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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  • 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
  • "The Immigrants' Troubles," Scrapbook of D. Popovich -- March 02, 1929
    (No headline)

    The life of our people in America is full of trouble. The immigrants' only refuge from grief is his songs, but he cannot be singing all the time. He has not yet decided what he wants to do, whether to return to the old country or to stay here. If he goes back,- not so good. If he stays here, - not so good either. Our people's eyes are always turned in the direction where the old country lies. That country was the immigrants birth-place, and it reared him. No power exists which can make him forget the old country. On the other hand this country, America, gives him his bread and butter and offers him an opportunity to become independent. So though his feet are on American soil, his heart and his soul are still over there.

    Most of our people are very generous. They have sacrificed much for the old 2country. They have lent a helping hand to their poor friends and relatives over there. They went back to serve as volunteers in the war and contributed money for war-time necessities. They donate large sums of money for everything that is Serbian.

    Our compatriots are known as hard workers and savers. They try their best to save something from their meager pay-checks and send part of it across the Atlantic to their old country banks where it is probably lost. Then some unscrupulous rascals come here and swindle them out of the rest of their savings. And now the depression has come, with lack of work and no more savings. All this has made the Serbian hard-boiled and selfish. Our people have contributed to causes of all sorts, to the church, to education, to benevolent enterprises, until they have nothing left. They have scattered money right and left by handfuls and by sackfuls. Our people have contributed huge sums for conventions 3and annual meetings and have received nothing in return. And right now we have another instance to report. Just a few days ago we received an invitation to be present at a church convention, where, as we heard, our church leaders intend to solicit from ten to twenty thousand for a new bell and building repairs. We should like to know who is responsible for this situation.

    Dushan Popovich.

    The life of our people in America is full of trouble. The immigrants' only refuge from grief is his songs, but he cannot be singing all the time. He has ...

    Serbian
    III G, III C, III H, II D 10, III A, I A 2 c, I D 2 c, I G