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2. Industrial and ConmiBrcial 



IV , Tne Qzeclioslova]: Review , March 1924, p, 82. 


Tli.e Jimerican CZ-echoslovak Bankers Association of Chica:o, 111*, held its annual ^=^ 
meetiuf^ February 12th, 1924, at -.vhich tlio folloTang officers were elected: - r^' 

Frank d, Ilajicek, Pr-esident, c 

Joseph J. Sahat, Yice President o-> 

John L. I.lovak, Vice Prosider.t • im. 

John ;/. Jedlan, Secretary '^' 
Otto Kaspar, Treasurer 

This organization has been functioninp; siice ISIG, and- has rendered a large 
amount of service botr. to Czechoslovaks of this countr;^ as T7ell as in 3urope, 


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Proof of the growth and development of any camaunity is the establishment % 

of banking institutions within it. Therefore, the recent organization of ^ 

a new Czech banking institution in Berwyn, Illinois, furnishes such proof. ?= 

It is quite an event for our coramunity. The Czechoslovak banking system ^ 

has won for itself undoubted prestige, for wherever a Czech settlement is so 

founded, there also, sooner or later, a Czech bank is established. This is S 

the result of the thrift and effort of our people. ^ 

The Berwjm community is one of our most promising Czech settlements; and 
here a new Czech bank will open its doors next Saturday. Its name will be 
the Berwyn Trust and Savings Bank. Among the board of directors are the 
following: Messrs. Louis Stastny, J. A. Vasumpaur, M.D., and John Krivanek. 


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These names are a guarantee that every one of our countrymen will be honest- 5 
ly and efficiently served by this new bank, emd we hope that this new Czecho- c^ 
Slovak enterprise will find favor with all of our public. The bank is lo- '-- 
cated on Oak Park Avenue, near the Chicago, Burlington, and Q,uincy Railroad. ^ 














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Denni Ilia sat el, ::ov. 25, 1922, 

K;^P.\R»3 .".TLL L2.1TiS $25,000 

V.'ith the passing of Ilr, '.Tillian rZaspar, on ITovember 2, 192.:, the Czecho- 
slovaks of Chicago lost not only one of their oldest settlers, a typical 
self-made man, a pioneer of our ncv well-developed banking system, but, as 
appeared aftor his death, also a man possessing a kind heart. 3y his energy 
and business acaien ?:r. Kaspar vjas able, during the man;"- j'-ears of his activ- to 
ity here, to anass considerable wealth; yet he never forgot that once he v;as 
a poor man himself as is sufficiently bome out by acts of charity at the 
close of his fruitful life. Shortly before his dei-,th he expressed a viish 
that oat of his estate, •;?25,000 be given to charity, entrusting to his chil- 
dren the task of dividing that amount among the various charitable institu- 
tions, I.Ir, Kaspar 's v.-ish v;as respected of course, and belo'.v is a list of 
charitable institutions ;vhich benefited by his generous bequest: 



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TV Utulna A Sirotcinec (Bohemian Old People's Hone and Orphanage) ^5,000 
Sirotcinec Svateho Josefa v Lisle (Saint Joseph^s /Bohemian 

Catholi_c7orphana3e at Lisle) 5,000 

Utulna Svateho Benedikta (Saint Benedict's /Boheniaj^Cld People's Home) 2,000 

Ceska Dobrocinna Spolecnost (Bohemian Cliaritable Association) 500 

Polish Catholic Orphanage at lliles JjJ 1,500 

Polish School at Ililes 200 

The Saint Hedvika Industrial School for Girls at IJiles * 500 

The Polish Old People's Home 200 

Denni Opatrovna Svateho Vojtecha (Saint Adalbert's _^ohemian Catholi^ 

Day Kurser:/-) 200 

The Croation Crphanac© i^i A-n^rica 1,000 

The Jewish Charities /United HebreW/ 1,000 

The Lithuanian Catixilic Charitable Institutions in Aierica 1,000 

'.latice Vyssiho Vzdelani (Bohemian Council for Higher jjducation) in Cedar 

Rapids, Iowa 1,000 




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17 Illinois :'asonic Orphanap;^ ■} 500 

Slovak Lutherans 250 :s 

Slovak Catholics 250 2 

The Guaradian Angel Geman Catholic Crphanace 250 ~ 

The G-eraan Lutheran Orphanage of Forest Park, Illinois 250 r^ 

The Cicero '.Telfare Center /sicT 500 -x> 

To the tovm of Ilolice in Bohemia 500 o 

To the Husuv Jubilejni Dum (John IIuss ..emorial) of Chicago 500 '<^ 

Gads Kill Center /siii/ 250 

Bethlehem Konsresacni Kaple (Bethlehen Bohemian Congregational Giiapel) 

in Chicago 250 

To various other charitable institutions 2,400 

Total :i;25,000 

ITo human hand could erect in granite or marble a better monu:r.snt than v;as 
fashioned by the generous hand of the late Mr. Kaspar himself. Kis memory 













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will remain vivid even after many years. 

His last will was probated yesterday. From it, it was made clear that he 

left his widow, Mrs, Pavlina Kaspar, |250,000 and a beautiful residence on 

West 'Vashington Boulevard. The shares of stock which he owned in both of 

the banking institutions of which he was the founder; namely, the Kaspar ^ 

State Bank at Blue Island Avenue and West 19th Street, and the First Na- ^ 

tional Bank on West 22nd Street, Cicero, Illinois, v/ill go to his four ^ 

children, to wit: The sons. Otto and Eugene W. Kaspar, and the daughters, o^ 

I,lrs. Belle Peschel and I.^rs. laae F. Wiese, The administrator of his estate 

is the Kaspar State Bank 

Mr. Otto Kaspar will continue as president of both above-named financial 
institutions. He ;vas uhanimously elected to this office at the regular 
board of directors meeting. It is fully expected that Mr. Otto Kaspar 
will manage the affairs of both these banks with the sams energy and 


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17 business talent which characterized his. ...father. 

Finally, it is announced that the bequests made by Mr. '.V. Kaspar will be 
paid out before Christmas. 


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Mr. J. J. Svoboda, the chief stockholder of the Grand Leader Department 
Store, Vest 22nd Street and California Avenue, was known to be an enter- ^ 
prising and successful businessman throughout his very active life. It ^ 
noi^ appears that he also was a man of a good heart who aid not f org et, even '^ 
at the hour of his tragic death, his lowly origin; his regard for the poor C 
was brought to light by his last will and testament which, as we already "3 
announced yesterday, was presented to the Probate Court by Attorney Otto 2 
Kerner. In this will lir. Svoboda provided for several very generous be- W 
quests which will forever characterize him as a Maecenas, translator's S 
note: The Czechs, in using the term "Maecenas" have not in mind a patron "" 
of arts, but any very generous person who endows or otherwise fosters a 
cause or an institution^ 

Mr. Svoboda was born in Bohemia, coming to the United States as a little 
boy. I'^'hen, during the early nineties, the district now known as Bohemian 

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I? California began to shape up, he felt instinctively that here in due 

course of time there would be one of the most populous Czech neigh- 
borhoods in Chicago, and that here an opportunity was offered to an enter- ^ 
prising mind. It is because of these great possibilities that he founded 5 
a department store in that neighborhood, a business knovm by the name of >^ 
Grand Leader, an enterprize which flourished from year to year. Fortune P 
was kind to i^, Svoboda, so tllat he could, toward the end of his life, show '^ 
the results of his coTimercial endeavors. His v.ill reveals that his total 3 
bequests amount to ^300,000. ^ 


TJhen he realized that a treacherous illness undermined his health, he called cr 
for the banker, J. J. Salat, entrusting hini with the making of a last will 
in which the Utulna A Sirotcinec. . ('Bohemian Old Peoples Home and Orphanage) 
was bequeathed the sum of $5,000, the Bohemian Catholic Saint Joseph's Orphan- 
age at Lisle, Illinois, receiving likewise the sum of ^5,000, and the Ceska 
Dobrocinna Spolecnost (Bohemian Charitable Association) .„ 1,000. Besides the 
above bequests he left ,,10,000 to various relatives, and the balance of Lis 

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IV wealth to his widow, Mrs, Bozena Svoboda. Ihe last will was made out 

in Mr. Svoboda»s Oak Park residence at noon, attested by the signatures 
of »<itnesses, and several hours later Mr. Svoboda was dead. In a fit of des- ^ 
pair caused by his poor health, he took his own life voluntarily but not 5 
before performing a noble and a charitable deed for those to whom the fate c^ 
was unkind. r- 

The executor of his last will is the Lawndale State Bank. It was presented 5 

to the Probate Court by Mr. Kerner who was Mr. Svoboda' s legal adviser and 

attorney. There were several protests .nade against the testament, but as 

we already announced yesterday, Mr. Kerner proved the genuineness of Mr. 

Svoboda* s signature by cancelled checks bearing the deceased's signatures 

....The handwriting /Tn both case^/ was eloquent in itself and the will was 

therefore accepted as genuine. 


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The reception and banquet which were arranged in honor of the returning 3> 
participants of the Czechoslovak-American commercial expedition to Czechoslovakia 'p 
turned out to be a success in every respect. The credit for this goes mainly to C 
our.... ladies who, seizing upon the task assigned to them, performed miracles of "^^ 
efficiency, so much so that every guest could be more than satisfied by the 2 
results of their work. The following ladies served on the committee: Mrs. ^ 
Snabl, chairman, Mrs. Zahrobsky, Mrg, Rychtarik, Mrs, Turek, Mrs. Sistek, Mrs. t:5 
Lehky, Mrs. Nikodem, Mrs. Novy, Mrs, Muzik, Mrs, M, Snabl, ISrs, Hak, and Mrs, '^ 
Hnatek, Mr, Jan A, Cervenka was the master of ceremonies for the evening and 
acquitted himself of the task imposed upon him with his usual tact and eloquence. 
The president of the Ceskoslovensko-Americka Obchodni Komora (Czechoslovak- 
American Chamber of Commerce), Mr. Karel V. Janovsky, stated in his address of 
welcome that plans for this evening had been laid long before the expedition 

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left on its mission to Czechoslovakia; that even then various mem- 
bers of the Komora were busy with the program, and that, therefore, 
results from such carefully- made preparations were to be expected. 
He explained the purpose of both the work of the Komora and of this evening of -^ 
entertainment. He then introduced the master of ceremonies who, thanking those r^ 
present for their attendance, expressed his hope that all of them would remain -n 
friends of the Komora* Immediately thereupon he introduced Dr. Jaroslav o 
Smetanka, the Czechoslovak consul general, who pictured the progress made by 
our republic, the rise in the valuta of its currency, which rise greatly aided 
the bamking system of Czechoslovakia, making its name well known throughout ^ 
Europe, at the same time, however, damaging the industries. It devolves, there- 
fore upon the proper factors to remove this difficulty. Back in 1920 we 
started a collection to aid the destitute and indigent people of Czechoslovakia, 
to relieve suffering and want; the problem today is not the giving of alms but 
the creation of markets, and in this sense the Komora promises the aid needed. 
The general public must aid the Komora financially and support it in its work. 



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III H The next number on the program was a soprano solo by Miss Lukes, 

IV who sang an aria from G. Puccini's opera "Madame Butterfly". !Ihe ^ 
Reverend Vaclav Vsmek, secretary of the expedition, gave a ^ 

suimnary of his experiences in the old homeland and the impressions which he p 
gained there. The very sympathetic priest, Reverend Frantisek Bozenek, on ^' 
this occasion inscribed his name on the hearts of his countrymen. The Reverend S 
Bozenek is known to be a patriot of the first water and an enthusiastic worker ^- 
in the nationalist cause. During the days of our revolutionary activity he o 
stood at the forefront of our nationalist endeavors, making great sacrifices 
for our national cause. The Reverend Bozenek was a member of the Bohemian 
Catholic expedition to Czechoslovakia. He declared himself proud to be afforded 
an opportunity to speak to so numerous and intelligent an audience, and then 
gave his summary of experiences and happenings of the second expedition made by 

the Chicago Czechs this year He recalled the day on which nine years ago 

he left the town of Kromeriz, Czechoslovakia, the town in which he had pursued 
his studies; he rejoiced at seeing that the town had become Czech instead of 
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leaving nine years ago. His address was full of wit and truth and 









was most sympathetically received. 



Mrs. Snabl, of Domazlice /Czechoslovakia/, sang an aria from Antonin Dvorak* s r- 
opera "Rusalka** (The Nymph), accompanied on the picino by her son Josef. Her ^ 
singing was so loudly acclaimed that she had to give an encore. o 


Mr. J. A. Sokol, a delegate of the Komora, then gave tn account of the reception ^ 


given us by the Prague Chamber of Commerce, stating how willing the merchants cr \ 

of Czechoslovakia are to learn whatever our commercial experience can add to 
their own fund of knowledge, and thus to avoid certain errors. He then gave 
some statistics on the fairs which opened in Czechoslovakia this summer, and 
which indicated commercial progress and development* 

The fomer U. S. ambassador to the Balkans, the Hon. Hiarel J. Vopieka, addressed 
the guests, saying how happy he was to see our homeland liberated, and how proud 

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III H we may be to have had our origins in that country. He then gave 

IV some of his experiences in the Ballcans. His address was followed . % 
by a violin solo played by Mr. Jiri Hrusa ^ 


Our brothers the Slovaks were represented by Mr. Jan Matlocha, president of ^ 
the local branch of the Slovenska Liga (Slovak League), who, speaking in their ^ 
behalf, portrayed the present/ conditions in Slovakia. He told of a new 
furniture factory which was started by our Slovak brothers with a capital of 
20 million ^zechoslovakT^ crowns. There are 250 men employed in that factory, 
supervised mostly by American Slovaks. Vfith the exception of their not being 
satisfied with the way the government offices do their work, the people of 
Slovakia are pleased with the present state of affairs. 

The Jugoslav newspaper publisher, Mr. John R. Palandech /ot Chicago/i was then 
introduced to the guests. He claimed that he has always been a friend of the 
Czechs, that he wishes them all manner of success and that he is happy to know 
about their progress. 






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The lawyer, Karel Vesely, speaker for the expedition, pointed out 

the nature and kind of advice which he dealt out to our countrymen ^ 

in the old homeland, chiefly admonishing them to get rid of their ^ 

old officious manner of doing things and their use of Austrian red tape. ^ 

The master of ceremonies then asked the guests to honor the memory of the Ig 

deceased Mrs. J. Dusek, the wife of the treasurer of the expedition. As is B 

known, the lady*s demise occurred while she visited her old homeland. The ^ 
guests rose to their feet. 

The members of the Ludvikovo Divadlo (Frank Ludvik Dramatic Association) gave 
a humorous sketch The president, Mr. Janovsky, then rose and thanked every- 
one for his presence this evening, and bade the guests amuse themselves freely. 
In a few moments the younger set was "tripping the light fantastic" while the 
older folk sat around the tables or indulged in "the cups that cheer". 

Nor were our charitable institutions overlooked on this occasion. A "flower 

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waltz" netted us the sum of $90, which was equally divided between 
the Utulna a Sirotcinec (Bohemian Old Feople!s Home and Orphanage) 
and the Sirotcinec Svateho Josef a v Lisle (Saint Joseph's Bohemian 
Catholic/ Orphanage at Lisle, Illinois), -o 




Dennl Hlasatel , Sept. 10, 1922. 


The Secretary of State at Springfield has Just issued articles of ihcorporatioai ^ 

to a new company which will hear the name of The Uorris Coal and Coke Company, ^ 

and will be located at 63 East Mams Street. The capital of this company is C 

$500,000, and its business is the mining of coal, and the sale of coal, coal ^ 

machinery, etc. The men forming the corporation are: Albert F« Jedlicka, 2 

Edward A. Jedlicka, Frank Jedlicka, John V* Pouzar, James Holec, Charles A. ^ 
Brejcha, and Frank Jiral, Jr« 



Denni Hlasatel . June 30, 1928. 

Kaspar State Bank Becomes A Million-Dollar Institution 

Last Wednesday, in the regular annual meeting of the well-knovm Bohemian 
financial institution, the Kaspar State Bank — a bank which enjoyes a fine « 
reputation not only among our own folk, but also among the Americans and ^ 
the foreign-language groups — an announcement was made of an increase in ^ 
capital from $750,000 to $1,000,000. This was done chiefly because of the 
long-cherished wish of the founder and president of the bank, Mr. V/illiam 
Kaspar, now an aged gentleman. Mr. Kaspar always hoped that some day his ; 
bank would become a million-dollar institution. It was also announced in 
this meeting that the surplus totals t 250, 000. The news that all employees 
of the bank will receive a five per cent bonus on July 1, 1922, was ac- 
cepted with great enthusiasm. 

During the course of the meeting the indefatigable and steady v;ork of its 
founder, Mr. William Kaspar, was recalled. The speakers, far from wishing 

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to flatter him, simply mentioned this fact and, to show appreciation for 
his efforts, some visible token of it was needed. The board of directors, 
acting in accordance with the above, presented the aged gentleman with a 
platinum watch chain and pen knife. Mr. Kaspar, who may be considered one 
of the youngest and most active workers in the bank, was visibly touched, 
and thanked the board for its gift. The meeting ended in very good humor 5 
and with the knowledge that this Bohemian enterprise will continue to grow, 
thanks to the support given it by the Czechoslovak people in particular 






Dennl Illasatel . Jiine 17, 1922. 


Today, the state bank of Novak A Stejskal, one of our oldest and most reliable --^ 
banking institutions, celebrates the formal opening of its new offices located ^ 
at 1817 South Loomis Street, near Blue Island Avenue. It must be remembered ^ 
that this is not the beginning of a business career, for the firm of Novak A g 
Stejskal has been operating successfully for a great many years. This is only ^ 
the opening of a new building which will be provided with all the up-to-date ^ 
features of a modem banking institution, such as seife-deposit boxes, etc.; ^ 
in short, it will be equipped with everything that a modem bank should have. 
The bank, having beeu founded in 1886 as a real-estate, insurance, stearaship 
agency, and mortgage concern, is well known by a great many of our countrymen. 
Since its inception the business prospered because of its honest dealings, gain- 
ing an increasing number of clients from year to year. .,,13ie business continued 
to grow so that on January 1, 1921, it became a state bank and was organized ac- 
cording to the laws of our state. Even after this last move the business 



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continued to rrov;, aiid to acconnodate its c^ov.'ing clientele its manage:.: ent ^ 

decided to enlarr.e its building and equip it v;ith a sufficient nwr.ber of safe- ^ 

deposit boxes and otner features for t:io benefit and comfort of its clients. ^^ 

All of the old and nev; friends of the banh will surely come to inspect the S 

new premises today, and v.-e are sure they will be pleasantly surprised. 2 

For tliat reason, the bank will be open from 9 a.I,:. until P.I.I. and tae ^ 

members of t;:e fir::i will bo happy to greet their old friends. ^ 

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Since its last annual meeting held January 30, the Cesko>Slovenska Obchodni 
Komora (Czechoslovak Chamber of Commerce) has made decided progress, i^ich 
will be appreciated in days to come. When we consider the small financial ^ 
aupi)ort this organization received during the last year, and when we compare 3 
its activity with its scant financial resources, we are amazed by the progress 
it achieved in spite of all its difficulties. The Komora nevertheless keeps 
up the high quality of its work, which is not only appreciated by competent 
persons, but also greatly admired by them. 

This report would not be complete if we were to omit the activities of the 
Komora during the fiscal year of February 1, 1921, to February 1, 1922. 

The organization received 237 letters and other communications, and answered 




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237 of them. According to the records of the secretary, there were 500 letters, 
reports to nev;spapers, and other sundry activities. The Cesko-Slovensk^ $ 
Obchodni Konora facilitated commercial intercourses or supplied pertinent in- 5 
formation concerning the folloviing: Machinery for the manufacture of cigarette ^ 
holders, machinery for the manufacture of cigarettes, cigar making, clothing, ^ 
paper, cotton; addresses of Czechoslovak bankers in the United States, •§ 
addresses of exporters in Plzen (Pilsen), Brno (Brunnjj addresses of manufac- £ 
turers of musical instruments, mimeographic v;ork, furniture, patented chairs, ^ 
patented watch-chain channs, ploughs, millstones, notions, effervescent powders,^ 
oriental candy, tachographs, express rates, customs, whips and whip handles, "^ 
coral jewels, toys, dolls, machinery for sugar refineries, films, v/igs and 
toupees, chemicals, laces, embroideries, national costuiies, pencils, 
cial publications, wicker work, patents for artificial limb manufacturing, etc. 

The board of directors of the Cesko-Slovenska Obchodni Komora held twelve 

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regular monthly meetings and five extra ones. The committees held several 
meetings in which some very important matters were discussed. The Cesico- 
Slovenskd Obchodni Komora was instrunxental in having the office of commercial 
attachS to the Czechoslovak Consulate of Chicago abolished. It did this by 
dealing iirectly with the Llinister of Foreign Ai'fairs in Prague. The Cesko- 
Slovenska Obchodnf Komora assumed responsibility in a propaganda campaign for 
Prague wholesalers and made it possible for them to have their samples reach 
the American market. This activity v/as conducted under the direct supervision 
of Mr. John A, Sokol, who is one of the directors of the organization. 

Contacts were established between the government of Czechoslovakia and the 
cotton farmers of Texas, who were thus enabled to ship their goods directly. 
Czechoslovak commercial houses xvere encouraged to send their samples so that 
a sample room could be established here. At the direct request of the members 
of the Komora, a company called The VJorlds Products Trading Company was 




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organized with a capital of ij^OOjOOO; during the month of March the members 
of the CeskO-Slovenska Obchodnl Komora were called into a meeting for the 
purpose of joining that company. 


The board of directors of the Komora effected a contact with the Czechoslovak -o 
Ambassador in V/ashington, D, C, Dr» B. Stepfinek. During Dr. Step^ek's visit 5 
in Chicago, ways and means were discussed for the development of systematic 
progress of work which could benefit all Czechoslovak commerce. 

The Komora printed six bulletins during the past year, and these were mailed 
to all members, to consulates, to chambers of commerce in Czechoslovakia, to 
exporters, and to other influential organizations. On October 14, a lecture 
was given to the members of the organization in the pavilion of the Pilsen 
Brewery Company* It was well attended. 

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with all of the influential organizations not only in America, but also in the ^ 
entire Czechoslovak Republic, and it is able, therefore, to furnish any kind J? 
of information upon request. It is absolutely necessary that every Czecho- ^ 
Slovak in America support the work of the Cesko-Slovenska Obchodnl Komora; ;;— 
that he beccme a member thereof, so that our organization may establish a 
permanent office, a reading room, and additional space in which Czechoslovak 
businessmen may meet for conferences touching not only upon local business, 
but also upon foreign commerce. It is recommended that individual trading ^ 
companies and individual businessmen order their goods jointly for their cr 
respective concerns and thus face the competition of large capital which, by 
its inconsiderate and cut-throat methods, pushes the small dealers to the wall. 
With united effort, it would be easier to face such competition, and the Cesko- 
Slovenska Obchodnf Komora, by its widespread propaganda, would be able to serve 
the interests of Czechoslovak businessmen best. Thus, every industry could 
appoint a committee which would deal v.ath matters peculiar to it and vrould 
control its own propaganda while in association with the mother organization 


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and the rest of the committees representing other businesses; mles could be 

formulated which would be satisfactory to the whole organization. The Czecho- ^ 

Slovak businessman in America needs his own organization now more than ever ^ 

before, and it is for this reason that the above plan is recommended. w 

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Denni IJ-asavcl, Jan. 28, 19C2. 

Li'PJLj EC1LI..L. rj:.t.^uh.::t gil^:g::3 ilj^ds 

The faiaous rstaur^jit, Little Bohej.iiu, locatod at 1722 Looiiis Stroet, near 
13th Street and Blue Island /ivenue, is no\; ui-'.dor the .-"anaGcnent of I'essrs. 
R, Bezvoda cjid J. .'oisl. -r. I'ezvodu is v/el±-knov/n us a barkeeper of long; 
standinc and as a restaurateur; iX, roisl lacuaaged the restaurant belon^^ing 
to Grcjid Pacific Hotel for five years, .zid for ei^ht years he ovnied both a 
restaurant and a bar located at Randolph aih: Dearborn streets. Altogether, 
his restaurant experience extends ovar a leriod of t-.venty years, Tae nev/ 
ovmers of Little I-o-aeriia ire therefore not only experienced iien, but also 
well-lilcod people who can guarantee excellent Bohenian cooking and exemplar^' 
service., .. . 





Denni Hlasat9l» Jan, 7, 1922, 


In a specisd meeting held on December 7, 1921, the stockholders of the Twenty- 
sixth Street State Bank, located at 26th Street and Springfield Avenue, voted 
iinanimously to increase the Capital from $100,000 to ^^00,000, and to increase 
the Surplus from $20,000 to |30,000, The necessary shares of stock were im- 
mediately subscribed to by the former stockholders. During the first year of 
its activities, this bank paid out 6 per cent to its stockholders; in the 
second year of its life, another 6 per cent dividend was paid, 5 per cent 
having been added to the surplus, so that the earnings of the stockholders 
amounted to a full 11 per cent* This year the bank will again pay a 6 per £ 
cent dividend and an extra 8 per cent fran its surplus. Consequently, the ^ 
total net earnings of 14 per cent will be paid out. This fact, considering !^ 
the short period of existence of this bank, is very significant indeed* ^ 





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Denni Hlasatel, Jan, 4, 1922. 


Oxir Bohemian banking in Chicago has attained unexpected heights, a fact 
which is the best proof of the great confidence enjoyed by our banking insti- 
tutions, and the careful and honest way in which they are managed. Satisfac- 
tory evidence of such a development is demonstrated by the Kaspar State Bank 
on 19th Street and Blue Island Avenue* The board of directors of this bank 
has deemed it profitable, because of ever-expanding business, to increase the 
capital assets and surplus to one million dollars. The deposits in the Kaspar 
State Bank amount to millions of dollars, and it was therefore decided to in- 
crease its capital to its present large figure. Anyone who has watched the 
evolution of our Bohemian banking in Chicago from its modest beginnings to 
its present great develoiment will certainly be pleased with the successes of 
our financial institutions, for in their growth there is reflected the develop- 
ment and the financial strength of our Czech settlements in Chicago. By this 
step the Kaspar State Bank will have the largest capital assets and surplus 
of all the Czech banks in America. This news will surely please the depositors 





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and tha general Chicago public. 



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Denni laasatel . Oct. 13, 1921. 

A recent niunber of Leslie's Illustrated V/eekly contains an interesting 
article by Harry ^, LiOtint, entitled "The Ancestors of a Jazz Baby," which 
deals with the importance and popularity of dolls not only in America but 
in many other countries, and goes into the history of dolls as far back as 
ancient times. 

This article is of unusual interest to us Czechoslovaks because the doll and 
toy industrj' offers a means of support to thousands of our brothers in the 
Republic of Czechoslovakia, Such articles as this are being carefully fol- 
lowed by the press and information department of the Czechoslovak Chamber 
of Commerce because thej' lead to ideas for the opening of new markets for 
goods manxifactured in the old country. 

In addition to other popular types of dolls in America, there is the latest 
model called the "Jazz Babies". These dolls are being used as pri'/.es in 


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Denni Hlasatel , Oct. 13, 1921. 

all kinds of fairs, amusenent parks, and other establishments, instead of 
the formerly popular candy, cigars, cigarettes, and other snail articles. 
A booth or stand in a Coney Island" or in a "llain Street Pavilion" is much 
less attractive if it has not a sufficient number of "ke^vpiss," "vamp dolls," 
and other boy or r>irl baby dolls. It is not unusual to see all the members 
of a large family, not excluding "pop," return from a joy ride with one or 
more dolls each. Their popularity is indicated also by the fact that such 
dolls are on exliibition in all ^imerican hones, right alongside of valuable 
articles and fanily souvenirs from photographs to great- grandmother's wed- 
ding presents. 



There were fifteen million dollars' worth of American-made dolls sold in 
America during the last year, in addition to considerable quantities im- 
ported from Gennany, France, and Japan. The declared value of these in- «^ 
ports was ^,000,000. Hence it may be safe to say that the American public 
consumed eighteen million dollars' worth of dolls last year. No doubt this 
fact is worth considering by a nation which could secure a large part of this 

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Denni Hlasatel . Oct. 13, 1921. 

market if it could make the Anericaii public acquainted v;ith the various 
kinds of dolls, from the siJiple ones to -he most perfect and complicated 
ones, manufactured in Czechoslovakia. The Czechoslovak Chsuaber of Com- 
merce of Chicago is doing everything in its po^ver to prepare the field 
for the inportation of various goods from Czechoslovakia, but it lacks 
both time and money to do so efficiently and at the right tine and place. ^ 
Effective work of this kind requires money and the services of able and ^ 
experienced men who can devote all their tinie to the study of the American ~ 
markets and their development, trends, and tendencies, and who are in a p 
position to malce this information available to manufacturers in Czecho- 
slovakia at the earliest moment, and tell them what vjould be the riglit 
time, place, and method of their attack. 




