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 -- September 01, 1907
    The Upkeep of the National Slovak Schools in Chicago

    In 1904 the National Slovak School in Chicago was organized. The teachings in this school are to help young Slovak children in their native tongue and give them the knowledge to go out into the world "on their own". Supporting this school was the Jednota Sokol "Slavia", a Slovak Society.

    About this time the funds and donations were diminishing and the papers made a plea for help, but there was little response. One reason was that one of the papers making the request was Socialist and believed that the school taught Socialism. Another reason was that the school did not have any religious teachings, which caused so much strife between the schools.

    A plea was made to the National Slovaks Society, which had a membership of twenty-seven thousand to lend a helping hand, saying that in their by-laws it said to help Slovak expansion. Mr. F. Lamos, in closing his plea said: "We do not want our children to be lost to us, we don't want them to say we did not think about them. We want them to know our ways and it is our duty to preserve the schools we have and build others".

    In 1904 the National Slovak School in Chicago was organized. The teachings in this school are to help young Slovak children in their native tongue and give them the knowledge ...

    Slovak
    II B 2 f, III B 2, II B 3, III C, III A, I E
  • Rovnost Ludu -- August 02, 1911
    Editorial

    On Wednesday, July 26th, a nine day Novena ended in St. Ann's Church on 38th and California Avenue.

    Miraculous cures for the sick were performed in years gone by in this church. It is said that this year St. Ann cured two rheumatic persons.

    On Wednesday, July 26th, a nine day Novena ended in St. Ann's Church on 38th and California Avenue. Miraculous cures for the sick were performed in years gone by in ...

    Slovak
    III C
  • Rovnost Ludu -- April 10, 1912
    Example of Religious Strike Among Slovak Catholic & Socialists.

    On March 25th Reverend Kvitek and a church collector came to my home for donations. The priest entered my home and acted like a gentleman but the collector acted rather indifferently. Upon entering their first words were "Are You Slovak?" and telling them, "Yes," they told me they came to collect for the Church. I told them that I had no money to throw away and I was one of the members of the poor working army and while talking I handed him the Rovnost Ludu.

    The priest on reading the article was stopped by his associate who said, "Father dont read that Socialist paper; that is not the Equality of People but the Equality of Folly." Answering them I told them that it is the poor workingman's paper for the good of the people. The priest then turned to the door and left with his companion.

    On March 25th Reverend Kvitek and a church collector came to my home for donations. The priest entered my home and acted like a gentleman but the collector acted rather ...

    Slovak
    III C, I E
  • Rovnost Ludu -- November 06, 1912
    What is More Important: a Church or a School?

    The first incentive of the Slovaks in America is building churches. What would the churches do if we had no schools? Nothing. We would just have to remain dumb, so the right thing to do is build schools.

    A person can live without going to Church but cannot exist without schooling. Nowadays without schools, we would be continually in the background in culture, politics, etc.

    We would put a burden on our selves and on our children for the future.

    The first incentive of the Slovaks in America is building churches. What would the churches do if we had no schools? Nothing. We would just have to remain dumb, so ...

    Slovak
    I A 1 a, III C
  • DennĂ­ Hlasatel -- October 12, 1917
    Slovak Priests under Our Flag (Summary from the Headquarters of the National Alliance of Czech Catholics)

    "What a beautiful sight is the unity of all the strata of our people now at the eleventh hour--a unity which may bring our nation life or death! We hope it will be life that will be given to it!

    "In this fateful hour our people will be able to state proudly: 'We have done everything in our power.' The Slovak Catholic clergy held a conference with Dr. Milan R. Stefanik in the Plaza Hotel in New York. As a result of this meeting, a telegram was sent to Albert Mamatey, president of the Slovak League. The clergymen assured the League of their loyalty to the cause of liberating the old homeland, and of their willingness to co-operate from now on.....The Slovak clergy had not taken an active part in the movement for liberation up to the present time.....The need for aid from that part of our 2clergy has been long felt, for when some groups of an organization fail to respond, the efforts of the whole are badly hampered.....

    "The Catholic Sokol societies and the National Sokol (freethinking, nonsectarian) have removed old barriers that existed between them; they have forgotten old frictions.

    "What nobody would have thought possible only recently has become a reality. The two sides are united into one great organization as far as national patriotic effort is concerned. A gentlemen's agreement was reached between the leaders of the Catholic and the National organizations. They will work together under the name 'Slovak Sokols in America.'

