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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  • L'italia -- April 02, 1887
    Mr. Revere Italian Alderman for Chicago

    A Political Club was formed by Italians of Chicago to place their candidate in office so that he may represent the interests of the Italians in the City Hall. The purpose of this club is to see that every Italian becomes a citizen of this country in order that he have the right to vote and the opportunity to hold office. Out of this one club two were formed. One club was called Democratic and the other Republican. From these two clubs, one man would be elected who would best serve the interests of the Italians in Chicago.

    A Political Club was formed by Italians of Chicago to place their candidate in office so that he may represent the interests of the Italians in the City Hall. The ...

    Italian
    I F 2, I F 3
  • L'italia -- March 04, 1893
    (No headline)

    Democratic Convention.

    On March 28th, the Democratic Convention was held at the Central Music Hall to nominate a candidate for Mayor.

    The nominee selected was Mr. Carter Harrison, a former Mayor of the city. The American newspapers in the city were opposed to the choice.

    Mr. I. B. A. Zangrando, president of the Italian Marble and Mosaic Workers, stated that it is not in favor of Mr. Harrison because of his unfavorable attitude toward the union workers. Mr. Giovanni Cella, on the other hand predicts a sure victory for Mr. Harrison.

    Democratic Convention. On March 28th, the Democratic Convention was held at the Central Music Hall to nominate a candidate for Mayor. The nominee selected was Mr. Carter Harrison, a former ...

    Italian
    I F 3, I D 2 a 2, I D 2 a 3, III B 2, I E, IV
  • L'italia -- April 03, 1893
    Election News of the Mayoralty Campaign (Summary)

    The front page of this issue is filled with articles supporting the Republican candidacy and condemning that of the Democrats. Samuel Allerton, Republican candidate, possesses all the beautiful virtues known to man. Incidentally he is a friend of the Italian voter.

    Carter Harrison, the Democratic candidate is governed by all the vices known to man. He was indirectly responsible for the Haymarket riot during one of his former terms and, very important, he does not like the Italian voter, has even promised to exclude Italians from municipal affairs, if elected, as he has in the past. And, for that reason is a black-guard and a hypocrite. He dares to make a play for the Italian vote with his lies. But ah! the Italian voter will not be bamboozled. He will vote for his only friend, Samuel Allerton. [Incidentally, Harrison won by an over-whelming majority and the Italian vote helped.]

    The front page of this issue is filled with articles supporting the Republican candidacy and condemning that of the Democrats. Samuel Allerton, Republican candidate, possesses all the beautiful virtues known ...

    Italian
    I F 3
  • L'italia -- July 21, 1894
    To the Inter-Ocean. the Italians Have Done Their Duty

    Our esteemed confrere the Inter-Ocean in one of its recent issues, published a long article entitled "Bagging Beggars," the illustrations of which we have been able to reproduce in our present issue, thanks to the kind permission of that valuable paper.

    The said article is concerned exclusively with the Italian padones, beggars, rag-pickers, newsboys, organ-grinders, etc.

    Once in a while the American press at large feels it necessary to publish articles of such a nature as the one we refer to. Of course the intentions that prompt them are honest; they aim to stir the public opinion and stimulate the proper authorities to take the proper steps that may lead to the abatement of such a nuisance. Therefore as Italians who have the honor of our nationality at heart, we thank the good American press in general and the Inter-Ocean in particular.

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    But in the meantime we have to blame in the most positive and emphatic way, the good American press in general and the Inter-Ocean in particular for their failure editorially to spur the proper authorities to apply the municipal ordinances and the State Laws which were enacted just for the abatement of the deplored nuisances.

    We Italian aliens, as they call us, generally look with intense stupor and amazement upon the fact that laws and ordinances are left a dead letter while the people and the press loudly denounce those nuisances which would be stamped out with the enforcement of said laws and ordinances. The Italians in Chicago, contrary to what the president of the Local Humane Society has said, have done their best to suppress those evils. At this point it is not improper to mention that the Italians here have promoted and seconded the movement in favor of the Compulsory Educational Law. The late Charles Kozminski consented to be their mouthpiece in the Board of Education. That sterling man brought their grievances before the Board with regard to the fact that swarms of Italian children were allowed to grow wild on the public 3streets, and this was the "parva-favilla," that ignited the fire-works of the Compulsory Education, which has now ended like any fire-works display, leaving everything in darkness as before.