Among so many Czechoslovaks in America, particularly in Chicago and suburbs, c> 
there should be enougli businessmen and private individuals who are willing 
to make an effort in behalf of the movement to establish a fund that v;ould 
assure the continued existence of the Chamber of Coruaerce, and help in 

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Denni laasatel . Oct. 13, 1921. 

maintainiii£ a saiaple roon where Czechoslovak Manufactures v;ould be on per- 
manent display and receive the attention they deserve by being kept before 
the Anerican buyers. All this v;ill be discussed in the coning meeting and 
public lecture to be held Friday night, October 14, and all those v;ho are 
in any way interested in this matter are invited to be present. 

The speakers of the evening v;ill be menibers of the Chamber of Commerce who 

have, recently returned from Czecho.slovakiH. They have pisDMised to give us - 

a true picture of conditions in the new Republic as they have seen them T 

personally. The^'' will discuss business, currency, and other natters, and ^ 

those who vjant to get firsthand information on these topics should be sure o 

to come and bring their friends with then. Admission is free. Vj'atch our |^ 

daily papers for current news from the Chamber, and now be sure to come. ^ 

The meeting takes place in the Pilsen Park pavilion. -^ 

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Dennl Hlasatel , Sept. 30, 1921, 

Ihe Czechoslovak Chamber of Commerce held a special meeting under the chairman- 
ship of !,!r. K. V. Janovsky in order to receive the reports of members who have 
lately returned from the old country. 

The first among them was Consul J, F. Smetanka who telked about conditions in 
Czechoslovakia. He said that things are loo::ing up in the old country, that 
conditions are getting better from day to day, and that a splendid future for 
our Republic is assured. 

Also Banker Frank G. Hajicek said that he was surprised with the progress of 
the Czechoslovak Republic, and similar impressions v»ere expressed by Dr. Joseph 
P. Pecival, 

Mr. Laadt recommended that the Chamber continue to enlarge the scope of its 
work and, if it should prove to be necessary, to impose higher membership dues 

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III H Dennl Hlasatel , Sept. SO, 1921. 

so that a fund for the upkee-' of a permanent office may be raised. J/essrs. 
Turek, Jalovec, John A. Sokol, and others proposed that meetings with an 
educational program be held and made accessible to the general public. These 
would be the best neans to make our people acquainted v/ith the aims and activi- 
ties of the Chamber of Commerce. The exchange of opinions which followed re- 
sulted in a decision to hold a public meeting October 14, and the committee 
on arrangements reported leter on that the dining room of the Pilsen pavilion 
had been secured for that meeting. 

It was further agreed to compile a directory of all Czechoslovak business and 
industrial men in the United F'tstes, a proposal v/hich received the sanction 
of the commercial department of the Czechoslovak Legation in VJashington, which 
promised to co-operate in the undertaking. A committee was appointed consist- 
ing of Messrs. Louis Jalovec, Arthur Y, Huysler, and S. K. Turek to take charge 
of this matter and to begin at once collecting the d&ta for the directory. The 
editorial work on the directory will be done by ¥t, V. Hnatek. Czechoslovak 
business and industrial men will help the progress of the work by sending 


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their names to Mr, Hnatek at 2533 South Springfield Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. 




Denni Hlasatel , Klay 28, 1921. 


A new Bohemian bank v;as established on the South Side at 31st and ./allace :^ 

Streets, and will be known as the .Vest Thirty-first Street State Bank. The .-^ 

new bank will start with a capital of one hundred thousands dollars and a P 

surplus of fifteen thousand dollars. As a state bank it will be under ^ 

state supsrvision. The president of the new bank is Llr. Ignatius Chap ' g 
who is also the founder; the vice-president is Ilr. Edward J. Yisk, and 
Mr. Arthur I. Chap is the caiisier. 

Mr, Ignatius Chap is a well-known countiyman and since 1892 he has been 
the head of a rsal-estate fina knovm as I. Chap and Conipany. The parents 
of Mr, Chap came to the United States in 1885 when there v;ere few Bohemian 
families in Chicago. They .vere the pionsers of the Bohemian seti^lement 
in Chicago. 


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Deiml in.asatel, liay 8, 1921. 

Celebrates Grand Opening 

Despite his age, the old gentleman, Mr. v;illlan Kaspar, president of the 
Kaspar State Bank, Blue Island Avenue and 19th Street, is still a young 
man. He proves it by his spirit of enterprise and by his agility. He 
knows very well that the Bohemians are thrifty people. He also knows that 
the Bohemians are slovdy moving v/estward, and that, in the near future, the 
largest Bohemian settlenent vri.ll be in Cicero. Therefore he vras convinced 
that this nev/ settlement some day would be in need of a strong banking 
institution where the people could deposit their savings. He conceived the 
idea of establishing a bank for that purpose. Being farsighted, he bought 
a piece of land at 22nd Street and Austin Boulevard. Ke could have selected 
a more thickly populated location, but he did not do so because he was sure 
that once he began to build at 22nd Street and Austin Boulevard he would be 
follov;ed by manj'' others. And he v;as not disappointed in his expectations. 





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Dennl Hlasatel . May 8, 1921. 

Today, the bank building stands, and in its neighborhood great building 
activity can be seen. The construction of the First National Bank of Cicero 
cost Ivlr. Kaspar the sum of five hundred thousand dollars. It is a beautiful -z:. 
building facing 22nd Street F 

The president of the ne^v bank is Mr, Y/illian Baspar, a well-deserving country- o 



man, who has been in banking business for the past thirty years. The vice- 
president and the chairman of the board of directors is his son, Mr. Otto 
Kaspar, and his second son, Mr. Evzen Kaspar, is the cashier. t^ 

Yesterday the First National Bank of Cicero celebrated its grand opening. 
There were many floral gifts brought by the people vdio came to congratulate 
Mr» Kaspar and his family. 

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Denni Hlasatel , >ipr. 27, 1921. 

Cicero is the seat of a ne-.. Boheriian enterprise v.iiich v;a.s recer.tli'- incorporated 
under the na;ae of the Suburban ..eal Jstate Improvei.ient ooiipany. This nevj com- 
pany will devote itself exclusively to the erection of hcrnes in Cicero and 
vicinity, ^he "ueli-iOiovn nohei.iian architect and builder, hjc, Thomas ul. i'llas, 
heads this nev; enterprise. Lj?. Zilas has had ten years of experience in every 
phase of tiie building and real-ei:tate business. He built for himself an organi- 
zation of experiencta ..len wno can assure a bright outlook for tae future success 
of the oonpany. 

The caapany at the present is coi-ipletintj the erection of the last thirty- 
five homes in the ne;i^ Glydedale dubdivision at 25th otreet and 61st Avenue, This 
subdivision was pronounced by experts as one of the cost advanced as far as arch- 
itectural and buildin,:: pen'ection is concerned. In order to enable the company 
to vjorrc on a lrr;>er scale, part of the stocl-c v.lll be sold to the public at ten 
dollars a share, ^Jl other details re(~ardini: this ne\. co!;ipany are published in 


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Denni Hlasat&l , Apr. 27, VJ21, 

another section of this newspcper. There is no doubt that the co^npany, under ^ 
the direction of experts, v.ill be a success and a benefit to the district ^ 
viiich it intends to serve, -ci 





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Denni Hlasatel, Mar. 25, 1921. 

•■■■■-• A THRI5T C^^ATGN ET CIC3R0 

A thrift campaign has been launched in Cicero by the Western State Bank, a 
Boheiuian banking institution, located at 56th Avenue and 22nd Street. The 
purpose of the campaign is to secure more than one thousand persons vdio would 
be willing to open a savings account wnich is connected w ith life insurance. 
It is em excellent plan which has withstood the test in other states, and there 
is no doubt that the advantage of it will be recognized by Bohemian citizens 
of dicero. 

According to this plan, a monthly deposit of approximately $7.67, depending 
on the person's age, will open a savings account for the depositor* The 
account will be payable in ten years, including savings and interest, and at 
any time in case of death, the sum of one thousand dollars will be paid to the 
survivors. It is a so-called •♦victory account". Any person between ten and 
fifteen years of age may open such an account at any time at the V/estern State 
Bank. \ 






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Dennl Hlasatel . i4ar. 10, 1921. ; [ 


A friendly meeting of Czechoslovak bankers of Chicago and representatives of ^ 

Czechoslovak press was held in Hotel Morrison last night. On this occasion, > 

many remarkable ideas were expressed as to how these financial and journalistic '^ 

institutions could work hand in hand in the interest of our people. At this -C 

meeting, it was stated that every one of the Czechoslovak banks in Chicago is 5 

absolutely reliable, that the banks do everything in their power to encourage 2 

building activities in our settlements, that by offering a financial aid to ^ 
ambitious individuals, the banks offer them an opportunity to prove their 
worth in commercial and industrial fields, and that they generously support 
our national and charitable institutions. 

There is no doubt that because of the ideas expressed in the meeting, a plan 
will be worked out according to which better co-operation between Czechoslovak 
banks and Czechoslovak newspapers of Chicago will be secured. This will lead 
to mutual benefit and furtherance of the interests of our Czechoslovakian 
people of Chiceigo, 


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Denni Hlasatel. i^ar. 6, 1921. 


To the Bohemian people: Last week, in the month of February, our Bohemian news- 
papers reported on the sale of a building known as the Pilsen Auditorium, which, 
until recently, was owned by the Vypomocny Spoleic xjorivoj (Borivoj 3uilding and 
Loan Association) , 



In reference to this above-nentioned report, the board of directors of the 
Vypomocny Spolek Borivoj hereby proclaims that the offer of the Lawndale Amuse- r^ 
ment Company was the first actual offer which could have been considered. There 
is no proof whatsoever that a real offer v;a3 ever made since the year 1915. 
Offers and inquiries as to whether the Association would be willing to exchange 
the building for vacant lots and second mortgages could not have been taken into 
consideration, even if they were given in good faith. It is true that in the 
course of the negotiations, other offers were made; but the offer of the 
Lawndale iimusement Company was the most advantageous for the .-issociation, and 
therefore it was accepted. Any other conjectures and assertions are groundless. 

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Dennl Hlasatel , i.iar, b, 1921. 

As far as the financial condition of the /issociation is concerned, the board of 
directors nay truthfully state that by selling this building, it not only saved 
the Vypomocny Spolek Borivoj froin disaster, but also the fact remains that be- 
cause of its security and profits, the Association may be ranked today with all 
of the best-governed and most prosperous building and loan associations. The 
recently matured series showed a profit of seventeen dollars per share. Therefo:^, 
even after the deduction of losses, the xaembers will receive not only their "^ 
deposits in full, but also almost 5 per cent interest on their savings. Those r= 
people who became memboi's of our Association after i.ovember 24, 1916, that is, ^^ 
after the adjustment meeting, will suffer no losses whatsoever and will receive 3 
all their savings and a full share of the profits as in any other building and ^ 
loan association. ^ 


The present members of the board of directors cannot be blamed for losses suffered 
in the past, and therefore they have no reason to conceal anything, xt is a 
fact that there were losses, and that it v/as high time that something should have 
been done about it, because otherwise the members would have lost much more. 

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Denni Klasatel , Lar. 6, 1921. 

The present board of directors did have sad experiences, but thanks to its 
farsightedness, honesty, economy, and energy, it saved the Vypoiaocny Spolek ^ 
Borivoj froia complete disaster. 5 

The members of the board of directors extend their gratitude, at this oppor- p 

tunity, to all who helped in any v/ay to make this difficult task more agreeable, ^ 

They also thank all those who, according to the best of their abilities, strove § 

to make this task more difficult for us . The latter group acted unfriendly ^ 

because of the former, and for this we are grateful for having learned some- S 

thing about human nature. c}i 

For the board of directors of the Vypomocny Spolek Borivoj , 

A. V. Vesely, secretary. 



Dennl HlasatQl . Feb. 27, 1921. 

A Few Comments of the Dennl HLasatel Concerning the 
Sale of the Pilsen Auditorium Building 

Recently, we reported in our nev/spaper that the building known as the Pilsen 
Auditorium, which was the property of the Bofivoj Building and Loan Associa- ^ 
tion, was sold to a new Bohemian concern, the Lawndale Amusement Company, which X 
bought the building for the sum of $32,500» We also remarked that, in this pi 
way, the building was sold for an amount which is much smaller than the price 
which was offered to the building and loan association at one time, but was 
rejected by the old board of directors. We also mentioned the price which 
had been offered for the building, that is ^p60,000. o 


The next day, we received a letter from our countryman, Mr. Frank Vykouk, 
1948 South Turner Avenue, who writes in part as follows: , 

"In reference to your report, which was published in your nev/spaper on February 

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23, in which you reported that the association will not receive as much for 
the building as could have been obtained sometime ago when the sun of $60,000 
was offered by a large downtown real-estate office, but which offer, at that 
time, as you say, was rejected by the board of directors, I have this much to 

"I was a member of the board of directors of the Bofivoj Building and Loan 
Association from May 1916 until August 1920» You Bill surely recognize the 
fact that I am interested in your report because on several occasions, I 
have been asked by my friends why we did not sell the building at that time, 
etc. From people who did not know me personally, I have heard criticisms 
which were not exactly favorable for the board of directors. Therefore, in 
the interest of truth and the Bohemian people, and especially in the interest 
of members of the Bofivoj Building and Loan Association, I take the liberty 
to proclaim that never, during the time when I was a member of the board of 
directors, was such an offer made in earnest. Besides, the board of directors 



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Dennl HLasatel . Feb. E7, 1921, 

never priced the building as high as was mentioned in your report. 

"Respectfully yours, 

"Frank Vykouk, 1948 South Turner Avenue," 

In reference to this communication, we only make the following remark: In ^ 

our report we never mentioned the exact time when such an offer was made; -^ 

Wo only published those facts which were dictated to us by our conscience in 'p: 

the interest of truth, the Bohemian people, and especially in the interest C 

of members of the Bofivoj Building and Loan Association. And that we knew ^ 

very well what we were writing about is proved by excerpts from the report on 2 
the proceedings of the meeting of the Bofivoj Building and Loan Association 
held in the Pilsen auditorium, Sunday afternoon, January 16, 1920. 


The report reads as follows: In the meeting, which was unusually stormy, 
Mr. Evzen Frydl, president of the association, took the floor and spoke on 
the financial situation of the association* He also mentioned the lack of 

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economy whlcli existed in the association until recently* His speech was a 
chain of accusations against the former members of the board of directors and 
several of those who are members of the board of directors right now, with 
the exception of those directors who were elected recently and who strive to 
bring about a better economy in the association. The old board of directors 
was accused of Liiprudence and neglect of its duties. The old board of di- 
rectors was censured, because in order to cover up the loan given to the late 
Bazaar ^Translator's note: A Bohemian enterprise which failed/, they took 
over the building for an unreasonable price. The old board was also blamed 
for the fact that the directors of the Bazaar were absolved from personal re- 
sponsibility. By this action, the association lost a great deal, and the 
board of directors did not act with good judgment. The total expense connected 
with this purchase of the Pilsen auditorium and its equipment amoianted to 
$117,000. Today, the building brings in practically nothing^ in fact, it is a 
losing proposition. There is no possibility of leasing the place, not even 
if concessions are given. Md "when recently there was a prospect on hand 
who was willing to pay the sum of |85,000 for the building, several members of 



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Dennl Hlasatel. Feb. 27, 1921. 
the old board of directors would not permit the deal to go throuj^." 

These were the words spoken at that time before the assembled members of the 
association by the president, Mr. 3vzen Frydl, and not by us. 

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Deiml I llasatel, Jan. 3, 1921. 
i:.i; BOIIJI..IAIX B^'iX 

L nev; fia^mcial institution, the . illard State Bury.y boc'i.n its activitr right 
in the heart of Ceska .CaliPovaa (Boher.ian California) today, ..t the head o? 
this nev; institution, v/e are convinced, are in^n ^'/ho are vsry -.veil icno'.Ti in 
our conuiercial and national circles. T'ne board of directors conyists of 
Eohor.ian-.iJ.iericans v/ho have denonstrated their co:r:nercial enerr-y an-., ability 
nony tiroes. 

The follov;in^f» countryi-ien are ofi.^icers of the aow bank: l..r, P.udolph A, Cepelc, 
presi.Ieut; Ilr, J. J, Kvidera, first vice-president; '..v, J. Friedl, second 
vice-preside:it; l.r. F. L, Basta, cashier. 





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rv Denni Hlasatel . Jan. 2, 1921, 

til]I.2::dcus gro'.vtii of tie L;V.;in).j^ oT.^tz .j:d L^:n:DJd^ 


Thoae v;ho have had an opportunity to follov; the activities of the Lavmdale 
State Bank and the Lawndale Nation;il Biini-: durinc the past years v;ill cladly 

and proudly adrdt that the ..'•rovrth of the above-mentioned banking institutions, ^ 

attain -d through their ovm ei'forts from snail beginnin'/s, has been spectacu- >• 

lar. The Lavmdale State Bank originated from a compsmy doing business under ^ 

the name Salat, Polak, and Kopecky, foiuided fifteen years ago, 7ne year fol- ,r" 
lowing, Llr. Frank G. Hajfcek established a banking department in his place of 

business. The real foundations for the Lav.iidale otate Bank v;ere laid on Janu- ti 

ary 1, 1';.12, In the same year, d'.:ring the month of September, the Lavmdale '■•- 

National Bank v/as established. Therefore, the success attained by both of these 1' 

really Bohemian banks of Cesi:a' Kalifornie (Bohemian California) during such a *-' 
short period is not only remarkable, but also extremely great • 

Credit for this rapid grovrth must be av;arded first to the managers, consisting 

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of conscientious and experienced men, ?jid then to the employees v/Lo, throuch 
their accuracy, honesty, and obligingness, gaino-d a groat number of new custo- 
mers for both b:ink:ing institutions. Besides that, both of these banis gained 
favor v;ith our people because their man;..gers alv.ays stood at the head of our 
national and philanthropic activities, generously supporting eveiy good cause. 

It is not surprising, then, that both of these ij.stitutions have grov/n so 
rapidly. Today, loth banircs are the forerao^jt ban}:ing institutions of Ceska 
?Californic, and frcn the records of the American ban-ring statistics, it is ap- 
parent that both bur!':s 'Are included in the list of tanks of the Inited States, 
and occupy second place in the amount of deposits in relation to the cajital.,. 

Both banks start ,d out v;ith deposits represeiiting the svjn of yl, 200,000, To- 
day, the deposits represent the sum of nore than ;9, 000, 000, Because of this 
ever- increasing grovrbh, both of these banking instituticms decided to iiicro:ise 
their capital to ^500,000 each, beginning tomorrow, January 3, 1921, Today, 
the resources of both banl-cs represent the av.e-inspiring sum of ten million 




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IV Deniu Hlas-tel . Jan. 2, 1S21. 

dollars. This svun, then, is the best reconu.iendKtion for the Lawndale State 
and Lawndale National Banlcs; it is also the security for accurate -.-nd honest 
service, {guaranteed by both of these banking institutions in any financial 
and real-estate matter.?.. 


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Dennl Hlasatel. Dec. 24, 1920, 


That the Kaspar State Bank enjoys great popularity among oxir countrymen is 
best proved by the bank's grovrth. 

The auditing department has been moved to the second floor, one half of which 
was remodeled especially for this purpoee. On the main floor, which eilso was 
remodeled, a bond department has been established v;here anyone who is inter- 
ested may receive valuable information about how to invest money in state, city, 
or county bonds bearing from five to seven per cent interest, 

•Hie foreign department has also been considerably enlarged. From this depart- 
ment any amount of money can be sent to any part of Europe, This department 
also takes care of all matters concerning the voyage to and from our old home- 
land* The connections with the banks of Czechoslovakia have also been con- 
siderably improved, assuring quicker and safer delivery of money orders. 






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Denni Hlasatel , Dec. 2U, 1S20. 

Bank deposits during the past year show an increase of more than $2,500,000, 
and therefore the "bank's resources reached an unprecedented height of 
$13,500,000, Out of this, the security of the "bank, directed by experienced 
and honest officers, is apparent. The bank is under state, national, and ^ 
Chicago Clearing House Association supervision. The bank is pIso n member of g 
the Federal Reserve Bank, and therefore is one of the most powerful banking ^^ 
institutions in Chicago, nnd may be considered one of the foremost Czecho- p 

slovakian banking institutions in the United States, ^ 



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II D 4 Denni Hlasatel , Dec. 12, 1920. 


Q3ie Elub Kollegu (Club of Colleagues), composed of our Bohemian businessmen ^ 

of the Town of Lake district, held its annual meeting and election of officers ^ 

December 9, and at this opportunity our charitable institutions were also ^ 

remembered. Members of this club appropriated ten dollars for the Bohemian S 

Old People* s Home and Orphanage and a similar sum for the St. Joseph Orphanage ^ 

of Lisle, Illinois. The follov/ing officers were elected j Kr. Adolf Metzl, ^ 

president; Mr. Vdclav Cfilek, vice-president; Mr. Pavel Berenelc, secretary...., ^ 


Datml Hlaaatel , Dec. 7, 1920, 


The Annual Report 

Gentlemen: Today, wa are holding our annual meeting and it is our duty to 
present to you a brief report on all the work acoomplished in the course of 
this year, I have prepared this report and I am presenting it to you for 
your consideration. In acconplishing this task I have been compelled to 
divide it into several sections. 

Administrative Work 

At the beginning of this year, there were 108 building and loan associations 
listed as members of this League. During the year the following associations 
applied for membership and joined the League: Th.Q Telegraphers* Building and 
Loan Association, the Austin Building and Loan Association, the Komensky 
building and Loan Association, the Allport Building and Loan Association, and 







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the Columbian Building and Loan Association; altogether five associations. 
The following associations withdrew: The Daisy Building and Loan Association, 
the Vlastenec Building and Loan Association, the C esko-Delnicky Building and 
Loan Association, and the Golden Security Building and Loan Association; 
altogether four associations. Today, there are 109 building and loan associ- 
ations \inited in the Bohemian League. It is worth while remarking that theire 
are about twenty-five Bohemian building and loan associations which are not 
members of our League. The organization committee, appointed last year, either 
did not execute Its duties properly or circumstances made it Impossible for the 
committee to develop its activities to such a degree that the desired result 
could be achieved. Be that as it may, there are still twenty-five building ^ 
and. loan associations which are not members of our League and yet profit from 
our work. 

That this League is a useful organization has been proved many times. Even the 
Alliance of Building aM Loan Associations of Illinois points to the Ceske 
Sdruzeni Vypomocnych Spolku v Chicagu as an example, and is urging other 


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nationalities to establish similar leagues in their districts. The state 
auditor will sanction every new league and also urges every building and loan 
association to becocie a member of the State Alliance, because it is a well- 
Imown fact that the more powerful the organization is the more effective 
will be its work for the benefit of building and loan associations. 

State Legislative Work ^ 

Painstaking attention was given to the activity of the const it utioneil conven- ^ 
tion, at the time it was in session, so that nothing might find its way into -L- 
our constitution which would be harmful, not only to building and loan asso- ^ 
ciations, but also to the general public* The State Legislature will convene 2 
in the first part of January of next year, and it is expected that many bills ^ 
approved by the const it utioneil convention will be recommended for adoption. I::^ 
Therefore, all our efforts must be concentrated in this direction; we shall 
examine every bill and be on guard against those which would be harmful to 
us. It is possible, especially, that an income tax and a new tax system may 



Dennf Hlasatel . Dec. 7, 1920, 

be introduced* Therefore, as citizens and taxpayers we must be on guard* 
Inasmuch as initiative and referendum are to be introduced in our state, we 
shall be able to offer resistance and defeat any harmful bill* 

National Legislative Work ^ 

No bills haimful to us were introduced in the Congress of the United States ^ 

this year; on the contrary, a bill authorizing the establishment of the so- <^ 

called Federal Home Building Association was introduced. These federal P;3 

associations, established in various districts of the United States, would Ei 

act as a sort of clearing house for building and loan associations. I have ^ 

reported on this subject several times already and, therefore, I shall not ^ 
write about this matter at length. 

Just recently, the Collector of Internal Revenue has been sending out question- 
naires to every association and organization of any kind with the request that 
they be filled out* Building and loan associations in the United States are 

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lairfully exempt from paying the inccme tax, but inasmuch as the Collector 
of Internal Revenue does not know which association or organization is a 
building and loan association and which is not, the quest ioiuiaires are sent 
to eveiyone in order to ascertain which associations or organizations are 
subject to the income tax* I ijnmediately got in touch with the secretary of 
the State Alliance and both of us agreed that something should be done about :^ 
this matter. We decided that an affidavit answering the purpose of every ^ 
association should be prepared and sent to the Collector for his approval. r^ 
This has been accomplished and the affidavit was approved. The secretary is -a 
now sending a copy of it to every association which is a member of the State ^"; 
Alliance and to members of our League. As soon as the affidavit is received c> 
it should be filled out, sworn to before a notary public and sent to the ^ 
Collector of Internal Revenue. Nothing else has to be done. This gives you ^ 
an idea of the effectiveness of the work of such organizations as the State 
Alliance, the National League, and this League in similar cases. 

General Work 
At the beginning of this year, a series of lectures was arranged by this 


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League for the benefit of officers of building and loan associations, Messrs. 
Janda, Churan, Brabec, Mancl and Mr. Hildreth of Freeport, Illinois, gave 
lectures upon subjects which are necessary for us to know. These lectures 
were also published in our organ, and I am sure that much has been accom- 
plished to our benefit and that the officers, especially the secretaries, 
have learned a great deal. It would be a good thing if these lectures were 
published as a book in order that they might be preserved for the future. 
The American Building Association News reported favorably on these lectures, 
and called them unique examples of this type of lecture in the United States. 
The Bohemian building and loan associations can easily stand the cost of the 
publication, because these corporations have over sixteen million dollars in 
resources, and such a small expenditure would surely bring a good result in 
drives for new members, and could also be used as a wonderful means of agita- 
tion in the future. 







Salaries of Officers 

This matter probably will be discussed in today's meeting. Some time ago 

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Denni Hlasatel, Deo, 7, 1920. 

a committee was appointed to work out a table of salaries of secretaries and 
other officers, by vdiich building and loan associations could guide themselves 
in the future. Inasmuch as I do not kiiow whether tlie committee met or aoc(M- 
plished anything, I myself have tried to work out a table of salaries which I 
hereby present* The table stipulates the salaries of secretaries, presidents, M 
treasurers and members of various committees* For the salary of a secretary ^ 
I have used four tenths of one per cent of the total resources as a basis* p 
For the salary of an assistant secretary or member of a committee I have used ^^ 
one half of one tenth of one per cent of the total weekly deposits as a basis* S 
Fbr the salary of a treasurer I have used one tenth of one per cent of the 
total weekly deposits as a guide; for the salary of a president, member of an 
auditing committee or of an appraisal cornmittee I have stipulated amounts j^ 
according to my own judgment* It is to be noted that all the salaries com- 
bined would not exceed one half of one per cent of the total expenditure, 
which surely is thrifty and also just, Foim your own opinion and discuss this 
matter* It would be worth while because it has been one of those burning 


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questions which thus feir have not been justly solved. I also must point out 
that building and loan associations of other nationalities use similar fozms 
when salaries of officers are stipulated; only the percentage used by them 
as a basis is much higher than mine. 

Unification of Associations 

This matter has already been discussed in one of our meetings, but the deci- 
sion was postponed until proper information was received. Mr. Cdlek brought 
this matter up in the past meeting of the State League. He asked the person 
representing the state auditor, who was present, for his opinion. This 
representative expressed the belief that unification could easily be accom- 
plished and that no special foimalities are required, excepting the ratifi- 
cation by members of this or that association. All that is necessary to be 
done is to place the incoming members in those series which show approximately 
the same value and either pay up the difference of one, two, or three weeks, 
or suspend payment for a like period, in order to equalize the values of the 






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series; thus the unification is accomplished. The association could then take 
over the cashisecurities and other property and carry on. 

Own Your Home Exposition 

In Chicago at the Coliseum, on March 26, 1921, an exposition for the purpose ^ 

of encouraging home building, will be opened to the public. Many models of ^ 

new homes, pleins, building material and modern home equipment, etc., will be ;= 

exhibited. At this exposition the building and loan associations will have C 

their own booth where various circulars and pamphlets will be distributed in ^ 

order to inform the public about the significance of building and loan asso- E" 

ciations. Here a wonderful opportiinity is given to us to call the attention o 

of American people to Bohemian building and loan associations. The Bohemian C: 

building and loan associations can furnish their pamphlets and reports, in ^' 
fact everything leading to the advertisement of building and loan associations. 
It is expected that thousands and thousands of people will visit this exposi- 
tion and we will have a wonderful opportxmity to advertise our Bohemian build- 
ing and loan associations which are known as the most properous building and 

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loan associations In Chicago. The necessary expense in connection with this 
project will be covered by voluntary contributions from our associations. 
After you receive such a request for contributions, appropriate a suitable 
amoimt and then exhibit anything which in your opinion is suitable. 

