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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  • Rovnost Ludu -- April 01, 1907
    Who to Vote For

    On April 2nd, we will again vote for city officers, and representatives. Shall we appoint men of the capitalistic group or shall we elect men of own class, the man for the working people? It has been proven that the Democrats and the Republicans and capitalists who live on pride and riches. They do not know our needs, they do not try to help the working class, they only know about their own welfare. The only time the working people are remembered is at election when our votes are needed to help.

    On April 2nd, we will again vote for city officers, and representatives. Shall we appoint men of the capitalistic group or shall we elect men of own class, the man ...

    Slovak
    I F 1, I E
  • Rovnost Ludu -- March 30, 1910
    Some Slavs on the Ballot.

    On Tuesday, April 5th, the people of Chicago will be called upon to elect aldermen. Through them you will expect to better our system and conditions but we are going to enlighten you on the conditions that are existing at the present time.

    Right now Chicago politics are controlled by the Republicans who should first of all consider the people above everything. This we cannot say about the present faction; they cater to the rich corporations and to the Capitalists. At the present time there is not one in office who will take up the working man's cause, the same workers who put them where they are.

    Outside of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia there is not a more corrupt town then Chicago with its grafters and cheaters, and is blossoming forth under the guidance of the Republican Party.

    Checking the city's records it was found that One Hundred Thousand Dollars were stolen. City jobs were given without permission; contractors were paid for jobs they 2 never finished; and a lot of names on the payroll of people who never worked but received salaries, also orders for materials were given to friends of the politicians who in turn charged the city two and three times the actual value of the goods, and at that they would receive the worst grade of material, and on this account the city lost One Hundred Thousand Dollars. Also when some lawbreaker went before the judge he was freed provided he had the pull and the money.

    We are looking for men who are honest and fair but we wont find them on either the Republican or Democratic side. The Democrats today do not steal for the simple reason that they have not got the opportunity but in Milwaukee where they have power their stealing goes on just like the Republicans in Chicago.

    The Socialist Party is one which can curb dishonesty and the robbery of the city funds. They have candidates in every ward, men who will not be bought out, and who are honest and well deserving candidates.

    On Tuesday, April 5th, the people of Chicago will be called upon to elect aldermen. Through them you will expect to better our system and conditions but we are going ...

    Slovak
    I F 1, I F 3, I F 6
  • Osadne Hlasy -- October 27, 1928
    Message from Alfred E. Smith to Slovak Citizens in America

    On October 19, 1928, Governor Smith made the following address to the Slovak Delegates of Chicago: "Gentleman! I am exceedingly honored by your visit and am grateful for your loyalty and support. I assure you, that as president of the United States I will be ever ready to support the necessities and interests of your people."

    Slovak men and women are urged to vote for Alfred E. Smith for President of the United States, thereby assuring prosperity to all.

    On October 19, 1928, Governor Smith made the following address to the Slovak Delegates of Chicago: "Gentleman! I am exceedingly honored by your visit and am grateful for your loyalty ...

    Slovak
    I F 4, I F 1
  • Osadne Hlasy -- January 03, 1930
    This and That

    The American Slovak Citizen's League is working to have Michael Trenko on the ballot as a candidate for Judge of the Municipal Court, in the next primary election.

    It is the first time in history that a Slovak has had an opportunity of this kind. Therefore it is our duty to give him our support.

    The American Slovak Citizen's League is working to have Michael Trenko on the ballot as a candidate for Judge of the Municipal Court, in the next primary election. It is ...

    Slovak
    I F 5, I F 1, IV
  • Osadne Hlasy -- October 17, 1930
    This and That (Editorial)

    Slovak citizens have, in the past, supported all candidates of the Democratic ticket. What did they gain by that? Very little; in fact nothing at all. The political power of the Slovak was not fully appreciated. We are, however, at fault, because we did not cooperate.

    At present the Slovak-American Citizens' League is making another attempt to show its strength.

    We are appealing to each and every individual to take this opportunity to heart and be present at the League's meeting. Your presence will enable the Slovaks to receive full recognition in the political field.

