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  • Daily Jewish Courier -- November 03, 1908
    Perform Your Duties as Citizens and Jews. the Future of This Country and its Citizens Rests Upon the Outcome of Today's Election. Help the Land by Your Vote.

    Once in four years, every citizen of the United States is expected to take an interest in the government of his country, the country which offers an opportunity to all citizens to enjoy the fruits and reap the harvest of all that is produced. Every citizen must come to cast his vote today, and elect into office persons who can be relied upon to do their utmost for the interests of the nation.

    Then who of us will be a traitor and neglect his sacred duty? We as immigrants, as Jews of the United States, which is the only country where we can live and enjoy freedom, where we enjoy equal rights, - we must be the first ones to pay our debts to the country and the American people.

    Tomorrow, at six o'clock in the morning, it should be our duty to go to our respective precincts and vote for the best candidates as our conscience dictates us. And when we give up our vote, we must remember the 2two things, which form the foundation upon which a free, successful government is built. First, remember your own good and second the good and welfare of your country. Remember that if you do not vote for the right candidates, it will mean a blow not only to the country, but to yourself and your children who are becoming Americanized.

    Political parties are composed of individuals who have the same interests. You are a Democrat because you are convinced that a government with democratic principles will serve your interests best. You are a Republican because you believe that this party is best for you. You will, however, forsake your party should you discover that this party is injurious to the country.

    In the present campaign for governorship, it is not a Democratic or Republican issue alone, it is a question for the great and progressive State of Illinois, of whether or not it will elect a young, good, honest and fitting governor. It is a question of whether or not we should have the best reforms which were begun by Governor Deneen during the four years of his administration, or should we permit everything to become null and void, as 3it will surely be done should General Stevenson be elected. Your children who are becoming Americanized might like to get into politics. They will, however, not have a chance with the wrong people in office. It is now a question of whether or not the sick and unfortunate in the state institutions shall be healed and aided under the able leadership of Dr. Frank Billings and Dr. Hirsch, or should they be handed over into political hands, who will permit them to suffer and rot. It is a question of whether railroad fare should be two cents per mile, as it was proposed by Governor Deneen, or the payment of three cents per mile, as during the period when politicians were in power. Briefly, it is a question of whether or not you will have any rights, of whether your children should enjoy all that the State of Illinois has to offer its citizens, or should the politicians be allowed to dig in with their paws, should they have the power to become parasites.

    If you want your capable son to be able to accept a political job, either by appointment or nomination, then vote for Charles S. Deneen, regardless of whether you are a Democrat or Republican. Should you be in for having 4your talented child bow to every political nincompoop, and every leader who controls politics; then vote for old Stevenson.

    We are Chicagoans, the City of Chicago is dear to us. Governor Deneen is also a Chicagoan. He has lived in Chicago all his life. When he became governor, his first job was to improve the parks. He has made the parks of Chicago the most wonderful and best known everywhere. Should the senile Mr. Stevenson be elected, we might as well say good-bye to all progress. Vote today for our Chicagoan, Charles S. Deneen.

    Once in four years, every citizen of the United States is expected to take an interest in the government of his country, the country which offers an opportunity to all ...

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  • American Jewish Year Book -- September 15, 1909
    Edited by Herbert Friedenwald

    A List of Leading Events in 5668 - In Chicago, Illinois

    November 19, 1907 - Chicago Jews oppose the use of the Bible as a text-book in schools. (P.135).

    December 13, 1907 - Bible barred from the Chicago public schools. (P. 136).

    January 6, 1908 - Jewish tenants of Chicago strike for lower rents. (P. 138).

    A List of Leading Events in 5668 - In Chicago, Illinois November 19, 1907 - Chicago Jews oppose the use of the Bible as a text-book in schools. (P.135). December ...

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  • Daily Jewish Courier -- April 01, 1910
    A Jew for Jews

    Whenever political parties nominate candidates for political offices, we Jews clamor for political recognition. A general ill-feeling is felt when Jews are not nominated.

    In the ninth ward where there are many Jewish voters. We have always wanted a Jewish alderman; we have not always been able to effect this.

    In the present election, a Jew, Emanuel M. Abraham, born and raised in the ninth ward, has been placed on the Democratic ticket as candidate for alderman of the ninth ward, and every Jew will have the opportunity to vote for a Jew for Alderman.

