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 10, 1892
    To the Lithuanian Writers

    Respected Countrymen:

    We see what oppression endure our countrymen from strange nationalists, we see the literary darkness of our brothers, especially in places where the Lithuanians are living. It would be a great benefit to Lithuanians to ask them to subscribe to our weekly paper Lietuva, which is sponsoring the spiritual and educational idea among Lithuanians.

    We are asking those who are active among our countrymen to help us by writing on Lithuanian activities in your colony.

    For the payment of your written contributions to our paper, we will mail to your our weekly paper Lietuva free of charge.

    Respectfully yours,

    Editor.

    Respected Countrymen: We see what oppression endure our countrymen from strange nationalists, we see the literary darkness of our brothers, especially in places where the Lithuanians are living. It would ...

    Lithuanian
    II B 2 d 1
  • Lietuva -- December 10, 1892
    Brothers and Countrymen!!

    It is well known to all of us that in Chicago there are not a few groups of Lithuanians, there are a few societies, we have started to build a Lithuanian church where one can assemble to worship our Creator in our own language.

    We know that it is hard to understand and to have unity among ourselves is such a large city like Chicago. It takes at least two hours' time to get together among ourselves.

    By seeing the causes why we cannot work closer among ourselves to make acquaintances and to express our thoughts we find it very convenient to publish a Lithuanian newspaper which will come to assist us in spiritual and material needs.

    Brothers, you will understand without our explanation what benefit our newspaper will be to us. Sponsoring the building of a church, the Home of God, we are anxious to increase the membership of our parish. We can 2announce and express our views in a broader way. It makes better understanding among us, when one understands in his own heart and thoughts. When a society wants to give its program through the newspaper we can give moral support to help our brothers in their activities.

    We publish this newspaper not for personal gain but to recover the Lithuanian spirit, language and to unite Lithuanians into one organization. This newspaper will not be against the church. We have many deeds unfinished, and new ones to begin, therefore we will work for what is more necessary to us.

    You see how our brothers are suffering under that cruel dragon of Russia who wants to rob our native language, prohibit us to read and to write in order to keep us in darkness, and when we are ignorant they do with us what they please. We all know the purpose of Russia: to teach us the Russian language, to prohibit our newspapers and then without any difficulty convert us to orthodoxy. Let us look to other nationalities, 3Czechs and Poles. They have their newspapers, many Lithuanians read Polish papers. Those who are reading literature and newspapers are more educated. They earn more. It is easier for them to make a better living and to gain wealth.

    Therefore, brothers, let us not slumber. Wake up from the sleep of lethargy. We must begin to read newspapers and books. Let us teach each other. Let us live in brotherhood and unity. We must tie ourselves in one brotherly knot. Do not pay attention to the differences of our thoughts and ideas. We must go with one purpose. Let us have one thought among us, unity, education and mother country, then there will be no misunderstandings among us. With our united strength we will obtain a better livelihood.

    It is well known to all of us that in Chicago there are not a few groups of Lithuanians, there are a few societies, we have started to build a ...

    Lithuanian
    III A, II B 2 d 1, III C, I C
  • 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 24, 1892
    Meeting -- Lietuviu Mokslo Draugystes (Lithuanian Science Society)

    On December 17th the monthly meeting was held at 311 W. 18th St. President J. Grinius called the meeting to order. Secretary Masionis read the minutes.

    All members of this society were very glad of the newly born Lithuanian newspaper Lietuva in Chicago.

    A question was brought before the meeting as to how to establish an evening school for Lithuanians. It was said, that in such a large city as Chicago, we must have four evening schools. It was decided that Lithuanians ought to have at least two evening schools. A committee was elected to find favorable place to open an evening school for Lithuanians.

    Lithuanian Science Society

    Secretary

    On December 17th the monthly meeting was held at 311 W. 18th St. President J. Grinius called the meeting to order. Secretary Masionis read the minutes. All members of this ...

    Lithuanian
    II B 1 d, II B 2 f, II B 2 d 1
  • Lietuva -- December 24, 1892
    Meeting of Lietuva Stockholders

    December 27, at 7 o'clock Tuesday evening, a meeting will be held by stockholders in the office of Lietuva, 567 W. 18th St.

    We are inviting all Lithuanians who wish welfare to our nation, also bring along other Lithuanians, brothers who are willing to help us in this important cause.

    Stockholders.

    December 27, at 7 o'clock Tuesday evening, a meeting will be held by stockholders in the office of Lietuva, 567 W. 18th St. We are inviting all Lithuanians who wish ...

    Lithuanian
    II B 2 d 1, II A 2
  • 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 14, 1893
    The Traveller

    Many were talking and writing about the progress of Lithuanians in Chicago. I did not believe what was said, I decided to investigate for myself. So the last few evenings I visited a few rooming houses.

    If I would tell all that I saw and heard, many of them would get mad at me.

    In one rooming house there were twelve men. All of them were playing cards, the tables were cracking, money spread all over the table, the house was full of smoke, the beds were wet from beer, all were drunk. This was Sunday. They had not been in church at high mass, because they had been playing cards all night. The cards are all damp and dirty, the players eyes and noses were red.

    Some of the drunkards were lying in the corners and sleeping, others were walking and stumbling in the house, swearing and denouncing everybody. I visited many such houses, and found the same thing. Then I began to think what progress they had made. They made no progress, but they went down into the depths of darkness.

    Many were talking and writing about the progress of Lithuanians in Chicago. I did not believe what was said, I decided to investigate for myself. So the last few evenings ...

    Lithuanian
    I B 1, II B 2 d 1
  • 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 -- March 04, 1893
    (No headline)

    South Chicago, February 19, 1893

    Honorable Editor:

    Please mail your newspaper Lietuva to all enclosed addresses of my friends. Up to this time I did not care to read your paper because there was nothing to read. But when I noticed in number 11 of your paper an article exposing the long-skirted priest, all of us were glad that we have a paper that does not fear to tell the truth. Up to this time we had no paper that would tell the truth about the priests.

    If you need financial help to publish your paper let us know. We will gladly help you.

    We are asking you, will you keep on fighting the swindlers and priests.Will you not turn against us. If you will go on with your fight, you will do a great work, you will uplift Lithuanians not only in Chicago but in all America, and with such a paper you will help our mother country Lithuania. We are promising to you that we will get a few hundred new readers for your paper.

    Yours truly,

    W. Simanaviezia

    South Chicago, February 19, 1893 Honorable Editor: Please mail your newspaper Lietuva to all enclosed addresses of my friends. Up to this time I did not care to read your ...

    Lithuanian
    II B 2 d 1, I B 4, III C