    If the Democrats fail to recognize us, then we will join the other side.

    Slovak citizens have, in the past, supported all candidates of the Democratic ticket. What did they gain by that? Very little; in fact nothing at all. The political power of ...

    Slovak
    I F 2, I F 1
  • Osadne Hlasy -- February 13, 1931
    Slovak Citizens' Club "Pokrok" to Hold Meeting

    The Slovak-American Citizens' Club "Pokrok" requests all its members in the 21st Ward to attend a joint meeting to be held Tuesday, February 17, at 7 P. M. Every Slovak believing in the right of free speech should present himself on this occasion. The aldermanic election is close at hand, and John J. Lagodny, a scion of the Slavic race, whose name is not a new one to the Slovaks of the 21st Ward, is a candidate. It is our duty to support Mr. Lagodny in his efforts to gain representation for our people in the City Council. Therefore, let us not forget this meeting, which will be held next Tuesday evening, at seven o'clock, in Marie Travnik's Hall, 2701 W. 24th Street, corner of Washtenaw Avenue.

    The Slovak-American Citizens' Club "Pokrok" requests all its members in the 21st Ward to attend a joint meeting to be held Tuesday, February 17, at 7 P. M. Every Slovak ...

    Slovak
    I F 2, I F 5, I F 1, IV
  • Osadne Hlasy -- January 06, 1933
    An Announcement to Citizens of the Twenty-First Ward

    All the members of the Slovak Citizen's Club in the twenty-first Ward are asked to be present at a meeting, January 6, at 7:30 o'clock. It will be held in the C. S. P. S. hall, 1126 West Eighteenth Street.

    Now, fellow citizens, is the time to show our determination to elevate ourselves and the Slovak name during the year 1933. We cannot wait for wonders to happen, nor must we depend on the help of others. We must work in every possible way to reach the goal and make our dreams a reality. Therefore, citizens of the twenty-first Ward, we appeal to you for your assistance and co-operation. We hope that you will be present at this meeting, because many important matters will be discussed. Membership cards will be distributed at the meeting. All those who wish to receive their cards are asked to be present.

    All the members of the Slovak Citizen's Club in the twenty-first Ward are asked to be present at a meeting, January 6, at 7:30 o'clock. It will be held in ...

    Slovak
    I F 2, I F 1
  • Osadne Hlasy -- March 16, 1934
    This and That (Editorial)

    We consider it our duty to mention the fact there are four Slovak candidates running for public office.

    Mr. John Kubina, a Democrat, is running for state representative from the Fourth Senatorial District; Mr. Florian V. Tylka is a candidate for the same office from the Fifteenth Senatorial District; Mr. Michael Cerny is seeking re-election to the office of senatorial committeeman in the Fourth District, and Mr. Stephan Michuda is running for the office of ward committeeman in the 9th ward. All four are Slovaks,and we urge all Slovaks to support them. Therefore, let us not forget election day, Tuesday, April 10.

    We consider it our duty to mention the fact there are four Slovak candidates running for public office. Mr. John Kubina, a Democrat, is running for state representative from the ...

    Slovak
    I F 5, I F 1, IV
  • Osadne Hlasy -- October 26, 1934
    American Slovak Citizens' League Celebrates Anniversary

    Last Saturday, October 20th, the American Slovak Citizens' League celebrated its tenth anniversary with a huge gathering at Pilsen Park. The affair was a success in every respect. People from all parts of Chicago came to take part in this celebration, which lasted until a late hour of the night. Quite a number of politicians who were present were indeed surprised to see the strength and solid front the Chicago Slovaks possess, a fact which made them realize that the Chicago Slovaks, through solidarity, can make or break any local political candidate, and that, consequently, they must be reckoned with.

    Last Saturday, October 20th, the American Slovak Citizens' League celebrated its tenth anniversary with a huge gathering at Pilsen Park. The affair was a success in every respect. People from ...

    Slovak
    I F 2, I F 1, I F 4