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  • Revyen -- January 14, 1899
    (No headline)

    p. 4.- Mrs. Victor Lanzky has opened a dancing school at Finstad Hall. The classes meet every Monday, the children from 5 to 7 o'clock and adults from 8 to 11 o'clock. It looks like this school is going to be a success. Additional classes for children, every Tuesday, have been opened.

    (Summary)

    p. 4.- Mrs. Victor Lanzky has opened a dancing school at Finstad Hall. The classes meet every Monday, the children from 5 to 7 o'clock and adults from 8 to ...

    Danish
    II B 1 c 2, IV
  • Revyen -- January 14, 1899
    (No headline)

    p. 4.- Mrs. Victor Lanzky has opened a dancing school at Finstad Hall. The classes meet every Monday, the children from 5 to 7 o'clock and adults from 8 to 11 o'clock. It looks like this school is going to be a success. Additional classes for children, every Tuesday, have been opened.

    (Summary)

    p. 4.- Mrs. Victor Lanzky has opened a dancing school at Finstad Hall. The classes meet every Monday, the children from 5 to 7 o'clock and adults from 8 to ...

    Danish
    II B 1 c 2, IV
  • Abendpost -- January 17, 1899
    [Political Matters]

    The report, according to which the "Independent Order of Honor" officially declared itself for Ex-Governor John P. Altgeld, as candidate for mayor, is denied positively by the Grand Lodge.

    The Grand-officials, Emil W. Galle and Louis W. Reebe declare in their letter to the Abendpost, that the above mentioned order, is not concerned with politics, so that all such similar reports, are entirely unfounded.

    The report, according to which the "Independent Order of Honor" officially declared itself for Ex-Governor John P. Altgeld, as candidate for mayor, is denied positively by the Grand Lodge. The ...

    German
    I F 2, I F 3, I F 5, IV
  • Zgoda -- January 19, 1899
    Is This Permitted?

    I must give the readers of Zgoda the true facts about some thing that happened to me, about the had behavior of our Catholic priests.

    Rev. Father E., of St. Stanislans parish come to my home a few weeks age for the yearly church collection. As I was showing him my parish book from the Holy Trinity parish, I said: "I can't donate money for the upkeep of two parishes." The Rev. Father left and later told some people that I throw him out of my home.

    This incident occurred to me on December 25 of last year: I was invited by a lady to escort her and her baby to participate in a Catholic church rite (the churching of a woman), I knelt down to give praise to God when Father S... came from the sacristy and said: "Get out, go to Holy Trinity."

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    I ask of you, should priests act this way and insult people in church? These are the priests that force Catholic people to join the Independent Catholic Church; the Catholic priests call these people Coxeyites (members of Coxey's army), but this is not the people's fault, but the priest's. If we did not have priests like Rev. Father S... we would have peace and love among us Poles.

    Another priest, Father P..., came for a collection to my daughter, who owns a store, and when he did not receive any money because she does not approve of giving for the support of two parishes, Father P... visited other business people and told them lies about my daughter and warned people belonging to St. Stanislaus parish not to trade in this store. Is this permitted?

    Doesn't Rev. Father P... know that on grounds of slander he can be sued in court for damaging and ruining her business unrightfully? This is not the work and teachings of Jesus Christ.

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    Why must the priest be so rude and make trouble? They can be nice and lovable if they would only stay within the bounds and obligations of the Catholic religion and the Bible.

    This eventually leads to bitterness, hard feelings and misunderstandings. Can't we do our part and not permit such scandals?

    R. Centella.

    I must give the readers of Zgoda the true facts about some thing that happened to me, about the had behavior of our Catholic priests. Rev. Father E., of St. ...

    Polish
    III C, I B 4
  • Katalikas -- January 19, 1899
    Local News

    Found Guilty. John Baublis, a young man, who came from Lithuania to America last summer was arrested and sentenced three years to prison and sent to the state penitentiary to serve his sentence for killing a hoodlum.

    John Baublis was attacked by a group of hoodlams at 4500 S. Paulina St., and accidentally killed with a revolver one of the hoodlums by the name of Riebandt, who died instantly. According to our opinion, young Baublis is innocent, because he killed this hoodlum in self-defense; nevertheless he was sent to prison for three years. In this case, John Baublis should have been acquitted. However, if this young man had been the son of a rich man, no doubt he would have been acquitted with no trouble. It is very pathetic case to see this innocent young man sent to prison, just because he did not have a few thousand dollars to give to politician and judge. We are all in the very same situation; if we are poor, we have to suffer injustice in this cruel world of ours.

