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 -- December 11, 1872
    Scandinavian National Bank Bankrupt

    Yesterday the Times stated that the Scandinavian National Bank was bankrupt. Fred S. Winslow, president, closed the bank today. Naturally, the Scandinavians are rather worried because they are among the largest depositors. Nobody knows the outcome yet. We can report, however, news from the Chicago Evening Journal. As a rule the Journal always has been dependable. Following is the report:

    The bankruptcy is due to president Fred S. Winslow's mismanagement. It has been reported that he lost heavily in European speculations; a receiver took possession of the bank at once. We all anticipate that the bank will be able to pay back the people's savings accounts. Two weeks ago the assets were estimated at $536,516. Again a case of a banker using bank money for speculation. A committee of nine men, at 911 Milwaukee Avenue, are trying to have Mr. Scavil of Prairie Lake take possession of Winslow's bank and take care of the creditors' interests.

    Yesterday the Times stated that the Scandinavian National Bank was bankrupt. Fred S. Winslow, president, closed the bank today. Naturally, the Scandinavians are rather worried because they are among the ...

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  • Skandinaven -- February 18, 1879
    [Strange Case Dismissed]

    The case against Christopher Stange for tax evasion has been dismissed by the district attorney who found that the evidence did not merit prosecution.

    The case against Christopher Stange for tax evasion has been dismissed by the district attorney who found that the evidence did not merit prosecution.

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  • Skandinaven -- January 28, 1884
    Crime Among Scandinavians

    In 1883, there were only six hundred and eighty-three Swedes arrested, four hundred and thirty-six Norwegians, and no Danes. This number compared with five thousand four hundred and eight Irish, and over twenty thousand American-born is a favorable indication for the Scandinavians.

    In 1883, there were only six hundred and eighty-three Swedes arrested, four hundred and thirty-six Norwegians, and no Danes. This number compared with five thousand four hundred and eight Irish, ...

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  • Skandinaven -- June 07, 1887
    [Two Women Arrested for Theft]

    Mrs. Fredrika Ike and Mrs. Christiane Fuerman were arrested yesterday for shoplifting. In the homes of these women the police found several thousand dollars worth of stolen property.

    John Miller, a brother of Mrs. Ike, was also arrested. The hard times cause many of our people to steal.

    Mrs. Fredrika Ike and Mrs. Christiane Fuerman were arrested yesterday for shoplifting. In the homes of these women the police found several thousand dollars worth of stolen property. John Miller, ...

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  • Skandinaven -- January 28, 1889
    Four Norwegian Juvenile Bandits

    Four boys whose names are Andy Peason, Willie Lawson, Bertie Tomas, and Hans Gundersen, of ages between nine and eleven, appeared at the East Chicago Avenue Station, and confessed that they had broken into a showcase at Milwaukee Avenue and Noble Street and had stolen some merchandise. [They explained that] they expected to be arrested anyway, so they thought they would beat the police "to it."

    Four boys whose names are Andy Peason, Willie Lawson, Bertie Tomas, and Hans Gundersen, of ages between nine and eleven, appeared at the East Chicago Avenue Station, and confessed that ...

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  • Skandinaven -- January 30, 1889
    Girls Who Leave Home

    In the recent raids on disorderly houses, many girls have been found who were being sought by the police.

    In a raid on one of the notorious Sadie Richards brothels on Union Street, several girls were found, among them Clara Larson, Alma Peterson, Frida Hussen, and Minna Borg. All these girls had been enticed to the brothels by Sadie Richards herself. Sadie would hire the girls to work as maids in her private home on Washington Boulevard; at that place she would eventually introduce them to some "nice" men, who would entertain them. The girls would soon become thoroughly "broken in," and would then be transferred to one of Sadie's twenty brothels.

    It is high time the police began to raid these houses of prostitution. Most likely, many of our missing girls would then be found.

    In the recent raids on disorderly houses, many girls have been found who were being sought by the police. In a raid on one of the notorious Sadie Richards brothels ...

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  • Skandinaven -- May 20, 1889
    Carelessness

    Oskar Nelson, an eight year old Norwegian boy, threw a handful of sand at some boys who were teasing him. There was some glass in the sand he threw, which was the cause of the total blinding of one of the boys. The Nelson boy was held under five hundred dollars bond in the boys' court.

    Oskar Nelson, an eight year old Norwegian boy, threw a handful of sand at some boys who were teasing him. There was some glass in the sand he threw, which ...

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  • Skandinaven -- October 08, 1889
    Young Horse Thief

    William Johnson, 12 years old, is already a horse thief. He stole a horse and buggy last Sunday morning, drove to Heidenrick, Illinois where he tried to sell the horse and buggy, but because of his age he was arrested and brought back to Chicago.

    William Johnson, 12 years old, is already a horse thief. He stole a horse and buggy last Sunday morning, drove to Heidenrick, Illinois where he tried to sell the horse ...

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  • Skandinaven -- November 24, 1889
    Young Hopeful

    Alexander Peterson, 11 years old, was arrested recently on the charge of horse stealing. He was found guilty, and sent for several years to the Reform School, but his friends and relatives pleaded for him, and the judge believing that he would reform, let him go on probation. The boy soon began again to steal everything he could lay his hands on. Last week he disappeared from his home on Campbell and Lake, after stealing five dollars. He was arrested again, and this time he will go to the Reform School for good.

    Alexander Peterson, 11 years old, was arrested recently on the charge of horse stealing. He was found guilty, and sent for several years to the Reform School, but his friends ...

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  • Skandinaven -- February 01, 1890
    A Good Editor?

    Ludvig Brandt, a 26-year-old Norwegian, the former editor of Dag Bladet, was recently arrested on the charge of issuing checks without funds.

    When Dr. Howe heard of this, he brought three returned checks to the station, one for twenty-five and two for seventy-five dollars. He claimed he had not issued any of these checks, but that the signatures were so well done that he hardly could tell that they were false. He had proof that Brandt had cashed these checks. After some questioning, Brandt confessed that he had signed the checks and cashed them. He was held to the Grand Jury.

    Ludvig Brandt, a 26-year-old Norwegian, the former editor of Dag Bladet, was recently arrested on the charge of issuing checks without funds. When Dr. Howe heard of this, he brought ...

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