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  • Osadne Hlasy -- July 13, 1929
    All Are Not on Top

    Not all of us occupy high places in the course of a lifetime, no matter how conscientiously and efficiently we fulfill our duties. A certain English critic truthfully said: "We cannot all be knights, or gentlemen of leisure." A great number of us must become tailors, bricklayers, carpenters, and leaders of business enterprises. He who refuses to do his bit in this life, or tries to avoid doing it, makes the burden placed upon all humanity more difficult to carry.

    The young boy or the university graduate who tries to make his livelihood without work may or may not succeed. However, the young man with the determination to make good will not let any barrier stand in his way to distract him from accomplishing the achievements he set out to conquer. This boy will occupy one of the higher places during the course of his life. Judging from the various social and political positions our Slovak youth are now holding, they are headed in this direction.

    Not all of us occupy high places in the course of a lifetime, no matter how conscientiously and efficiently we fulfill our duties. A certain English critic truthfully said: "We ...

    Slovak
    I F 5
  • Osadne Hlasy -- September 27, 1929
    This and That

    Some time ago we mentioned that there were but a very few Slovaks in Chicago Heights. However, on the Sunday of the dedication of the Slovak Catholic Church, we learned the truth; many Slovaks live there. This was proved by the Mayor of the City, who spoke in person, and in terms that displayed a high regard and love for the Slovak people.

    They also hold him in him in high esteem. Therefore, if but a small number were expected to attend, his honor, the Mayor, would have been represented by proxy, which is customary on such occasions.

    Some time ago we mentioned that there were but a very few Slovaks in Chicago Heights. However, on the Sunday of the dedication of the Slovak Catholic Church, we learned ...

    Slovak
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  • 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 -- January 09, 1931
    Prophecies for the Year 1931 Taken from the Prophets' Book

    America is slowly but steadily nearing the greatest period of prosperity she has ever experienced, for which the present adminstration will be indelibly recorded in history. This is proven by the fact that the people have ceased to worry about their savings. This year, the American dollar will have five times the purchasing power that it had prior to the World War. The price of the average hog will be only a few dollars; our women's purses will be bulging with money; and every grocer will be wearing a smile because of the bargain prices he will be able to offer. Domestic stocks will rise from twenty-five to fifty points and will maintain their level. In this year, the anti-prohibitionists will beat their breasts and demand the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment. Our senators and congressmen will be provided with a school, that they may gain a greater knowledge of the needs and wants of our people. The statue of Liberty will be burnished with a bright coat of bronze. Big business enterprises will distribute fifty per cent of their income among their employees. Anton Cermak will be elected mayor and will drive all the parasites who are leading our municipality into bankruptcy out of the City Hall. Crooks 2and racketeers will disappear, and the only worry which our police department will have will be to see that there is no gambling or beer in our saloons. That we may show our gratitude and appreciation to him who is responsible for this golden age, Herbert Hoover will be elected President for life, and within the period of his incumbency a new world-citizen will be born, who will become a greater president than any one before him. Let him who does not believe in these predictions wait for New Year's Day and the big boom in all lines.

    America is slowly but steadily nearing the greatest period of prosperity she has ever experienced, for which the present adminstration will be indelibly recorded in history. This is proven by ...

    Slovak
    I J, I F 5
  • 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 -- July 24, 1931
    What We Need in Chicago (Editorial)

    Were we to go into detail regarding the things we need, no doubt there would be many. On the other hand, the things we have and could get along without would also be no small item. Among all things, what we Slovaks of Chicago need is good leadership and discipline among our people. There are a lot of things we could write about, but time does not permit it. However, it is well to mention at this time that we are badly in need of good, sound, fearless, leaders with the interests and welfare of our people at heart, and with the moral courage and qualifications to cope with any emergency that may arise. That is what the Slovaks of Chicago need.

    Were we to go into detail regarding the things we need, no doubt there would be many. On the other hand, the things we have and could get along without ...

    Slovak
    I F 5, I C
  • Osadne Hlasy -- October 07, 1932
    Slovak Meeting

    The public is invited to a meeting, to be held in C.S.P.S. Auditorium, 1126 W. 18th Street, October 7, at 7:30 P.M.