Public Press 



I would recQDKaend now as I have in the past that our gratitude be extended 

to our four Bohemian newspai>er3, the Dennl Hlas atel, N£rod , Svomost , and o 

Spravedlnost , for their kind publication of all" reports dealing with our ^ 

building and loan associations. These newspapers always did publish all g 

press releases submitted to them. Therefore I urge you always to reward t}i 
these newspapers whenever any kind of advertisement is needed. 

In Memoriam 
In the course of this year two members in good standing, Mr. Joseph Babka 

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Denni Hlasatel . Dec. 7, 1920. 

and Mr. Joseph Svojse, passed away forever from our circle. Both of these 
men were conscientious representatives of this organization, and they always 
worked willingly for the general welfare. All honor to their memoryl 

I have now said everything which you should know and which would be worthy 
of your attention. 

Wishing you great success, I remain. 


Respectfully yours, L- 

Josef L. Voborsky, secretary. t. 

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Denni Hlasatel . Oct. 16, 1920. 


Joseph L. Voborsky 

The State League of Building and Loan Associations in the State of Illinois 
held its forty-first convention in Quincy, Illinois, on October 13 and 14. 

The Bohemian building and loan associations, about 110 of them, were represented 
by the following Bohemian delegates: 

Messrs: Frank J. Petru, Konrad Ricker, Molph l.Iacal, V. F« Sailer, Joseph 
Kohout, James J, Melich, George V/. Kralovec, Anton Vanek, V/, Beck, Karel Krabec, 
VJ, K. Pflaum, J. P. Krivanek, F, J, Mancl, F. Gallistel, B. J. V/ach, James A. 
Calek, and J, L. Voborsky. 




The delegation boarded the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad train Tues- 
day evening at 10:30» All the delegates traveled together in one coach which 

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Kr, Frank J. Petru acquired for the convenience of all, and therefore there 
was no scarcity of entertainment during the trip. Before we realized the 
fact, we had arrived at our destination, at seven o* clock in the morning. 
After the usual procedure of securing accommodations at the Hotel llewcomb, 
every one was anxious for a breakfast to satisfy his hunger. 

Prior to the convention, a meeting of the executive committee of the State -o 
League was held, at wrtiich the preparatory work for the convention was done. ^ 


About two hundred delegates from various parts of this state v/ere present, and 
of course most of them came from Chicago. V/e who have participated in these g 
conventions for a number of years have met the same old delegates, v^ho come ^ 
from year to year. It sometimes happens that here and there a delegate forever ^ 
departs from our midst, but his place is taken by someone else who is just as ^ 
sincerely interested in the building and loan associations as v/as his prede- 

On October 13 at the stroke of ten in the morning, the convention was called to 

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02?der by the president of the State League, Ut» 0, K. 0\7ings of liiattoon» 

From the annual report of the secretary, LIr, I.I. S, Vasena, it is apparent that 
there are 886 building and loan associations in the State of Illinois.,.,. In 
Chicago there are 128 Bohemian building and loan associations v/ith a member- 
ship of 45,000 

Another speech worthy of mention v;as presented by LIr. James A. Calek, delegate 
of the iilliance of Bohemian Building and Loan Associations of Chicago, who 
spoke upon the theme, "The ^advertisement of Building and Loan Associations", 
Mr, Calek first mentioned why the building and loan associations should adver- 
tise, where to advertise, and how to advertise. In the first part of his 
speech he stated that advertising has several purposes — that is, to educate 
and inform, to encourage thrift and the placing of savings in good securities, 
etc. Beside this, it should acquaint the people with the real purpose of 
building and losin associations. The main centers of advertisements are the 
newspapers, and these should be considered the hub of all advertising, because 


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they are read by a great nunber of people. Through the nev/spapers , the build- 
ing and loan associations can get in touch with people, respective readers of 
this or that newspaper. IJewspaper advertising undoubtedly is a most inexpensive 
and effective method. One advertisement in a newspaper is read by perhaps one 
hundred thousand people, a system which is much cheaper than sending the sane 
advertisement to one hundred thousand people individually. 

Another kind of advertising is the use of various posters and stickers, v;hich :S 

should be displayed in business places, offices, street cars, or public places; :=• 

circulars and pamphlets should be distributed to homes in various neighborhoods, '— 

etc. No matter what method is employed, each has its a'm influence and effect. <^ 

But inasmuch as the building and loan associations encourage thrift, teaching ^ 

thrift and the deposit of savings, they should also see that each expenditure £ 

is economical and that it has a certain effect upon the public. co 

Further he mentioned the educational propaganda undertaken by the Alliance of 
Bohemian Building and Loan Associations of Chicago. Several years ago the 
Alliance published a pamphlet explaining the purpose and activity of building 



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and loan associations. It also publishes its o\7n official journal, the pur- 
pose of T/hich is to educate directors and officers. Just recently a special 
course of lectures concerning only the conduct of building and loan associa- 
tions has been started. Further, I.j. Calek advocated that contact with various 
large industrial enterprises be established, particularly with executive 
officers, urging then to see that leaders of various departnents encouraged 
their workingraen to deposit their savings in dependable institutions, especially 
to become nenbers of building and loan associations, and to deposit their sav- 
ings there because it is i.iost dependable. IIo nentioned a fev; examples v/here 
this had been achieved. His views and proposals v/ere received with splendid 

lilr, Calek then stated that at the present time the Alliance of Bohemian Build- 
ing and Loan dissociations is talcing into consideration the necessity of merg- 
ing the smaller building and loan associations with large associations, for 
the reason that the small associations do not prosper, do not grow, and only 
exist to the detriment of some other association. The- unification may be 
accomplished in a very simple manner. .Then members of those associations agree 





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upon the unification and it is acconplished, then the araount of noney paid 
upon the shares of the inconins association is transferred to the other associa- 
tion according to the maturity of this or that series and the Eiatter is taken 
care of. If there happen to be one, t^vo, or three v/eelcs' difference, then 
this can easily be adjusted by paying one, tv/o, or three weeks longer or by 
not paying at all for this period, as the case nay be, so that the difference i^ 
can be adjusted. This, too, v/as the opinion of the representative of the state ^ 
auditor v/hen he was asked about this natter 'p 

During the session, a laudatory remark was made about the Bohemian associations, ^ 
and they were proclaimed to be an example for other associations in the State £ 
of Illinois o3 



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The Czechoslovak Review , Vol. IV, p. 296, Aug. 1920. 


Recently one of the Chicago Bohemisuis had an opportunity to visit the 
Mount Wilson Observatory in California. After being shown about the 
place and taken through all of the secret compartments in the topmost 
iramework, he discovered a plate with the inscription, "Erected by Wensel 
Morava, Chicago, 111." Upon inquiry, it was found that Mr. Morava, a 
Czech, is one of the leading iron structural engineers and contractors 
of the Middle West and that he has successfully engstged in this line for 
a great many years, having built many large steel structures in Chicago 
and other cities. 



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Denni Hlasatel, Larch 1, 1920. 

TKii: H3;^3Ci:3 kir 'uni: Ji:cKz.jr. i:: ii^vr 

In a Very Interesting Llanner Joseph A. Holpuch, Bohaniian 
Contractor, .Expressed His Opinion Before the City Council 
Coi.r.iittee V/hich is Invest i gating This I.latter 

The Chicago City Council recently appointed a comittee to investigate the 5 
reasons for continuous rent increases, v;hich nust be paid by all v/ho want to ^^ 
dwell in decent quarters f- 

iimong others suromoned before the committee last Saturday v;as our viell-kno^vn o 
countryman and building contractor, Joseph A. Ilolpuch, who unhesitatingly 
stated for the Chicago building contractors that the main reason for the 
increase in rentals is the laziness of women and men, viho, ;vhile setting up 
housekeeping, do not look for such rents as v/ere in demand sometime ago; 
instead, for their own comfort, less housekeeping work, and other reasons, 
they look for one-room or, at the most, two-room apartment g, V^heu the ov/ner 
of a house vriiich consists of larger flats sees that tenants are willing to 


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Denni Illasate l, llarch 1, 1920. 

pay one hundred dollars a rionth for one or two-roon apartments, he comes to 
the conclusion that he is losing money by not getting as much or more for 
his five or six-room flat. For this reason, then, the ovmer increases the 
rent. Llr. Joseph A. Holpuch himself knows only one remedy, and that is that 
the people build houses for theraselves only, that is, bimgalows, or tv;o- or 
three-story apartment houses with flats as large as were in demand until 
recent times. 

From his own experience he then related that, in the past six j'-ears, the 
Chicago building contractors have been erecting mostly one, t\TO, or, at the 
most, three-room apartment buildings. In the past year the demand for one- 
room apartment buildings v;as the largest. If such conditions continue, then 
he does not know what the results will be. He himself is convinced that in 
the near future, people xvill not care to live anyv/here else, but in tents, 
public parks, etc 


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Deimi Hlasatel, Jan, 15, 1920. 


In the meeting of the shareholders of the Kaspar State Bank held yesterday, 
Mr. William Kiaspar again was elected its president, and Mr. Otto Kaspar, 
vi c e-pre c i dent • 

Mr. Otto Kaspar, in his speech, called attention to the xinusually large in- 
crease of saving deposits in Bohemian banks of Chicago during the year 1919. 

The following list shows the increase of saving deposits: 

Adams State Bank ^ 184,650 

American State Bank 1^117,245 

Crav-rford State Bank 324,311 

Kaspar State Bank 3,334,024 

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Lawndale National Bank $2, 072, 380 

Lavmdale State Bank 1,094,682 

'Western State Bank 781,876 

According to Mr. Otto Easpar, the estimated total assets of these 
Bohemian banks exceed the sum of $25,000,000, 


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17 The Czechoslovak Review, Vol. Ill, No. 4, April, 1919. 



At the present time, all of the Allied Powers have recognized the right 
of the Czechoslovak nation to independence and sovereign statehood* By 
virtue of this recognition, there is in existence a Czechoslovak Govern- 
ment* It has oeen suggested by leading financiers and business men in 
the United States that in order to strengthen the bonds between this newly 
recognized nation and America, a Czechoslovak Chamber of Commerce be 
established in this country. The possible functions of such an organiza- 
tion are unlimited. A few of the more important are briefly staggested 

To stimulate trade relations between the two countries. It is a well 
known fact that before the war, Germany was the intermediary for bo'th 
the export and import trade with the region which forms the new state 
in question* With this factor rejnoved, it will be the purpose of the 
proposed Chamber to exert every legitimate effort to promote the inter- 
change of export and imports oetween the two countries. 

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All available business information of mutxial value will be acquired, 
properly tabulated, and distributed to those interested. This will 
include trade statistics of stich a nature as will enable A-nerican 
manufactxirers to determine those products which should find a ready 
sale in Czechoslovakia; also keep them in touch with industrial, 
economic, and financial conditions which would have a vital Influence 
upon sales and credits. 

Every effort would be made to inculcate just and equitaole principles 

of trade, and to aid in the passage of beneficial laws pertaining to 

the coounerce between the two countries. Reciprocity ana a fine sense 

of justice and helpfulness should be observed in administering such matters 

as tariffs, protection of trade marks and patents, ocean freights, import 

and export duties, postal and parcel post regulations. 

TO arbitrate in the event of any commercial misunderstandings or disputes, 
due to the dissimilarity of language and lack of past commercial relations, 
a possibility of occasional mi sunder stsmding presents itself. By referring 
such matters to the Czechoslovak Chamber of Commerce to adjust with the 

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corresponding business organization in the other coimtry litigation, 
with its attendant expenses and possible loss of good will, may be 

To promote a meditun for bringing together private business interests, 
organizations, and Conventions between Czechoslovakia and America for 
the purpose of Advancing their mutual interests, ihis would be 
accomplished by bringing before the public matters of educational 
interest concerning the tremendous trade iK)s8ibilities with Czechoslovakia 
and her wide range of resources. Every effort would also be exerted to 
bring together in conferences such parties as would be interested in 
initiating business relations with each other, with an aim towards 
increasing the volume of traue between the two countries. 

To inspire in its members a sense of individxial civic responsibility, 
and an active interest in all national affairs wnich would tend to 
strengthen the bonds between the United States and the Czechoslovak 


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The channels of commercial relations are grad\ially being opened up with 
Czechoslovakia and although there are no direct; connections at the present 
moment. It is only a question of a short ^ime when these connections will 
be opened. Firms interested ought to be preparing now to enter this promis- 
ing field. As per our former notice, the war trade board announced Feb. 
16th, that trade with Czechoslovakia had been reopened subject to the rul- 
ings and regulations wliich apply at present. 

Other good news is that on March 28th, the postal connections have been 
reopened between Czechoslovakia and America. Also recommendations have 
been recently made to the peace conference, that the ports of Hamburg on 
the North Sea and Stettin on the Baltic Sea, which have good boat and rail 
connections with Czechoslovakia, be opened and made neutral ports of entry 
to Czechoslovakia. It is hoped that soon American exporters will be able 
to make regular shipments. 

The Czechoslovak Chamber has men investigating trade conditions abroad smd 
will be able to be in a position to give valuable trade information. Manu- 
facturers and exporters are requested to join our association as sustaining 
members at $25 per year. Application may be sent to the Secretary. 

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The Czechoslovak Review, April, 1919. 

Czechoslovak Chamber of Commerce of America, John A. Sokol, Sec'y. , 60 
East South Water St*, Chicago. 

WW. °'^ 




The Czechoslovak Review . Vol. Ill, No. 1, pp. 22-2^3, Jan, 1919. 


The csunpaign for close commercial relations between the United States ^^ 
and Czechoslovaicia was opened at a conference of Czechoslovaik Dusiness p 
men, who met in Baltimore Dec. 10th, the occasion of the Southern Com- ^^ 
mercial Congress. After the session was over, about thirty visitors ^ 
and prominent Baltimore Bohemians met at the Emerson Hotel to discuss *— 
ways and means of helping the economic progress of the old country. Some ^ 
of the foremost Bohemian-American business men were present. Prom ^^ 
Chicago came Frank Hajicek, president of Lawndale National Bank; John 
A. Cervenka, president of the Pilsen Brewing Company, and. a member of 
the Board of Directors of the American State Bank; John A. Sokol, food 
importer; Josef Dusek, one of Chicago's biggest commission merchants; and 
Franic Skala, steamship ticket agent. 

Everyone present was agreed as to the advisability of establishing at 
once a Czechoslovak-American Chamber of Commerce. The one great service 

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lY The Czechoslovak Review , Jan. 1919. 

the Czechoslovaks in this country could render to the newly formed Re- > 

public is to find markets for Czechoslovakian products in the United ~ 

States. While the principal markets for Czechoslovak exports will be ^ 

found in Russia and the Balkans, many things are produced in Bohemia ^ 

for which aememd can be found in America* o 


It was decided at the Baltimore conference to take important steps for j;^ 
the establishment of a Chamber of Commerce, This institution will issue *" 
bulletins and booklets on Czechoslovak industries, will give financial 
ratings of importers in Bohemia, will maintain permanent commercial 
exhibits in New York, Chicago and probably other cities, xhe formal 
constitution of the American-Czechoslovak Chamber of Commerce will tsike 
place in Chicago, at a great convention of Bohemian and Slovak business 
men from all parts of the United States on Feb. 3rd and 4th. 

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Dennl laasatel, July 14, 1918. 


(Advertisement ) 

Every Czech-American should be proud of the Hibner Oil Company. Vfliy? Be- 
cause every employee of the company /.-as born either in Czechoslovakia, or is 
of Czech parentarre. This prosperous concern is an example of Czech enter- 
prise. It shovjs what can be accomplished by def initeness of purpose and 


In the year 1895 the Plibner Oil Company had a capital of $140.50, £in old horse, 
and a still older wagon. The company's salesman also was old and feeble, 
five large trucks and seven ^vagons distribute for the company all over Chicago, 
Cicero, and Oak Park. I'x, Li. J. Votava, ^resident, is an acknowledged expert 
in the oil business. 


Today Di 



Dennl Hlasatel . Dec. 23, 1917, 


The Ogden Motor and Supply Company was founded recently. It is a stock com- 
pany with offices at 3854-60 Ogden Avenue, on the corner of Springfield ^ 
Avenue. The capital is $100,000. The following officers were elected: 5 
V. E, Cerveny, president; Frank Zeman, secretary and treasurer; Emil 0. <ri 
Zeman, vice-president; Messrs. Jos. Llazac and Charles A, LIrizek, members p 
of the board of directors. 

The concern will manufacture Ogden motor trucks, and will represent the 
following other manufacturing firms; Buick, Chalmers, Studebaker, Oakland, S 



and Maxwell. -> 

The new company bought out the Ogden Auto Sales Company, which has been a 
prosperous enterprise for the past two years. 

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CZzlCII BAIu^S C0-0P2R.'iTE 

The directors of the Kaspar State Bank decided fn their last meeting to make 
their institution a member of the Federal Reserve System. In doing so, they 
are complyins with the v;ish of President './ilson, as expressed in one of his 
last speeches. 

I.Iembership in the yedsral Reserve System also provides a higher {guarantee for 
the depositors, because of the rigid supervision by the Federal bank author- 
ities. Tlie I^spar State Bank is also under the supervision of the Chicago 
Clearing House. All of this makes it a perfectly safe depository for money 
and other assets. 







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IV Denni Hlasatel . Aug. 18, 1917. 


The Czech community of Chicago can justly boast of a goodly number of men who 
have become prosperous businessmen, though they had to start v;ith small means. 
.... There are, however, some among them v/ho deserve special mention. 

Smanuel J. Petru, merchant, is knov;n all over the United States for he has 
thousands of customers, Czechs and of other nationalities, v;ho send in their 
orders for coffee, tea, and spices. This success explains itself by :,Cr. Petru* s 
conscientiousness which, our fellow-countrymen have good naturedly agreed upon, 
almost borders on over-punctiliousness. Our readers may, therefore, be eager 
to learn about his life. 

Dlouha Lhota, a small forlorn villa5;e near Tabor, southern Eohe.-aia, is the place 
of his birth. His father was a scho'olteacher, and, therefore, struggled to make 
both ends Liee-t. But it was not finances which compelled the elder Petru to emigrate, 
Political conditions and the craving for freedom induced him to come to America. 

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This v;as in the year 1875. He settled in Chicago in the coranunitj'- of his fellow- 
countrymen, jilmanuel J, Petru ./as a little boy then. Ke v;ent through the public 
schools, and being attracted tc business, he becarae active in it at the early 
age of fourteen. He started in a dry goods store of our fellow-countrjTnan, !!r. 
Zavadil on V^est IV/elfth Street, v/ithout pay. "e stayed there for two raonths, then 
chanf-ed to vjork for a grocery store where he drew the "princely" wages of one 
dollar per weak. :\aturally, eager for nore, he quit to finally find work which 
paid the highest v/ages obtainable for a boy of his age at that time. 

iuT. Fetru was not nore than eighteen years of ;.ge when he entered business for 
himself. Me sold coffee, and after meeting with success, he opened a store, 
subsequently extending his activity gradually into the general grocery business. 
His a;ribiticn v;as not limited to sto;^ at this grade of progress. He sold out, 
and became a salesman for a vjholesale house, only to go into the v/holesale 
business for himself. He was only twenty-two years old when he took this 
important step of his career. The next one -.vas the establishment of connections 
with a Czech concern of the old hor:ieland, for which he sold fig chicory in whole- 
sale lots through his nev;ly founded firm named the "Petru American Importing 

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Company." The years went on, and :;!r. Petru's enterprise scored again. The 
Java Coffee Quills, the first Czech wholesale grocery concern in the United 
States, a firm of transoceanic dimensions, v;as founded by him 7;ith headquarters 
at 1708 South Racine .-ivenue. 

iir. Fetru's private life is quiet. Ho is married and is the father of three 
children. Though he ca:ae to this country -.vhen only a child, he al'.irays hails 
the Czechs as of his kind. 

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Denni Hlusatel . 13, 1917. 

ciiscii buildi]:g .^ro lo--jc .wSoci.^ncNs of ghig;.go 


The quarterly neetiny of the United Czech Building and Loan dissociation of 
Chicago v/as held here yesterday afternoon, r.r. J, L. '"^ovak prcijided. 

"Ster the routine business had been taken care of, the chairman reported the 
results of a survey of the menbership and ihe financial status of the Lea=^e 
^•^lerican national orf^anizationT" in various states, j'rom this report it v;as 
learned that the ot:;te of Pennsylvania takes first place with 6^5,000 riOi^ibers 
in 1,950 branches, and vxith ,)297,000,000 in liquid assets. The otate of 
Illinois takes fifth place v/ith 649 branches, 230,667 old raembers augaented 
by 15,517 nev/ ones, and assets of vl05,478,403, ..hich aiaount v/as increased 
by ,;7,087,735 throur;h the inflvuc of the nev; r.enbers. 

The chairman also ^ave an idea of the grov/th of the League, the orcanization 

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I G of all the building and loan associations of the United States; his 
I M figures were based on approximate data gathered at a recent meeting, 

IV in Boston, Massachusetts, of the representatives of the branches 
from all over the United States, at which meeting he represented the 

United Czech Building and Loan Associations of Chicago. On January 1, 1917, 
the league contained 7,034 branches with 3,568,343 individual members, and 
had $1,696,707,041 in liquid assets. The average amount paid in by the in- 
dividual member was $476.49, as against $445 the previous year. 

A committee reported on the request made to the United States Government 
for exemption from taxes, and described the difficulties that were being 
met, pointing out that, at the present time, when money is needed for the 
prosecution of the war, and the Government is compelled to impose taxes 
upon every imaginable commodity and enterprise, such difficulties are to be 

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noticed in V.'ashinston, and are comnented on very favorably. "Our 
work is gradually bein^ appreciated in circles that did not knov/ us 
at all before." These v;ere the words v/ith v/hich l.Ir, Novak closed 
his oral report. The written report contains, besides rauch other 
detailed and interesting information, a few telling facts about the Chicaso 
Czech branch of the League and its activities: ".,,.1 wish to show briefly 
to v/hat degree our building and loan associations helped all their merabers 
secure horaes, ..e have now in Chicago one hundred and tv;enty-five Czech 
building and loan societies v;ith about 35,000 mejr.bers and more than $20,000,000 
in their treasuries; these figures have grown considerably since the last 
report. V.e are continually receiving applications fc loans, so that only 
a small amount of money remains inactive. The Czech building and loan 
ajsociations lend money without causing the borrowers uiiy particular diffi- 
culties, and the members know that money quickly and easily obtained can be 
more efficiently utilized ar.d at less cost; this is the secret of our 
success, "./herever Czechs settle in Chicago, that part of the city begins 
to improve visibly; small houses spring up rapidly in large niimbers, and 

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big, elegant apartnent houses fitted out '.vith the nost modern conven- 
iences are built as well, I^ost of them are surrounded by t^ardens, trees, 
bushes, and flov/erbeds; the neighborhood is kept clean, in a health- 
pronotino condition; this enhances the beauty and boosts the value of 
the property — the entire district s^ins in appearance. Those acciuainted viita 
the Czech comiaunities of Chicago will readily support this state.Tient, 

"The Czech building and loan societies were united into one body for the pur- 
pose of giving secretaries and ot.her officials of organizations an opportunity 
to train themselves in the conduct of their particular business. The Chicago 
branch meets every three months to discuss events, affairs, and conditions. 
The Chicago branch makes recommendations to the State League concerning matters 
which may be of interest to branches in other cities. The statutes demand 
that every branch v/hich belongs to the League (xvhich embraces the entire 
United States') must also belong to the proper State League. The minutes of 
the Chica.-^o branch meetings are printed, and sent to every individual society. 

In this way better contact is established, the advantage of v/hich v;as particularly 

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evident when the drive for the .-jiierican I^ed Cross began. Our Czech 
branches collected a considerable amount of money for the lied Gross, 
and boujht Liberty bonds to the value of almost one million dollars; 
they also helped efficiently in the enlistment of our young men for 
service in the United Jtates ..Lrmy and Navy. Ptom this it can be seen that 
our societies teach our people not only thrift, but the fulfilling of their 
obligations as citizens as Vtfell. 

"Vflien I speak of the Czech building and loan societies and of tho Czech people 
at the same time, I do not want to imply that the members of the societies 
are of Czech descent exclusively; they are, in fact, cosmopolitan, for In 
everyone of these branches there are some mesubers of other than Czech descent. 
In closing, I v/ant to declare that the Czech branch of the State League fiilly 
recognizes and appreciates the v/ork done by the latter," 

The delegates to the meeting were satisfied v/ith the gratifying news that 
the delegates to the national convention of the League, in Boston, gave much 



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credit to the Czech branches, 

Vice-chainaan ijr. J« :i. Calek proposed to give material aid to 
coijuiittee in charge of the arran^eraents for the "Czechoslovak 


Thanksciving", which is to be celebrated soon. It v/as resolved to send a 
certain araount of money to bhe coi.i'aittee, which is to deliver it into the 
hands 'of Professor Thomas G. I'asar^/k. The delegates hope that the aj.-iount 
\vill reach the figure of ,A*^^> they v/ant to do their bit for the liberation 
of the old homeland...., Tom Vonasek, delegat3 for the Radnice Building and Loan Association, in- 
quired v/hat vras to be done about an individual iuember who had paid up a cer- 
tain aiiount, but had enlisted for service in the ^Irny. He v;ay inforr.ied that 
the rule reiiuired the refunding, to the uanber, of Lhe amount already paid. 

The meeting was closed with an opulent lunch, v;hich v/as given to the dele- 
gates by I.JT. F, J. --etru. 

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I LI thanked for the publicity they have been givinc the Czech building 

17 and loan associations. 

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A C0K3CI2I>ITI0U3 ;;0H2aR 

( Sunmaiy ) 

There are not too many citizens of Chicago v/ho can boast of a record in 
private as well as in public life that is without the slightest blemish, 

Our Czech community in Chicago possesses men like these, 

and is justly proud of them. Our Czech community knows these men, and 
it also knows that Joseph I. Kovak is one of them. 

Mr. Kovak was bom in Chicago in 1877, bom of parents v;ho had had a 
hard start in life before they attained any comparative degree of pros- 
perity. They se-'i to it that their son received a good education, not 
only in public schools, but also in the college, v/hich at that time 
was known by the name of V/estside Business College. The young man had 
early evidenced a liking for matters of commerce. Ke dealt in various 
commodities, such as coal, hay, and grain. He even ventured into the 


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restaurant business with pronounced success. He quit this branch sfter 
a time as he found that it was not conducive to a success in public 
life vdiich he preferred 

LIr. Ilovak has always been a staunch Democrat. In the election in 1913, 
h3 v;on the aldermanic seat of the T'.'.'elfth "..'ard. Llayor Harrison recommend- 
ed him for the office of a member of the Board of Local Improvements, and 
the City Council indorsed his choice. This was in 1915. Llr. Hovalc was 
also appointed a jury coinmissioner. In his capacity as alderman, he proved 
very helpful to his Gzech-«merican fellow-countrymen. Though born in 
America, he has preserved a warm feeling for his maternal language. 

Mr. Novak is married and father of six children. At present, he is con- 
ducting a real estate business at 4010 '.-.est 26th Street, which he com- 
bines v;ith insvirance. He also fixnctions as notary public. He is a mem- 
ber of niimerous clubs and societies. 


Dennl Hla^satel, jime 23, 1917. 


(Summary J 

Czech Chicago can boast of inany businessmen who have worked themselves up 
from a small business and have i.iade renaricable progress because of their 
acumen and pertinacity. Of this ;-:;roup Wit, G^ustav Klima is one of the best- 
knovm and most popular men in our comiaunity. 

He was born in otrasice, near iPrafjue, in 1868, After his public school work 
he enrolled in the Industrial School in Plzen (Pilsenj , Bohemia, where he ob- 
tained a good technical education, iie came to America when he was twenty-one 
years of age, settled in Chicago, and began to work as a mechanic. lie later 
became a businessman and opened a shop on 22nd .itreet and V/ashteriav/ .^venue. 
In 1899 he married miss Bozena Jankovs -a, by whom he has several children. 

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He founded the Bohemian Plate Glass Insurance Association sixteen years ago, 
a concern which has been enjoying the confidence of the Czech public in 
full measure* He also became active in the real-estate business and sold 
property in the neighborhood of Riverside Drive, 22nd Street and Oak Park 
Avenue. He transformed this section into a regular residential district 
for his Czech fellow countrymen. He is a member of many Czech Chicago 
associations, and now lives at 6743 Riverside Drive, Berwyn. His office 
is located at 1412 West 19th Street, 

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irr'iGirAL PUK d^gor/^t^d by a cz^ch 


The beautiful floral decorations on the I'unicipal Pier are the work of !!r. B. 
Prasil, 3052 South Harding Avenue, He was the first Czech ever to become chief 
gardener for the Bridewell, and has been holding this position for tho past 
seventeen years. He spent only '^<Z50 of ^1500 appropriated by the city council 
for the Pier flov;ers. 