    "The Slovak League registers great joy over this development....."

    [Note by the editor of the Denni Hlasatel: The preceding lines represent an excerpt translated from a report by the Slovak League which we offer to our readers without any comment.]

    "What a beautiful sight is the unity of all the strata of our people now at the eleventh hour--a unity which may bring our nation life or death! We hope ...

    Slovak
    I G, III B 2, III C, III H, I C
  • Osadne Hlasy -- September 01, 1928
    Five Years

    Five years ago, the Chicagski Dennik published its last issue. During its existence many false accusations fell on the heads of individuals who have not as yet completely recovered. Five years without a newspaper is a short period but it can prove very monotonous. Many were the painful sighs that came from individuals whose news of current events came only via newspapers written in Slovak.

    Then lo! and behold! like manna from heaven came Tylka Bros. to publish a newspaper covering the activities of all Slovak parishes in the Chicago metroplitan area - Osadne Hlasy.

    We have been deceived by other newspapers many times, yet we welcome this fighter into our ranks and hope that it will not disappoint us.

    We need your assistance. Without you we are helpless. Let each and everyone of you, therefore, lend a helping hand to this worthy cause.

    To the Tylka brothers, the best of luck. May you have an abundance of luck in this enterprise.

    Five years ago, the Chicagski Dennik published its last issue. During its existence many false accusations fell on the heads of individuals who have not as yet completely recovered. Five ...

    Slovak
    II B 1 c 3, III C
  • Osadne Hlasy -- March 09, 1929
    Our Nuns

    The thought of the disappearance of the venerable Nuns in our daily American lives strikes us with terror. In their quiet, but untiring way, they have covered the entire universe like the morning dew. Wherever humanity needs assistance, there you will find them; with the ill and the dying, with the aged and the invalid, or, beautifying our houses of worship. To all these endeavors the Slovak Nun has nobly contributed her undying will to help,and with the help of Divine Providence all her realizations shall be fulfilled.

    The thought of the disappearance of the venerable Nuns in our daily American lives strikes us with terror. In their quiet, but untiring way, they have covered the entire universe ...

    Slovak
    III C
  • Osadne Hlasy -- April 27, 1929
    This and That

    This coming Sunday will be a Federation meeting embracing all lodges of the First Catholic Slovak Union within the jurisdiction of Chicago and vicinity. The president of the Federation is urging other Slovak Catholic groups to be present to arrange for our presentation at the next Worlds' Fair. "Forget our past animosities-and work in unison for a better understanding and co-operation!"

    This Federation has already accomplished much in the way of social and religious work, and can accomplish even greater things with the assistance of conscientious workers. "Let us, then, work in harmony and attend the meetings of our Catholic Slovak Union in greater numbers!"

    This coming Sunday will be a Federation meeting embracing all lodges of the First Catholic Slovak Union within the jurisdiction of Chicago and vicinity. The president of the Federation is ...

    Slovak
    III C
  • Osadne Hlasy -- May 04, 1929
    This and That

    Last Sunday there was a federation meeting of Slovak Catholic lodges in Chicago and vicinity. About thirty groups were represented; all, however, were members of the Slovak Catholic Union, despite the fact that all other Slovak Catholic organizations were urged to attend. What a pity! What seems to be the reason? Is there dissension in our ranks? Let us not be pessimistic, nothing can be accomplished in this manner.

    Various matters were discussed at this meeting, the most important of which was the coming World's Fair, to be held in Chicago in 1933 and how and in what way the Slovak Catholics can contribute most toward its success. Let us all, Catholics and non-Catholics, get together, set aside our differences and help make the coming World's Fair a success.

    Last Sunday there was a federation meeting of Slovak Catholic lodges in Chicago and vicinity. About thirty groups were represented; all, however, were members of the Slovak Catholic Union, despite ...

    Slovak
    III C, II B 1 c 3
  • Osadne Hlasy -- May 18, 1929
    This and That

    Many of our readers have been inquiring when we will discontinue the sale of Osadne Hlasy, at our local churches. We therefore wish to announce, that after the last Sunday in June, this year, our publication will be sent to subscribers of record, as second class mail matter.

    We are happy to say that during recent weeks we have received many new subscribers, which proves that the Slovak Catholic has become deeply interested in our publication.

    Many of our readers have been inquiring when we will discontinue the sale of Osadne Hlasy, at our local churches. We therefore wish to announce, that after the last Sunday ...

    Slovak
    II B 2 d 1, III C