    Emanuel M. Abrahams has steadfastly shown that he represents the interests of the citizen body. When in the legistlation he backed every bill that would aid the masses. He was one of the few who voted against the anti-cigarette bill and against the bill compelling all stores to be closed on Sunday. Only recently he fought against the movement to hold primary elections on Saturday. He has always tried to help his constituents.

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    The Jewish public knows many Abrahams of the Maxwell Street Station where he was always willing to aid a Jew, and now that he has received the nomination for Alderman, it is no more than right that he should be elected.

    Emanuel Abrahams as Alderman will rightly represent the ninth ward. The voters will then have an alderman whom they can justly be proud of.

    Whenever political parties nominate candidates for political offices, we Jews clamor for political recognition. A general ill-feeling is felt when Jews are not nominated. In the ninth ward where there ...

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  • Reform Advocate -- September 10, 1910
    (No headline)

    Senator Samuel A. Ettelson, representing the 3rd Senatorial District of Illinois, is a candidate for renomination on the Republican ticket. He has the distinction of being the only Jewish senator in the state of Illinois.

    Mr. Ettelson was one of the first members of the Senate to join the new Insurgent Senate Organization against the old combine and assisted Senator Walter Clyde Jones in organizing the Senate.

    Senator Ettelson advocates direct primaries, and a referendum on all bond issues. He drafted and was instrumental in passing the State Interest Law which saves the voters over $100,000 a year in interest on public money. He has responsible for the passing of the School Text-Book Law, which has materially reduced the prices of grammar school text-books for thousands of children.

    Senator Ettelson has been endorsed by the Legislative Voter's League and by Governor Deneen.

    Senator Samuel A. Ettelson, representing the 3rd Senatorial District of Illinois, is a candidate for renomination on the Republican ticket. He has the distinction of being the only Jewish senator ...

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  • Daily Jewish Courier -- October 15, 1910
    Do Not Lose Your Right to Vote

    There are about 200,000 Jews in Chicago and Cook County, who stand a chance of losing their right to vote in the coming election, because they failed to register on the 8th of October.

    One of the most important reasons for registration in this election is that every Jew in Chicago must vote in all the coming elections in order to help elect the Jewish candidates, such as a Jewish congressman, Jewish county commissioner, and a Jewish judge.

    There are about 200,000 Jews in Chicago and Cook County, who stand a chance of losing their right to vote in the coming election, because they failed to register on ...

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  • Daily Jewish Courier -- November 03, 1910
    Jews for Jews

    The mass meeting held last night at the Nat Herwood Hall for the benefit of the Jewish candidates was very successful. The Hall was packed with many Jewish voters and everyone was very enthusiastic about the future of the Jewish officers. The speakers with their eloquent addresses, held the crowd spellbound and showed the audience the importance for the Jewish citizens to elect Jewish representatives in the different branches of our government.

    Mr. Jacob M. Cantor acted as chairman of the meeting. The main speakers of the evening were as follows: Samuel Alschuler, Congressman Adolph J. Sabath, candidate for re-election; his brother, the lawyer Joseph Sabath, candidate for judge of the Municipal Court, and George Sultan, candidate for member of the Board of County Commissioners.

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    Mr. Alschuler in his address showed the importance of the Jewish population in this country taking an active interest in the government problems of our land, first as a citizen and secondly as a Jew, in other words, whereas in most of the European countries, Where the Jew is degraded and persecuted, he has no voice in that government, but in this country, even though the Jew plays a very small role politically, there can never be much anti-Semitism in this land of freedom. In order to keep it so we Jews must get active in politics and see that we have representation in all the branches of our government. In conclusion one of the speakers appealed to all the Jews in Chicago to cast their votes for the three Jewish candidates.

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    A BIG DEMONSTRATION FOR CONGRESSMAN SABATH.

    Congressman Sabath was greeted by the audience with great applause. He spoke about his stands on the immigration question, which is an important problem for the Jewish nation and what should be done about it. He also spoke on the passport and high tariff questions, which needs to be amended.

    Attorney Joseph Sabath addressed the crowd in the "Yiddish" language in which he related the importance of having a Jewish judge in the Jewish district. He was endlessly applauded by the large audience. Dr. Sultan will inaugurate new reforms.

