The Chicago Foreign Language Press Survey was published in 1942 by the Chicago Public Library Omnibus Project of the Works Progress Administration of Illinois. The purpose of the project was to translate and classify selected news articles that appeared in the foreign language press from 1855 to 1938. The project consists of 120,000 typewritten pages translated from newspapers of 22 different foreign language communities of Chicago.

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  • Skandinaven -- March 15, 1884
    [Poor Judgment]

    The County Commissioners have appointed Louis Pio as County architect and head of the County Hospital.

    Mr. Pio was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. His background is rather varied. He was appointed second Lieutenant in the Danish Army in 1864, he afterwards became a teacher, and later a journalist. He came to America in the seventies. We feel that Mr. Pio is far from qualified for these posts. He is not a Doctor nor is he an architect. We think that the county has again given its "favors" in the wrong quarters. We may just as well appoint a barber to design battleships, or tailor as a Civil Engineer.

    We give Mr. Pio just one month before he gets his dismissal slip.

    The County Commissioners have appointed Louis Pio as County architect and head of the County Hospital. Mr. Pio was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. His background is rather varied. He was ...

    Danish
    I F 6, IV
  • Revyen -- April 01, 1899
    [Political Matters]

    The editor of this paper is sure that John P. Altgeld will be the next Mayor of Chicago. The only thing that will stop him is the corrupt city administration under Carter H. Harrison. The third candidate, Zina R. Carter, has already lost every chance of being elected. The fight will be between the two former candidates.

    The editor of this paper is sure that John P. Altgeld will be the next Mayor of Chicago. The only thing that will stop him is the corrupt city administration ...

    Danish
    I F 4, I F 6
  • Revyen -- April 01, 1899
    [Altgeld Certain to Win Election as Mayor] (Summary)

    John P. Altgeld will be the next Mayor of Chicago. The only thing that will stop him is the corrupt city administration under Carter H. Harrison. The third candidate, Zina R. Carter, has already lost every chance of being elected. The fight will be between the two former candidates.

    John P. Altgeld will be the next Mayor of Chicago. The only thing that will stop him is the corrupt city administration under Carter H. Harrison. The third candidate, Zina ...

    Danish
    I F 1, I F 6
  • Scandia -- September 13, 1902
    The Danish Baron

    Yes, Chicago has had a real Danish baron. This is the story:

    About forty years ago when the title of the Danish Baron Bartholin Eichel naturally belonged to the oldest son Caspar, and the younger had become majordomo of the royal palace in Ribe, Denmark, and Knight of Dannebrog, he married Lady Castensjold. After two sons had been born, he eloped to America (Chicago) with his wife's chambermaid. Of course he took with him the family jewels and whatever ready cash he could lay his hands upon.

    Shortly after his arrival in Chicago,he enlisted in the army, and fought in the Civil War. At the end of the war he returned to Chicago to find his wife, the erstwhile chambermaid, operating a brothel with fifty or sixty female inmates at an address on Calumet Avenue. Of course this was just the thing for the Baron--this becoming the proprietor of a brothel.

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    He was later admitted to the police force, and still later promoted to sergeant. He took advantage of his promotion and robbed the treasury of the Chicago Police Department. Naturally Mayor Washburn had to remove the Baron from the city pay roll, but the Mayor got him a job at the stockyards as night watchman--what"a come down" for a royal majordomo and Knight of Dannebrog--where he for many years herded swine (sic). Years later he was admitted to the veterans home in Milwaukee, where he shot himself, three years ago.

    Last week the police found the body of a woman in the basement of a house on Calumet Avenue. The body was that of Mrs. Bartholin, the royal lady's ex-cham-bermaid, and the only son of the baron's marriage was the murderer. In today's paper we see that the son committed suicide in Riceville, Iowa, last night. So ends the career of the "Danish Chicago Baron."

    Yes, Chicago has had a real Danish baron. This is the story: About forty years ago when the title of the Danish Baron Bartholin Eichel naturally belonged to the oldest ...

    Danish
    II E 2, II E 1, I F 6
  • Revyen -- February 28, 1903
    [Aldermen's Bribes]. (Editorial)

    During the last days a number of Chicago aldermen have been accused of accepting bribes.

    Hardly anyone is surprised at this, as far as doubting the truth of these accusations, in spite of the fact they come from a source which itself is more soiled and disgusting than anything else in public life namely the Municipal Voters League.

    During the last days a number of Chicago aldermen have been accused of accepting bribes. Hardly anyone is surprised at this, as far as doubting the truth of these accusations, ...