    The Italians have also been instrumental in pushing through the City Council the ordinances against the filthy rag-pickers and professional beggars. Four years ago they held a mass meeting and collected from among themselves nearly $400 for this purpose. At that meeting a committee composed of fourteen Italians was appointed and charged to do the lobby work. A prominent lawyer was engaged to direct the work legally, and the desired ordinances were passed.

    But they were enforced a week or a trifle over that, and then were dropped because the rag-pickers were voters and consequently, under the protection of their ward politicians. Furthermore, the Italians have morally and materially helped Miss Jane Addams and Miss Helen Starr, the founders of that unique institution of Chicago, Hull House, and the above mentioned noble 4ladies can testify to this effect.

    The Italians have done many other things in this respect, and whenever called upon they never refused to work in sympathy with the community.

    Even at the present time it seems that a movement is on foot again for the suppression of the lamented nuisances, as Count Marazzi, acting counsul of H. M. the king of Italy, in Chicago, has been called upon by certain parties who have asked him to cooperate for the above mentioned purpose.

    Naturally the Consul has applied to his countrymen of Chicago, but we think that the latter are unable to do anything else, unless the laws and ordinances promoted by them, are applied and fully enforced.

    Our esteemed confrere the Inter-Ocean in one of its recent issues, published a long article entitled "Bagging Beggars," the illustrations of which we have been able to reproduce in our ...

    Italian
    I M, I A 1 a, I B 3 b, II D 6, I F 3, I F 6, III H, I C
  • L'italia -- September 08, 1894
    To Young Italian Voters

    The Italia has a word for young Italian voters who will cast their ballots for the first time this year. Begin your career as American citizens should. The Democratic Party is not the party for intelligent and progressive young men. It is not the party for men who love free institutions and demand a chance to use their abilities to the best advantage. It is the party which, for years, upheld slavery. It is the party that plunged the Nation into a bloody and needless War. It is the Party that attempted to flood the country with worthless money. It is the Party that maintains its rules at the South by means of shotgun terrorism, and in the North by means of fraud. It is the Party of Jeff. Davis, and Boss Tweed. It is the Party that has brought the Republic to its present deplorable condition.

    The Republican Party, on the other hand, has a record which is part of all that is splendid in the history of the Western hemisphere. It saved the Republic from dis-Union. It freed the colored-race. It gave Abraham Lincoln to mankind. It has been the bulwark of American honor at home and abroad. It has built up American Industries and settled the Western deserts. It contains a vast majority of the decent and intelligent citizens of the country. It is the champion of public 2schools and free education. It is the friend of the oppressed people of the Old World.

    In a word, the Republican Party is a Party of the People, by the People, and for the People. In the coming election it is the Party that is bound to win. Let young Italian voters flock around the Republican banner; a banner under which the noblest Italian patriots would have felt it an honor to serve. Let these voters commence their career as American Citizens, under an American Party.

    The Italia has a word for young Italian voters who will cast their ballots for the first time this year. Begin your career as American citizens should. The Democratic Party ...

    Italian
    I F 3, I J
  • L'italia -- November 03, 1894
    The Two Parties Contrasted (An Editorial)

    When American citizens of foreign birth refuse to ally themselves with the Republican Party, they make war upon their own welfare. The Republican Party stands for all that the people fight for in the old world. It is the champion of freedom, progress, order and law. It is the steadfast foe of monarchical class rule.

    It contains the bulk of the intelligence of the nation. That part of the republic in which the Republican Party is the strongest is that part of the republic which is the most prosperous.

    The brightest names in American History during the last forty years are those of men who followed the Republican banner, - Lincoln, Seward, Sumner, Greeley, Grant, Garfield, Blaine, and a host of others.

    Look at the achievements of the Republican Party since it sprang into existence. It saved the republic from disunion and destruction.

    It crushed the mightiest rebellion of modern times.

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    It wiped out the foul stain of slavery. It brought the nation back to honest money and specie payments. It has persistently defended the national credit. It has cut down the national debt until that burden is no longer felt.

    It has removed a multitude of war taxes. It has built up American industries. It has opened a thousand new avenues for the employment of labor. It has made every citizen, no matter of what complexion, race, or creed, equal before the law.

    Under Republican rule the United States reached its highest degree of civilization, liberty and prosperity. Under Republican rule the American flag became honored and feared abroad as never before.

    The record of the Democratic Party is directly the reverse. That Party steadily upheld and defended slavery. The leaders of the Southern rebellion were Democratic leaders. It was the Democratic Party that pronounced the war a "failure". It was that Party that attempted to flood the country with worthless and cheap money.

