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  • Dziennik Chicagoski -- January 06, 1891
    The Press Criticizes the United States Government for Mistreatment of the American Indians (Editorial)

    The United States Government has been criticized very severely by the European and American press for its mistreatment of the American Indians. There are indications that Uncle Sam has discredited himself by his inglorious war with the Indians. Did Uncle Sam, in reality, cunningly bait the Indians into war so as to get rid of his red-skinned children, as is maintained by malicious persons? No! Fortunately, it is not as bad as that. The United States Government has not committed infamous acts, but there is no doubt that it lost its respect on account of the lack of tact displayed by government agents at the Indian reservation camps.

    It does not make much difference to the Indians whether the government of the pale faces has disgraced itself or merely lost its respect. The result is the same. It plunged them into despair. When they took up their weapons, after being provoked and because they did not want to submit themselves to mistreatment and unmerciful beatings, the pale faces began to kill the old masters of this land, the rightful owners of these territories.

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    It may be said, however, that the United States is guilty of not watching the fingers of the government agents at the Indian reservation camps, and these fingers were, indeed, very long. They grabbed whatever was possible at every opportunity, and regardless of means. These agents were appointed for only four years; honce, they tried to make it as profitable as possible and, as the control was not strict, they speculated with supplies and rations entrusted to them. This was done is such a way that it was a source of good income at the expense of the Indians. The Indians were driven not only to despair, but almost to madness, and on account of this, a war against the Indians was fought which blackened the good reputation of the United States.

    In this particular instance the deficiency of our institutions is manifested more clearly than in thousands of other cases to which, because of being so common and familiar to us every day, we do not pay any attention.

    There will be no order as long as our public offices (which ought to be filled by men of not only unquestionable integrity but of great ability and long experience) are filled by men who have nothing behind them but a political career.

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    All public offices, especially the higher ones, should be entrusted to persons with the proper qualifications, who have passed an examination, and who have a good record. This is practiced not only in all civilized countries, but also in those which are considered uncivilized, as China.

    No one has a right to maintain that it is impossible to establish order in a republic where the highest offices, that is, those of the President and the Cabinet members, must be changed every four years. Where there exists a civil service system, there exists a good foundation which, with good will, can be further developed and gradually adopted everywhere.

    This is the time for establishing order in the Republic of the republics, which is proud of having model institutions. It would save the United States many losses and many humiliations. Much water will have to flow down the rivers before this will be accomplished. In the meantime, the redskins may be entirely exterminated. Today's telegraphic dispatches brought news of stubborn fighting with the Indians, and rumors are being spread that General Mills has been killed. It would be a great pity to lose this man, who would rather appease the Indians, without bloodshed and who might have been able to save the honor of the country.

    The United States Government has been criticized very severely by the European and American press for its mistreatment of the American Indians. There are indications that Uncle Sam has discredited ...

    Polish
    I G
  • Abendpost -- January 06, 1891
    Der Muenchener

    Die Muenchener Artist Society gave the public its second performance last night by again presenting the play "Pastor of Kirchfeld" (Der Pfairer von Kirchfeld), and again before a packed house.

    The performance was in every respect a most successful one.

    This evening for the first time the character picture, "Wild Alpine Flower and Edelweiss" (Almenrousch und Edelweiss), will be repeated.

    The program for the rest of the week is as follows: The Wood Carver of God Statues (Der Herrgottschnitzer.)

    Die Muenchener Artist Society gave the public its second performance last night by again presenting the play "Pastor of Kirchfeld" (Der Pfairer von Kirchfeld), and again before a packed house. ...

    German
    II A 3 d 1
  • Svornost -- January 08, 1891
    Bohemian Temperance Union

    The Bohemian "Women's Christian Temperance Union" was organized in the metodist church at halsted and 30th Streets. Officers elected were Miss Ocasek, president and Miss Maria Vilik, secretary.

    It was organized by secretaries of Cleveland, Ohio, Mrs. Josefa Leman, Mrs. Grubb of Kansas.

    Mrs. Hutchins, President of our city west side branch and Mrs. Minerva K. Eliott, President of the Illinois Organization were speakers.

    The Bohemian "Women's Christian Temperance Union" was organized in the metodist church at halsted and 30th Streets. Officers elected were Miss Ocasek, president and Miss Maria Vilik, secretary. It was ...

    Bohemian
    I B 1
  • Chicago Tribune -- January 08, 1891
    To Unite Three Jewish Societies

    At the quintennial convention of the Constitutional Grand Lodge, Independent Order of B'nai B'rith (Sons of the Covenant), held in Richmond, Virginia, last year, a committee was appointed to confer with committees which are expected to be appointed by the Kesher Shel Barzel and the Independent Order of the Free Sons of Israel - these three benevolent and fraternal societies are the three largest secret organizations in the country. The question of consolidating these and smaller orders has been agitated for the last five years.

    Definite steps are now being taken to bring representatives of the three orders together. Justice E. C. Hamburgher of Chicago, who is secretary of the B'nai B'rith District Grand Lodge No. 6, was appointed a member of the Consolidated Conference Committee. He informed a Tribune reporter yesterday that nothing would be done about this by his committee until the Kesher Shel Barzel and the Free Sons of Israel or one of those orders appointed a similar committee to confer with them.