Dennl Hlasatel . J\me 9, 1917, 



The development of Czech bxisiness in Chicago did not take place at an early 
date in our history. There were not nany of our pioneers T;ho could have 
taken the risk of trading on a large scale. The first Czechs who ventured 
into business could tell stories of sleepless nights and worry, liany small 
department stores failed. No department stores were in the hands of Czechs 
\mtil the year 1889, when lir. John J. Svoboda founded one. It is still in 
existence and is floiirishing, and may be designated as the first of its kind 
operated by a Czech in Chicago. 

I.ap. Svoboda was bom in Chvaletice, near Protivin, Bohemia, fifty-four years 
ago. When he was still of school age, the entire family left the old country 
and came to the United States. At that time emigration from Czech lands was in 
full vogue; everybody wanted to try America "for good luck". They had visions 

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of better living conditions, for they were getting disgusted with the 
way things were being done in the motherland, '.Ve find the family settled 
in Chicago in 1868 the terminal point of their long journey. 

After having becouio acquainted v;ith the advantages of the com;nunity, they 
sent young John to Walsh School, which was at that time situated at the 
comer of Vv'est 20th and South Johnson Streets. The boy studied the English 
language diligently and made excellent progress in other subjects, so that 
after graduation his father sent him to /oster School to further his educa- 
tion. He was also sent to St. Vaclav (St.Venzeslas) School, to keep in con- 
tact with the Czech language. For a time John attended the St. Franciscus 
School, then on ;Vest Twelfth Street and Newberry Avenue, to learn German. 

A business school, which suited the boy's early and distinct inclinations, 
finished his educational program. 

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He then found employment in the John Lan-erraan dry goods store on ^jrcher 
Avenue, and then worked at Klein Brothers on South Halsted and V.est 20th 
Streets. He opened his ov.-n store in 1889 under the "Svoboda's Bargain 
House," on 1255 '..'est 22nd Jtreet. His sound business principles assured 
him of success from the start. 

In the year 1904 he was already in a position to build his own establish- 
ment on 1327-29 .Vest 22nd Street, where he reopened a larger store under 
the name "Grand Leader", It is still in existence and still prospering, 

Hx, ovoboda has been married since 1898 and lives with his family in Oak 

Park. Although he grew up in America, he nevertheless remained a Czech; 

a fact which he displays at every opportunity. There is not a single Czech 

national or humanitarian enterprise to which he v;ould not extend his aid. 

He is a charter nember of what v/as once the Plzenski illadenci _y^ilsen Bachelors' 

Clu^; of ookol Jhicago; the Geska Beseda _^zech Club/; and others. l.j?, Svoboda 

is not only a good Czech, but also a sincere and ardent American patriot. 



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TUlui, PITTE, iil«) GffiJTY BI B/JMiUjr^JY 


The bankruptcies of three firms in our Czech-Chicago community will result 
in an endless chain of court sessions and litigations. The firms "did busi- 
ness" under the name of "notary public" or "private banker;" accepted money 
from their hard-working and thrifty fellow countrymen; paraded as "counselors" 
in the investment business; and diverted the funds intrusted to then into 
channels for their own private interest. The men are: Joseph Tuma, Robert L. 
Pitte, and Joseph A. Cemy; the latter, now missing, represents the latest 

acquisition to the roster of our bankrupt "bankers" The backbone of their 

activities was shady transactions and false pretenses 

"Vaio will be next?" 

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In a meeting of the creditors of the firm Josef a, Gerny, held in the Sokol 
Chicago hall last Friday, it became evident that federal court action will 
be required to settle a case which threatens to beco.-ne another bankruptcy 
within the Chicago Czech community. It v;as thought at first that compromises 
could avert the impending calamity. Such hopes seem to have been blasted. It 
is reported that tomorrow Attorney Otto Kerner, representing the creditors, will 
ask the federal court to pronounce the company in a state of bankruptcy. This 
was the first sad news to reach the community. 

Another is the rumor that the deficit will be much larger than was originally 

expected Several cooiplaints charging fraudulent handling of funds have 

been heard, but no official information has been filed as yet. 

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( Summary) 

"Chodsko" is a part of sou th'.ve stem Bohenia, One of tlie foreiiost traits of 
its indif^enous people is honesty of conviction. This characteristic has 
been lifted upon a poetic pedestal in the "Psohlavci," a drarm by Alois 
Jirasek, of vrhich Kozina is the hero. The straicht-forvvardness and in- 
flexibility of the convictions v;ith v/hich IZozina is portrayed in the drama 
is reflected in a native son of the "Ghodslco" land, a Chicago Czech naraed 
Earel Vondras. He v/as bom January 1, 1864, in Henc, the son of a fairly 
prosperous farmer. In his native town he attended the public school and 
later, also a German school, V/hen he had passed school age, his father sent 
hin to Lirnich, Germany, vfhere, by his own choice, he was to learn the balcery 
trade. Young Vondras showed great diligence in his v;ork. He had to suffer 
all the usual hardships and humilations of an apprentice. After two years 
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his scant earnings, Ihe father was overjoyed, true enough, yet he became 
very much concerned over the future of the lad. The bakery trade held good 
promise of earnings in the old homeland, but knowing his boy's enterprise 
and also his incipient dislike of general conditions, the father thought of 
America, the land of promise. 

It was in the year 1879 that he and his wife, with much reluctance, allowed 
their son to start the journey over the ocean, with Chicago as the goal. 
Young Vondras found work in the bakeshop of August Lichtenberger at Kramer 
and Ealsted Streets, Here he learned the methods of American baking and 
became a first-rate baker. 

In 1889 he married Ivliss Therese Holar and opened his own shop on 18th and May 
Streets, The space soon proved to be too small, and as the owner of the house 
insisted that LIr. Vondras buy the building at an exorbitant price, the master 
baker purchased a house at 1540 V/est 18th Street, where he equipped his busi- 
ness with the most modern conveniences and up-to-date machinery and implements. 

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The business expanded so rapidly that it has now become one of the leaders 
in the connmnity. One of its best-known products is genuine home-baked 
bread, and the famous crisp salt sticks. 

In his relations with his help IJir, Vondras never flaunts the air of an em- 
ployer, but always the comrade and friend. He lives a happy family life and 
is the father of several children. He is active in the various societies of 
the community. 



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An agreement has been reached between Jos. A. Cerny, notary public, and his 
clients, who felt uneasy about their deposits intrusted to him. Their 
apprehensions may well be understood when one recalls the bankruptcy of the 
firm Robert L. Pitte and Son. 

In a meeting held in the hall of Sokol Chicago last night, JSr, Cerny explained 
to his clients, fifty in number, how he happened to plunge into temporary 
difficulties. His liabilities amount to $25,740.50, wiiich are covered by 
real estate ^ich, if sold advantageously, together v/ith other securities, 
should yield ^33,310.03. A committee composed of five Czech lawyers was formed 
which pledged itself to hold the assets until Banker Fr. G. Hajicek, who 
was named trustee by the committee, finds an opportunity to realize a reason- 
able amount of money by their sale. 





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Mr. Cemy, in frankly revealing the condition of Ms business, evidently acted 
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iUjaost one-"half oentury has passed since the family of the Lallas came to oxir 
city. They hailed from the romantic little tovm of Bechsme near Tabor, 
Bohemia* The elder Lallas were people typical of old time Czech stock, v/ith 
an earnest desire for rearing their children to be decent men, good citizens, 
and to remain sincere Czechs. They did not labor in vain. Their little ones 
grew to be a cause of pride and joy for the parents; after the latter had betak- 
en themselves into the great unknovm, the orphans still continued to do honor 
to their name. 

One of these children was John F, L^la, who by hard, honest work and persever- 
ance in business, won for himself a prominent place among his fellow-citizens. 
He had been brought to Chicago at the tender age of ten, and, not having the 
means for an educational development of his talents, drifted into business. 
He soon discovered that a great field of profitable activity offered itself to 
the Czech commission merchants. He did not hesitate to enter that branch 



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of business, and in 1895 foiinded the house of John F, Lalla and Company, of ^ 
which he was the president, with Messrs, Krupka, Lisy, and Stastny as part- 3 
ners. The firm, with headquarters located 809 Y/. Randolph St., grew by leaps £* 
and bounds, finally becoming one of the biggest commission houses of our city. ^ 
Accordingly the finances of the concern were in excellent shape. ^ 

In the midst of prosperity Mr. Lalla remained a sincere Czech; at the same 
time he was also an ardent member of the Catholic Church in which he had been 
brought up. His liberal support of Czech-Catholic enterprises will be remem- 
bered for a long time* 

He had been ailing lately, and was bedridden for the last six weeks. At 

4 A, M,, yesterday, the crisis was reached, and he died at the age of neeirly 

sixty years. He leaves his widow, Mrs, Barbara Lalla, and three sons and 



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three daughters. The funeral of the deceased, who was a member of the 
St, Joseph Association, will be held at Ascension Ch\irch, Van Buren and 
Clarence Sts,, Oak Park; the place of the burial will be the St. Adal- 
bert Cemetery. 



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( Advert i s ement ) 

In 1912, I gave up selling lots, but I was urged by those v;ho had bought 
from ne before to again engage in the business. I am now sole manager for 
the distribution of lots in the best part of Beriw^oi, Renember my activities 
on 26th Street in Czech California and in Lorton Park? 

Frank G. Hajicek & Co., 3339 ..est 26th Street, 


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One of the most enterprising buildin,^ contractors that ever cair.e fron our 
midst was our fellovz-coimtriTnan Joseph A. Koljmch, It is to be regretted 
that we are compelled, on this occasion, to use the v;ord "v/as", for he is 
no longer what he was. The reason will be given at the end of our bior;- 
raphy of the man, v;hose loss may be felt before lon;"^ by the community of 
our businessmen, 

Eolpuch was bom in the United States, in Chicago; but his start in life 
was not an easy one, Ke had to work hard to attain results, and he suc- 
ceeded mainly by his energy and persistency, which could not be daunted by 
temporary failure. He was bom at South I'.ay tmd '..'est Nineteenth streets, 
in 1876, His parents, .'jitonin and .-jma Holpuch, occupied a position uncom- 
mon in ti.ose dajrs, for the father was one of the first Czech contractors in 
the United States, Thou?^ he could not be called prosperous, the elder 
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gave him the best education that could be gotten in the Chicago public 

The son went to the old Throop School, then to '..est Division Ili;^ school, 
lifter p;raduation, his ambition led him to -'ain ^rbor, I.ichican, v/here he 
studied lav/ with remarkable success. 

He did not, hov/ever, engage in the practice of lav;, but became interested 
in real estate instead, in accord v;ith his natural instinct i'or the business, 
Still, seeing even greater opportunities elsev;here, he founded the V/estem 
Casket Company, and became its first president and general manager. Ke did 
not remain in this position very lonf:, but sold out, pledging himself not to 
enter the casket business again. His next position v;as that of a representa- 
tive of the Hines Lumber Company, covering their v/estern district. ..bout 
this time, in 1899, he married Paula ianos, i/ith vdiom he lives in happy i/ed- 
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Holpuch finally tired of the luir.ber business, and v/ished to be in a 
business for himself. He became, a buildinrr contractor in 1&06, and remained 
one until January 1, 1917, Tliis vocation made him feel happy. He began v/ith 
little, but foujht his way to success, not thinkin;: then of the disajjpoint- 
ments he was to meet at the end of this ^ eriod. The misfortune v/hich im- 
peded his career v;as no fault of his ovm. It vms the oversensitiveness, the 
vanity, the hurt pride, and especially the envy on the part of his fellow- 
countrymen which caused hLr: trouble. These adverse influences made them- 
selves felt acutely from the moment he was installed as a member of the 
Chicago School Board, by appointment of former Mayor Carter H. Harrison, to 
fill the vacancy left by Architect Dibelka. 

?Iolpuch*s work as a member of the School Board attracted city-v/ide attention 
to his capability, his courage, and his frank manner. The English-language 
press, and also the Czech newspapers, gave publicity to his ntane, and it was 
this which seemed to irritate some of his fellov;-countrymen. These people 
were of the opinion that he had accumulated for himself more earthly goods 


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than v;ere due him; they set cut to damage his business, v/hich he had 
been forced to neglect in order to devote time to his official responsi- 
bilities, although these yielded no emoluments and were purely honorary. 
I.Ioreover, they commenced to trouble the quiet of his home, whose v;elf are • 
he had subordinated to his {lood will toward the cor,iraonv;ealth and partic- 
ularly tovjard the people of his ovm race. Iliey failed, hov/ever, to get 
the intended results, at least as far as his finances v/ere concerned. 

Under these conditions Holpuch's longing to searve the j eople began to fade; 
he felt no desire to v;ork further for the good of the schools, among which 
Carter E. Harrison High :DChool stands as a memorial to his earlier efforts. 
He became convinced that his o;'m fellovz-countrymen did not ask for any open, 
honest, and unselfish handling of their school affairs; that they loathed 
the sight of one of their ov/n race standing upon his o\'m. feet; therefore, 
he decided to give up his business as a contractor. He collected the money 
invested therein and deposited it as a fund for a new enterprise, v/hich he 
knew would not be looked upon as an obstacle and an eyesore by his '♦friends". 


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against whom he v/ishes to warn any young nan desiring to devote his 
energies to the benefit of the public. He has chosen refrigeration as 
his nev; field of activity, and ;vill be at the head of the firm of Joseph 
A, Holpuch Company, Refrigerating I.!achines, v/ith offices at 3113 'est S2nd 

Joseph -4» Holpuch intends to give up his position on the School Board, which 
will raean a serious loss for the latter; his tine henceforth will belong to 
his business and his family. It is assumed that he villi remain the man who 
always proudly acknov/ledged his descent from Czech parents, and v;ho, in 
spite of a momentary discord caused by slanderous tongues, v.ill stand among 
us as one who has thousands of friends, and who is a defender of our Czech 
interests, as he was during his term as a member of the Jchool Board, 

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Denni Hlasatel, Jan. 30, 1916, 


At the annual meeting of the Plzenska Pivovami Spolecnost ^he Pilsen Brev/ing 
Compan^, held January 25, a supplenentary election of members of the Board of 
Directors was ordered and the following gentlemen were elected: Jan A Cervenka, 
Josef M. Skala, and Josef Hlavacek. 

The directors then held a meeting and elected the following officers: chairman, 
Jan. A. Cervenka; vice-chairman, Tomas J. seidl; secretary, Alois F. F. Jiruska; 
treasurer, Josef 1.'. Skala. 





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Dennl Hlasatel. Jan, 25, 1915. 


The Association of Bohemian Tavexm Owners in Ceska Kalifomia (Bohemian Cali- 
fornia), a district in the west part of Chicago, held a meeting on January 20 
in lir, J. J. Yodak*s Hall, at the corner of Sawyer Avenue and 25th Street. 


At this meeting, which was very well attended, the discussion centered around p 
the question whether the Sxwlek Ceskych Hostinskych should function independentljrl^ 
and ask the Hlavni Teleso (Supreme Council) for a charter, or join the existing 
Spolek Ceskych Hostinskych* 



It uras agreed to request the Hlavni Teleso for a charter, emd request the now 
functioning organization for its co-operation, explaining that this organization 
has no intention of working against their organization; on the contrary, the 
Spolek Ceskych Hostincu, under existing conditions, is concerned primarily with 
the organizing of all Bohemian tavern owners who are not members of any organi- 
zation; it also wishes to contact those nAio do not want to join the already 




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active organization, for the purpose of showing a united front to combat the 
menace of prohibition, and to further the business of tavern owners. 

It was also agreed to send references of meetings to newspapers, and to adver- 
tise the meetings in these publications. p 

The next meeting will be held Thursday, February 3, at two o*clock in the after- =c 
noon, at the Vojta Naprstek School. All tavern owners urtio do not belong to the i— 
organization are invited to this meeting. o 



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Dennl Hlasatel , Jan, 10, 1916, 

Plan Formulated to Sell the Auditorium Building 
and Elect a New Board of Directors 

A mass meeting of the Borivoj Building and Loan Association, held yesterday 5 
afternoon, disposed of a number of weighty resolutions, which should prove very "^ 
salutary for the future welfare of the organization, ^ 

This meeting was called primarily for the purpose of the airing of the very 
regrettable "^Musil** affair, which created such an upheaval, and which threatened 
to undermine the confidence our people auLways have placed in our organization. 
The second reason for the call was to have the membership decide what is to be 
done about our Auditorixim building, which is becoming a heavy burden, and which 
was, to say the least, a very unwise purchase. 

These two matters of business proved to be subjects of utmost importance to the 
very large gathering of members of Borivoj. 




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Denni Hlasatel . Jan. 10, 1916. 

The action of this meeting finally resiilted in a decision to elect a new board 
of directors in place of the old one which has so long controlled the organiza- 
tion, and which was responsible for the "Idusil" defraud. 

As was not expected, the meeting was a very stormy one, and soon resulted in 
angry arguments among the renbers. 

The organization membership ntmbers over 1,000; the loans on property total 
$327,270; loans on account to members amount to $51,336; unpaid deposits total 
$23,496; and the total assets are $540,496. The number of shares ovmed by 
members is between 14,000 and 15,000. 

The organization, therefore, rests upon a very sound basis, and is one of uhe 



llr. Evzen Frvdl, the chairman, was the first -co speak; he told the members -tj 


that Tihey need have no fears for their organization, because, as he said, it o 
was progressing wonderfully. L> 



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Dennl Hlasatel . Jan. 10, 1916. 

After this introduction, Kr. Frydl spoke of the natter which is of such interest 
and importance, but which is also a very painful experience — the way business 
has been transacted up to date. 

Mr, Prydl brought out a collection of charges against the former directors, and "^ 

also against xhose who are still holding office (excepting those who just lately ,1 

were elected to office) ; these last are guided by a sincere desire to bring ^ 

better business methods to the offices they now hold. "  

The older outgoing directors were blamed by rhe speaker for not having a broad i^ 
enough outlook, and for direct neglect of duties. %" ' 

The speaker pointed out that the directors took over the building and paid an 
enonaous price for it, in order to collect moneys due froa the defunct Bazaar 
which did business in the Auditorium building, and that they absolved the 
directors of the Bazaar of all financial responsibilities. 


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Denni Hlasatel . Jan. 10, 1916. 

He pointed out that, by this move, the organization was considerably hurt, and 
that the decision of the directors was inimical to the best interests of the 

Kr. Frydl v/ent on to say that $117,000 was paid for the Auditorium with all 
equipment, and the building now does not bring a cent of profit; on the contrary 
the building is a white elephant; we are xinable to secure tenants, even when 
they are offered free rent for long terms. And when a buyer presented himself, 
a short time ago, and offered $85,000 for the building, the sale did not go 
through because of the neglect of some of the old directors v;ho failed to grasp 
that fine offer. 

The old directors were further blamed by the speaker for not having instituted 
legal proceedings against the bonding company which posted a $2,000 indemnity 
for LIr. Musil; if the action had been taken immediately after the fraud occured, 
the bonding company would have been forced to pay; but with the tardy action 
of the directors, the matter was concealed from the rank and file of the members; 
today all that money is lost. 


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The directors vvere guilty of an \mauthorized move, the chairman said, when they 
granted Mr. Falta a loan of $1,000 on a plain promissory note, although the 
bylaws state that every loan must be secured by property, and that throvigh 
these irregularities $500 more had been lost by a similar loan to LIr. Stoaha, 
who later went into bankruptcy. 

And again, went on the chairman, $1,204 was lost — ^money which lir. Ualezan 
should have paid the organization; but he also v;ent into bankruptcy and was 
therefor freed from further responsibility. Not one of these loans was secured 
by property. 

Kr. Frydl said that all these discrepancies cannot be charged to iJr. Uusil 
alone; others must have had their fingers in the pie, 

I'r. l!usil could not have borrowed on the deposit books of members without the 
knowledge of the auditing committee; the holders of these deposit books, if 
members of the auditing committee, were remiss in their duty. And the shady 

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Dennl Hlasatel , Jan. 10, 1916. 

transactions of some of these officials were fully clarified, not only by 
Mr, Frydl, but also by lir. Vesely, 

The last-named gentleman related that the auditing committee did not count the 
loans on property and on deposit books, and that actually 113 deposit books were 
missing at the time of the audit. This mismanagement was not acco\inted for 
until the election of some of the nerfr officials. Ibese new officials began to 
expose the inefficiency of the old officials, but had a veiy difficult task to 
perform, because they were in the minority, and the old regime made it difficult 
for the new officials to function properly. Nevertheless, at last the better 
element among the officials gained the ascendancy and started a thorough house 

Mr. Frydl asked Attorney Ealik to take up -ohe case of the bogus checks drawn 
by llr, Kusil, an ax-official of the Borivoj Building and Loan Association. 
Mr. Halik tried to collect the amounts the checks represented. The banks 
agreed to pay very small sums in each instance, and the offer was refused. 



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Mr, Halik was ordered lio institute suit zo recover the full amoxonts of the 
checks which amount to $2,700, 

.....Uiere were certain members present at the meeting who claimed that all 
that is transpiring is just a matter of personal enmity. Among them was Mr, F. 
C. Layer, vfho left the meeting in anger. Nevertheless Mr. Frydl and Mr, Vesely 
assured the members that all that they are interested in is in righting the sins 
of the past, and to eradicate all that i*ich is connected with the old regime 
and the "Musil" rule, so that the organization may regain the confidence it 
requires. But no harmonious action can take place while the old directors still 
function, and while the new officials will not get the co-operation needed for 
the betterment of the organization. 




The debate became more spirited as the meeting proceeded, and personalities 
were exchanged which did not fall pleasantly upon one*s ear# 

Finally, after about foiir hours of debate, a motion was carried unanimously 

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that the books be audited by a professional auditor, 


Since there cannot be any co-operation between the old and nev; officials, it 
was finally agreed to elect a new board of directors as soon as the auditor 
finishes his vrork. 

It is expected that the recently chosen directors who tried to better condi- 
tions will be returned to office; but the reverse is expected in the case of 
the inefficient old ones, whon we expect to be out of office soon. 

The motion to sell the Aviditorium ivhich housed the unlucky Bazaar was passed 
unanimously and with great acclaim. 






Today we know that the purchase of the Auditori\im was a poor business ventiare 
and that Borivoj will never accomplish anything until it sells the building, 
and so the officers vrere ordered to sell as soon as possible under the most 
favorable conditions. 

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Dennl lELasatel . Jan. 10, 1916. 

If we correctly judge yesterday ♦s proceedings, the Building and Loan Associa- 
tion adopted a radical change which will benefit all those whom it concerns. 






Denni Hlasatel , Jan. 2, 1915. 

Lawndale State Bank Starting Business HomoTVOv 

/^Bit-tone, three column-quarter of a page, picture of 
front of building at 3205-3207 Vvest 22nd StreetJT" 

Lavmdaleska Statni Banka (Lavmdale State Bank) , a well-known banking es- 
tablishment doing business for many years in Ceska Galifomie /a. Bohemian 
district in Chicago/, is a bank which has gained such an enviable record 
not only among our countrymen, but also among the foreign language and 
American groups, that its quarters became too crai;iped for the amount of 
business transacted. 

Therefore, the directors, who had had in mind for some time the building 
of a new home to house the bank, agreed to build the new bank home, which 
could take care of a greater volume of business and, with its structural 
beauty, would be a credit to the neighborhood. 



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Denni lilasatel , Jan. 2, 1916. 

For that reason a site was found in this locality. Imraediately plans 
were drawn by order of the bank directors, and the nany contracts for the 
work on the building were awarded; but the completion of the bank was 
delayed for almost a year on account of unforeseen conditions. 

The building will be opened to the public within the next few days and 

tomorrow, for the first time, business will be transacted in its new 

home. "P 

The new building of the Lax-mdale State Be.nk at 3205-3207 West 22nd Street ^. 
stands on two lots, and is constructed of stone, brick, and steel. ;? 

The first floor is reserved for banking business. The second floor is .^ 
divided into offices, all of which are rented. 

Stepping through the grand entrance, we walked through bronze doors into 
the vestibule, which is made of marble. At both sides of this entrance 

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Denni Hlaaatel. Jan. 2, 1916. 

offices for the directors may be seen. 

From the vestibule we were able to see a large hall, fitted with a skylight. 
This hall is supported by pillars; between these pillars are benches, 
seats, and writing tables placed there for the convenience of the bank's 

At the sides of this hall are wings, which are divided into twelve sec- 
tions. 7^ 


To the rear of the large hall is an enormous safe, fitted with a time "V 

clock weighing twenty- three tons. This time clock is of the self-adjusting f^ 
type, and can be regulated very easily. Inside of this safe, at both sides 
the safety boxes can be seen, and farther to the rear there is a smaller safe >.. 
vrtiich holds the daily receipts of each clerk* 

The main rear hall wsdl is fitted with a large looking glass. In the rooms 

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Dennl Hlasatel t Jan. 2, 1916, 

behind the last wall, the directors will hold their meetings. Near this 
last wall are the ladles* rest rooms and small private rooms for the bank's 
custQmer§,a room reserved for bank clerks, and a dressing room. 

To the rl^t of the wall are more safes for storing books and valuable 

papers. To the left is a large table for the telephone operator, and here 

also are twelve public telephones. ^ 

The decorations are plastic designs, marble Imitations, and moslacs. ?c 

The furniture Is mahogany; the electrical lighting Is Indirect* The light ^ 
is thrown from large rounded globes to the celling and then reflected S 


A combination electrical heating system has been Installed, automatically 
controlling the heating of the building and ventilating as well* In this 

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Dennl Hlasatel . Jan. 2, 1916. 

respect, this system is entirely new to Bohemians. 

The front of the building is decorated with a clock, which will be auto- 
matically regulated with two others in the building. 

The cost of the building is ^55,000, and it deserves to be mentioned that 
all the work on the building, wherever possible, was done by Bohemian con- 
tractors, or at least by Bohemian workingmen. 

This bank is an absolute Bohemian institution, whose leaders are the fol- 
lowing officers: president, F, G. Kajicek; vice-presidents, J.J. Salat 
and J. F. Polak; cashier, J. ivopecky; assistant cashier, F.J. Krajic. 
The directors are: R. Dusil, H. F. Hajicek, E. lG.icka, J. Kopecky, Charles 
B. Pavlicek, J.F. Polak, J. J. 3alat, J. J. Svoboda, and F. G. Hajicek. 

The Lawndale State Bank is connected to some extent with the Lawndale 




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i T^rArff- On-4-Vi i.^4' i^A^^4' KAi-ko^if^ r% «T T 4'Vt^ 

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National Bank, 3337-3339 V/est 26th iitreet, because all the stockholders 
of the Laivndale State Bank are also directors of the Lawndale National 





Dennl Hlaaatel , Jxxae 24, 1915, 


In spite of the bad, cool weather prevailing yesterday, a considerable p 

number of people attended the outing which the active "Obchodnici Ze 26, ^-^ 

Ulice" /~26th Street Businessmen/ held in Pilsen Park 5 

The association of our businessmen of 26th Street is developing most useful 
activities, and shows a great deal of energy when it is a question of seeing 4 
something done that would be of benefit to our great business street,,,,. 

Our businessmen act according to the slogan "Svuj K Svemu" ^^eryone to one*s 
kindT", but a free and better translation would be "let us work, pull, live 
together," and they are getting the best results. 

Yesterday's outing made the contacts between our public and the businessmen 
of 26th Street still more friendly and intimate. 

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Denni Hlasatel . Dec. 25, 1914,  


Mr. Josef Klicka and Mr. Jan F. Slama, the noted Bohemian bankers v^o operate 

the Tabor Savings Bank at 3945 '.Yest 26th Street, have established a new bank 

at the same location — the Adams State Bank. ^ 



Dennl Elasatel , Jan. 17, 1914. 


J, Haras of 2814 Clifton Park Avenue is building a three-story brick house 
at 2734 Clifton Park Avenue for #6,000. 

J. Chvatal of 2938 Union Avenue is building a one-story brick residence at 
3216 Komensky Avenue for $1,700. 


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The management of the popular Atlas Brev/ery does not fail to remember our 
important welfare and national institutions each year, and so this Nev/ Year 
it did not make any exception, Generous New Year's gifts v;ith which the 
Brev;ery renenbered our foremost institutions are to the Sbor Utulny a 
Syrotcince (The Old ?eonle*s Home and Orphanage Association), $100; S^T-rotcinec 
Svateho Josefa (Saint Joseph Orphanage), OlOO; Cesko /-oiericka Tiskova I'Zancclar 
(Bohemian j\merican Press Bureau), $50; Geska Dobrocinna Cpolecnost (Bohemian 
Charitable .association), $50; and Ustredni llatice 3kolska Cechach (Central 
Scholastic Association in Bohemia), 200 crowns. 