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    Dr. Geo. Sultan told the audience how the institutions under the supervision of the County Commissioners of Cook County are conducted, and promised that if would be elected he would be one of them, he has plans for new reforms, in the County Hospital and its dispensaries, also in the different charity institutions in the county and in the county agencies.

    The mass meeting held last night at the Nat Herwood Hall for the benefit of the Jewish candidates was very successful. The Hall was packed with many Jewish voters and ...

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  • Daily Jewish Courier -- September 28, 1913
    Congressman Sabath Combats Immigration Foes

    Washington, Sept. 27 - The anti-immigrationists rallied to a great victory, taking advantage of the small group of congressmen who attended the session.

    Most of the members of the Immigration and Naturalization Committee are, at present, not in Washington, because, after the House passed the Karensi Bill which is now before the Senate, the congressmen learned that no other bills would be taken up until the special session. Therefore, they returned home for a rest. Grasping this opportunity, John L. Burnette, chairman of the Immigration and Naturalization Committee, staunchest enemy of immigrants, called a meeting of his committee.

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    The committee is composed of fifteen members. Only eight attended the meeting. With the exception of Congressman A. J. Sabath of Illinois, all were notorious opponents of immigration. At this meeting, the chairman, Congressman Burnette, introduced the old Burnette-Dillingholm Bill. Most of them were for the anti-immigration bill and a resolution was passed to recommend this bill as favorable in Congress.

    Congressman A. J. Sabath protested vehemently against such a form of recommending bills, and in a two-hour talk accused the foes of immigration of seeking to smuggle through a bill, which is against the will of the best elements in the country, and in a cowardly manner wanting to impose their views upon Congress, knowing that the bill would fall through if it were brought before the full committee.

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    The Illinois congressman proposed to postpone the resolution until a second meeting when all members of the committee would be present.

    Congressman Sabath's recommendation fell through by a vote of seven to one and now the bill will be brought before Congress where the fight between friends and enemies of immigration will begin.

    Washington, Sept. 27 - The anti-immigrationists rallied to a great victory, taking advantage of the small group of congressmen who attended the session. Most of the members of the Immigration ...

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  • Daily Jewish Courier -- October 30, 1913
    Woodrow Wilson

    President Wilson has recently made a speech that will draw the attention not only of America but of all Europe.

    This occurred at the Southern Commercial Congress, touching upon that most important question of American foreign policies.

    The President spoke of conditions in the South and Central American Republics, pointing out that Russia is to blame for much of the conflicting conditions existing there at the present time.

    The European speculators come to the American republics get various concessions, invest capital in enterprises, seeking thereby to secure huge profits regardless of the welfare of the natives. They are not concerned 2in the conditions of the land, the form of government or the government itself. It matters little to them what the existing circumstances might be. They seek only a strong government that can guarantee returns for their taxes and duties even if that government be the worst kind of despot, oppressing the people to the utmost.

    The attitude of the United States toward these republics is entirely different. This country is sufficiently large and powerful and does not need to undertake any territorial robbery. We do not seek new possessions. Instead we foster high ambitions to develop in all other republics a form of government such as we enjoy in our high ideals of freedom and democracy. Let every republic be independent.

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    That was the essence of Wilson's speech. It will, without a doubt, make a good impression in all America. It will be realized that the United States does not seek to absorb the small republics, but wishes, instead, only to place these countries on a higher, freer, and happier level. America seeks only commercial ties and friendly cultural influences.

    A confirmation of the President's words can be seen in the stand taken by the United States government in the Mexican entanglement. While the European nations have given recognition to the bloody rule of Huerta, giving moral support to this despot in return for his help in cutting coupons for their incomes, yet the United States had the moral courage to oppose him.

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    Europe, too, shall have to conform with the higher moral principles embodied in American political dealings. Europe has as an example the American refusal of the Japanese loan in which the Americans did not wish to establish their government as a tax collector for a financial syndicate.

    And now, even more than ever, will the European countries have to take into account the policies of the United States regarding the small American republics. On this continent the United States is in its home, therefore, European powers will have to consider the moral principles as set forth by the Washington administrators in their policies.

    President Wilson has recently made a speech that will draw the attention not only of America but of all Europe. This occurred at the Southern Commercial Congress, touching upon that ...

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  • Daily Jewish Courier -- November 19, 1913
    Levi Mayer's Error

    Our own Levi Mayer, the well-known corporation lawyer, himself encumbered with several hundred thousand dollars, spoke to the Chicago Association of Creditors. He explained that the new American income tax meant a higher tax than even that levied upon the citizens of the European soldier-ridden countries.

