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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  • Lietuva -- December 17, 1892
    Why we need Stockholders to Publish our Newspaper "Lietuva?"

    Our proposition is this: one man, even if he were the most educated, cannot accomplish as much as a group of people.

    If a newspaper is published by one man, it will not bring to us spiritual benefit, he will publish in the paper what is good for himself only, and very often he makes mistakes. Suppose he dislikes some one, them he will publish all kinds of insults about him, that would bring misunderstandings and troubles, etc.

    When a newspaper is published by stockholders, then there would be no place for private and personal polemics, because stockholders will look and watch that the paper brought spiritual benefit, education, and brotherly unity among us. Such a newspaper would do more good for us, and for our mother country as well.

    The price of one share is only $10.00. We have sold 50 shares, there are 100 shares left.

    If any Lithuanian wants to buy shares of Lietuva, come to office of Lietuva at 567 W. 18th St.

    Stockholders.

    Our proposition is this: one man, even if he were the most educated, cannot accomplish as much as a group of people. If a newspaper is published by one man, ...

    Lithuanian
    II B 2 d 1, II A 2, I A 3
  • Lietuva -- December 31, 1892
    About Lithuanian Alliance in Chicago

    The Chicago Lithuanians known by their own experience, that if we want to work for the good of Lithuanians, all societies ought to make an alliance into one parish, to have love among ourselves and to help each other as much as we can.

    The purpose of all of us ought to be one: To work on the Lithuanian field, to enlighten our illiterate brothers, that they would not be so blind. There are many Lithuanians in Chicago, they with great devotion are spending time and money to enlighten themselves and their brothers. But unfortunately, our brothers are very slow to undertake education.

    The society of Gedeminas promised to join the parish on December 11th. Mr. Grinius made motion to join the parish, all the members gladly accepted the motion.Also society Apveizdos Dievo (Province of God) is willing and not afraid to join the parish.

    We have hopes that through the newspaper "Lietuva," all Lithuanians will be united, thus will become good Catholics and Lithuanians.

    The Chicago Lithuanians known by their own experience, that if we want to work for the good of Lithuanians, all societies ought to make an alliance into one parish, to ...

    Lithuanian
    III B 2, III A, I A 3, III C
  • Lietuva -- December 31, 1892
    Lithuanians, We Are Stepping Forward

    The past year brought happiness to our Lithuanians in Chicago, besides good deeds that were accomplished, spiritually and materially, there were organized many Lithuanian societies and many Lithuanian printing shops opened. All taken into consideration one of the greater events was the celebration of the annual birthday of our great patriot Simonis Daukantas, Up to his time we had been kept in darkness and in ignorance by our masters and barons in Lithuania.

    Brothers, let us not give up hope. Lithuania will become as great as she was in the past. Our forefathers shed their blood by protecting Lithuania's independence; their bones and dust for the last few centuries have been calling on us to uphold unity, to get education, to remember the good deeds of our forefathers that were forgotten in the past.

    The good deeds of men never die.

    Brothers, let us look to Frenchmen and Englishmen, they love their mother country, we we ought to do likewise.

    You see that God furnished the barons, the oppressors of Lithuania, Those masters enslaved Lithuanians, planned with them, did what they pleased, in order to keep us down in darkness. They destroyed our books, destroyed everything that was Lithuanian. They, the barons, sold themselves to Russia for the 2sake of the exploitation of our mother country. Today the same barons, our exploiters, are servants of Jews, because their power is destroyed by Russia and none, the barons themselves, have nothing to eat. Now, the Russians are laughing at the barons, our past slaveholders. Now Russia keeps under yoke the same barons, who helped the Russians to oppress Lithuania. God tells us that for bad deed the end will be unfortunate.

    Brothers, we can accomplish many good deeds if we will have unity; we must have education in order to understand why we are living on this earth.

    When we obtain education we will be able to show to other nations that we are people of Lithuania, which was a great nation in the past. It is very bad among us that a majority of our people does not care to educate itself. A man without education is worthless, and he even cannot show that he is existing.

    Brother countrymen, let us pray to God that the coming year will be better for us. Let us help our brothers the best we can, do the best for our nation, let us help our mother country with words, money and activity.