    Very serious and important matters will be discussed regarding the citizens of the 21st ward. It is, therefore, the duty of every Slovak citizen to be present because the meeting has been called for the purpose of uniting all of the various nationalistic groups.

    The public is invited to a meeting, to be held in C.S.P.S. Auditorium, 1126 W. 18th Street, October 7, at 7:30 P.M. Very serious and important matters will be discussed ...

    Slovak
    I F 5
  • Osadne Hlasy -- March 24, 1933
    Slovaks and Czechs Pay Tribute to the Late Mayor Cermak

    Slovaks and Bohemians gathered in large numbers last Sunday afternoon, in the Harrison Auditorium, to pay their last respects to their countryman, the late Mayor Anton J. Cermak.

    This solemn occasion was sponsored by the Bohemian and Slovak organizations of Chicago, to extend to those Slovaks and Bohemians who were not present at the regular funeral services for the dead Mayor, an opportunity to pay their last respects to this distinguished compatriot, whose name will go down in American history.

    The Auditorium was appropriately draped and the participants were deeply affected by this solemn occasion.

    The program was begun at three o'clock, when the curtain was drawn aside, to display a bust of Cermak, decorated with the American flag and draped in mourning. A large book, bearing the title History of Anton J. Cermak, 1873 - 1933, was also shown. Prominent men together with representatives 2of various organizations were seated in a circle about the book, in the center of the stage.

    The services were opened with the National anthem, which was played by the Harrison orchestra; president of the committee, J. A. Cervenka, then addressed the audience and explained the purpose of the occasion requesting that they refrain from applause on this solemn occasion.

    The program proceeded according to schedule as follows: Hruska's quartet; a selection from Anton Dvorak; speeches: Cermak A Martyr, by Professor Zmrhala; Cermak as a Patriot, by Dr. Peter Hletko; "Cermak and the Homeland" by the Czecho-Slovak Consul General, Dr. Smetanka; Cermak as a Character, by Rev. J. Pelikan; Cermak as a Humanitarian, by John Straka; Cermak, a friend of the working people, by Dr. J. Vojan; songs by the choir Lyra concluded the service.

    All speakers performed their role excellently, depicting the entire life of Cermak; and all were of the same opinion; that, Anton Cermak was one of the greatest heroes. He lived for his people, loved them, worked for them, and sacrificed his life for them.

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    The death of this heroic man brought back, to the vast audience, who deeply mourn his loss, memories of his great work.

    The concluding number on the program, which was introduced by the Sokols and Legionnaires, was a drama portraying the life of Cermak. The drama was a historical play, beginning with the year of Cermak's birth until his death, when his last words to President Roosevelt were, "I am glad that it was me [Sic!] and not you." The audience, upon mention of these "last words" were deeply moved, in fact, many shed tears.

    The program concluded leaving the audience with the satisfied feeling of having performed their duty as citizens, toward their great political leader, the deceased Mayor Anton J. Cermak. Rest in Peace!

    Slovaks and Bohemians gathered in large numbers last Sunday afternoon, in the Harrison Auditorium, to pay their last respects to their countryman, the late Mayor Anton J. Cermak. This solemn ...

    Slovak
    II B 1 c 3, IV, I F 5, IV
  • Osadne Hlasy -- March 02, 1934
    Appeal to Slovaks in Roseland and Puliman

    Our well-known citizen, Mr. Stephan J. Michuda, a Slovak, is running for ward committeeman of the ninth ward. Born in Pullman, of good Slovak parents, he was left an orphan when he was quite young. Left on his own, Mr. Michuda, through his cleverness and ability, elevated himself, and to-day he is an architectural engineer and a lawyer. Consequently, he is capable and deserving of our support. Therefore, fellow-countrymen of the ninth ward, it is our duty, as Slovak citizens, to support the candidacy of Mr. Michuda for the office of ward committeeman on April 10.

    Our well-known citizen, Mr. Stephan J. Michuda, a Slovak, is running for ward committeeman of the ninth ward. Born in Pullman, of good Slovak parents, he was left an orphan ...

    Slovak
    I F 5
  • 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