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Denni Hlasatel . Dec, 19, 1913, 


The annual meeting of the Spolek Ceskych Hostinskych (Bohemian Cafe Ovmers 
Society) v/as held in the hall of the Cesko-31ovanske Podporujici 3polky (Bohemian) - 
Slavonic Benevolent Societies) yesterday afternoon 



Thje me.eting elected new officers..,, , and chose delegates to the convention of c^ 

the First State Jistricts The Society's representatives on the board of the p 

Ceska Utulna A Sirotcinec (Bohemian Old Peoples Home and Orphanage) v;ere also ^ 

elected o 


The meeting recognized the importance of strong propaganda for liberal principles j^ 
among Bohemian women, and appointed a committee to emulate the propaganda acti- lcj» 
vities which are conducted among the v;omen in the Chicago German colony. 



Dennl HLasatel , Dec. 5, 1913. 


The growth of Bohemian building and loan associations in Chicago is certainly- 
surprising* Out of the twenty million dollars on deposit in all building and 
loan associations in Chicago, the Bohemian associations are responsible for 
eleven. The Bohemian building and loan associations are managed conscien- p: 
tiously and honestly, but just the same, once in a great while, cases of r^ , 
dishonesty occur which excite the whole Bohemian community and undermine the -o ^ 



confidence which the Vypomocn^ Spolky (building and loan associations) have o 
built up through long years of successful activity. How these isolated cases co 


can be prevented and what reforms should be introduced in order to safeguard ^ i 
the depositors* money against any possible danger, was the subject of a most *^ " 
interesting discussion at a conference of a large number of officers in 
Bohemian building and loan associations. This conference was attended by a 
nxomber of state officials connected with the building and loan associations* 
bureau. As far as we could ascertain, there were present: the chief clerk of 
that bureau, Mr. Porter; the assistant state auditor, l!r. Pish; the inspector 
of building and loan associations, Mr. J. F. Bambas; as well as Messrs. Rudolf 


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Dennf HIasatel . Dec. 5, 1913. 

MulaS, Karel V. Janovsky, A. Macal, F. J. Petru; Attorneys Joseph Z. KLenha, 

Michal, and Vdclav KLenha; Bankers Frank G. Hajlcek, B. Hdk, K. Kopecky, ^ 

J, L. Novak, J. Janda, F. Mencl; Messrs. Rousek, Pohl, Svehla; and finally, 5 

the representatives of the four Chicago Bohemian dailies, Dennf HIasatel , <::l 

Svomost , Narod, and Spravedlnost . The conference was held in the Pilsen p 

Audit oriiim and was preceded by a banquet which again confirmed the splendid ^ 

reputation of Mr. Falta's cuisine. g 


The discussions were inaugurated by Mr. J. F. Bambas, who had made all the ^ 
arrangements for the meeting. He introduced to. Porter, who, after greeting -^ 
all those present, came straight to the point. He explained that he was 
thinking of calling a meeting of representatives of various building and loan 
associations which would devise and agree upon means of making the associations 
still more secure than they are at the present time. The meeting will be 
called in the near future and a large Bohemian group is expected to participate. 

^The article contains a rather detailed report of the discussion of proposals 


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Dennl Hlasatel . Dec, 5, 1913. 

made by several men present regarding various ways of safeguarding moneys 
entrusted to building and loan associationsjj/ 

It was close to 11:00 P.M. when the meeting was adjourned by Mr, Bambas, -6 







IV Denni Hlasatel , Oct. 28, 1913. 



The annual convention of the League of Building and Loan Associations of the ^ 
State of Illinois was held in Springfield, October 23 and 24 <:- 


The Bohemian building and loan associations sent twenty-three delegates ^ 
/their names and the associations they represented are listed in the article/, g 
including Mr* Jos. L. Voborsky of the Vypomocny Spolek Bofivoj (Bofivoj '^ 
Building and Loan Association) , who had been requested by the officers of the <^ 
League to present a speech at the convention on whatever topic would be " 
Interesting, infonnative, and beneficial to the delegates. He selected the 
subject, "Bohemian Building and Loan Associations and Their Influence on 
Home Building". His first aim was to acquaint the non-Bohemian delegates 
with some of the statistical data concerning Bohemian building and loan 

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lY Den:ii Elasatel , Oct. 28, 1913. 

associations in Chica.^-o, and to cive them a true picture of the thrift of 
the cood Bohemian T;eople. In this, according to the audience, he succeeded. 
A full translation of the pertinent parts of his speech follows: 

"The origin of Bohemian building and loan associations dates bad: to the ^ 
seventies vihea our countr:men started settling in Chicago in large numbers. s* 
TIae first settlers organized fin association to which its members paid certain ^ 
dues, and the money thus collected v;as loaned out for home building. This Z^ 
association, hov:ever, v;as short-lived, disbanding in 1871 after the great ^ 
Chicago Fire. For several yearc thereafter, the Bohemians had no building Q 
and loan association of their own; but in 1880 tv/o or three of them v/ere co 
organized, and since these xjrospered, other organizations followed, so that 
there are 104 of them in Chicago nov;. This means that the Bohoiriians have 
a greater number of building and loan associations than any other national 
group in the city. Also, the total ner.bership in these associations is 
greater than that of any other group. All these associations are in an ex- 
cellent condition at the present tim.e, doing profitable cusiness. 

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IV" Dennl Hlasatel. Oct. 28, 1913. 

•As a rule, the Bohemians are very thrifty. The principal purpose of their 
saving is to build a home and lay a foundation for a better future for them- 
selves and their children, to whom they endeavor to give a good education. 
In all this, most of them succeed. Many of our countrymen are well-to-do, 
have a good social position, and it may be justly claimed that the credit !^ 
for their success is due only to their building and loan associations. The *" 
characteristic features of the present older generation are being inherited ^ 
by the younger one. The children follow in the footsteps of their parents, Z^ 
and this applies also to the appreciation of the building and loan associations. ^H 

"Bohemian building and loan associations have always been and are now a great 
factor in hone building and in the promotion of family life. A Bohemian man 
first strives to own a hone, then to beautify it, then to build another home 
which can be leased, thus adding to the family prosperity. Almost without 
exception, he starts on this road to success by turning to a Bohemian building 
and loan association. He is careful to pay all installments regularly until 
the loan is paid. 





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^ Dennl Hlasatel, Oct. EB, 1913, 

"Our building £ind loan associations not only help in building the future of 
their nembers, but they also help in building and beaut if yin.^ tae entire 
great City of Chica;:;^o. Large districts, both residential and business, Y7ere 
built v/ith none;;' advanced by buildinr* and loan anssociations. Those of you f§ 
who attended last year's convention and v;ere entertained by Bohemian build- 
ing and loan associations had an excellent opportunity to see those beautiful 
residences, those prosperous business establislxn-.ents that fill Chicago's 
Bohemian districts. They v/ould not be there if it v/ere not for our building 
and loan associations, I can tell you that four out of every five o'-ners of 
such property have been or are r.enbers of one or another Bohenian building 
and loan association, and the.'^ v;ould be proud to sty go, should you ask then, ^-^ 
They would add that they jrobably could not have arrived at their present 
degree of prosperity v;ere it not for their .-.lenbership in one of the building 
and loan associations, 

"The Bohemian building and loan associations also deserve considerable credit 
for their v;ork in another line of endeavor. Tliey urge their nembers. 




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IV Denni l aasatel , Oct. 28, 1913. 

especially those viho have recently come to this country, to perfom all their 
duties of citizenship, to taVe out naturalization rjapers, to tai-ce an interest 
in public affairs, and to pay attention to the quality of nen whom they select 
for public offices. 

*'As to the rr.ethods of conducting business, you no doubt loiow that the Bohemian ^ 
buildins and loan associations are ba,3ed on a serial plan, that the series p: 
start every three months, and that shares can be subscribed for every three XJ 
months, .\s a rule, there are three v;ays of paying for siiares. In class one, ^ 
the pa:/inent is 25 cents a week; in class two 12 1/2 cents a week; in class £ 
three, a payment of a lump sum of .;)70. is made. f^ 

"Our method of collecting the dues was thorou,3hly discussed before this 
audience some years ago, and I shall not go into this matter again. Bohemian 
building and loan associations, on the average, earn 7 per cent, so that a 
^100 share v/hich is beinj paid for at 25 cents a v;eelc is paid up in 6 1/4 
years; one which is paid for at the rate of 12 1/2 cents matures in 11 1/4 

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^ Deimf Paa sate l. Oct. 28, 1915. 

years; and one for vjhich ^70 v.-as paid matures in 5 1/4 years. 

"To sone of you it may seem strinre that Bohenian buildinj and loan associ- 
ations should have such larre earnings. One reason is that no Eoherr.ian build- 
ing and loan association jays rent. .J.1 of tiier;; hold their neetincs on the 
prenises of saiie restaurant or cafe, in a roon completely separated fror.i the 
cafe proper, and for the \-se of ti;is, tiiere is ab'sol'^tel,- no charrjo. Some 
of you ;':ay deen this arran^enent iitipracticil. Tnat is not the case. In fact, 
in sone inst^inces, tiie holding? of neetings on prenises of kind is re- 
sponsible for the rapid ^ovrth of an association, and the idea that it ;vould 
indr.ce the rie.nibers to greater spending is erroneous. 

"In order to nake the pa:/i;!ent of dues more convenient to their :!ie:.:bers, sone 
of the larf;er Bohenian buildinr; and loan associations maintain branciies in 
various parts of the cit^r. The dues are beinr coZlected re^^ularly by sone of 
the officers and turned over to the iiain place of business the day after they 
are collected. This nethod proves to be very effective, and its convenience 
seens to be attracting nev.' nenbers v;ho nay not feel lise joininr under 
different circunstances. 

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III A . 

IV Denni Hlaaatel . Oct, 28, 1913. 

"Another reason for these large earnings is the very low running expenses 
of our associations. Some of them pay extremely small wages to their officers. 
In many cases the secretary receives around $5 a week, the largest associa- 
tions paying not more than $20, Other officers, such as assistant secre- 
taries or directors, receive from 15 cents to $1 for each meeting. Our 
directors work for the love of a good cause by which they, too, are benefited, 
and they feel happy to have the confidence of the membership, 

"Since their beginning, Bohemian building and loan associations have paid _^ 
out to their members in the neighborhood of $20,000,000. The cumulative ^ 
assets of all Bohemian building and loan associations are about $13,000,000, 
and the real estate mortgaged as collateral for loans is valued at $40,000,000, 
Their membership is estimated at 25,000, but in all probability it is larger, 

"The assets of individual Bohemian building and loan associations differ 
considerably. For example, the Bofivoj Building and Loan Association, which 
I have the honor of representing at this convention, has, according to the 



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IV Dennl Hlasatel , Oct. 28, 1913. 

latest report of the treasurer, assets over ;$618,000; many associations have 
from $100,000 to ^400,000, Most of them charge 6 per cent interest, and the 
League of Bohemian Building and Loan Associations is endeavoring to have 
this rate accepted as standard for all its members. No associations charge 
either premiums or commissions. ^ 

••The antagonism prevailing in some parts of the city among non-Bohemian banks ^ 

and building and loan associations does not exist among the Boheraiems. Chicago - 

Bohemians have four state banks and one national bank, all of which co- Jo 

operate closely with the associations. The officers of these banks are, in 2 

many cases, also officers of the associaticftis, and all associations deposit ^ 
their money in these banks. 


"In closing, permit me to thank you •♦ 

Mr. Adolf Macal, secretary of the League of Bohemian Building and Loeux 

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Associations, submitted a report, of which the following may be of general 
interest: The League was founded in December, 1907, and it has eighty- five 
manbers at the present time. Its officers are: Rudolf Mulac, president; 
John L. Novak, vice-president; Adolf Macal, secretary; Frank G. Hajicek, 
treasurer. Its executive committee consists of Anton VanSk, Frank J. Mencl, 
Eonrad Kicker, Joseph C. Pisha, and Frank Hruby, 

The League submitted a memorandum consisting of seven proposals for the 
consideration of the convention, all pertaining to the organization and admin- 
istration of building and loan associations, with particular regard to the 
size of the community. The memorandiim was accepted by the convention, and 
the various proposals were referred to the respective committees for study 
and recommendation. 

translator's note: The remainder of the article is devoted to the general 
business of the convention, the description of the Bohemian delegation's 
sight-seeing tour through Springfield, and its return to Chicago^ 




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II D 3 Den:-i Illasatel . Jul:' 20, 1913. 

II D 4 

II D 5 pi^in: co:;t:3T c7 til: pii^iii: b2:j..i::g cciiiiT 

The balloting in the ;orize contest of the Pilsen Bre.ving Conpany ended Julj'' 5 
at 9 ?. 1.1, The ballots v/ore sealed at the .u'.:erican State Bani: in the presence 
of representatives o" the Caska Utulna A Sirotcinec (^ohenian Old People* s ^ 
Home and Orphanaec), the oirotcinec ov. Josefa (Jt. Joseph's Orphanage), Ceska 
Dobrocinna Spolecnost (Bohemian Charitable .'jssociation) , the Gesko-A'iericka 
Nemocnice (Bohe.-aian- uierican "ospital), and Ilr. ?ran:: J. i:edbal, a representa- 
tive of the Pilsen Brov/ing Gonpanj''. Tho ballots v.-ere then brouglit to the £ 
offices of the Pilsen Brewerj?- for countins. ^ 

The Ceska Utulna A Sirotcinec received 16,199 votes; the Birotcinec 3v. Josefa, 
21,144; the Ceska Dobrocinna ->pclecnost, 6,649; and the Gesko-.^::iericka llenoc- 
nice, 37,520. /^together 82,739 ballots v;erj received, of ..hich 1,227 -.vere 



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II D 3 Dennl Hlasatel , July 20, 1913. 

II D 4 

II D 5 The first prize of ^300 was awarded to the CQsko-i'iiiiericka Nenocnice, 

the second prize of 02OO to the Sirotcinec 3v. Josef a, the third prize 
of vlOO to the Ceska Utulna A Sirotcinec, and the fourth prize of ^50 to the ^ 
Ceska Dobrocinna Spolecnost. 


The first prize of i?25 to individuals for the largest number of ballots for ^ 
the Ceska Utulna A Sirotcinec went to Mr. M, Ferd of 2949 South 40th Avenue g 


for 729 votes; the second prize, 4;;l5,to Mr. Yaclav Svejda of 2230 South .-vLbany 
Avenue for 526 votes; and the third prize, ■„5lO,to Hr. Alois Hauzer of 1900 
Allport Street for 525 votes. D^ 

To voters for the Sirotcinec 3v. Josefa, the following prizes were awarded: 
Mr. Fr. Cicha of 2552 South .Ubanv Avenue, a prize of v25 for 1,342 votes; 
Mr. Jan Kreisl of 5138 South Robey Street, *15 for 1,032 votes; Mr. Ig, Turek 
of 900 North V/estem Avenue, ^10 for 1,015 votes. 


Denni Hlasatel. July .30, 1913. 













To voters for the Cesko-^jnericka Ilaniocnice, the first prize of v25 
v/ent to I.Ir. ..m Decauer of 3001 South Central Pari: Avenue for 1,874 
votes; the second prize of ^15 to Llr, Adolf Ilrusa of 2836 .-'est 21st Street for 
1,658 votes; the third prize of 10 to ::r. ?. 0. Chaloupka of 2040 ..est 19th 
Street for 1,341 votes. 


/Translator's note: Evidently the Oesky Ilarodni Ilrbitov refused to partici- ^^ 

pate in tbe contest, but no notice to this effect could be found in the paper_/7 r' 



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Dennl Hlasatel . Iviay 4, 1913. 



Bohemians in vJhicaf^o may now drink as much as they please. The Pilsen 
Brevanc Company v:ill nov; pay out good money to various charitable orrani- 
zations for beer which is consumed. This may be the first time when alcohol 
used even in larger quantities v.ill f'^.o some good for the needy and suffering. 









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Dennl Hlasatel . I lay 1, 1913, 


In compliance with many requests for information concerning the contest for 
contributions or prizes offered by our company, v;e submit the folla'/ing 

The Pilsen Brewing Company offers to our public a plan which it is hoped 
will find the full approval of all those who are interested in our national 
charitable organizations, './ith every purchase of our famous Olynqpia beer 
(to be taken home), the buyer will receive from the seller — a restaurant, 
tavern, etc. — a ballot on which the name of one of the four organizations 
mentioned belov^ plus tho neiriie and address of the purchaser are to be ^vritten. 
The ballot should then be put into a mailbox. An amount of $650 donated by 
our company v/ill be divided into four prizes to be given to the follov/ing 
charitable organizations: Ceska Utulna A Sirotcinec (Bohemian Old People's 
Home and Orphanage); St. Joseph's Orphanage; Ceska Dobrocinna Spolecnost 
(Bohemian Charitable Association); Cesko-Americka IJemocnice (Bohemian- American^ 

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II D 10 

II D 3 Dennl Hlasatel , May 1, 1913. 

II D 4 

II D 5 The prizes will be awarded as follows: The organization receiving 

the largest ntimber of votes will receive the first prize of f300. 
The organization with the second highest number of votes will receive the 
second prize of $200. The third organization will be given a prize of $100; 
the fourth organization, ^0. The dead line for this contest is July 5, 

In order to compensate our customers for their efforts and to stimulate 
interest in this contest, the following prizes for individuals are being offered: 
Four prizes of $25 each to be given to four individuals sending in the 
highest number of votes for any one of the designated organizations and signed 
by the individual — total $100, Four additional prizes of $15 each for 
customers sending in the second highest number of votes for any one of the 
four organizations — total $60. Four prizes of ijflO each for customers sending 
in the third highest number of votes for any one of the four organizations- 
total $40. 

Only ballots containing the name of one organization are valid. All ballots 

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Denni lllasatel , Llay 1, 1913, 

are stamped for immediate mailing. 

The American State Bank has been appointed referee in this contest, and 
each of the four designated institutions has the right to nominate one person 
to supervise the counting of ballots. These persons v;ill get $25 each for 
their work. 

The form of the ballot is published in the newspapers. Ballots are available 
on all premises where our Oljrmpia beer is sold. 


Dennl Hlasatel , Apr. 22, 1913, 


The tenth annlversaxy of the Reznlcky Delnicky VzdelaTaci KLub (Educational 
Club of j^hemla^ Usat Uso^lcet Employees) was celebrated last Sunday at 
Filsen Park, 26th Street and Albany Avenue* Prior to the celebration the 
Club i>araded from Ur. Krkavec*s restaurant at 19th Street and Blue Island 
Avenue to Pilsen Park, •• .During its ten years of existence the Club has 
gained the sympathy of our general public, and it is therefore not surprising 
that its anniversary celebration enjoyed an immense attendance, especially 
of our younger generation who never miss such an opportunity. ••• • 


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I C Dennl Hlasatel , Apr. 17, 1913. 


The Sdruzeni Ceskych Sluzebnych Dovcat (Bohemian Maid Servants' Association) , 
which was recently organized in Dvorak Park on May and 20th Streets, exer- 
cises a most beneficial influence over its members. The maids meet every 
Sunday afternoon in the spacious hall of the Dvorak Park field house for 
fellowship, recreation, and entertainment after a week of hard work. It is 
especially gratifying that our spirited girls from Moravia have joined the 
Sdruzeni, and it is a pleasure to see them mingling and enjoying themselves 
among the maids from Bohemia. Here is an example of true sisterly love. 
The Park administration is doing everything in its power to make the meetings 
both entertaining and beneficial and hopes that all Bohemian and Moravian 
maids within reach of Dvorak Park will be attending these meetings. There 
are no dues, no collections — an afternoon of wholesome fun without any ex- 
pense. Last Sunday there was a program of songs — old Bohemian lyrics, 
patriotic and sentimental songs — by the Sdruzeni 's singing society. It was 

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followed by a very successful recitation of the poem "Krai, Ktery Nad Prahou 
Plakal** (A King ^Vho Wept over Prague) and a comical dialogue, "Domaci Lekar" 
(Home "Doctor"). Next Sunday the girls will hear Lev Zelenka-Lerando's 
travelogue on London and England. 

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Deiml Hlasatel . Apr. 4, 1913. 


Real-estate dealer Josef Baumruk of 3517 V/est 26th Street has received 
I)ermits to build eleven two-story brick houses at the following locations: 
2736 Clifton Park Avenue; 2821, 3036 and 3038 Avers Avenue; 2824 Hamlin 
Avenue; 2852, 2854, and 2856 Earding Avenue; and 3037, 3042, and 3044 
Springfield Avenue, at a total cost of $50,000. 

Josef Vasak of 26th Street and Avers Avenue is building at 2651 South 40th 
Avenue a two-story brick house for $4,000. 

V. Moravecek of 2637 South Lawndale Avenue is building at 2641 South Lawn- 
dale Avenue a two-story brick house with a store for $3,900. 

G. F. Jedlicka is building at 113-15 South Waller Avenue a one-story brick 
residence for $7,000, 

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Denni Hlasatel . Apr. 4, 1913, 


Frank Kosek of 1034 West 75th Street is building at 1656 South 40th Avenue 
a two-story brick house for #9,000. 

J. Yavmik of 1910 South Springfield Avenue is building at 4101 '.Vest 21st 
Place a two-story brick house for $9,500. 

Frank Ratajik is building at 4300 VIest 22nd Street a two-stoiy brick house 
with a store for ^7,000. 

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Dennl Hlasatel , Apr. 3, 1913. 


Josef Baumiruk of 3517 7/est 26th Street is building five two-story brick 
houses at 2852-54-56 South Harding Avenue, 2736 South Clifton Park Avenue, 
and 2824 South Hamlin Avenue for $2,000 each. 

John Helein of Millard Avenue and 26th Street is building at 6424 South 
Campbell Avenue a two-story brick house for ^,000, 

Leopold Tresnak of 2403 South Hamlin Avenue is building at 2453 South 
Hamlin Avenue a two-story brick house for ;;f4,000. 


Denni laasatel . Iviir. 29, 1913. 


The Tabor Supply Company is adding a second story to its building at 3514-16 
vVest 26th Street for ;?18,000, 


II A 2 BOKailAN 


IV Derini Hlasatel. Oct. 27, 1912. 

2^alf-tone, two column-quarter of a pace, front vie?/ of 

the bank building. 

The live business artery- of our Bohemian "California,'' 26th Street, v;ill 
soon be enriched by a new building v;hich v;ill demonstrate Bohemian astuteness 
in the banking business. It will be the splendid building of the first p 
Bohemian national bank in Chicsgo, located at 3337-39 Vj'est 26th Street, be- C 
tween Homan and Turner Avenues, right in the heart of the largest colony of -c 
Chicago Bohemians, It will carry the name "Lawndale National Bank Building", £ 
It will cost :$50,000 and, when finished, will be one of the most beautiful, c,^ 

most moderii, and best equipped bank buildings on Ghicago*s V.est Side 

Its stone front with bronze ornament at ion, ••••will be a masterpiece of archi- 
tecture. The main hall is 45 by 100 feet, 21 feet high, and contains two 
safes 18 by 22 feet square and tv/o stories high..... The building activities 
will start tomorrov;. 


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IV Dennl Hlasatel« Oct, 27, 1912, 

The Lawndale National Bank, which is the first Bohemian national bank in 
Chicago, was formed by the recent merger of two Bohemian banking houses, 
that of Salat, Polak, and KopecKy, and Mr, Prank G. Hajlcek*s bank,,,,. 





Dennl Hlaaatel , Oct, 12, 1912, 

Bohemian Associations in Prominence 

The second day of the convention of building and loan associations was de- ^ 
voted entirely — ^with the exception of a luncheon in llr, Falta»s restaurant — 5 
to business,,,.. '^^ 


The morning session, which more than two hundred delegates attended, was ^ 

opened by President Frank G, Hajfcek Most of the time was taken up with o 

reports of committees,,,,, The financial report was very gratifying The Lo 

part of that report dealing v/ith Chicago associations shows that there are S 

now in Chicago 214 building and loan associations, of which 103 are Bohemian, "^ 
All together they represent the svm of nineteen million dollars, of which ten 
million belong to Bohemian associations, proving that the Bohemian associations 
are the best, most progressive, and most successful of all,,,,. 

The net income of the Bohemian associations amounted to ^1,023,000, and the 

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Deirnl Hlasatel. Oct. 12, 1912, 

benefits paid out to members was ^,782,000 during the past year. That 
period showed a net profit of ^25,000. 






Denni Hlasatel, Oct. 11, 1912. 


The convention of representatives of Illinois building and loan associations -a 
was opened at the Pilsen Auditorium yesterday ^ 


President ?rank G. Hajicek opened the pro?^ram with an excellent, v:ell-organ- 
ized speech in v;hich he dealt with the usefulness of building and loan asso- g 
ciations..... ^- 


After the appointment of several commit tees.... and present^itions by a number ^ 
of out-of-town representatives.... the convention adjourned until 2 P. LI..... 

....The afternoon session was concluded with an address by State Representative 
J. 0. Hruby on legislation concerning building and loan associations 

A magnificent banquet .... in the park of the Pilsen Brewing Company. ., .crowned 
the day*s program...,. 


Dennl Hlasatel, Oct. 2, 1912, 


A meeting of representatives of building and loan associations, called for 
the purpose of discussing important questions concerning all such associa- 
tions, was held in the La Salle Hotel yesterday. 


It is well known that the principal problem of interest to building and 

loan associations now is the so-called Mobile bill, the passage of which 

would L-Tiperil their very existence. This bill has already been passed in o: 




sixteen states, and it is °;enerally believed that it is being backed by rich C:^ 
insurance companies which are trying to damage the building and loan associa- 
tions* business. 

According to statements made in the meeting, the delegates of the sixty-five 
participating associations represented the enormous capital of nine billion 
dollars. Bodies of such immense po;7er will certainly not permit the interests 
of thousands of their members £ind the members* families to be impaired. ■-  

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Dennl Hlasatel. Oct. 2, 1912, 

Resolutions in this respect v/ere adopted in the meeting and a protest was 
issued against the Mobile bill and any other legislative measures aimed 
against building and loan associations. 


Representatives of our Bohemian Podporujlcl Spollcy (building and loan associa-'^ 
tions) participated in the meeting and agreed to fom one solid front in the =o 
fight against the bill, and against any and all attempts to harm our organi- ;— 
zations or promote the interests and profits of rich insurance companies. o 




Denni Tll v.satel, Jan. 7, li-'l::. 
A i:^:! B-^rK EI BO:L.Ji:i^: G.iLIj'Cl^TI . 

Chica.'jO Gzeclis ■■.ro pro^^rasGin.-- s.itisfuctorilY in ever:'' sphare of endeavor, 
and Czech banl:s can bo clas. ed ::jr.onr, the best nana'sed and JdOL-.t succsssrul. 
This :3roup of banlcs has just been enlarrod oy a nov; one, v/hich bears the 
ntune, "Southv;est 3'Vin';s iJ-'nk", Ice lood -it 4010 "..ost 2oth Jtreot. The 
proprietors are tv;o younc;, but tried and proved countryr.ien. They are 
l^essrs. Louis J, ilrejcl ...nd Joseph J. iLroupa, I'.r, IZcojci, up to the pre- 
sent tiiae, h-d a prosperous real-cstute business on the prenises v;hich 
the b;-nlc is talrin'-j over, by v/hich he /gained K-my business and personal 
friends. !!r. ICroupa is a capable lavr/er and :;aiiLjd nuch valuable bankinfi 
e::perience in his lon^ association \:i':h the oldest Czech banlzins institu- 
tion, / Kaspar 3t;.te Bvjilc^ 3otii 3-oun';. bnii-r^rs \vere born in Chic-i^o, 
enjoy ■.•lenoral popul.iritj'' ;ind confidence, and it is cuite certain that 
t:-eir banlcinr: business vjill flourish and .'^rov/, everyone v/ho turns to 
then v:ill be served _uicl:ly, accurately, cmd honestl^r. In the savings 

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Denni lil^s^.tol . J.-r. 7, 191':. 

departnent, doposizs of ono dollj.r or more are acceptod and interest ic. 
paid ut the rate of three por cent. 

The real-estate business viill be continuevl. Locais -..ill be ra^de v.-itr. the 
most advantageous condioions; nortgaces and insurance '..•ill be sold — in 
fact they v;ill h...ndl3 all tr^insuctions of this n-.turo. 

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I C Denni Hlasatel . Dec. 25, 1911. 