    Countrymen, let us take action in politics, by doing that we will do good not only to our brothers, but to our mother country Lithuania as well.

    With best wishes for the coming year of 1893.

    W. Gedeminas Stanionis

    The past year brought happiness to our Lithuanians in Chicago, besides good deeds that were accomplished, spiritually and materially, there were organized many Lithuanian societies and many Lithuanian printing shops ...

    Lithuanian
    III A, I F 4, I A 3
  • Lietuva -- January 07, 1893
    Dear Readers: (Editor's Appeal)

    Our newspaper is small, but contains in it lot of truth and justice. We are not praising ourselves, our readers themselves are the judges of the newspaper, what benefit they are getting from it.

    Our purpose is to spread light among our illiterate brothers. We cannot find anything better for our brothers than spreading education among them. Therefore brothers, while you are reading our newspaper, ask your brothers to subscribe to our paper. We believe that you will join us to help our brothers to get education. Old, young, educated and freethinkers will find that education is the source of knowledge.

    Our newspaper is as necessary as the sun's beams to crops. We can compare our newspaper with the rising sun, which gives light and energy to life; in the same way our newspaper is awakening our illiterate brothers from the sleep of darkness.

    Our newspaper is small, but contains in it lot of truth and justice. We are not praising ourselves, our readers themselves are the judges of the newspaper, what benefit they ...

    Lithuanian
    II B 2 d 1, I A 3
  • Lietuva -- January 07, 1893
    Remark

    Countrymen! For better understanding of our national and spiritual enlightenment, I found out that Lithuanians are eager to know about the American Indians and their destroyers in this free land, I decided to write a short story about the American Indians.

    Many a time I asked our brothers, why they are not reading newspapers. Every one answered, there is nothing in the paper about history. Up to this time our newspapers,except Lietuva, did not give to its readers what they demand. In order to give more light to our readers. I decided to translate American history.

    If the readers will like my translated story, I will be satisfied. By reading history the readers will get used to reading the paper, will obtain enlightenment and knowledge, then they will quit card playing and drinking.

    N. F. Martisgauckas

    Countrymen! For better understanding of our national and spiritual enlightenment, I found out that Lithuanians are eager to know about the American Indians and their destroyers in this free land, ...

    Lithuanian
    II B 2 d 1, I C, I A 3, III A, I J
  • Lietuva -- January 28, 1893
    Dear Readers By Editor

    From this date the newspaper Lietuva became mine. I, A. V. Zalauskas, bought this newspaper from Mr. Rokosz. The newspaper will be edited in the same spirit, except on one point, that we will begin to publish scientific articles and we will not be afraid to tell the truth; there will be no exception as to the classes nor condition of man. As propagators of the pure science of Christ, we openly will uphold the truth and the downtrodden.

    Our newspaper Lietuva will become the mother of toilers, orphans and unfortunates, and it will be the whip against pharisaism and despotic exploiters.

    I, as a Lithuanian, by seeing our brothers who are moaning under the yoke of today's pharisaism and capitalism, decided to donate several thousand dollars for the good of my beloved mother country and for my brothers, in order to put one brick on the temple, that our patriots with unspeakable 2patience and courage are building.

    I understand that the only salvation of our nation is science; we are in the abyss of darkness where the Lithuanians are sunk so deep. Therefore, I say, one must have a heart of stone to conceal his conscience, to renounce the science of Christ, to be a peddler of one's soul, to be a traitor to his nation for not helping our sinking brothers.

    Brothers, Lithuanians, you must understand your own condition, listen to the calling voice, the savior of our nation. Science is the only weapon that will improve our living, enlighten and protect us from our exploiting enemies.

    Your servant,

    Zaleskis

    From this date the newspaper Lietuva became mine. I, A. V. Zalauskas, bought this newspaper from Mr. Rokosz. The newspaper will be edited in the same spirit, except on one ...

    Lithuanian
    II B 2 d 1, I A 3, I E
  • Lietuva -- January 28, 1893
    Meeting of the Lithuanian Science Society

    January 15th at 9 o'clock in the morning a monthly meeting was held by the Lithuanian Science Society.

    President Grinius called the meeting to order, the minutes were read and approved.