    In his speech, Mr. Mayer explained that he does not oppose the principle of a tax on income, and it matters little to him that 99 1/2 per cent of the people can force payment on one-half per cent of the people, the payers of income tax. What he is concerned with is that a man whose income is but $1,000,000 a year will have to pay the large sum of $59,700 tax to the national government, and, if we add the taxes assessed by the state, county, and city, we can see that in America a man is uncertain of earning even $1,000,000 a year.

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    Setting aside this supposition, Mr. Mayer gibes at our lawmakers, saying that they may (Heaven forbid!) go still further, leading to the state where one earning a mere half-million dollars will also be uncertain of his income, and be fleeced by the government.

    It was a beautiful speech. The creditors applauded their great lawyer, but, with all its beauty the speech was neither new nor original. This theme was heard by our great grandfathers. When the 99 1/2 per cent of the people sought to tax the land that belonged to the one-half per cent, the one-half per cent was able to evade the tax while the 99 1/2 per cent paid and paid until they became dissatisfied with the tax of the one-half per cent that took away their land, their livelihood.

    Mr. Mayer must also know that taxes are collected by governments to defend private property not human lives. Remove from government the duty of protecting and developing private property and the government ceases to be a patron spender. It is no more than right that those who benefit from this protection of the government should pay for its defense.

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    It is hardly believable, but it is a fact that even the greatest defenders of the interests of the plutocrats today have no better arguments than in the past....Send a Levi Mayer to Congress and you hear the same arguments as those heard from Louis XVI in his time.

    One-half per cent of the people have no right to make millions that 99 1/2 per cent must protect, or else they must pay for that protection.

    This is the error of the Levi Mayers, when they believe that the people do not understand the situation. The masses progress slowly, but they go constantly forward. The income tax is just one move by the 99 1/2 per cent against the one-half percent, but it is not the last one.

    Our own Levi Mayer, the well-known corporation lawyer, himself encumbered with several hundred thousand dollars, spoke to the Chicago Association of Creditors. He explained that the new American income tax ...

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  • Daily Jewish Courier -- November 30, 1913
    Huge Protest Will Kill Immigration Bill

    Congressman Adolph J. Sabath addressed a meeting of distributors and editors of foreign language papers in America yesterday at the La Salle Hotel.

    Mr. Harry A. Lipski, chairman, opened the meeting and introduced the speaker. In a very clear manner the speech of Congressman Sabath elucidated all questions pertaining to the planned Immigration Bill that enemies of free entrance plan to pass in Congress.

    The Bill at present is in the hands of the committee on immigration, which will present it to Congress for a hearing the coming Monday or Tuesday.

    "The Bill stands in great danger of being passed in Congress by a large majority," said the Jewish Congressman. "We must now concentrate our efforts on one point, to bring pressure on all congressman in districts of large foreign elements to take a stand against the Bill.

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    "We must withhold as many votes as possible," Mr. Sabath said further. "If this is accomplished, it is possible that President Wilson will veto it. But if the immigration bill is passed by a large majority, there remains for the president no other choice but to sign.

    "A large campaign must be made," the Congressman said. "Protests must be sent to every congressman by the citizens of his district. We must appeal to the foreign elements in their own language. They must be awakened to a gigantic protest that will reach every Congressman in the House. This is the only method that can be used to fight the bill that aims to close the doors of America. If we could withdraw many votes so that the bill may not pass with a large majority, then the president may veto it."

    Congressman Sabath closed his speech with good advice regarding procedures. "All foreign language newspapers should unite to bring about a gigantic battle against the bill by instructing their readers to send petitions to the congressmen of their districts."

    When Congressman Sabath ended his speech, he was strongly applauded.

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    A committee of seven was selected to formulate a statement for all the newspapers. Mr. Harry A. Lipsky was appointed chairman and will commence by Monday to press the fight against this bill.

    Among those present were Dr. Graham Taylor, Honorable Henry N. Hattman, vice-president of the Board of Education, and representatives of all language newspapers.

    Congressman Adolph J. Sabath addressed a meeting of distributors and editors of foreign language papers in America yesterday at the La Salle Hotel. Mr. Harry A. Lipski, chairman, opened the ...

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