T:S OZEOIB AR^ A !.:jsic-loving p.jople 

The Czechs have a reputation amoiifs all peoples of tlie ,.orld for their 
love of music and song, Althouc;h we are a psople nuiaerically v;eak, we 
have conoosers and musical artists who are the cause of envy amon:;^ the 
great nations, .^very countryirian of our likes to sin^;, likes to hear 
good music, and Czech children li.-:e to learn to play musical instruments. 
Czech parents, if it is possible, provide their children with musical 
instruments and have the;;i trained by experienced teachers so as to assure 
them of a refined means of amusene:it and to start them on the road to a 
profitable life Galling. Especially now, before and during the holidays, 
do we see plainly this endeavor on the part of Czech parents, uusical 
instrument stores amon-- us have many customers at present, VJhen Czech 
parents wish to provide their children with real and permanent enjoyment; 
when they wish to secure really valuable instruments for their households, 
they can confidently turn to the establishmants of our countryiaen which 
are located in all Czech communities of Chicago. In the Pilsen district 

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I C Dennl Hlasatel, Dec. 23, 1911. 

v;e have the old reliable establishments of Mr. Thomas Kosatka and Coinpany 
at 1425 V/est 18th Street and Lir. Joseph Jiran at 1333 .Vest 18th Street; in 
the California district the richly stocked establishment of Llr. ^ois Solar 
at 3558 West 26th Street; in the Tovm of Lake and on the northwest side, 
the Georgi and Vitak Music Company, with one store at 4663 Gross Avenue 
and another at 769 Llilv/aukee >i.venue; Ivlr. A. J. Turek v.dth stores at 3641 
West 26th Street and 1848 Allport Street. In all these establishments 
instruments nay be selected in accordance to needs and means. Prices are 
moderate and money spent for such articles bring gladness and enjoyment to 
the families. 

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Dennl Hlasatel. Oct. 1, 1911. 

Mr. Ptantisek (FranTr) Randak, the well-known architect, has recently 
joined with Mr. J. B. Rezny in forming a new company v.hich will surely 
enjoy the great favor of our public in so far as it has need for the 
service or advice of reliable architects. Mr. Frank Randak has com- 
pleted among others the follov^ing Jobs: Pilsen Sokol building, Bohemian- 
American Hall, Town of Lake Hall, the Natatorium in Douglas Park, the 
Post Office branch on 18th Street, and the Libuse Hall on Twelfth Street, 

Architect J. B. fiezny, known as an expert, for more than eighteen years 
has worked on drawing and supervising the construction of large office 
buildings, hotels, large and small residences, churches, bank buildings, 
etc., in Chicago and in other cities in the United States. He has been 
carrying on for many years an independent architectural practice to the 
utmost satisfaction of his clients. 


Dennl Hlasatel . Sept. 12, 1911. 


The Secretary of the State of Illinois has issued a permit to the Stockyards 
Coal Company. Capital stock will be $6,000. The Company will do business 
in coal, wood, and building materials. 

Edward Klinenberg, Joseph Hyde, and Joseph Pechoc are the incoirorators. 

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, Dennl Hlasatel, Sept. 12, 1911. 


A new State Bank, which will be an all-Czech enterprise, will be open for 
business in Ceska EsLLifomia (Bohemian California, a district on the west 
side) after January 1, 1912. 15ie new bank will be a merger of the banking 
houses of Mr. F, Gr* Hajicek and Messrs. Salat, Polak and Kopecky. Until 
such time as the new bank begins to operate, the present institutions will 
continue to do business independently. The location for the new bank has 
not yet been decided upon, but all indications are that a new building will 
be erected which will provide all modem banking conveniences. 

The State Auditor, J. S. McCullough, already has issued the necessary permit 
for the organization of the new bank. The State Bank will not actually be 
a new enterprise, which would increase competition in that field, but merely 
a merger of two old banks. 

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Denni Llasatel , Jept. 10, 1911. 

The croup of large successful businesses in l.'ev; Tabor are in every respect 
v/ell conducted. T'.is district, in tl^e nei;:hborhood of 16th Jtreet and 40th 
^^venue, vras enlarged by the v/ell-ctoo!-:ed establishment of the Jrov/n jtirniture 

OoLipany at lol2-liJl4 South 40th ..vonue. This nev; store i 

.a lar'-est of its 

kind on the ..est oide. Ijit, havlil: ana Vaclav /iiha ^ire t.e proprietors oi' the 
nexv cstablislu.ient. They v. ill endeavor to {-.uin and hold th- good \.'ill of our 
public. There is no cuestion a'jout their success in doinr ;"'0, for they have 
a stocl: of finely made, nodern furniture at rjasom^ble prices. Jtoves espe- 
cially, both cookinc and heating, of v/lach there is a larpie selection and 
vmich are priced at manufacturer's cost. It will pay everyone to visit the 
Crovm Furniture Conpany's store and e:carrdne the stock. They \iill urely 
find sonethin. ' \.:.ich v;ill be suitable for the hone, and a source of comfort 
and convenience. 


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Dennl Hlaaatel . Sept. 9, 1911, 


Six per cent bonds of Sokol Chicago. These bonds constitute a first 
mortgage lien on the entire property of Sokol Chicago located on Kedzle 
Avenue between 23rd and 24th Streets. The bonds are In $100 denominations 
and the entire Issue is $40,000 secured by property valued at over $90,000. 
The bonds mature In from two to eleven years from August 1, 1911. 

These bonds may be purchased from the following named bankers and notaries: 

Salat, Polak and Kopecky, 3113 West 22nd Street; Prank G. Hajlcek, 3341 ?Jest 
26th Street; Joseph Bauraruk, 3517 West 26th Street; Anton Vanek, 2337 Central 
Park Ave,, E. F, Kounovaky, 2729 West 22nd Street; Prank Klrchman, 3149 West 
22nd Street; Joseph A. Cemy, 2330 South Sawyer Avenue; Konrad Rlcker, 3452 
West 26th Street. 


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Dennl Klasatel, Aug. 19, 1911. 

/faBMS for SiiliJ 
( Advert 1 sement ) 

Bargains in Langlade Coxinty, V/isconsin. 

One of the finest Czech communities is in Langlade County near Antigo, Ttie 
adTertiser offers a selection of farms at from $12.50 to $25.00 per acre. 
Vonasek and Horacek, 1622 West 47th Street, 


Dennl Hlaaatel, Aug. 6, 1911. 


It Is about a month since the officers of the "Karluv Tyn" Building and 
Loan Association, which has its offices at 4958 South Winchester Avenue, 
had their attention called to various irregularities brought about by the 
Association's notary. They were cautioned by the state examiner Mr. Rudolph 
Mulac during an examination of the Association's books. The irregularities 
were mostly concerned with new loans amounting to $11,000 and some renewals 
of old loans. 

During the year 1910, a total of six new loans amounting to $11,000 were made. 

None of these loans had the proper papers made out nor were the loans guaran- 
teed because the "Trust Deeds" were not recorded. There was a possibility 
that some of the properties upon which the loans were made might be sold and 
the Association would not have any right to collect the loaned money. 

In two cases the "Warranty Deeds" were not recorded, so that the original 
owners of the property were free to do whatever they wished, whereby the present 

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ovmers and the Building and Loan Association stood to lose everything they put 
into the property. 

Also, the insurance on the property upon which the Association had made loans 
was not assigned to the Association, and here again the Association could have 
lost a considerable amount of money. As has been said already ilr. Mulac , dur- 
ing the examination of the Association's books, took note of the threatened 
danger and summoned llr. J.F. Bambas, a real estate dealer and notary public, 
to inquire into everything and so far as possible put everything in order. 
This he did with the consent of the Association and its notary and to their 
satisfaction he completed his task yesterday. There is no fisher need to have 
any fear, and neither the Association nor the depositors will lose anyiihing, 
because the expenses incurred in this transaction by ilr. Bambas will be paid 
by the -...ssociat ion's notary. 


Dennl Hlasatel , Aug. 4, 1911. 


Prior to 1898, when aviation was in its feeble beginnings, no aero- 
plane had succeeded in rising without the aid of a balloon. This can 
readily be understood for every machine represented a body heavier than 

In November, of the year 1898, as the readers of this paper will 
remember, Mr. John KLucina, our countryman and well known architect, 
appeared with a model of a flying machine that for the first time in 
the history of aviation made use of a means of gaining momentum, con- 
sisting in principle of two wing surfaces resting upon three light 
weight wheels. 

That flying machine was described by the English newspapers as well 
as by the Czech papers. To be sure, the machine appeared unfinished 
and unsightly, but in spite of all thisr it was the first correct theory, 
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develop sufficient ground speed in order to rise from the ground; conse- 
quently, we can rightfully say that Mr. KLucina was the first man in the hist- 
ory of aviation to come upon the correct idea, that is, of using some means of 
giving momentum to an aeroplane before taking off. 

This idea soon became known and although Mr, KLucina* s efforts were unsuccess- 
ful at that time, we cannot find an aeroplane today that does not employ the 
original idea 

Today, this old pioneer of aviation is once again coming before the public. 
This time with a plane that incorporates his original ideas with the newest 
theories and co-operation of the Engineer Prosek, 

The plane will be equipped with 140 horsepower motors, driving two propellers 
having a diameter of nine feet 

Mr. Klucina has completed all his plans and is endeavoring to secure a patent 
for his machine. The construction of the plane will require in the 


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neighborhood of $12,000, which sum will be subscribed for by Mr. 
Klucina»s friends. The power plant alone will cost $6,000 and has 
been ordered from Paris. 

The plans and model of the plane were shown to us by Mr, KLucina and 
we hope that his efforts may be successful this time, for in that way 
the inventor would receive recognition, Mr, Elucina also informed 
us that he intended to demonstrate the model with actual power. 
Receipts from this source to be turned over to the Vojta Naprstek 

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Denni Hlasatel . July 15, 1911. 


A hard to believe, but probably true report came yesterday to the relatives 
of Mr. Vaclav Cervenka, the well-known manufacturer, who recently started 
upon a trip to visit the old country which he never forgot and for which, 
in the often times bitter struggle for an existence, he continued to 
yearn. He left for the old country several v/eeks ago with his family. 
The readers of Denni Hlasatel have enjoyed reading his letters from Bohemia, 
in which as a keen observer, an experienced and intelligent man, in a 
clever style, he described conditions in Boheniia, writing not only about 
various districts, cities, and memorable places, but also that which was 
interesting to him. 

His brother, John Cervenka, Clerk of the Probate Court, suddenly received 
a cablegram with the following contents: "Father dead, the rest of us are 
well. Send five hundred dollars immediately." 

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The cablegj'am was sent from Lipsko by the son, George, It- carried a . 
return address as follows: Bayarische Strasse, 18, Lipsko. Mr. John 
Cervenka sent the requested money without delay to the address given, 
and at the same time requested that he be sent more detailed information 
as soon as possible. 

The Cervenka family left Chicago on M&y Z5, 
South Llillard Avenue. 

The residence is at 1659 


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The Largest Bohemian IJail Order Business 

in America is Liquidating 

"VJrite an Obituary.'* That was the brief reply of one member of the Board 
of Directors, when a reporter of this paper visited him yesterday and 
asked him what was the condition of the United States Mail Order House 
on Marshall Boulevard and Twenty-first Street, which has been on the 
down grade for quite some time. 

This means that this business which began with so much promise six years 
ago, is practically buried. The Company is liquidating so as to disband, 
and there is no hope that the tv;enty-three shareholders will get back 
any part of their one hundred fifteen thousand dollars which they put 
into the business. 

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Vfe have been infcmed that the Company has ceased doing business. At 
present, only old orders are being executed, all new orders are being 
returned. As soon as all accounts have been collected and bills which 
probably will be covered by these collections paid» the Company ;vill 
close its books and disband. There is not much hope that anything will 
be left for the stockholders unless the building which the Company owns 
is sold advantageously. 

The United States Mail Order House was incorporated in October 1905 with 
a capital of $100,CXXX. The incorporators were: Messrs. Anton J. Zahrobsky, 
Jakub Kandlik, Sdw, J. V/internitz, Anton Kokes, l^tej Kara, Frantisek 
y/awak, and V/illiam Stuchlik, 

Later, the capital was increased to $500,Q00qnd subscriptions for shares 
at $100 each were received. Only $115,000 v/orth were sold among twenty- 

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three shareholders, who took fifty shares each. Two of them sold their 
holdings to Mr. Kara, so that at present the company consists of twenty- 
one members. They are: 

The company opened business on Jackson Boulevard, but after a fev/ months 
it was forced to seek larger quarters in order to expand the business. 
It rented the third floor of its present building on Marshall Boulevard 
at Twenty-first Street. About four years ago, it purchased the building 
from the 7/estern Sand Blast Company, paying $41,500. There is still an 
incumbrance of $27,000 remaining on the building. The business prospered 
best during the second and third years, but after that it began to decline. 

"It was a costly experience," said the shareholders, one like another. 
"That five thousand dollars, which each of us put into the business, we 
must forget about, but we will not put in anymore. It would be a pity to 
throw away aciy more money." 

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As can be seen, the shareholders have no confidence in the iindertaking, 
and in view of the condition in vrtiich it now is, it would be extremely 
difficult to get any new stockholders and capital; therefore, there is 
nothing else to do, but go out of business, and that is what the company 

The business is at a ccmplete standstill, for as has been said before, 
all new orders are being returned unfilled* Mr. Josef Eokes, the 
treasurer of the fiim, is still acting in the capacity of his office* 
Almost all the clerks and other employees have been released, as they 
are no longer needed* y 

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stockholders of the Kaspar State !ank, the oldest ■ojieuian I'inancial 
institution in Chicaro, have decided to increase the cai:ital of their 
bank fron 7200,000 to J400,000. i?'.e ne.; stock is to be taken up by the 
present stockholders, proportionately to .^he nuiiLe:- of shares the;^ now 
ovm. 3ach share is priced at jl«i5, and the bank v/ill have a surplus of 
'"100,000 after the ne'-v capital is paid in, i?rie bank at pros ;iit is paying 
a five per cent dividend i:emi-ainiually, -nd it is srdd that this rate v.'ill 
be continued ^ven :,t th':; increased capitalization. The increase in 
capital stock •.;ill "oecone effective on July 1. 

The JCaspar State  ank has raade a -rand success of -ts business in recent 
years. Cn April 1, ir05, ^-r. jiaspar's private bani: becarie a State "^ank, 
it had a capital of $200,000, and deposits of :.1,145,000. At the tirae 
of the last exajv.iiiatioii: of the books of State r.arJ:s, . hich v;as on June P, 

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the deposits of tlie Kasjiar State Tanl-c amounted to 4, 079, 000. ^hese 
fir-ures ara a convincing i-roof blmt this v;ell r,:ana~ed financial insti- 
tution rests upon a fin: foundation, and that it is assured of a con- 
tinued fine future. 


Denni Hlaaatel, J une 10, 1311. 


The law firm of Novak and Follak received a charter from the Secretary of 
State at Springfield for the newly organized Czecho-Slavonic Grocery Company, 
The incorporators of the new company are: Bohus Vana, Joseph Styhr, Victor 
Ghiginec, and James Toller, 


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A new enterprise, called the "United Pish and Products Stores," operating 
on the order of the United Cigar Stores, will be established in the Bohemian 
settlements of the city. The law firm of Novak and Pollak sent the new 
company's articles of incorporation to the State Secretary yesterday. The 
company will he made up of Bohemians exclusively, and has a capital of 

A wholesale and retail business in fish, cheese, eggs, and all kinds of 
pickled meats, will be carried on. 

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Denni Klasatel . lHay 19, 1911 

The Bohemian National Cemetery Association held a special meeting 
last night in the C. 3, P. S. (The Czecho-Slovak Benevolent Society) 
hall on 18th street, in which the constiniction of new greenliouses 
at the cemetery, and the amendment of the by-la'>.-s of the National 
Cemeterj' v;ere discussed. 

After the chairman, LIr. Pech, brought the meeting to order, bids 
for the construction of a greenhouse accordin., to the plans of llr. 
Rusy were read. The secretary, Ilr, 3tan. J, Kalik, announced that 
the Foley Ivianufacturing Company at 26th and ;/estern Avenue ofi'ered 
to build the greenhouse according to the plans fo.r ■i;;5,400, but 
vrould do it for ,;4,500 according to their sketch. 

The firm of J. C. I.Ioninger Company made a bid of v2,625 to build 
according to their ovm sketch, in which, to a certain extent, the 

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original plans v.-ould be considered. In this price, is included 
the v;ork of removing the old Greenhouse, The representatives 
resolved that the laanacenient should avjard the contract to this 
conpany, but shoula ask for specifications, so that it will be 
kno^m in rhat manner the construction is to be carried out. The 
company must also assume all responsibility for the safety of the 
men v;orkinc, so that the Cemetery v;ill not be liable in case of 
injuries suffered by any v:orker, la*, Rusy is to inspect the 
construction v.ork, and see to it that it is done v;ell. 

The nert order of business Vv-as the discussion of the proposed 
amendments to the by-lav:s, Tlie secretary introduced the follovring 
motions made in vn?iting: Ilotion No. 1: made by 7, Ruzicka and 

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7. H. Flllp; Motion No. 2: made by Rudolph Kiapsa; Motion No. Z: made 
by Frant. Vykouk. All three motions were defeated after a lengthy 
debate, and the by-lanrs of the organization rooained as they were. 

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Denni Illasatel . Liiy 16, 1911, 

Stockholders Appeal from the Decision of Judge Cooper 

On Saturday, an appeal was carried to the Superior Court by the former stock- 
holders of the Hudson Coal Company against the decision rendered by Judge 
Cooper last week. Concerning the appeal, and the deposit of a bond of 
5250, we brought a report on Sunday, Vj'e find we have been misinformed. 
The report being different frora what the case actually was, and because 
we consider the case as extremely important, we do not hesitate nov; to 
bring a correction of the report. As ovoc readers will no doubt remember, 
some of the stockholders (names given below) at one time placed before the 
court a request for an accounting. It is to be understood the request was 
in the form of a suit against the directors of the company. In the mean- 
time, however, the failure of the undertaking, which had been developing 
right from the beginning, had been brought to the attention of the stock- 

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holders. "Ve do not intend to analize the reasons for the failure here. 
The readers of Denni Hlasatel v/ere able to form their opinion about it. 
from the reports brought from the stockholders' meetings, anc they will 
acquire a much clearer understanding -.vheu it is all thrashec out in court. 
The main issue at present pertains to the stockholders concerned having 
the right to sue tho members of the board of directors for the return of 
that fifty Dor cent which they at one time loaned to the directors, or 
rather to the undertaking. 

V/e remember very well, and we broU;?;ht it out in the detailed reports of 
meetings, that at tho time when the preservation of the mine in Farmers- 
burg was being discussed, the stockholders v/ere informed that this could 
be accomplished only if there v/ere sufficient money on hand to pay off the 
mortga-r^e. That is the way it was explained to the stockholders in the 
meetings held by members of the board of directors, Ilessrs. 'd. "Jintornitz, 

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2d, J, :. ovale, Joseph ILokes, ana others. Ihe stocicliolders were called on 
to deposit a sura equal to fifty oer cent of the face value of their 
holdings,- anu they v;ere definitely told th^t this money would be deposited 
with the treasurer of the cor::pany, ..r. Kbkes, and in the event the suz;i 
f,athered was insufficient to pay off the first mort/AajRe against the mine, 
the money v;ould be returned to those people who advanced it. x'\irther it 
was arreed, that if a sufficiently large sum of money to pay off the 
mortgage v.'as obt.ainod, the fifty per cent would be used for that purpose, 
and those people v;ho advanced it would have their money secured by a 
prior lien, ^ter such an explanation an^. assurance, some stoclcholders 
did not hesitate to deposit tae requested sa'::s, believinr that in tiiis 
wa:' they v;ould save at loast part of -uliat v;hich tiiey had put into the 
enterprise, anu which they already considered as lost. It so happened 
then that the mortgage was paid, but the mine still was not saved for the 

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So far as is known, they finally did not even expect anything of the kind, 
but seeing that their money, the fifty per cent, was not guaranteed by a 
prior lien as had been proniised them, they demanded an explanation and 
when that was not forthcoming to their satisfaction, they resorted to the 
courts. They brought suit against various members of the management, in 
which they asked for the return of the fiftj'' per cent. In the meantime, 
the members of the board of directors brouglit suit for damages against 
some of the stockholders, wlio v;ere suing them for the return of their 
money. \Ihy these suits? '.•'hat is the motive for them, and what is to be 
accomplished because of them? 'Te do not understand. The defendants do 
not understand it, and finally, even the plaintiffs, themselves, do not 
understand it. As v;e have already mentioned, the stockholders brought 
suit for an accounting. By means of the accounting, they hoped to learn 
hov; much was actually paid for the mine in Farmersburg, and what kind of 
management was carried on at the mine proper, and in the local office of 

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So far as is known, they finally did not even expect anything of the kind, 
but seeing that their money, the fifty per cent, was not guaranteed by a 
prior lien as had been promised them, they demanded an explanation and 
when that was not forthcoming to their satisfaction, they resorted to the 
courts. They brought suit against various members of the management, in 
wl.ich they asked for the return of the fifty per cent. In the meantime, 
the members of the board of directors brougiit suit for damages against 
some of the stocldiolders, who v/ere suing them for the return of their 
money, nliy these suits? '.^liat is the motive for them, and what is to be 
accomplished because of them? vre do not xmderstand. The defendants do 
not understand it, and finally, even the plaintiffs, themselves, do not 
understand it. As we have already mentioned, the stockholders brought 
suit for an accounting. ^ means of the accounting, they hoped to learn 
hov; much was actually paid for the mine in Farmersburg, and what kind of 
management was carried on at the mine proper, and in the local office of 

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the company. Tliis natter vjas dealt v;ith before a master in chancery, 
and is nov; dependent on the Judge, V/'hether he vjill accept the L'aster's 
report, and what disposition he will make of it, remains to be seen. 
In the meantime, the suits for the refund of the fifty per cent were 
brougjit . 

At this stage, the members of the board of directors decided to seek an 
injunction against all suits which miglit be brought against them until 
such time as the original suit for an accounting shall have been decided. 
The stockholders offered objections to such an injunction, and the week 
before the case was to have been heard before Judge Cooper, both parties 
appeared, but the directors, through their laiiyeTf asked that the case 
be postponed. The stockholders, through their lav;yer, raised a decided 
protest against such action, declaring that either the case would be 
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case viere continued. Naturally, they v;ould turn to the hifrher courts. 
Overruling their protests. Judge Cooper continued the case to the 
fol.lov;inf' ..londay. xiie stockholders kept their v;ord, and did not appear 
in court, v.'here a decision v;as then made against them. i''ror;i this 
decision, they appealed on ^aturday, depositing the prescribed bond of 

The case concerns the following named members of tiie board of directors of 
the former, now reorganized, Gonpany, though v;ithout the old stockholders, 
Hudson Coal Company: Joseph Kokes, ]£dv.'ard ■'internitz, Jacob i^ndli.;, 
Anton J. Zahrobsky, Joseph '7elky, Frank J. Ilovak, Fran^ '..'av/ak and Edward 
J. I.'ovak. 

The following named stockholders, v;ho were seeking an accounting through 
court proceedings appealed from the decision of Judge Cooper were: .> 
"iliiam li, l.alleck, Johi. Cerny and 

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Demii IHasatel , Ilay 14, 1911 

110 r;u3H prc:.:i3Js 

The youthful, but already successful real-estate dealer, LIr. 
Louis J. Krejci, has a remarkable method of doine business, and 
by \;hich he surely v:ill enlarge the circle of his customers and 
increase his success, lie proriises no one anything v;hich he micht 
not be able to perform, but v.dth fi;;-ures ;-,nd facts he proceeds to 
prove that he can offer real barcains and splendid advantaces. 

In another part of this paper he has an advertisement entitled 
"Houses and Lots Cheap," in v;hich he introduces a list of prices 
of properties, v;hich ever^rone must admit are real bargains, Ilr. 
Erejci has many more such properties. 

He is a man ..hose vjord is as cood as an oath. In his dealings, he 
is pleasant and v;illinG, and ever;/body v;ho l:nov;s him predicts a 
great future for him. 

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Denni Illasa tel, May 6, 1911, 


Bids for tiae v;orK on the projected building of "3o!:ol Chicago" viere oijensd 
at yesterday's neeting of the Buiidin-- Connittee under the chairruaiisliip of 
iilden:ian Anton J. Cemaic. ;;ov;ever, bec:.use of the many notations ;7hich 
accoiipanied the bids, no decision v/as Made. A special con;'.ittee 'vas appointed 
to meet v;ith the architect to study the bids. The co:'xiittee is to report its 
findings at next I.-onday*s laeeting, ut v.-hich tirae further discussion v;ill tal-ce 

(List of bidders is given) 

It is evident fron an estimate of the bids received that the construction of 
the building v. ill cost in the neighborhood of viSOjOGO, which is considerably 
iiiore than had be^^ii expected. ) " 

On the suggestion of architect Kovy, the r.iason ..ork v;ill be divided, -nd new/o^ ^ 
bids sought. ;ai other bids v;ili be discussed on ..onday. Iv^ '^'.t^-'V '- 


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(Advertisement ) 

V/anted one hundred families to found a new Bohenian-Glavonic comn'onity 
in Forest Coxinty, in northern //isconsin. Special induceiraaets offered 
to first comers. Soil is clay loam, easily cleared. Lljoiy opportunities 
for earnings the year round, Further details can be obtained from T, 
Vonasek, representative of the Grimmer Land Company, 1801 South Ashland 



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Denni Hlasatel . 1,'ay 2, 1911. 


Kes rs, Novak and Stejskal, .ho operat<^ the first Bohemian Liorti^age Bank, 
a real estate business, insurance and stean-ship ticket a :ency at 1817 
South Loonis Street, have so many years of business e::perience behind them 
and can boast of such success ar.d general '^ood will, that their place of 
business is out by our countrymen frori all parts of Chicago and 

\Vhoever comes to Novak and Stejskal, either to buy or sell property, to 
borrow noney vdth which to purc'iase property, to lend i.ioney, or v;ho needs 
insurance with a reliable ca.ipany, is al?/ays satisfactorily served. 

The firm also administers estates, and transfers money to Bohemia, and any- 
where else in Europe. These old, experienced e-.cperts in all matters of this 
kind have satisfied thousands of clients in the past, and will satisfy all 
those v/ho turn to them in the future. 

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and in addition to this, v;e vr 11 ooen a branch salesroom in the 
department store of Albert Lurie and Gonpany on Blue Island .-"^venue, 

'■.'e have arranged this br-'-nch, having in viev; c.iefly the convenience 
of the Bohemian • nd other Sl3.vonic public, thereby giving then an 
opportunity to buy all their needs v/ithout any unnecessary loss of 

V/e will conduct our enlarged bu^-lhess in^uch a manner that butchers 
vriLll be able to turn to us v/ita the fullest confidence that they will 
be r;iven the best terms to be found any.vhere, ..'e have special prices 
for inn-keepers and restaurant ovmers. 

Deliveries vrill be made to the .ome of all orders, ;7hether made in ^erson 
or by telephone. The greatest care will be given to all orders, large 
or small. Against all this, vje che:.-ish the firm .hope that our Bohemian 


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Tiublic, in reco£nition of our efforts, va .1 :ive precedence to a 
Bohemian store before that of any oth^r nationality. 

All out-of-tovm orderi3 are filled carefully, and as quickly as 

3ohus Ilak and Zurnil Kohn, 


Denni Hlasatel . Apr. 30, 1911. 


1^. Frank G. Hajicek, the v/ell-knovm realtor at .'5341 V/est 26th Street, is 
certainly lucKy in his selections of sites v/hich he v/ants to add to our ex- 
panding community. The buildinp; sites, v;hich he v;ill offer for sale, lie in 
the most beautiful location, have all conveniences, v;hich are as assurance that 
they will rapidly and steadily increase in value, and that beautiful homes will 
be built upon them, in v;hich will live happy, satisfied people. 

Let us look back upon that part of Bohemian California lyinf^ between Hanilin and 
40th Avenues, and from 2uth to 23rd Street, A short three years ago, there Tvas 
nothing but a prairie there. Ivlr. Hajicek took over the sale of these grounds, 
and today there lies the finest section of our community. There are only a few 
lots left in that section. Everyone will be acting for his ox-ra benefit v;ho buys 
any of these lots. Lots in the Korton Park subdivision are rapidly being sold 
out. There are also to be had all conveniences, and the lots are sold on easy 

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pa3rments. Anyone v/ho can make a deposit of five dollars and set aside a small 
siam monthly, can become the owner of valuable property upon v/hich they can 
build a home. 

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Denni IHasatel , Apr. 22, lill. 

Right now is the time v/hen buildin/^ activities starting up. Those v;ho do 
not Iicive a buildinr site yet, are of.Lerecl a v/onderful opportunity to buy lots 
in a section that is advantageously located near rapid street cut transportation, 
close to a boulevard, and v;h<-t is most important to be considered in building, 
the lots are vride. This advejitai-eous subdivision has just been opened by Lj*. 
Earel V. Janovsky, for many years a real estate dealer and not:..ry public, v.dth 
an office at 1619 V/est 47tn Street. The lots are 30 X 125 feet, and sell from 
§225 up, on easy paynents. The subdivision lies along Vu'estern Avenue, Campbell 
Avenue, 47th Place and 48th Street. 

