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  • 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 28, 1893
    [What Influence Have the Lithuanians?]

    On January 8th, Mr.Peter Kiolbasa, the city treasurer, August Kowalksi, F. Toleklinski and St. Kunza, went to Springfield, Illinois to see Governor Altgeld. They will ask the Governor Altgeld to support those Poles who are seeking city jobs.

    When will the Lithuanians be able to do likewise?

    On January 8th, Mr.Peter Kiolbasa, the city treasurer, August Kowalksi, F. Toleklinski and St. Kunza, went to Springfield, Illinois to see Governor Altgeld. They will ask the Governor Altgeld to ...

    Lithuanian
    I F 4, I F 4, IV
  • Lietuva -- April 15, 1893
    About the Chicago Lithuanians

    Lithuanians in Chicago began to show with their activity. Up to this time we used to say that the Lithuanians know only the stockyards. Now we see a few Lithuanians holding city jobs. This is very good, shows that we Lithuanians are just as good as other nationalities.

    We Lithuanians have a political club in Chicago. This club urges Lithuanians to become citizens. When all Lithuanians are citizens then all of us as a mass of people can go to vote, demand official jobs, etc.

    Lithuanians in Chicago began to show with their activity. Up to this time we used to say that the Lithuanians know only the stockyards. Now we see a few Lithuanians ...

    Lithuanian
    III A, II A 2, I F 4
  • Lietuva -- May 13, 1893
    Political Jobs

    Mr. Aug. J. Kowalskis got a city job as street foreman in 17th district of this city. Also G. Kozieczynski got such a job in the 14th district, South Chicago. They both now can give many jobs to Lithuanians and Poles.

    Mr. Aug. J. Kowalskis got a city job as street foreman in 17th district of this city. Also G. Kozieczynski got such a job in the 14th district, South Chicago. ...

    Lithuanian
    I F 4, 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
  • Lietuva -- March 24, 1894
    A Few Words to Lithuanians

    It would be a great benefit to the Lithuanians to take out their first papers, and after two years they can get second papers and become citizens.

    There are over 6,000 Lithuanians in Chicago, 3000 of them would be voters if they had taken out citizen papers. Three thousand votes means a lot; we could elect our own people to the offices of city and county.

    When you Lithuanians are applying for citizen papers, do not say that you are from Poland, Russia or Prussia, say that you are from Lithuania. Of course, the clerk does not know that there is such a nation as Lithuania, you must insist that the clerk mark that you are from Lithuania. Do not be ashamed to call yourself a Lithuanian. The government wants to know of what nationality the people are.

    It would be a great benefit to the Lithuanians to take out their first papers, and after two years they can get second papers and become citizens. There are over ...

    Lithuanian
    III A, I F 4, I C
  • Lietuva -- July 28, 1894
    Appeal to the Lithuanians of Illinois

    Let us Lithuanians look to other nationalities, they have their officials in every governmental office, why have they? Because they are organized! They are no better than we are. But they have their officials in city, county and state offices, because they have strong political clubs.

    There are many Lithuanians in Spring Valley, Braceville, Pana, Toluca, Pullman, Kensington, South Chicago and in many other towns and cities. In these places there must be organized a Lithuanian political club. Just send the names to A. Olszewski, president of the Alliance of Lithuanian Republicans of Illinois, the charter will be mailed at once.

    Let us Lithuanians look to other nationalities, they have their officials in every governmental office, why have they? Because they are organized! They are no better than we are. But ...

    Lithuanian
    I F 4, I C
  • Lietuva -- October 20, 1894
    Lithuanians, You must Register

    In ward 6, there are 300 Lithuanian voters and such a number of votes has great weight on one side or the other.

    The question arises, what can we do, when those devils at the registration booths do not want to register Lithuanians as Lithuanians, but wrongfully register Lithuanians as Russians, Poles, Germans, etc. For this reason, even if there were a thousand Lithuanian voters, their votes would give the credit and honor to the Poles, Russians and Germans, but not to Lithuanians.

    When you go to register, insist that the registration judges register you as Lithuanina. If they refuse to mark you as Lithuanian, then tell them that you will not register.

    This is the first year that the Lithuanians have gone into politics, therefore, at present it is very hard to understand the political machinery.

    In ward 6, there are 300 Lithuanian voters and such a number of votes has great weight on one side or the other. The question arises, what can we do, ...

    Lithuanian
    I F 4, III A, I C
  • Lietuva -- June 08, 1895
    About the Chicago Lithuanians (Editorial)

    The Chicago Lithuanian community is young. During the last two years they have shown real activity among themselves. We must say, that the Chicago Lithuanians accomplished more than the Lithuanians of any other city, where they had been living for the last few scores of years.

    We have eleven Lithuanian societies, nine societies of men, two societies of women, and a cluster of the Lithuanian Catholic Alliance of America.

    Of those mentioned societies, we have among them three best societies: one is the Simonas Daukantas society which has its own library; society of the Grand Army of the Duke Vytantas, has uniforms and can participate in any parade; and the society of musicians can go on parades, play on concerts and festivals.

    We have eight Lithuanian political clubs organized into the league as a 2result of political activity a few Lithuanians have the city jobs.

    On Bridgeport we have a church and fourteen lots. Now, north side Lithuanians have decided to buy a church for $10,000

    But now in the last few days Lithuanians began to talk about one of the most important organization that should be established among us, the Lithuanian Building and Loan Association. Rev. Kranczunas called a meeting of a few Lithuanians and now they are working on the constitution. When the plans are ready for such organization, the meeting will be called for the final organization of this society.

    Such financial organization is one of the best for Lithuanians. We are living in this country. Why then should we give our money to others? They are making profits and building up their business with our money. Why then cannot we make our money work for us. We are buying buildings, lots, looking for leans. Why then must we pay interest to others, when we can pay it to our-selves?

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    Many Lithuanians lost their money in Jewish banks, but the money cannot be lost in a building and loan association.

    This coming Sunday a meeting of this new financing organization will be held. If our Lithuanians want to protect their own money they should come to this meeting, hear the plans and discussions, Join this organization, and help to build the Lithuanian business.

    The Chicago Lithuanian community is young. During the last two years they have shown real activity among themselves. We must say, that the Chicago Lithuanians accomplished more than the Lithuanians ...

    Lithuanian
    II A 2, II B 1 a, II B 2 a, III C, I F 2, I F 4, I C, IV
  • Lietuva -- March 14, 1896
    Politics

    The last Sunday at 4 P. M. at Azukas Hall, a meeting was held by the political Lithuanian Alliance. The delegates from other political clubs were at this meeting. They decided that on account of coming elections this spring they should hold meetings more frequently. They decided to appeal to all Lithuanians in all parts of Chicago to organize a Republican political club, and then join to the largest organization, the Illinois Lithuanian Republican Alliance.

    The first meeting for this purpose will be called in ward 7th to prepare those Lithuanians for a political activity.

    The meeting will be on March 14, 8 P. M., Mondeikis Hall, Jefferson and 15th place. Therefore Lithuanians of this ward come on this meeting and hear what benefit we can get through politics.

    After a few days another meeting will be held in ward 29th. South Chicago, to organize a Lithuanian political club.

    J. W. Zacharewiczius, secretary.

    The last Sunday at 4 P. M. at Azukas Hall, a meeting was held by the political Lithuanian Alliance. The delegates from other political clubs were at this meeting. They ...

    Lithuanian
    I F 2, I F 4