    The "B. B's" as they are called, being the oldest, strongest, and the wealthiest of the Jewish benevolent orders, can afford to assume an independent attitude, although desirous and willing to amalgamate.

    At the quintennial convention of the Constitutional Grand Lodge, Independent Order of B'nai B'rith (Sons of the Covenant), held in Richmond, Virginia, last year, a committee was appointed to confer ...

    Jewish
    III B 4
  • Chicago Tribune -- January 08, 1891
    North Side Turners' New Hall.

    The Chicago Turngemeinde, the oldest and largest society of turners in the City, is considering plans for the erection of a new building and gymnasium. It has been found that the North Side Turner Hall, its present home, is not located conveniently for a majority of the members, who live for the most part north of North avenue. It is especially inconvenient for the children classes, which are attended by about four hundred pupils. This society has grown to such dimensions that its present quarters are becoming too crowded.

    Louis Nettelhorst, the speaker of the society has been looking around for sometime for a convenient place of ground and has found one that seems to answer all purposes. It belongs to Mr. Gulich and is located on Wells St., new Eugenie, with one hundred feet on Wells street and reaching through La Salle Ave.. A committee of five has been created to negotiate a ninety-nine year lease of the property.

    The North Side Turner Hall is worth about $200,000 including the ground. If possible this property will be sold which will enable the society to erect a new building at once on a grand scale.

    The Chicago Turngemeinde, the oldest and largest society of turners in the City, is considering plans for the erection of a new building and gymnasium. It has been found that ...

    German
    II B 3
  • Svornost -- January 09, 1891
    [Bohemian Womens' Christian Temperance Union Organized]

    As stated in yesterday's Svornost the branch of the Bohemian Woman's Temperance Union was organized. This news will reach our readers in a happy mood.

    In its first meeting we had a hot debate between the partisans and Independents, both parties fighting for the Bohemian branch of Chicago. Mrs. Josefina Leman of Cleveland, Ohio is non-partisan and the Chicago branch was organized the same. As soon as the partisans learned of the meeting place they rushed for it and had long talks.

    Mrs. Grubb of Kansas and Mrs. Huchins of Chicago explaining the bright future of the organization on the Independent side and Mrs. Minerva K. Eliott on the partisan side.

    Then it was agreed to vote, which ended in great majority to stay Independent.

    As stated in yesterday's Svornost the branch of the Bohemian Woman's Temperance Union was organized. This news will reach our readers in a happy mood. In its first meeting we ...

    Bohemian
    I B 1
  • Skandinaven -- January 10, 1891
    [Disinfect City Water Supply]

    The Association of Physicians and Surgeons has demanded that the city disinfect the [Chicago] water supply. Dr. Dahl, Danish, and Dr. Sandberg, who is of Norwegian descent, are struggling to enforce this measure. We shall offer them full support. Petitions should be signed and submitted at once.

    The Association of Physicians and Surgeons has demanded that the city disinfect the [Chicago] water supply. Dr. Dahl, Danish, and Dr. Sandberg, who is of Norwegian descent, are struggling to ...

    Norwegian
    I M
  • Svornost -- January 10, 1891
    Thorough Temperance Education - Purposes and Methods of Bohemian Temperance Union

    In our national orchard there blossoms a purely American flower-- how it will thrive the future will tell. Its first purpose is to educate the youth of both sexes. Thus spoke to us the chief organizer, Mrs. Leman of Cleveland, Ohio. The second and main purpose is moderation. However that is a far reaching conception--we would rather call it according to current usage of word Temperance Moderation is a very good thing and we have succeeded after a short conversation with the lady, to have her frankly admit that she really leans towards strict temperance because drinking of alcohol is harmful to mankind.

    In our national orchard there blossoms a purely American flower-- how it will thrive the future will tell. Its first purpose is to educate the youth of both sexes. Thus ...

    Bohemian
    I B 1
  • Abendpost -- January 10, 1891
    [The German Theater]

    Next Sunday "The Gypsy" will be presented.

    Our permanent German Theatre group, under the direction of the Messrs. Richard Welb and Muchsner, will present on Sunday "The Gypsies," at Hooley's Theatre. Mr. Emil from the East, who took part in the performance last Sunday and played the lead in "Kran," was no doubt liked very much by the public.

    He will again play the leading part.

    Next Sunday "The Gypsy" will be presented. Our permanent German Theatre group, under the direction of the Messrs. Richard Welb and Muchsner, will present on Sunday "The Gypsies," at Hooley's ...

    German
    II A 3 d 1
  • Abendpost -- January 12, 1891
    [Political Meeting]

    The Mass meeting of the Socialists in the Vorwarts Turnhall was attended by 2,000 people.

    Part of the meeting was devoted to a discussion of European politics. It was announced that the members of this organization will organize a political club by next spring.

    The decision was happily accepted.

    The Mass meeting of the Socialists in the Vorwarts Turnhall was attended by 2,000 people. Part of the meeting was devoted to a discussion of European politics. It was announced ...

    German
    I E, I F 2, III H