L!r. K. 7. Janovsky also donducts a business in fire insurance, property loans, 
and notary public natters, and has made many friends during uis tv;enty years' 

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Demii lllasatol , Apr. 9, 1911. 

The nev/ Bohenian enterprise, "The ^\rierican State lank," enjoys the 
confidence cf our public, ^s v.-as indicated durinn the very first 
days of its existence. The receivinc tellers of the banic have 
their hands full accepting deposits, the president, Lr. Jolm Ilarel; 
the vice-president, I.'.r. 0. 11. ./alleck; and the cashier, I r. J, F. 
Stepina, can hardly keej) up in v/elcohiin,'?: their old business friends, 
who cone to the nev; undertaking, bringinf thoir savings and entrust- 
ing then to the n&x :.ank v;ith the conviction that they v.-ill be 
safely deposited. The naries cf the officers of this nev; financial 
institution, , the large capital at its disposal, and the nanes cf all 
the shareholv-ors are a guarantee of the soundnes3 of the barik. Cur 
foremost businessnen, our nost distinguished citizens, joined their 
forces in order to provide our public with a nodem banlcing service, 
so that Bohenian capital deposited in their bank night be safeguarded 




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"better, and at tiie sane ' be used to support I.ohenian enterprises, and 
increase rolieiaian irosperity. I>veryone ./ho visits the bank can convince 
himself as to its practical arrant: eraent , ii^s e.;cellent rianareiient, and 
its equipnent v/ith all modern safety devices. 

The activities durinr the first fev; days of the 'canlc^s existence are 
definite proof that Guch a banl< is needed aiionc us, and that it is assured 
a great success. 


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Denni lllasabel . I.'ar. 19, 1911. 

A LCAPD c? DiK^crcRs /ill) cFFiGSis Fc?. z-iE ::2.; :ciTri.:iAi^- 

iCTSRl-EloS Z-Ii: AI.'JKIGAi: srATjj i.Ai:i: 

A meeting vreis held recently in bhe Pilser. Solcol hall ty the Kembers 
of the American State Bank, the new Bchsnian enterprise, in .vhich 
aliaost all of the stockholders oartici^oated. 

As is kno-vn, this entervrise for ■•■•hich f-reat success is assured by 
the number and names of the participants, ./ill have its business 
place in the real centre of Lcheriian Pilsen. It v/ill occupy the 
pr-inises fornerly occupied by the Pelikan druc store at Ilue Island 
and Loonis Streets, near ICth Street. 

The follov/inr centlenen v/ere elected to the Board of Directors: 
Jan Ilarel, J. ?. Stepina, Jan Fucik, F. J. Skala, llarel Ilrosl, 

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Derj-ii I-Ilasatol, I ar, 19, 1911. 

C. I\. VJallok, Jai'^es Storkan, J'ohn 0. Ilrasa, :iianuel . eraiiek and A. 7, 

The Board of Directors then hold a neetinr: and elected the follovrinp; 
naned officers: Jan Larel, i.resident; 3. 2. ..'alleck, vice president 
and J. 7, Stepina, treasurer. 


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Dennl Hlasatel , Dec. 20, I9IO. 

P. 2, Col. 4— The stockholders of the new Bohemian state tank held a meeting 
in the Pilsen Sokol hall on Sunday, December 18, I9IO. The purpose of the 
meeting was to hear preliminary reports on the location of the Bank, to de- 
cide what its name shall be, and to request the State Auditor to grant a 
charter for the institution. Almost all the subscribers were present. Mr. 
John Karel, formerly a banker of Kewanee and Chicago and also American con- 
sul at Prague and consul general at St. Petersburg, was elected chairman, 
Mr. J. p. Stepina was elected secretary. After a lengthy debate it was de- 
cided to name the bank the American State Bank. 

Premises for the bank were rented at the sharp corner of Loomis Street.and 
Blue Island Avenue, where it will use the space now occupied by pelican 
Brothers and other business enterprises. The interest taken by the sub- 
scribers in this movement is shown by the fact that subscriptions for $200, 
000 capital and $150,000 reserve were obtained without advertising or agi- 
tation. Mr. Stepina said the subscribers applied voluntarily. The future 





Dennl Hlasatel , Dec. 20, I9IO. 

of this undertaking is guaranteed by the names of the men who participated i^ 

in the meeting, for they enjoy a good reputation among us and among Chica- ^ 

goans in general as bankers and businessmen. The bank will open late in ^ 



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Denni Hlasatel . Sept. 16, 1908. 


For some time in the past an association has been formed for the progress of 
businessmen in Ceska Californie, Bohemian California, Laxmdale Section, 






It is the Lawnuale Business Men's Association. The purpose of forming such an 
association is not only to foster friendship among the Bohemian businessmen but 
also for the benefit of the entire Lawndale section. Only active businessmen 
can be members of this association. At the last meeting held on the 9th day of 
September of this year a resolution was made and agreed upon. The programs or 
circulars will not accept any advertisements from clubs or lodges but will adhere, 
strictly to businessmen's suivertisements. 

At this same meeting a standing committee was elected. Its tasks will be to see 
that the streets are decently paved and kept in repair, and that sufficient street 
lights and good sidewalks are provided. This will benefit not only the landlords, 
but also the tenants dwelling in the Lawndale district, A special committee will 
be formed whose duties will be in the line of advertising. The electee^ officers 
for the ensuing year are: James Jelinek, president; F, G, Kajicek, vice-president; 
Joseph J. Salat, treasurer, and Frank J. Karlovsky, 

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I D 1 ^ Denni Hlasatel. Sept. 16, 1908. 

The board of directors elected consists of the following persons: Messrs, ^ 
P. G, Hajicek, James Jelinek, A, M, Jindra, James J. Kapsa, Frank J, Karlovsky, ^ 
Edward F. Kounovsky, P, S, Prince, Joseph J. Salat sind Prank Sehek. Thus far ^ 
there are 45 members who belong to their association, all of which are businessmenr- 
They are all Bohemians who reside from 22nd to 26th Streets, ?o ! 

The membership applications are coming in steadily and are investigated as to the ^ 
qualifications for membership of the applicants. The association adopted certain ^ 
rules to which an applicant must agree to conform before he may be admitted into 
this association. An applicant must also come well recommended by one who is a 
member of the Lawndale Businessmen's Association. His business must be a 
legitimate one^ otherwise such applicant is barred for menbership, A much needed 
organization such as this should have been started a long time ago. We owe a 
debt of gratitude to the active Bohemian businessmen who took such interest in 
our section. 

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Denni Hlaeatel , Hay 24, 1908. 

p. I, col* 5«. A ealebration vas held today at the reopening of the second 
senson of the Cream City Anusemsot Park in Riverside, Illinois. This enter* 
rpise is strictly a Bohemian one, managed by Bohemians, investments by 
Bohemians and only Bohemians can have concessions, therefore this being strictly 
BbhaaiiB, the association sants every one to feel perfectly at home| vhaterer 
differences nay have arisen in the past should not be brought up again so as 
not to create ill feelings, but to make this ssaaoa a success. There are so 
many concessions that every one will derive some benefit out of them. 

A special added inducement is given for the opening of the amusement park in 
that the admission ticket entitles one to dance free of additional charge at 
the nevly remodeled dancing pavilion. The sans band of musicians that played 
at the celebration will play wanj musical numbers for the dancers so that 
every one is assured a good time. 

The street car fare is but five cents and there should be no reason irtiy our 
Bohemians should not torn out in large nxunbers. Let us then make this secuion 
a success so that this may be a permanent amusement park and a credit to our 




o ' Denni Hlaaatel. Ifay 12, 1908. 

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, p. 1, col* 3.. In lb*. HoTorkBi'a hall, a ntufcer of directors of Cream City Park 
^held a meeting yesterday evening; they reached a decision as to future plans of 
Hhis Bohemian enterprise* They deposited the amount of $3,000 to meet all 
demands and claims against Cream City Park* 


'Mb doubt by the end of this week all will be settled emd by the latter part of 
next week it is esq^scted that the amusement park will be re-opened to ths 
public. This annouzaoement will later be published through the medium of this 
.newspaper* ttr* Otto Ring, an attorney representing the Cream City Park 
Amusement Association, will call a special meeting of the board of directors 
toni^t, to discuss the closing of the contracts for the concessionaires, and 
another $3,000 will be ready to meet other bills against Cream City Paurk* 
Ae soon as the contracts are closed with the deposits, the eunusement park will 
be ready to do business again* 

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p. 1., At yesterday's election of the directors, the following wore present: 
finton J. Zahrobsky, John Uikulecky, Frank Sikyta, J. ./elky, Joseph Zajicek, 
Anton Kolar, T. Vonasek, L. Pisarik, Jakub Cejka, Jakub F^andlik and Joseph J. 
Novak. The officers elected are as I'ollov/s: Anton J. Zahrobsky, president; 
Jakub Kandlik, vico-resident ; Joseph ,/elky, treasurer; Tom Vonasek, secretary. 

At this annual meeting contribut;ions for charitable organizations v/ere madet 
To the Old People's Home, vlOO; the Catholic Orphanage, $100, and another $100 
for distribution to the Bohemian poor v/idows. The meeting was then adjourned. 

^-'^ ^ ^ BOHEMIAN 


Danni Hlasatel, Dec. 8, 1907. 


p.l. — ^When, four years ago, the first stone was laid for the building of the 
Pilsen Brewery, we suggested in our report that it would greatly enhance the 
prospect of the enterprise if the remaining lots were used for the creation 
of a park along the lines of the beer gardens in the city of Prague which 
serve as social recreation centers. The well meant hint was appreciated by 
the Pilsen Brewery which has now begun with the preliminary work, progressing 
so rapidly that next year there will be opened the new Czech park on 26th street 
eoid Albany avenue. It is to bear the name of Pilsen Brewing Park, and is ex^ 
pected to become a center of social gatherings unique in its kind. 

The capacity of the park is calculated at fifteen thousand persons. It is to 
be noted that the entire enterprise is not only planned by Czechs, but owned 
and conducted by them; every contract involved has been awarded to Czechs. 


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Dwini Hlasatel , Sept. 18, 1907. 


It seems that the Cxechs^ not only in Bohemia, but all over the world, have 
become aware of the fact that to achieve a full national development it will 
not suffice if we abandon ourselves to mare patriotic sighing and dreaming, 
but that we should direct all our energies towards em uplift in the field of 
economic activities. This is an item essential for our national life, more 
iiiQ>ortant than raving about the past glory of our forefathers, their great 
deeds, their heroism. As a result of having become conscious of this truth 
the nation is bestirring itself into manifold enterprises and is making re- 
markable progress in the distribution of its products in the world's markets, 
making at the saine time their own country independent of foreign manufacture 
and comnerce. 

The Czechs in foreign lands, especially in America, are beginning to stand 
economically on their own feet. 








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Denni Hlasatel , Sept. 4, 1907. 

The house No. 44-48 N. Peoria street, between Lake and Fulton streets, was a busy 
place early morning yesterday; in it the Chicago Butchers* Packing Con5)any is lo- 
cated . 

Several hundred butchers had come to make purchases for their own stores. The 
wholesale business was opened yesterday and the en^loyees had strenuous work on 
hand in order to satisfy the customers as best they could. 

The Chicago Butchers* Packing Company is a strictly Czech owned concern, the 
stockholders being butchers of Czech descent o^i'tiing individual stores. 

This combination grew from small beginnings into the concern whose home and 
inqploments represent a capital of $150,000o Considering that everything has been 
paid for to the last cent and no debts have been incurred, the success of the 
enterprise seems assured. 

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About six years ago the Bohemiaii Butchers* Association opened a small store on 
Paulina and Twenty->8econd streets. The business was managed properly, and after 
four years the initial capital of only $10,000 was raised to $150,000, The name 
of the business was changed for valid reasons. Czech butchers have become inde- 
pendent merchants by a single stroke. They believe that their success is assured, 
first, because the quality of the meat will be painstakingly kept upon a high 
level, and also because the owners are all full-fledged butchers who know what 
good meat is. 

They will not be a playball of capitalistic whims any longer; for this last reason 
they will be more liberal toward the individual customer. 

This Bohemian coii;>any has a slaughter-house of its own and keeps two cattle-buyers. 
The building is fitted out with the last word in machinery, implements and uttnsilSy 
all acquired with guaremteed safety for the workingman in mind. 

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BQ^mmh UiOA 

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The eminent feature of the establishment is cleanliness carried out in a punctilious 

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Detmi Hlasatel , Apr. 29, 1907. 


p.4~The Bohemian people took an active part in the development of Chicago. ^ 

They had many real estate men among them who have played an iniportant part in p 

subdividing large portions of Chicago and its suburbs. Several of the more ^-^ 

active firms are listtdl i» 

Jan A. Ouska 26th street and St . I»ouis avenue. ^ 

Walleck Brothers 18th street and Blue Island avenue. 

Frank G. Hajicek , 26th street and Turner avenue, 

K. Ricker 18th street and Blue Island avenue. 

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Denni Hlasatel. Apr. 29, 1907. 

Geo. Sindelar <S: Son 26th street and Crawford avenue. 

Salat, Polak and Kopecky 22nd street and Kedzie avenue. 

K. J, Hruby and Co 18th street and Throop street. 

Many of these fims had branches in the suburbs. 




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Denni Hlasatel . Jan. 31, 1907, 

p,4~Walleck Brothers, Eighteenth street and Ashland avenue* 
Salat, Polak, and Kopecky, Twenty-second street and Ashland avenue, 
p. 4 — ^F. G. Hajicek, 516 West Twenty- sixth street. 
K. J, Hruby and Associates, 520 West Eighteenth street, 
J. P. Vesely, 2133 West Twelfth street. 
p.8— V. F. Hora, Lawndale avenue at Twenty-ninth street. 


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Denni Hlasatel . Jan. 31, 1907. 



First Bohemian Banks in Chicago. s* 


p.5— F. J. Skala*8 Bank, 320-322 West Eighteenth street. ^ 


Has all banking facilities, a steamship ticket office, a notary, and a legal L> 
aid department. § 

p.6— >Kaspar State Bank, 623 Blue Island avenue. 

The first Bohemian State bank in Chicago. 

p. 4— -Novak and Stejskal's Bank, Eighteenth and Loomis streets. 

^^ ^ ^ . BOHEMIAN 

^ Denni Hlasatel, Jan. 31, 1907. 


Bohemian Breweries 

p.5->Atla8 Brewing Conqjany, Twenty-first street and Blue Island avenue. 

p. 7— Garden City Brewery, Twenty-first Place and Albany avenue* p 

p.7~Pil8«a Brewing Association, Twenty-sixth street and Albany avenue, •« 

p.8— Joseph Triner, 800 South Ashland avenue, producer of the famous Triner's 'S 
Bitter Wine. ^ 



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II A 1 Deimi Hlasatel * Jan. 20, 1907. 


p. 1— ^ellkan Brothers, who own two of the most modern drug stores in the Bohemian 
settlement, have just bought another store at Twenty-sixth street and Lawndale avenue. 

IhiB store will be remodeled and stocked with high-class drugs and merchandise of the 
standard always maintained by Pelikan Brothers. Their new store will be managed by 
Mr. 0, Pelikan, the third brother of the Pelikan family. 


A drug store like this has been needed in the vicinity of Twenty-sixth street and ^ 

Lawndale avenue, since this community is growing rapidly. = 

f — 

Another reason for establishing it is that the Bohemian population of Chicago is ^ 
spreading out and settling in this section of the city and naturally prefers to hav« [* 
a Bohemian druggist in the neighborhood. ^ 


Darmi Hlasaf.el « Jan. 20, 1907. 

Dxoigs will be available at all hours, day or night, at this store, so that it can 
serv© suffering people at all times, 

Pelikan Brothers hope that the public will patronize this new store as they patronize 
their other two pharmacies. 

They promise efficient and reliable service in every department of the store, 
especially in the prescription department, in which only drugs of the highest quality 
will be used. Prescriptions will always be filled by 1^. 0. Pelikan or by a 
registered pharmacist who will assist him. 

With the permission of Mr. 0, Pelikan, one of the largest Bohemian Benevolent ^ 

Societies, Borivoj , will maintain a branch office in his new store. ^ 

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D»mai Hlasatel , Jan. 11, 1907, 
Coal Dealers. 

p.ll~B«low are listed some Bohemian coal-dealers. These firms are among the ^ 
oldest Bohemian business enterprises of Chicago. C 

Co-operative Bohemian Coal Coiq)any» IVenty-first and Uor^m streets. ^ 


West Chicago Coal Company, 1840-1846 Ogien arenue. §. 

Karel Krai's Coal-yard, Sixteenth wad Lincoln streets. 

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P.2--A11 'businessmen who have already applied for membership to the Bohem- 
ian Ice Association and also those who have not applied as yet, but are 
forced to buy their supply of ice from the trust are urged to be present 
at our meeting to-morrow evening at 8 P. M. in Polacka's hall at 535 Blue 
Island Avenue. 

Property has already been purchased at Lake Marie, and the contract for 
transportation with the railway company drawn up, assuring us all that the 
trust can no longer offer any resistance to the progress of our enterprise, 

Everything now depends upon the businessmen who are interested in this or- 
ganization and wish to put a stop to the unfair treatment to which they 
have been subjected by the trust in previous summers. 

Become members in this association while the membership is still openi The 
books will be closed next week* 

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BOHEUlAli^-^ ^ , 

f Dennl Hlasatel , Jan. 10, I907. 

P.2--A11 businessmen who have already applied for membership to the Bohem- 
ian Ice Association and also those who have not applied as yet, but are 
forced to buy their supply of ice from the trust are urged to be present 
at our meeting to-morrow evening at 8 P. M. in polacka's hall at S35 Blue 
Island Avenue. 

Property has already been purchased at Lake Marie, and the contract for 
transportation with the railway company drawn up, assuring us all that the 
trust can no longer offer any resistance to the progress of our enterprise. 

Everything now depends upon the businessmen who are interested in this or- 
ganization and wish to put a stop to the unfair treatment to which they 
have been subjected by the trust in previous summers. 

Become members in this association while the membership is still openl The 
books will be closed next week. 


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Dennl Hlasatel , Jgin. 10, I907. 

The construction of ice-houses will also tegin next week, and the ice will 
soon be cut and put into storage, to be used during the sunmer months by 
the members of this Association. 

We hope that all businessmen v/ho are interested in this organization will 
be present at the meeting, which will be the last one before the election 
of regular officers. 


Dermi Hlasatel « Dec. 6, 1906. S.^ " b^ 


p.l.-- A promotional meeting was held last night in Sokol Chicago Hall, the 
purpose of which was to acquaint the general public with the basis upon which 
a co-operative business is founded. This establishment, the Bohemian Bazaar, 
has increased its capital to $150,000 and is now selling shares at $10 each; 
individuals may own from one to twenty-five shai^es. Many countrymen subscribed 
for shares at yesterday's meeting and much enthusiasm was displayed toward the 
enterprise. Applications for shares may also be made to the secretary, Joseph 
Liska, 526 West 18th street. 


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Denni Hlasatel , Sept. 29, 1906. 


Grand Opening of Well Stocked Store at Noon To-day. 

p. 1.— Bohemian Chicago, rich in variety of social recreation, in nationalistic 
and benevolent or^nizations, has, in the past year, made progress in the 
economic field which will represent our people in a notable manner before the 
American public and contribute effectively to our national community. The 
Bohemian Bazaar, in which are associated a number of our countrymen, to»day 
will open its richly stocked store, located at the corner of Twenty-second 
street and Kedzie avenue, which promises the shareholders large financial re- 
wards, especially if it is managed by experienced men. The store, in which is 
found more than $30,000 worth of general household merchandise, is a warehouse 
for products of fine quality, and excellent service is provided by employees 
of the establishment who have had a great deal of experience in their lines. 

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Denni Hlasatel , Sept. 29, 1906. 

Because of the in^jossibility of finding an experienced Bohemian, the general 
management of the entire business was entrusted to a non-Bohemian, lir, H. E, 
Shean, who has held responsible positions with the foremost department stores of 
Chicago, lir. F. Schroeder, who worked most effectively for the organization of 
the Bazaar, was placed in charge of the clothing department, and lir. Aug. J. 
Hubek has charge of the shoe section. More than sixty persons, most of whom 
are Bohemians, are engaged in the business. 

The store was open for inspection yesterday to numerous visitors, however, be- 
ginning at noon to-day. Sales will be made in all departments. 

Our countrymen living an the southwest side will have an excellent opportunity 
to buy their necessities in a genuine Boheroian enterprise, which was founded 
by the people— for the people. 



Denni Hlasatel . Aug. 28, 1906. 


p* I*. The new enterprise will be in the hands of Bohemians. A Bohemian Mining 
GMqpany was created, 500 acres of land in Indiana was bought and coal will be 
mined there. Applieatioa has already beto made for a state charter. The 
company was incorporated under the name of ''Hudson Coal and Mining Co.,** with 
a capital of $1259000. The founders of the company ares Messrs. Jacob Kandllk, 
Joseph Kostner, Ant. J. Zahrobsky, Jos. Velky, Ed* Winternitz, Jos. Kokes^ Jos* 
VaTak and Dr. F. J. Noyaik. 

A meeting of the board of directors will be held next Friday at which the sale 
of stock will be decided upon* The law firm of Ed. J. Novedc and Polak is in 
charge of all legal matters for the new company* 

Denni Hlasatel , Aug. 10, 1906. 


p. !•• A vholesala grocery house vill soon be added to the euLready large 
number of irtiolesale establishiaents ivhich have recently been organixed by our 
Bohemian countrymen. Among Bohemian grocers this idea has been much discussed 
and has adTsmced so far, that at the last meeting held, a teorporary board of 
directors and officers were elected. 

They were giren the task of continuing the work already begun, and thus bring 
the enterprise to the proportions it should have. Co-operating grocers, of 
^om there are about fifty, look forward to this undertaking with great expect- 
ancy and are convinced that the greater the number of grocers participating, the 
greater will be the benefit to themselves and to their customers. 

The grocers participating in this association are almost all known in the circle 
of their countrymen as active, enterprising businessmen and, therefore, it is 
expected that their idea of organising a iriiolesale grocery business, where they 
can buy everything they need in their business, will meet with success. 

The idea originated from a small group of grocers in Bohemian California iriio 
agreed that they would buy all their necessities collectively in large quantities* 

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Denni Hlasatel, Aug. 10, 1906. 

Purchasing conunodities In this manner they soon discovered the great advantage 
to be derived from such action. They were convinced that through co-operative 
buying they were able to make a considerable saving and consequently were 
enabled to sell their merchandise at lower prices. Having become acquainted 
with this fact, they endeavored to enlarge the association as much as possible in 
order that quantities pxirchased would be as great as possible and that the 
Guivantages enjoyed by large establishments might accrue to themselves. 

This endeavor led Bohemian grocers to the organization of a strong coa^>£U3y which 
would concentrate as mEUiy grocers as possible and thus direct the advantages 
enjoyed by the big iriiolesale houses downtown into their own channels* 

The idea is an excellent one smd much depends now on how the grocers who are not 
yet menbers of the association will welcome it, that is, whether or not they see 
einy benefit in it for themselves. The participating grocers will hold a meet- 
ing next week at irtiich steps will be taken to incorporate and issue stock. 
Only active grocers will be allowed to own stock in the company. 

Temporary directors elected at tha last meeting are: Vojt, Vyduna, James Berk, 
Frank VoJeUc, Jos. Kalina, Frank Suchy, J. Fitchner and Ant. Tittl. The fol- 
lowing named officers were elected* Frank Suchy, president; Ant. Tittl, 

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Denni Hlasatel , Aug, 10, 1906. 

secretary, Vojta Vyduna, treasurer. 

The nBJority of the members have eilready paid in their subscriptions emd will 
receive stock. Ur. V. G. Kryda vas chosen to act as temporary business manager. 

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Denni Hlasatel , Apr. 8, 1906 • 


p. 1— Lately our countrymen have manifested creditable spirit of enterprise. 

We have a whole group of genuine Bohemian enterprises of various kinds, and most 
of them rest upon good, firm foundations, so that money invested in them is 
assured suitable profit. 

A promising undertaking, guaranteeing safety of investment and considerable clear 
profit, is the Builders Brick Company, whose product will soon be on the market. 
This company is deserving of detailed mention for it is a truly Bohemian under- 


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Denni Hlasatel , Apr. 8, 1906» 

•Die idea of its organization originated among Bohemian builders and contractors. 

Bohemians are managing it, Bohemian money is invested in the undertaking, and 
Bohemians will be its main supporters. 

A meeting was held last Thursday by the corqjany at which interesting aind en- 
couraging reports were made. 

The company is capitalized at $75,000 of which almost $46,000 has been subscribed 
for and paid in. 

At the above mentioned meeting it was resolved to forty acres of land in Chicago 
Heights, 111. 

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"Diese grounds embrace an almost inexhaustible deposit of fine brick clay, 

and trade experts estimate that it will be possible to operate at least thirty 

years, at a daily production of one hundred and fifty thousand bricks. 

The cost of the ground and the furnishing of the factory in which the most 
modern and practical machinery will be installed is estimated at $75,000. A . 
further outlay of about $25,000 will be needed for wagons, horses, etc. The . 
company will issue bonds to re.ise the additional sum needed. 

Anyone may become a shareholder in the company by purchasing stock which costs 
$100 per share and which is limited to twenty shares to any individual. Almost 
all Bohemian builders, contractors and architects are shareholders, so that the 
company's product is assured a market*, and there is no necessity of spending any 
money on advertising in order to secure business. 

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The profit on brick at present prices is very great and will be satisfactory 
even if the price should drop. 

About one hundred Bohemian citizens, who have acquired shares of the company, 
have taken advantage of the benefits offered by the company and all of the shares 
will svirely be subscribed for very soon. 

As soon as the business is in operation, the value of the shares will rise. 

At the quarterly meeting, sample bricks, made of clay, from the ground which will 
be bought, were exhibited, and met with the approval of experts in every respect. 
It should also be mentioned that Chicago Heights and the future Bohemian brick- 
yard are situated conveniently on a railroad, and transportation from there is rapid 
and at low cost. 

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As is knovm, The Chicago Terminal Railroad extends from Chicago Heights throu^ 
our California and Pilsen, and our builders and contractors can be supplied with 
brick at low cost. 

The board of directors is cornpoced of trie following: F. C. I«.yer, president} 
T. B. Dibelka, vice-president; Adolf Lonek, secretary; Richard Dusil, treasurer. 
Members of the board: A, F. Rusy, Frank Sedlak, Frank Novy, John Haisnan and 
John Rus. 

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. Denni Hlaaatel, Ifeur. 11, 1906. 


Tenth Tear Jubilee C«lebrat«d by Bohemian Branches 
of W. W. Kimball Co., a Piano Firm in Chicago. 

p. 1, col. 4.* The well knotm piano firm of W. W. Kimball Co« has decided to 
celebrate the ten year duration of their Bohemian branches iriiich they have 
established among the Bohemian people. These branches have a very promising 
futvare in the Bohemian districts of Chicago. The firm ailso wishes to show 
its appreciation to the Bohemian people of Chicago for their wonderful patron- 
age duriqg the past ten years. 

To celebrate their Jubilee and at the same time show this appreciation, the 
firm has chosen a course which is quite noTsl and very dignified. They hare 
decided to let the Bohemian people decide for themselTOS by i^ich method their 
firm could do this best* Therefore all Bohemian benevolent societies in Chi- 
cago were notified of this noble intention offered by this firm and were 
requested to send a representative to a meeting, at idiich plans for this 
occasion would be nade* 

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Denni Hlasatel . Uar. 11, 1906. 

The mseting was held at a designated date. Representatives of more than a 
hundred Bohemian benevolent societies were present Including also a&ny; indiv 
iduals interested in benevolent work. 

Representatives of ¥• W. Kiaball Co. were also present and e^ressed their 
desire stating that their firm wished to stage something on a grand scale, 
which would aid the Bohemian benevolent institutions of Chicago. They requested 
advice auid emy suggestions i^ich would be most appropriate for such an occasion. 

After memy suggestions the representatives decided to hold a grand concert in 
one of the larger halls of Chicago, the proceeds of irtiich would be donated to 
the Bohemian Old Peoples Home and Orphanage. It was understood that W. W. 
Kimball Co. would pay all expenses involved in present iog this concert, as 
their eontribution to the Bohemian people* 

The Bohemian benevolent societies were given the task of arranging the concerti 
this they easily metnaged by asking the cooperation of the many Bohemian sing- 
iz^ (vocal) and musical clubs idiich were always willing to do their share in 
benevolent undertakings. 

