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  • Ujedinjeno Srbstvo -- October 31, 1922
    Learn the English Language.

    Why do you not learn? Why do you not open your mouth and your eyes? Why do you stay all alone, like a stranger along the sea, where anybody knowns how to swim except you?

    You suffer, despair, because the road is hard, so you progress very slowly.

    Look around. Open your eyes, thousands of opportunities are here, why do you not seize one? Read newspapers and advertisements, listen to what is said around you, go in society, where our word is not spoken. It does not matter even if they laugh at you, you will never make the same mistake again.

    You will have difficulties, you will get exhausted in the struggle of thoughts and words, but every day you will get nearer to your goal. It makes no difference if you are not understood at first. You are not to blame. Many others do not know the English language. Many have only rudimentary knowledge of it, and they have to learn it too.

    Do you want to earn money and to get a good position? There are no prospects

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    for you until you learn the English language. That is your admission ticket. Every one has to pay the same price. For a career free tickets are not given.

    There is so much talk about success. But what is success? Success is the ability to do better than the average man.

    Don't do things just well. Perform things better, but to do that you must learn - English

    Why do you not learn? Why do you not open your mouth and your eyes? Why do you stay all alone, like a stranger along the sea, where anybody knowns ...

    Serbian
    I A 3, III A
  • Underground in America -- [Unknown date]
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    I pray that God may grant me sufficient skill in writing to express to my people in the old country what we know here in America.

    Many people in my native land desire to immigrate to America. which they depict in their imagination as a land of great opportunity and a heaven on earth, just as I did before my arrival here.

    My idea in coming to America was to go underground, into the mines to dig gold, and after spending some time in this labor, to return to the land of my fathers.

    But I see now what a terrible mistake I made by not staying in the old country.

    Life and work are very hard underground without light and air. But still it would not be right to speak against this rich, beautiful and free country, which 2gives equal rights to poor and rich, strong and weak.

    But for us Serbians this land is cold, and our life here is miserable for many reasons.

    We immigrants must forget all that we have learned, and we must so to speak be born again and transport ourselves to another world.

    Because we do not know English, we must work hard to learn it; for English is harder than stone. No language in the whole world is more difficult. Americans speak like toothless old women, like cows chewing hay. Both ears must be kept wide open if you want to understand anything. Your mouth must be twisted, and your tongue squeezed in order to pronounce English words properly. If one is looking for a job and does not have a friend to help him, he may spend three whole years and travel a thousand miles without finding work, and God save him from utter destitution! When you are without work in America, you realize what mistake you made in leaving home. Suppose you get a job in a mine. Then you 3shall see how your health will be ruined, for mines are worse than prisons, and air has to be pumped into them by machinery. Rocks menace you with death, there is none of the sunshine that you love. Candles are forever burning; your eyes are blinded with smoke; poisonous gases fill your lungs. But even this is not the worst, for in summer the mines are filled with water.

    After working in a mine, you will be glad to be a shepherd, eating only one meal a day but breathing the clear, pure air above ground.

    In mines there is eternal night and darkness quickly kills your youth, depletes your energy, endangers your life, and destroys your ambition. We look like dead men, pale and weak.

    Besides working underground, we must cook and do mending and laundering, and there is no time left for the joys of living. So you may see that the life of a miner is worse than the life of a soldier.

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    After so bitter an experience I no longer desire to gain gold but only to do something full of life and enjoyment. Let my work be in the sunshine, where there is plenty of pure air, even though the wages be small !

    May this account of my experience help you be wise!

    I pray that God may grant me sufficient skill in writing to express to my people in the old country what we know here in America. Many people in my ...

    Serbian
    III H, III G, I D 2 c, II A 2, I A 3, III C
  • [Association documents] -- [Unknown date]
    Record Books of the Yugoslav Song Festival [Yugoslav Song Festival]

    His Excellency Dr. Konstantin Fotich, Yugoslav Minister in Washington, has conferred a high honor on the special committee of the Yugoslav Song Festival by accepting their request, namely, that this musical event shall be under his distinguished patronage.

    The announcement of the forthcoming musical production has created vivid interest among the leading American experts in music and drama to such an extent, that a number of the high officials are expected to attend the performance.

    They will represent the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the Board of Education, leading Conservatories of Music in Chicago, actors, painters, sculptors, playrights, composers, conductors, etc. The complete list of their names will be published shortly.

    Yugoslav music lovers and leaders of our colony will be present and many out of town folks will especially come here for that occasion.

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    The participating soloists from the Chicago Civic Opera and Savine's Vocal Ensemble are rehearsing daily under the personal direction of our famous composer Alexander Savine. The variety of the program, as well as the quality of the production, promises to be of the highest order.

    Yugoslav Song Festival will be held on April 18, 1937, at 5 P.M. at the Auditorium of the Serbian Church, 1905 W. Fowler St., Chicago, Ill.

    Samuel G. Milnovich.

    His Excellency Dr. Konstantin Fotich, Yugoslav Minister in Washington, has conferred a high honor on the special committee of the Yugoslav Song Festival by accepting their request, namely, that this ...

    Serbian
    II B 1 c 3, I A 3