Jewish Co-Operative Workers Association

    A Board of Directors meeting of the Co-Operative Association will be held this evening at our office, 1129 Ashland Blvd. We have some very important business to transact.

    I. Schwartz.

    Rec. Sec'y.

    A Board of Directors meeting of the Co-Operative Association will be held this evening at our office, 1129 Ashland Blvd. We have some very important business to transact. I. Schwartz. ...

    Jewish
    I D 2 c
  • Forward -- January 02, 1919
    (No headline)

    Here is a notice to all workers of radical organizations: The next Aldermanic Campaign in the 15th, ward is not very far off and now is the right time for all workers organizations of the N.W. side to start their activities.

    Aside from the importance of agitation and propaganda, we have now before us the very important problem of the election of our Socialist candidate, the Honorable Mr. Engdhal.

    With this object in view, we ask you to call a Jewish Socialist conference and all socialist and other radical organizations of the N. W. Side to meet on Sunday Janurary 12th, at the headquarters of the 15th Ward branch Socialist Party, 1148 N. Campbell Ave.

    We invite your organizations to assist us in this important conference. You are to elect two delegates to the conference.

    N. W. Side Jewish Branch Socialist Party.

    S. Waldman.

    Secretary.

    Here is a notice to all workers of radical organizations: The next Aldermanic Campaign in the 15th, ward is not very far off and now is the right time for ...

    Jewish
    I E, I F 2, I F 1
  • Forward -- January 02, 1919
    (No headline)

    The Havana American Cigar Company, a trust factory, employing 600 men and women who are members of the Progressive cigar-makers union, has determined to break up the union, for no reason other than the fact that it is organized. The manager of the factory forbade the collections of dues from the members of the union. When the shop committee refused to comply with the order they were fired. A strike followed. Police and detectives were stationed in front of the factory watching the pickets. A half dozen scabs were inside the factory and they threw black pepper on the pickets.

    It is the aim of the Jewish workers to do all in their power to assist the 600 strikers in the way of funds for food, clothes etc. The organized workers are determined not to let the trust factory break them, after building up the organization through much hard work, energy and sacrifices.

    The Havana American Cigar Company, a trust factory, employing 600 men and women who are members of the Progressive cigar-makers union, has determined to break up the union, for no ...

    Jewish
    I D 2 a 4
  • Forward -- January 02, 1919
    Important News for Douglas Park District

    All Forward readers in the Douglas Park distrist are cordially invited to a lecture Friday evening, January 3rd in the Socialist club room, 3225 W. 12th Street.

    Professor Louis Wallace will lecture on the Single Tax. Debates will follow after the lecture.

    All Forward readers in the Douglas Park distrist are cordially invited to a lecture Friday evening, January 3rd in the Socialist club room, 3225 W. 12th Street. Professor Louis Wallace ...

    Jewish
    II B 2 g