    Then Mr. Grinius spoke about the necessity of schools for Lithuanians in Chicago.

    All in the meeting agreed that we must have schools. Mr. Waranka spoke on education and the benefit of it; that a man without education is lost.

    Also Mr. Masionis spoke about the poor and downtrodden.

    Then all the members of the society decided to establish a Lithuanian school at the hall of Mr. Kowalski, Noble and Milwaukee Avenue, and the other school at 713 Van Horn St. The teachers will be J. Grinius, P. Braczulis, M. Waranka and J. Kriszcziukaitis. The school will be twice a week at Kowalski's on Monday and Friday, at 713 Van Horn St., on Wednesday and Saturday.

    Every Lithuanian without any payment can attend these schools to learn how to write,read, arithmetic, English language and other scientific subjects.

    Secretary Braczulis

    January 15th at 9 o'clock in the morning a monthly meeting was held by the Lithuanian Science Society. President Grinius called the meeting to order, the minutes were read and ...

    Lithuanian
    II B 2 f, II B 1 d, I A 3
  • Lietuva -- February 25, 1893
    Lithuanian School

    We are reminding to all Lithuanian, that the Lithuanian Science Society opened a Lithuanian school, where all of those who cannot read nor write, now have opportunity to learn. Also arithmetic, geography and natural science and English language will be taught.

    The Lithuanian school is located at 438 South Canal street.

    Secretary

    We are reminding to all Lithuanian, that the Lithuanian Science Society opened a Lithuanian school, where all of those who cannot read nor write, now have opportunity to learn. Also ...

    Lithuanian
    II B 2 f, III A, I A 3
  • Lietuva -- September 16, 1893
    Education Is Essential

    Everyone of us knows that education is the most essential for every one of us. But where can a poor man get the education..?

    We think that we must have an evening school. Let us look at the Poles, everybody holds them as the most ignorant people, yet they have three evening schools in Chicago to study the English language. It is time for us to take into consideration the necessity of an evening school. Many Lithuanians are eager to learn the English language. Without the English language you cannot start business, you can go nowhere without the English language.

    Many of us say that we have no money, while others say that they would pay good money if somebody would teach them the English language.

    We can get education free. The Board of Education in Chicago will give us a room in a school, and will pay for the teacher, but we must have a 2Lithuanian who can pass the exam nation in the English language. Please go to the Board of Education, you will do good not only for yourself, but also for all Lithuanians in Chicago.

    We must have not less than thirty people who want to learn English, in order to get a teacher and a school room.

    Editor.

    Everyone of us knows that education is the most essential for every one of us. But where can a poor man get the education..? We think that we must have ...

    Lithuanian
    I A 3, III A, I C
  • Lietuva -- November 25, 1893
    A Few Words to the Chicago Lithuanians (Editorial)

    There are over six thousand Lithuanians in Chicago, but no people of other nationalities are so poor and so ignorant as the Lithuanians are.

    Everybody laughs at the Poles and the Jews. But look at the Poles, they have many judges; many Poles have city and county jobs; many Poles have big business concerns. Take the Jews, they have banks and all kinds of business establishments. Those people are strong in politics because they have their political clubs and they are citizens of this country. They are strong in politics, have big businesses because they are educated and they read books and newspapers.

    We Lithuanians have nothing. Hundreds of Lithuanians can get no jobs during the present industrial crisis just because they are not citizens. We have no political clubs worth mentioning, no political organizations.

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    Lithuanians' do not read papers or books. They spend their money and time in saloons.

    If we Lithuanians would educate ourselves, we would have our judges and other officials in city and county offices.

    We Lithuanians do not take into consideration what opportunities we have in this free country of America. Read good books and newspapers, educate yourselves, join political parties, then will Americans take us for a cultured people, but not as the lowest creatures of society.

    Every Lithuanian should become a citizen because when you are a citizen you will get a job even in the present industrial crisis. You will not starve as so many Lithuanians are starving now.

    There are over six thousand Lithuanians in Chicago, but no people of other nationalities are so poor and so ignorant as the Lithuanians are. Everybody laughs at the Poles and ...

    Lithuanian
    III A, I D 2 c, I B 1, I F 4, I A 3, III A