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    The Lithuanian people consented with Reverend Father to call a special meeting to elect a committee for the purpose of helping this innocent young man who has been sent to prison for three years. The purpose of this committee is to raise funds from contributions by people and have an attorney for John Baublis.

    Most of the credit is due to Stanley Marcinkevicia and Joseph Kushleika for their efforts and energy for raising this fund. We are very grateful for their work, devotion, spending their own money and time to help their brother. We are also grateful to those who contributed to that fund. Although we don't know you, Mr. Baublis, we are sending you our words of sympathy and consolation.

    Let this prison be a boat of salvation to you, and with the help of God you will be more cautious when you come back from prison. There is an old proverb saying that "One who is loved by God is punished." You must except this penalty as a God's personal love and a token of mercy.

    Found Guilty. John Baublis, a young man, who came from Lithuania to America last summer was arrested and sentenced three years to prison and sent to the state penitentiary to ...

    Lithuanian
    II E 2, I C, II D 7
  • Abendpost -- January 21, 1899
    Politics and Administration. Altgeld's Answer to State Senator Shunway's Letter. the County Officials Are Supposed to Receive Higher Salaries.

    As may be generally known, J. N. C. Shumway, State Senator of Christian County, a former staunch supporter of Altgeld, asked him to favor his party members of the interior of the State, by explaining his motives; why he, the Democratic Ex- Governor, chooses to run as an independent candidate for mayor of Chicago. Mr. Altgeld answered the letter immediately, and his reply, condensed, is as follows: "You ask me, why I really fight the City hall machine. A profound sense of duty towards my party is the primary reason. Three questions in Chicago form the entire basis."

    1.) Those of political decency and self-preservation.

    2.) The treachery towards, and the complete destruction of that powerful reform movement, which the Democratic party now advocates, and

    3.) The question, whether the right shall be denied to Chicago, to try to improve its condition and that of the next generation, in regard to street car transportation.

    As soon as the inauguration of the present City administration was completed, 2it insisted upon controlling the primary and the convention. For this express purpose, most of the members of the County Central Committee were placed on the City pay-roll and with the aid of this Committee, which had to select the election districts and appoint the election judges, it became an easy matter to obtain the desired control of the nominating convention. In June 1897, ended the term of all circuit judges. We had just won in the city; the current was on our side and every where was ample evidence, that we would also elect the new judges. The City Hall faction however put up weak candidates, so that the party protested, which turned into a revolt among the Democrats and the upshot of it was, that we were thoroughly beaten. Last fall, the same cause produced the identical result; we lost the state, the control in the House of Representatives of the state and besides, several state in the Senate. Through this debacle, the Republicans gained control of the entire election-machine in the city, and furthermore also five thousand berths for their party were pullers. That the next senator will also be a Republican, is likewise the fault of that near-sighted City hall clique. What serious-thinking man would consider it undemocratic, if, under such conditions one endeavors to give that "machine" the death-thrust?

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    And, since the City ball faction can control all the primaries, and with entire disregard of the party sentiment, it follows, that all opposition to this machine must be absolutely independent.

    It was I, who formerly induced my Democratic friends to consider Carter H. Harrison for the mayor's office, since I firmly believed, to have found in him a true friend of the free-silver coinage movement. And what did Mr. Harrison do, after he was elected mayor of Chicago? Within the first week of his office tenure, he selected not less than 9 adherents of the Gold cause for important places, and proved himself an obedient tool of the so-called Sound-money-men. Towards those, who after all, really elected him, he appeared cold and very reticent.

    Free institutions in this land must be founded on patriotic democracy. My entire existence is intimately connected with the great principles of such a democracy; and I cannot look on and remain inactive, if everything for which I worked and fought, is threatened by treachery and destruction. Who soever disregards the accepted principles of the party is a "bolter", but not he, who sacrifices everything, if necessary, to prevent the betrayal of such a platform. A political "machine" is a curse, if it serves base purposes.

    The attitude of the mayor towards the street-car question, will be submitted to 4Chicago's citizens later. Harrison is opposed to municipally owned railroads. The railway companies share that belief. He tries to ignore the interesting question of a fare reduction as much as possible; so do the companies.