    Danish
    I F 6
  • Revyen -- September 26, 1903
    [Chronicle against Public Ownership] (Editorial)

    p.2......Chicago's Chronicle "is sounding a warning" against public ownership, pointing to the existing corruption and graft among public office holders, particularly in the Post Office department. The logic seems to be this: Because our republican and democratic officials and public servants are stealing the people's money, or are accepting bribes from the capitalists, so that these latter may get a chance to steal, everything ought to be running undisturbed along the old track, and that the exploitation be permitted to continue. As the system becomes more and more corrupt it achieves such holiness that it can not be touched. What a wonderful morale!

    p.2......Chicago's Chronicle "is sounding a warning" against public ownership, pointing to the existing corruption and graft among public office holders, particularly in the Post Office department. The logic seems to ...

    Danish
    I E, I F 6
  • Revyen -- February 09, 1907
    The Traction Issue (Editorial)

    Good citizens' anger and threat to hang the fifty Aldermen who are about to commit a treason against the city by granting Morgan & Co., a 100 million dollar concession is not without justification, and it is possible justice would have been fulfilled had the threat been carried out. It would, however, be a better policy if our fellow citizens would reason that they themselves are to blame because they elected the ambitious Wall Streetallies now preying on the public while wearing Republican or Democratic cloaks. And if the good angry citizens would correct their mistake by voting socialistic instead of capitalistic next time they would gain more than they would by hanging fifty Aldermen.

    The tremendous support the petition for a referendum obtained indicates that there is actually such a thing as a public opinion in Chicago contrary to the one created and maintained by the Tribune, Record Herald, News and others all of which asserted that the public was overwhelmingly 2in favor of the proposed concession wanted by Morgan and Company. Next, the same papers opposed the referendum plans so persistingly that you would conclude they had been paid for doing so. To make up for their bad luck they now attempt to detract public attention from the real issue by booming the Streetcar magnates' interests for the coming election.

    We anticipate that the greedy franchise grabbers will get what they want somehow or other regardless of referendums, but if we have to be robbed we think it is better to register our protest than to say "Yes" and "Amen" to everything.

    Good citizens' anger and threat to hang the fifty Aldermen who are about to commit a treason against the city by granting Morgan & Co., a 100 million dollar concession ...

    Danish
    I E, I F 6
  • Revyen -- June 08, 1907
    [School Board to Lease Property to Tribune] (Editorial)

    Thanks to the activity of Mayor Busse, Chicago has now a School Board which will look out for the protection of the privileged class. Among other important features there are rumors to the effect that the board is in favor of giving the Tribune a new lease on the school property at half the actual rental value, which means that the schools are deprived of a $50,000 annual income. Possibly, The Tribune acquired the lease in a legitimate way long ago and had a renewal clause inserted so as to safeguard itself against a raise in rent, but this does not justify the transaction as seen from a moral point of view. When the case has been properly presented before the public we would think that the readers of the Tribune are so much in favor of justice and decency that they would object to a deal of that kind so strongly that it might prevent its consummation. A daily paper has more responsibility and is in closer contact with the public at large than any other kind of business. It should, in particular, refrain from being involved in questionable transactions because its readers will be either coresponsible 2or revolt and turn their backs on the paper,if it does not carry a clean coat-of-arms. A few thousand cancellations of subscriptions and advertisements, accompanied by protests, would probably give the Tribune a lesson on the subject of "Smartness and Profit Versus Public Opinion."

    Thanks to the activity of Mayor Busse, Chicago has now a School Board which will look out for the protection of the privileged class. Among other important features there are ...

    Danish
    I E, I F 6
  • Revyen -- September 14, 1907
    The City Council and the Telephone Concession (Editorial)

    The Chicago City Council has postponed its decision on whether or not to renew the concession held by the old Telephone Company of Chicago. But don't fool yourself by thinking that the City Council has the benefit of the public in mind and is trying to stop exploitation practices in this particular line by establishing a publicly owned telephone system. Oh no! The reason for the postponement is simply that a new telephone company has been incorporated, and through the assistance of part of the capitalistic press the new company is trying to grab the concession. It is for what is "in it" that the alderman postponed action. They want to be on the side where the highest price is offered for the monopoly.

    The Chicago City Council has postponed its decision on whether or not to renew the concession held by the old Telephone Company of Chicago. But don't fool yourself by thinking ...

    Danish
    I F 6, I E
  • 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, I F 6, III H