    It is the Democratic Party that has assailed repeatedly the national credit. It is the Democratic Party that has robbed the voter of the ballot by 3shotguns and fraud. It is the Democratic Party that is now bent upon tearing down American industries, beggaring workingmen and covering the land with ruin.

    Every traitor to the nation, from Aaron Burr down to Jefferson Davis, has belonged to the Democratic Party. Where the greatest amount of ignorance and lawlessness exists in the United States today, the Democratic Party will be found the strongest.

    The adopted citizens of the republic should not be misled by the noisy, promises and falsehoods of Democratic demagogues and bosses. On every great question that has come before the people for the last two generations, the Democratic Party has been on the wrong side.

    Every great act of legislation that has gone on the statute books of the Nation for the last two generations has been put there through the aid of the Republican Party.

    It is because the Democratic Party is undoing the work of the Republican Party that the country is now in the depths of calamity and want.

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    Foreign-born citizens should become thoroughly posted in the history of the Republican and the Democratic Party.

    These citizens are here to found a home and to rear their children. They cannot afford to support a Party which proposes to make such a home impossible and to drive them back to their native land. A Party like the Democratic Party, which for half-a-century was the backbone of slavery, is not a Party from which the escaped victims of foreign tyranny need expect sympathy or help.

    When American citizens of foreign birth refuse to ally themselves with the Republican Party, they make war upon their own welfare. The Republican Party stands for all that the people ...

    Italian
    I F 3, I J
  • L'italia -- June 25, 1904
    The New School

    Wednesday evening, the Board of Education held a meeting to decide, among other things, what name to give the new school on Polk street. Petitions from many Italian Societies, and individuals demand, notwithstanding the vote taken on it was against it, giving it the name of the Italian Liberator, Guiseppe Garabaldi. The decision was ten opposing and nine in favor. It is not final, however, since the matter is to be put before the City Council. It is believed that if this school is not so named, the next new school will be.

    Wednesday evening, the Board of Education held a meeting to decide, among other things, what name to give the new school on Polk street. Petitions from many Italian Societies, and ...

    Italian
    I F 3, I A 1 a, I F 4, II C
  • L'italia -- March 30, 1907
    (No headline)

    The Election.

    We want to say one more word to the Italian voters before they cast their vote. Tuesday April 2, every citizen of this large metropolis will be called upon to vote for a new mayor for the city of Chicago.

    In this election for mayor, the Republican nominee is Fred A. Busse. To all Italian voters of this city we recommend the Republican ballot. Support Fred A. Busse, Republican candidate for mayor.

    The election of April 2 is of great importance to the people of the city of Chicago, because the man elected will be the head of the city administration for four long years. By casting your vote for Fred A. Busse, it will be four years of prosperity. If you cast your vote for other parties it will be four long years of anguish and misery.

    The Election. We want to say one more word to the Italian voters before they cast their vote. Tuesday April 2, every citizen of this large metropolis will be called ...

    Italian
    I F 3
  • L'italia -- December 16, 1911
    Italian Progressive Republican Club

    The Italian Progressive Republican Club of the 6th precinct of the 19th Ward, met Wednesday night, at 1011 Vernon Park Place.

    The purpose of this meeting was to support the candidacy of LaFollette for President, Jones for Governor, Magill for United States Senator, Andrea Filpi for County Commissioner of the 22nd Ward, and Guy C. Crapple for representative from the 17th Senatorial District.

    The officers of the club are as follows:

    Guivania Elia, Pres.,

    Pasquale Arnieri, Vice-Pres.,

    Filippo Scalzo, Treas.,

    Natale Caparelli, Sergeant-At-Arms,

    Joe Vellano, Sec'y.

    The Italian Progressive Republican Club of the 6th precinct of the 19th Ward, met Wednesday night, at 1011 Vernon Park Place. The purpose of this meeting was to support the ...

    Italian
    I F 2, I F 3, IV
  • L'italia -- October 13, 1912
    The 7th Regiment Armory

    At the 7th Regiment Armory an important meeting was held last Thursday night, regarding the candidacy of Governor Wilson for President of the United States.

    A committee has been formed to garner votes for Gov. Wilson in the coming election.

    It is composed of Dr. Volini, Dr. Lagorio, Paolo Dasso, and Lorenzo Garibaldi.

    At the 7th Regiment Armory an important meeting was held last Thursday night, regarding the candidacy of Governor Wilson for President of the United States. A committee has been formed ...

    Italian
    I F 3, IV