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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  • Skandinaven -- October 23, 1872
    [Wealthy Burglar Caught]

    Sunday, at 2 o'clock in the morning, our countryman, Doctor Carlemann, residing at 166 N. Curtis St., was disturbed in his sleep by the barking of his dog. The doctor went to the front door and found a man trying to break in. He grabbed the man's arm and held him until the police arrived. The burglar, however, attempted twice to shoot the doctor, but missed.

    The burglar was taken to the station and identified as Mr. William Keller, a well-to-do man, owner of several tug-boats. Keller's gun was found. Keller was released on $500 bond for attempted murder. Let the citizens get together next time Mr. Keller attempts burglarizing and handle the case. The police do not seem to take any interest in murder cases. As usual, politics!

    Sunday, at 2 o'clock in the morning, our countryman, Doctor Carlemann, residing at 166 N. Curtis St., was disturbed in his sleep by the barking of his dog. The doctor ...

    Norwegian
    II E 3, I F 6
  • Skandinaven -- July 29, 1879
    Real-Estate Owners Protest Building of "L"

    A petition is being circulated protesting the building of the elevated. The petition asks those involved, especially the Civic Council, to "come down to earth and stay there."

    The Scandinavians, especially the Danes around Lake and Peoria, Lake and Kinzie, and Lake and Milwaukee, are the main objectors. [Translator's note:-- The Danes and Norwegians living in the district along Milwaukee Avenue from Lake Street to Chicago Avenue, believed that the "L" would lover real-estate values. The same thing occurred along Bake Street, out they did not get sufficient signatures. On the South Side, the people compromised and agreed on condition that the "L" should be built in the alley between Wabash and State; therefore it was called the "Alley 'L'. "Later the Scandinavians along Milwaukee Avenue regretted the petition, but it was too late--the new franchise had been voted on in the City Council, the line to run west, where the Metropolitan "L" now is located.

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    The original franchise specified that the "L" run along Milwaukee Avenue to Chicago Avenue, later to be extended to what was then called Armitage Road.

    Every original franchise issued in Chicago was contested by the people. Some believed that the trains would fall into the street; others that the locomotives then used would set fire to the wooden buildings along the right of way. Many such reasons were given to justify the petitions.

    The Scandinavians also, in many cases, fought "Baron" Yerkes' cable cars, primarily because of the numerous accidents and delays.]

    A petition is being circulated protesting the building of the elevated. The petition asks those involved, especially the Civic Council, to "come down to earth and stay there." The Scandinavians, ...

    Norwegian
    II F, I F 6, I F 4, I M
  • Skandinaven -- February 02, 1884
    Bridewell Scandal

    The Scandinavian organizations and churches are protesting to Mayor Harrison against the inhuman conditions existing at the Bridewell. Nineteen and one-half cents was supposed to be spent for food, but less than eight cents is actually spent. We know that Colonel Felton profits personally by this misconduct at the expense of the prisoners. This is another thing that Mayor Harrison should look into.

    The Scandinavian organizations and churches are protesting to Mayor Harrison against the inhuman conditions existing at the Bridewell. Nineteen and one-half cents was supposed to be spent for food, but ...

    Norwegian
    I F 6
  • Skandinaven -- January 26, 1887
    [Intolerance]

    Your article in yesterday's edition of the Scandinaven is the height of intolerance.

    It is to the credit of the wealthy Nina Zandt that she wishes to marry August Spies "in the shadow of the gallows," as you term it.

    I am neither a Socialist or Anarchist, nor do I agree with either party, but I do know that according to the Constitution no one has the authority to stop the marriage, and with all due respect to your Norwegian sheriff, I think it is the height of ignorance, intolerance, and stupidity for him to try to stop the marriage.

    And as for your drivel about Norwegians and Germans, let me say we are Americans, and Americans only. You with your internal strife only retard progress 2and cause racial hatred.

    I know that all decent and right-thinking people are in sympathy with Mr. Spies and Miss Van Zandt, and besides, Mr. Spies has not been proven guilty. It is clear that the entire Haymarket affair was a frame up.

    Your article in yesterday's edition of the Scandinaven is the height of intolerance. It is to the credit of the wealthy Nina Zandt that she wishes to marry August Spies ...

    Norwegian
    I B 3 a, I F 6, I C
  • Skandinaven -- April 13, 1887
    Selz and Swab in Prison Scandal

    For some time, Selz and Swab have had an agreement with the Warden at Joliet permitting their firm to operate a factory in the prison for the manufacture of shoes.

    After this had gone on for some time, the workers in the Chicago shoe factory, 15 Washington Street, went on strike. At once, the Knights of Labor began to organize the shop.

    Then a few days later a strike was called in the prison at Joliet, but the Warden ordered the striking inmates to be "strung," that is, tied by their hands to the cell doors, where they stayed part of the day and the entire night. This form of punishment is a new way to compete with the workers. Of course, the wages paid in the prison is in the form of tobacco and cigarettes.