    He requests a high franchise from the street car companies and the latter are willing to pay it. In short, under Harrison's plan, the people would carry the same burden, as before. Only through municipal ownership will the population be enabled to obtain the lowest rates and the best of transportation; only through that will it be possible to end graft and corruption, which is always a by-product when private ownership has a monopoly of public service.

    As may be generally known, J. N. C. Shumway, State Senator of Christian County, a former staunch supporter of Altgeld, asked him to favor his party members of the interior ...

    German
    I F 3, I F 1, I F 5, I F 6, I E, IV
  • Revyen -- January 21, 1899
    [Andrew Peterson Dead] (Summary)

    Andrew Peterson, ex-consul and former president of the Western State Bank, died in his apartment in the Union League Club January 19.

    Mr. Peterson was born in Kolding, Denmark, in 1829, and came to the United States in 1847. He opened a store in Watertown, Wisconsin, where he helped to organize the Chicago, Watertown & Northern Railroad, which later was merged with the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad.

    In 1872 Mr. Peterson moved to Chicago, where he and George P. Bay started a bank. He was president of the bank until 1894. In this year he was made Danish Consul for Illinois and fifteen other states, a post he held four years. Mr. Peterson then became ill and retired. He was decorated with the order of Dannebrog.

    2

    Mrs. Peterson died two years ago. There were no children.

    Andrew Peterson, ex-consul and former president of the Western State Bank, died in his apartment in the Union League Club January 19. Mr. Peterson was born in Kolding, Denmark, in ...

    Danish
    IV, II A 2, III H
  • Abendpost -- January 21, 1899
    [Political Matters]

    In the thirtieth ward the regular meeting of the German-Americans of that ward will be held at Oswald's Hall, 52nd and Halsted Streets, tomorrow, Sunday, 2 P. M. Among other business, the following activities are announced: membership cards will be distributed, also the various committees and precinct Captains etc. will be appointed. The organization has achieved notable success during its short existence, and every German-American of the 30th ward, should be affiliated with it.

    The regular meeting of the German-American Democratic Club of the 21st ward, at Schmitt's Hall, no. 576 Larrabee Street, was well attended. Mr. Chas. Werno gave a lengthy treatise on the short-comings and the undesirable features of our municipal regulations and customs, in an exceptionally eloquent manner. He concluded his subject with the admonition, that in the future, only such candidates should be nominated, who fully enjoy the confidence of the people and, in conformity to the "true" meaning of that word.

    In the thirtieth ward the regular meeting of the German-Americans of that ward will be held at Oswald's Hall, 52nd and Halsted Streets, tomorrow, Sunday, 2 P. M. Among other ...

    German
    I F 2, II B 2 g, I F 4
  • Revyen -- January 21, 1899
    [Article by Clemens Petersen Accepted by Northland Magazine] (Summary)

    Clemens Petersen, who for many years has lived in Chicago, has written in the January number of The Northland Magazine about "German Policy in North Schleswig."

    Clemens Petersen, who for many years has lived in Chicago, has written in the January number of The Northland Magazine about "German Policy in North Schleswig."

    Danish
    IV, III H
  • Abendpost -- January 24, 1899
    German Instruction. Schoolboard Member Gross Distributes a Questionaire Concerning It.

    Acting on his own initiative, Mr. H. H. Gross, of the City's Schoolboard sent a letter to 100 principals of our public schools, several days ago. The filling out of the questionaire is for the purpose and benefit are derive by giving German instruction in the public schools. The questions are about as follows!- "How many scholars of the 7th and 8th grade partake of German instruction in your school?" "Are any of the scholars-those of German origin excepted-able to read or write a German letter after an instruction period of one or two years?" "Would it be preferable to use the time, devoted to the study of German, in giving English instruction instead?" "Do you believe, that the study of German, is useful, as far as the pupils in your class are concerned?"

    So far, Mr. Gross, obtained about 60 replies to his circular, but he is not willing at present to give detailed information concerning it. Pres. Harris and the school board members Schwab and Mrs. Sherman from the Committee on German instruction are not pleased with Mr. Gross's procedure. They have apprehensions that it will lead to a renewed attack on German teaching, and, if at all possible, the administration wishes to prevent this. Mr. Gross declares however, that he is only interested 2personality in ascertaining, whether the $150,000.00 (One hundred fifty thousand dollars) have been wasted uselessly.

    Acting on his own initiative, Mr. H. H. Gross, of the City's Schoolboard sent a letter to 100 principals of our public schools, several days ago. The filling out of ...

    German
    I A 1 b