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    And what about the graft paid to the prison officials? No doubt, it is much cheaper than paying the workers.

    This sort of practice is going to be the beginning of many protests, and we will be first in demanding that the State authorities stop the corrupt exploitation.

    For some time, Selz and Swab have had an agreement with the Warden at Joliet permitting their firm to operate a factory in the prison for the manufacture of shoes. ...

    Norwegian
    I F 6, I D 2 a 4, I H
  • Skandinaven -- January 25, 1889
    Ole G. Gudmundson

    In answer to an article in your paper, written by Ole G. Gudmundson, in which the said Mr. Gudmundson attacks the veracity of our presiding officer Ivan Schley in an interview with the reporter of your paper, the members of the St. Julian Lodge #92, passed the following resolutions for publication during their convention on January 23:

    Be it known that Ole G. Gudmundson, after an impartial trial for charges preferred against him, was unanimously suspended for a term of twenty-five years.

    Be it further known that brother Ivan Schley had nothing whatever to do with the matter, in his official capacity as presiding officer of the lodge:

    The members of this lodge further wish to state that it is an outrage that 2this man, Gudmundson, who claims to be a lawyer, assailed the veracity and character of brother Ivan Schley who had nothing whatever to do with the suspension of Ole G. Gudmundson.

    St. Julian Lodge #92.

    W. C. T. Nelson, Secretary.

    In answer to an article in your paper, written by Ole G. Gudmundson, in which the said Mr. Gudmundson attacks the veracity of our presiding officer Ivan Schley in an ...

    Norwegian
    III B 2, I F 6, IV
  • Skandinaven -- January 28, 1890
    Better Transportation

    Why is the transportation, both horse and cable cars, so bad? They talk about improvements day and night, but nothing is done.

    The new electric trains which are used in New York should be tried here. These trains are faster, more comfortable to ride in, and should be cheaper to operate. The boodled politicians are becoming wealthy by following the orders of big business, and the transportation companies pay well. The company which asked for a franchise on an Elevated line on Milwaukee Avenue would not or could not pay boodle, hence no Elevated trains on Milwaukee Avenue. Well, what price graft?

    Why is the transportation, both horse and cable cars, so bad? They talk about improvements day and night, but nothing is done. The new electric trains which are used in ...

    Norwegian
    I D 1 a, I F 6
  • Skandinaven -- May 31, 1890
    [Chicago's Sewerage System]

    The sewers in Chicago are inadequate; they will not carry the wastes as they should. They should be at least three times the size now being used. They range in size from eight to eighteen inches, but in the case of the thickly populated section on the near North Side and the Northwest Side, the pipes should be at least forty-six inches.

    As usual, our City Fathers forget that Chicago is growing faster than any other city in the world, and that we should plan at least twenty years ahead.

    The sewerage system is also very unsanitary. Most of the epidemics that Chicago has had can be directly blamed on the sewerage system. Our Department of Health should do something besides "play politics." Let them do something constructive, something worth-while. They should wake up.

    The sewers in Chicago are inadequate; they will not carry the wastes as they should. They should be at least three times the size now being used. They range in ...

    Norwegian
    I M, I F 6
  • Skandinaven -- June 05, 1890
    City Water

    The Health Department tells you to boil your drinking water before you use it. The Water Department should use disinfectants in the water, because the people do not want to go to the trouble of boiling the water. This would prevent much of the disease that is spread here in Chicago. Every time we have an epidemic, we can always trace it either to the water or the sewerage system.

    Our aldermen should do something about this. They make so many promises before election without keeping any of them, so let them begin now to do something for the voters.

    Another thing, the water pressure is so low that it seldom reaches the fourth story unless an additional pump is installed in the building. In the summer time, when many faucets are left running, it is nothing unusual not to be able to get water on the second floor.

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    The voters should petition the City Council to have the Health Department run the City Water Works, and demand that the city water be disinfected or sterilized so that it will not carry germs of all kinds to the users.

    The voters can and must demand; if they do not, they will never get what they want or what they need.

    The Health Department tells you to boil your drinking water before you use it. The Water Department should use disinfectants in the water, because the people do not want to ...

    Norwegian
    I M, I D 1 a, I F 6
  • Skandinaven -- June 30, 1890
    The Sewers

    The city has finally decided that larger sewer pipes should be installed throughout the city.

    We are happy to see that the Sewer Department and not the Health Department is at last waking up.

    But the sewerage system is way behind the growth of the city. Many sections are not yet served by even an inadequate system. And what is worse is the fact that streets are paved before the sewers are installed. This is a waste of time and money.

    The city has finally decided that larger sewer pipes should be installed throughout the city. We are happy to see that the Sewer Department and not the Health Department is ...

    Norwegian
    I D 1 a, I F 6, I M