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Comnlttees of prominent Bohemians vere picked «ho were giren the authority to 
^- rent a suitable hall and proceed with the arrangefflents of the program* One 
committee went to work immediately and rented the jbaditorium Theatei; idiile 
the other worked feverishly on program arrangements. 

There ia no doubt that the day of the grand concert will be a holiday anong 
Bohemians of Chicago, rsason for that being that it deals with out beneyolent 
aims. We must show and prove to the world that the progress and success of 
these benevolent societies is cherished in the hearts of all Bohemian people 
in Chicago. 

The point ^ich must be stressed is that all expenses will be paid by the 
W. V. Kimball Co., therefore leaving the entire proceeds of the concert to 
the Bohemian institutions. V. W. Kimball Co. employs maz^ Bohemian people whoa 
they know to be good workers, therefore the noble act of this firm is largely 
due to them. This concert also reflects upon the benevolent activities of the 
Bohemian people* 

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p. 1 - eol* 7.« Among Bohemian firms in all America the best knovn is the 
firm of F. Korbel A Bros*, dealers in Cadifornia wine and liqitors. Their 
largest branch is in Ghieagp, vhere they are constantly e3q>anding their place 
of business. During the past year they«re compelled to construct a iiare-> 
house here so that they could keep a supply on hand ^ich their prosperous 
business demanded. 

They ascribe their success to the quality of their product and also to the 
merit of their capable manager of the Chicago branch, lb*. J. Fucik, who is 
regcurded ms an outstanding Bohemian business man* 

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p* 1 - col. 6.. This big Bohemian vholesedo grocery supplies all Bohemian 
grocers in Chieagp. It is located at Halsted ft Randolph Streets^ in the 
heart of the Randolph Street oarkets. This concern handles all better brands 
of grocery items, domestic and imported. It is also the distributor of rsal 
rye flour which is widely used and preferred by the Bohemian people. Bohem- 
ians are noted for their real Bohemian rye bread* 

John F. Lalla A Co. bi^ their rye flour from a B(^mian flour mill at 
Kewaunea^ Wisconsin, known as W. Seyka and Co., liiich produces the best quality 
of rye flour. 

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While on its world tour the Bohemian Quartette, making its last American appear- ^ 

ance at Thalia Hall, is enjoying the hospitality of Mr, /ZosetJ Triner, the ^rni 

well-knoTOi manufacturer of bitter wine. Mr. Triner is a true friend of Bohemian ^ 

art and artists. Recently he bought and paid a neat sum for several paintings ^ 

by Farske, In this respect, there is hardly another wealthy Bohemian who can o 

compare with Mr. Triner. ^ 


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t 18 a general rule, that the nation which has agricultural lands, manufacttiring ^ 

and coai'nercied enterprises can make claims to a vital existence in the present, :^ 

and for the future. Without these, though powerf\il nxiinerically, persistent and ci. 

tenacious, a nation or perhaps only "i part of a nation is, and always will be, r- 

a plaything in the whirlpool of a storioy existence. Everyone must arrive at this -t^ 

conclusion after careful consideration* Germans in their snohhishness always o 

hoast that they are the clviliiers of the Czech people* \^ 


Actually, to this day, mining, smelting, manufacturing and chiefly the wholesale <^ 
business of Bohemia for the greater part is in the hands of Germans, and Jews 
claiming to he Germans. This condition applies as well to local Bohemians and 
their enterprises, in all respects* 

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Take real'estate as a measure and according to it's value, to figure f^ 
the Justification for ezistanc« of local Bohemians, would require -r 
the services of an expert and. he would need several weeks time, yes o 
indeed, if not months. It is necessary therefore to arrive at some '^^ 
figure through superficial appraisal. It is understood that we must ^ 
necessarily €Mid to the value of the real estate, the value of the ^ 
buildings located on it. So that theiemay be no error in the estimate, 
it becomes necessary to enter and deduct existing debts against the 
buildings. If we proceed to aui actual superficial appraisal, the 
probable value of the property belonging to Bohemians, particularly 
those of Pilsen and California, can be set at approximately three 
million dollars. If the mortgage indebtedness is equal to a full 
one- third, then the property of local Bohemiems can be appraised at 
two million dollars. 


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This valiiation is hardly excessire. The property along the main streets ^ 
of both quarters is occupied by buildings worth from $10,000 to $30,000 ^ 
or even $40,000. ^ 

To be sure, local Bohemians may be congratulated "for all this development, 2 
from practically nothing, in the course of the p-st twenty-five years. ^ 
This is evidence of enterprise and perseverance. -^ 

When attention {^8 turned to Bohemian enterprise in industry and business, 
our countrymen do not remain behind in any respect. They have adjusted 
themselves to the Aaerican method of life; thjsy have adopted American 

In the first instance, it is necessary to state that recently a company was 
organised for the purpose of mining gold in central Mexico. 


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The compemy, which is composed of well to do Bohemians, put $300,000 into 
the enterprise, for the purchase of the necessary drilling and excavating 
machinery and is working with all it*s power to achieve the desired results ^ 
as quickly as possible. Perhaps they will not be denied this success. 


Several days ago Hlasatel published a report regarding about the organization 
of an all-Bohemian company for the production of Zinc. This company is now 
operating and will in a short time open mines in the State of Illinois, not far 
from Chicago. 

Thus can Bohemian enterprise in mining and smelting be noted, in two instances* 

Among the larger concerns, owned solely by Bohemian shareholders, the Pilsen 
Lumber Company should be given first place. 


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When we consider the manufacturing industry, we should mention four or more 
factories for the manufacttire of doors, frames, windows and shutters. These 
factories are all operating successfully and the workmen, like the owners, are 
all Bohemians. 

Much of their prosperity and success is due to the uninterrupted 'building 
construction. Orders in most cases heing placed with Bohemian firms. This is 
a praiseworthy stcuidpoint and deserres recognition. 






Stone-cutting is performed in several shops, where building stone is manufactured 
or prepared. While we are referring to the stone-cutting industry, we shoiild 
call attention to sculptxiring shops, in which, gorgeously beautiful monuments 
of great artistic value are made. There are two such shops to be found here, one 
at each ceraeteury. Both are working busily. 


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The manufacturing branch of industry is further represented by a shop for 
the manufacture of cornices and gables for buildings. 

Contemporaneously noted should be a factory for the production of iron 


In addition to the factories mentioned, note shoxild be made of Bohemian s^ 
factories for the production of sash and mouldings. There are several of i^ 
these owned by Bohemians and they have been in successful operation for 
several years. Some of them have passed from the original owners into 
the possession of Joint^companies. 

There is also a factory for the artistic embossing and bending of wood 
used in decorating buildings and in the manufacture of furniture. 


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The third "brewery had hardly been cooipleted before a compemy was organised to 
build a fourth. This time more attention will be giyen to its construction. 
It will be more ornate, and more spacious, figuring on. a brilliant future. 

It is impossible to do other than praise these enterprises. 



Effervescent soda-water is manufactured in three factories, and the production D^ 
barel;/ keeps up with the demand. A fourth factory is being built. It is 
apparent that our country men drink other beverages besides liquor and beer. 

Cigar-makers also belon/; among the manufacturers, although the shops of 
Bohemian cigar-makers are not operated on such a large scale. Nevertheless 
they do manufacture and should be included in the list. 

There are two or three shops in which slippers are manufactured. 


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There are many custom tailors who devote themselTes exclusively to y> 
the manxifacture of mens clothing. The same applies to the ladies custom ^ 
tailors. However they all operate on a small scale and employ only ^ 
a small, number of people* -v 


In manufacttiring we have quite a satisfactory representation, which will Lo 
continue to grow, because haw enterprises are being founded continually. C:^ 
Confidence in industry is settled. ^ 

To be sure, the capital invested in Bohemian industry is not large. 
Everything is undertaken on a small scale, but that suffices because 
every enterprising- Judicious- industrialist endeavors to enlarge and 
develop his business. 


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Into the artistic branch of industry, it is necessary to place the shops of ^ 
photographers. There are many of these and they are all kept "busily at work* ~ 

Having exhausted the list of industrial enterprises we now proceed to 
STimmq.rize business. 

As in industry, so in business, Isurge individual capital is not represented. 
However it is possible to list many businesses with considerable capital. ' 

In the forefront of all business a Bohemian bank is found, around which all 
financial transactions revolve. Great success has been achieved by the well 
known Bohemian bank, which was organized a few years ago and since then 
managed to the satisfaction of it's constantly increasing number of customers. 






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Several smaller financial institutions also exist. However there are no large ^ 

transactions iindertaken by them. .^^ 

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A large group of real-estate dealers are active and successftil. During the ^ |. 
last few years this husinesr. has proven to be exceptionally lucrative, and many g J 
of these dealers have become wealthy in a short period of time. ^ 11 

Among those businesse*- enterprises in which larger amounts of money has been cr 

invested can be mentioned the woolen-goods establishments. In addition to the 

smaller houses are several large establishments carrying woolen goods, two of which 

are in ''Pilsen" cmd one in Csdifornia. 

Tollowing the woolen-goods business and in certain instances equal to it insofar 
as invested capital is concerned are the mens clothing houses. Indeed it seems 
as if one house was endeavoring to surpass the other and so it becomes possible to 
list several large clothing-houses. 

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Next in Importance may be placed the millinery- shops, to satisfy the capricious 
tastes of our ladies, even if a new style were introduced every day. Large 
and small shops and stores are to be found in Pilsen and California in 
uncounted numbers. . 

Thus the outfitting of the ladies as well as the men is well provided for. 

Bohemian business is duly represented in this field and enjoys a progressive 
and successful development. 

In dealing with big business it is necessary to mention large coal yards. 
Several companies with considerable capital have been organized in the past 
to operate coal-yards. Some of these companies are composed of only a few 
members. There ranks were increased a short time ago by the organization of 
a stock- company. 

Bakeries must also be added to the list. Several of these are considered as 






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There are also a large number of furniture stores and wholesal* houses* The 
furnlttire stores are combined with the stove business and require much leurger — 
quarters. ^ 

The tminterupted growth in these lines is indicative of their continued success. 

Several Bohemian musical instrument stores do a good business. This is not 
surprising because the Bohemisji people are known as music lovers £uid consequently 
there is a good demand for musical instruments of all kinds. 

A still greater growth is enjoyed by Bohemian Jewelry stores, which are especially 
profitable, many of which do a large business. 






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Perhaps eome "branch of business has been overlooked but not intentionally, '—: 
for this article Is Intended to serve all branches of endeavor. r^ 

With special pride the growth of Bohemian driig stores is mentioned. o 

No longer is it necessary for anyone to seek aid in a foreign store, j^ 
bedause in every neighborhood inhabited by Bohemians, a Bohemian phaurmacy ^ 
exists and Bohemian doctor's are recognized in their field*- In their ranks 
are to be found opticians and surgeons whose skill is taken for granted. 
Some of them have discovered exceptional curatives. 

Bohemian butchers achieve great success and many of them have amassed 
considerable wealth in the course of time. 

Less fortunate are the grocers, but their business standing is satisfactory* 

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These statemente prove that the local Bohemian hranch tinderstands stands 
ftdl well the mission of the nation making actual claims for existence. 



The wealth of the nation is the strongest guarantee of its future. Everyhody 
can not become wealthy but desire, as evidenced by enterprise in business and 
industry, is a guarantee of good will; and when good will is accompanied by patience 
then success must be attained* 

Work in this sense is ennobling and elevating. 

Therefore if everyone dedicates himself to a meritorious line of work, with 
patience and determination, success shoud award his efforts. 

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Denni Ulasatel t March 4» 1904* P 


LAYING OF GCRHSR ;-T01J:i: OP N'^V Bc;r<:?.!iAK o 



Those tines have lon£ since passed when Bohemians, immigrants in this land, were 
in all respects, which touched upon induitry or busines , dependent upon other 
nationalities. Today we occupy a leading, position in so far a? indu'itry aad "bisi- 
ness are concerned. Qjr business establishments are comparable to the largest in the 
city; many of our countryinen are ovmers of factories und businesses* in which is 
manufactured ev-jrythinj; tnut we formerly ha^ to buy from (manufacturers and busi- 
nesses of otiier nationalities. 

One of the most important branches of industry, wnich is controlled by our country 
men, is without doubt the business of brewing:. There are at present '«. vo brev/eries 
under the control of Bohemians ana it will not be long before a third brewery will 
be added, of which only yesterday the corner stone was laid, . . 

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our grsat expansion in all branches of industry, and for that reason, it is certain 
t lat everyone wishes the best of luck for this new undertaking^, in which Bohemian 
capital has b^en invested, and which promises to be a genuine Bohemian undertaking. 

nt the instigation of Mr. Roman Sedlacek, several Bohemian tavern keepers met on the 
12 of June, 1903» "to discuss the formation of a ^tock company to operate a brewery. 
The following were present at that meetini\: Josef Hanzlik, a brewer; Josef c-mejkal, 
a lawyer; Roman Sedlacek, Rud. Rubringer, Josef Kolar, Jan Cervanica, Tom Lackovic, 
Stef. Popovic, Josef Oborny, and Frant. Cerveny, tavern keepers. 

Temporary officers \7ere elected as follows: '!essrs, Jan Gervenka, chairman and Ro:aan 
Sedlacek, secretary. 

On the 28th of Au^ ust of that year, five and 4/10 acres o:'' land, on 26th Street 
between ^'.'hippie and Troy streets, were purchased. i'hen a meeting of all Ohicaf o 
Bohemian tav-rn l^eepers was called and at this meeting, v/hich took place on the 
3rd of September, the plan for organizing a stock- company war explained, to those 

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present. Because thirty of those present pledged 5^1000 each, the proposed e::ter- 
prlse became an aoconiylished fact. 

The coir.pany •';ms incorporated on the 2nd of "^ctober I93O, with a capital of $100,000, 
under the nane Pilsen Brewing Company of Chica^^o. 

A sketch of the "building plans was prepared by the architects Mossre. Ant. Charvat 
and Ad. Lonka, Mr.Lcnka was awarded the plans and Mr. Fr. Layer, contractor, was 
entrusted with construction, nctual construction started Kove 1' -r 16, 1903* The 
company is composed of seventy Tive shareholders. After tae reading .f this data, 
Mr. Cervenka addressed a few v/ords to those present, urt:iu^ txieia uu remain steadfast 
on the course and always .vork in harmony. and uiiison. 

In the awarding of the various contracts preference was given \v.ierever possible to 

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Denni Hlasatel, Jan. 17, 1904. 


The First Bohemian Mortgage Bank and Real Estate Business is located 
in its o^^^ huildinj?; at 675 Loomis St»» near 18th and Blue Island Ave., 
near Pilsen Post Office. Their institution insiires against fire, sells 
steamship tickets, loans money on first mortgages at five or five and half 
per cent, examines abstracts, collects inheritances, transfers money to 
Bohemia and Europe. This bank sells first class mortgages. Office hours 
are from 8:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Sundays, from 8:30 to 11:00 A.M. Telephone, 
Canal 349. 

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Denni Hlaeatel, Jan. 4, 1904. 


During the annual meeting, held yesterday, by the stock-holders of the 
Gajrden City Brewing Company, ii^ich is owned and operated by Bohemian 
tavern keepers, $200 was unanimously and enthusiastically appropriated 
for the Old Peoples' Home and Orphanage. Bohemian tavern keepers, rep- 
resented in the brewery showed that they are not only exceptional^ 
businessmen, but genuine patriots* 

The report on the condition of the enterprise sounded very favorable; 
and with the excellent quality of the product of the Garden City Brewery j 
it could not be expected to be otherwise. 



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i Denni Hlasatel , July 2, 1903. 


P. 2 - Countrymen Messrs. J.G.Prochaska and Viktor l<la.l(^za.n were given to 
understand yesterday through Lawyer R.V/.Yotze of the Patent office in 
V/ashington, that a patent was being allowed on their invention oi' a dentist's 
clamp. When the above naired countrymen completed their invention in April 
of this year, they requested the well known dentist, Dr. J.B.Bilek, to test 
the invention and he annourced that it was the most practical and one of the 
finest dentul instruments he ever had in his hands, A certain Cleveland firm 
offered l^essrs. Prochaska anct Malezan a considerable amount of nioney for the 
use of the patent, however, both countrymen know well, that they can gain more 
by the sale of the patent, tnereiore, they did < ot accept the offer. 

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Denni Hlasatel . June J7, 1903, o. 1 


The Secretary of State issued articles of incorporetion to the Modern 
Construction Company of Chicago, with a capital of $6,000 at the request 
of Anton Forst, Jan Klucina and A. Nechodoma. 



Demil HI as ate 1 , April 11 « I903. 


The Building and Loan Tocieties, whose chief merits are that taey havi enabled the 
majority of our countrymen to acquire property, ana in t.ifat way co.aparative indepen- 
dence, are finding more and more favor among our people, while among other nationali- 
ties, they ere declining and vanishing, as is shown b/ the report of the Ptate 
Auditor, under whose supervision they come, -^he main reason for this, lies ii; the 
fact tiiat the Bohemian Building and Loan 'Societies are managed and conducted with 
small expense. 

During all the time they have existed among us, only two went into the hands of a 
receiver, and one of these eventually paid ninetyfive percent. The other, through 
the fault of individuals, paid only fifty percent. In ,^pite of this, the belief in 
Building and Loan Societies does not weaken. Gur people are convinced, that not only 
can they save money more easily, but that loans raadw from them can more conveniently 
be repaid. Tney themselves have supervision over them. The law giv« them this right. 



Dennl Hlasatel . April 11, I903. 

Building and Loan Societies are under the strict supervision of the State /luditor, 
to whom the executive officers are answerable because they are urder bond, Tnere- 
fore the Building and Loan Societies are a safe place for everyone's saviii^s. 

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D»nni Hlaaatel , July 21, 1901. i/- ,ud) 

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A big auction sale of lots in the Bohemian neighborhood at California Avenue, 
near Lawndale, will be held, Sunday, Aug. 4th, 1901, at 2 P.liJ. Twenty-nine 
beautiful lots fronting on Clifton Park and on St. Louis Avenue, between 29th 
and Slst Streets, will be sold to the highest bidder with no exceptions. 

This auction will be held in the large tent at 26th Street and St. Louis -^venue. 

Every one can buy lots at the price which they themselves offer and on easy 
payments . 

Seats re8ei*ved for ladies. Good music. 

How can you get there? Take Blue Island Avenue, 18th Street, or Western Avenue 
cars and transfer at 26th Street, which will carry you directly to the place. 


Denni Hlasatel . July 21, 19C1. 

Terms are easy, merely $10.00 deposit at the time of purchase, $15.00 in 
thirty days and the baleuice in small monthly payments of $5 or more« 

Apply to Kirchman and Salat, 1582 W. 22nd St., or at the branch office, 26th 
Street and St* Louis Avenue. 

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Denni Hlasatel . Feb* 8, 1900. 


p. !•• ilr. Josef Vrba, general manager of the Hudson Coal Co., a Boheniaji* 
jjimerican owned concern, left for Farmer sburg, Ind., the coal mine district, 
last night with a genuine smile on his face; he had money on him, enough to 
satisfy the most pressing demands, as e. g., those of the constabls, who was 
about to confiscate soos implements for the payment of debts incurred for 
powder, taxes and rents. This was of paramount importance to avert imminent 
beuikruptey, and was made possible by a committee of four, appointed in last 
Friday's meeting, iriiidi has been successful in raising the necessflury funds* 
How big these are, and how great the sacrifices of the contributors, we have 
been unable to find out, but the amount in question must have touched the 
$10,000 figuz*e, or the rescue from impending disaster could not have been ef- 

Today, therefore, work in the mines will be resumed, and the gentlemen stock- 
owners can breathe a sigh of relief, for the worst has passed. They have 
gone through a severe ordeal; the fate of their company hung on a very thin 
thread with a possibility of its rupture at any instant. We are not atteiopt- 
ing to teach the directors, however, in mentioning that the Roth mortgage 
seems to us to be a heavy burden on the finances, emd a epnstant menace to 


Denni Hlasatel, Feb, 8, 1900, 


the very existence of the company. As long as that pernicious liability is 
not thrown off there is scant hope for the stockholders* ever drawing any 

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Svornost, November 29, 1898, 





Jan Klucina, a Bohemian, believes that he nas solved the problem of the 
so-called "airships" which hundreds of others have already attempted. 

He has perfected a flying device which, he asserts, will have motion forward 
euid backward, upward and downward, and will carry a number of passengers. 
Ten pe.ople of medi\im weight may venture into such an airship. The inventor 
hopes that the government will buy his device, if it answers the purpose. 
The airship will be driven with gasoline power at the speed of a wild duck. 

Mr. Klucina maintains that he worked ten years on the building of this airship. 
This model, which he hes in his home, is driven only by a clock spring. There- 
fore, he believes that by attaching a 48 H.P, motor, he will also increase 
the speed. 

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Svornost. May 26, 1896, -fc 




The Bank of Anthony Kozet, S3^ ^^' • l8th Street, yesterday stopped payment and ^ 
was closed ty the sheriff. It has been placed under the directorship of the 
Security Title & Trust Company, 

The crash was entirely unexpected and created much alarm among depositors, 
who have had unlimited confidence in Kozet' s financial abilities, 'Vith 
small exceptions all depositors are Bohemians, The news spread rapidly and 
wounded the feelings of the masses who had the savings of their hard-labor 
deposited v/ith Kozet, 

The accountants of the Security Title & Trust Company stated, but non- 
officially, that the tote.l assets of the bank are $100,000 and the liabilities 
about the same amount. More details were not available. 


Svornost. November 29f 1892. 



Sometime ago we published a report about an invention of a one time 
St, Paul resident, l^r, Gustav Pozdeny, who at present lives on South 
Lincoln Street in Chicago. It is a device, which enables one to move, to 
breath, and to see in any thick smoke or in sevirer filled Mdth destructive 
gases. Today we were informed that Mr. Pozdeny was offered $10,000 
for his patent and yesterday afternoon a demonstration was held at 
514 South Lincoln Street, where the device proved itself to be very 

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Yesterday there was held in the "Vorwaerts" Hall a meetiav, of the Bohemian \^ 

saloon-keepers under the chaimanship of Yil, Rust. Among the others was 
State Secretary, TiiiE, and a secretary of the saloun-keepers district union, 
Tliis meeting is especially significant to us Bohemians, because there was 
discussed the idea of f Oindin?^ the Independent Association of the Bohemian 
I'/est Side Saloon-Keepers, the majority of whoi: were rianbers of the .Test Side 
Union, but they liad intended for a long tjre to found pji independent Boheraian 
Union, In yesterday»s meeting there was shown an ardent desire to fulfill 
this idea. It was discussed whether it viould be possible for the independent 
Bohemian Union to join the state or-anization. The decision was that the 
Boheraian saloon-keepers must or.-anize, elect a dele^^ate i;o the district manage- 
ment and, at t:ie sa:Te time, appoint a representative, - The present Bohemians 
went duilng the deliberation tc the adjoining separate room for a private dis- 
cussion and where tliey decided to or::anize the "Bohemian Saloon-Keepers Asso- 
ciation" as nuichly as possible. Thirteen of them si.jned the charter petition. 
Then it was resolved to join the state organization, to conduct all business 
transactions in the Bohemia: lan.3ua.3e, and to agitate to gain neribers from all 
parts of the city, - 



Svomost, Oct. 13, 1883, 

The special constitutional neetin:; was appointed for a week fron tomorrow in 
the hall of the Bohemian English school on 18th Street, 

II A 2 BOHEi.II AN ,., ^ 


Svornost, I.!arch 27, 1883, 


The S\inday*s Tribune "brings much information of the loan associations founded 
in Chicago and prospering successfully until now. In the first lines of the 
correspondence the Tribune states that the Bohemians are pioneers in these 
associations and writes verbatim: 

"In the last nine years there were founded in Chicago more than twenty loan 
associations. None of them was struck by aJiy misfortune or disaster, and 
the continuity of the success of these associations is so well known that new 
ones are still being organized, 

"The Bohemian citizens in Chicago are the first to prove the usefulness of 
this mutual aid and cooperation. One of the Tribune ' s reporters was yester- 
day informed by Vaclav Kaspar, an intelligent and well to do Bohemian who has 
been living in Chicago over twenty years, that there are in ovir city fifteen 
"Bohemian Loan Associations." The first of these associations was founded 
nine years ago and exists until now under the name "The Chicago Bohemian 
Building and Loan Association, No, 1," 


II A 2 - 2 - 

Svomost , March 27, 1883. 

Its capital amounted to $250,000, however, there were sold shares for only 
$150,000. All the shares rrere redeemed and the first series put on the mar- 
ket four years ago. The second series is right now in progress and represents 
a capital of $250,000, This will be redeemed in eight months. The second 
association of the same kind was founded by the Bohemians and denominated 
with No. 2. Its shares are limited to $250,000, and of this amount $230,000 
is already redeemed. After this, followed the organization of associations 
No. 3 and 4. As it seems, those four associations are the most wealthy ones 
among the Bohemian Building and Loan Associations." All associations founded 
later reduced the amount of invested capital and grew popular and so as to 
be easily distinguished called themselves by well kno^n Bohemian names. The 
last founded association is "Tabor," which name is extremely popular among 
all Bohemians; it is four months in existence. Its limited capital amounts 
to $500,000 and $200,000 are already secTired. 

Mr. Kaspar further furnished the following data: In the last nine years the 
Bohemians have erected over 600 buildings, in all cases subsidized by the 
Bohemian Building and Loan Associations, which are operating with a deposited 
amount of money close to $2,700,000. All of them are honestly and expertly 

II A 2 

- 3 - 

Svornost, March 27, 1883, 


There are in Chicago over 35,000 Bohemians and all have a great tendency to 
buy real estate and to "build a little house, to he able to call it their own 
homestead. Our main idea in the loan as -ociation is to help each other, con- 
sequently we lent the money to our members. The success of the loan associ- 
ation is based on economic and honest management; we don't pay high salaries, 
and every member of the committee supervises the regularity of the deeds and 
inspects, that not a single dollar is wasted and that sufficient security is 
given for the loaned money. These- loan associations have increased in meia- 
bership over the whole City of Chicago. C-ernans and Irishmen started to 
organize them after our model and there exists even an English loan association 
called "The Garden City Equitable Loan and Building Association." "In my 
opinion," says Mr. Kaspar, "all those associations must achieve a desirable 
success if they BT<i managed 'cautiously and carefully. The money should not 
be wasted on expensive printing, for magnificent offices, for high salaries, 
and the money should be loaned only to such people who offer a sxifficient and 
sure security. The Bohemians are a very economical people and their loan 
associations operate well and profitably for their members, because they are 
managed with experience, economy, and skill." 

II A 2 - 4 - BOHEMIA>I 

Svornost, March 27, 1883. V/. 

This article in the Tribune will certainly concern the local financial 
circles because many of our countrymen have withdrawn their substantial sav- 
ings from the local banks. 

It is worthwhile to mention that the founder of the first loan association 
was Mr. Bobacek who came to Chicago from Cincinnati ten years a^o and per- 
suaded the three Novak brothers, Joseph, Francis, and Anthony, to found a 
loan association in Chicn^o, modeled on the same kind of institutions opera- 
ted by the Germans in Cincinnati. They all four organized an association 
and the first secretary of it was Alexander Purer, at present a notary public 
and real estate and insurance agent. 

Lately there were dissolved three "Bohemian Building and Loan Associations:" 
Ceskylev, Vlastimil, and Slovan, principally on account of insufficient 
number of members. 

II A 2 



Svornost , October S4, 1882. 


The Bohemians of Chicago are very mindful to possess their ovm dwellings 
and houses and like last year they are building this year almost in series 
their own buildings and homes. 

The well-known architect, Mr. August Loula, obtained on the 19th of this 
month, fifteen permits for new buildings, part of them he has already 
started to build; the others will be started very soon. Mr. Loula supplies 
us with some interesting data concerning the building activity gnong the 
Bohemians in Chicago. He says, "I have built this year 38 new houses of 
different dimensions at a total cost of ."tlO^jVOO. The majority of our 
countrymen settled in the neighborhood between Throop street and Ashland 
avenue on account of cheaper real estate. The houses built there are very 
attractive brick structures, mostly two-stories with a basement and a com- 
fortable layout. Again it is shown that the Bohemians excel in this regard 
over all other nationalities. In a majority of cases the loan societies 



II A 2 


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Svornost, Octolier 24, 1882. 

play an important part in this enterprise; however it would "be more advan- 
tageous if they nould stop the opening of new companies, at least in this 
neighborhood in opposition to the existing ones." 





ii A c; 


Svornost . Jiine 11 , 1821 


Among others there were issued, during the week .endinf^ J\ine yth, by the United 
Stf?tes, Patent Office in Washington, p<?tents to two Bohemians coverin^^ their 
inventions. H. Holub with his partner, C.S. Lock of Chicsgo obtained three 
patents, two of which were for neils used in shoeing horses and one for a 
rail "bending machine. 

Also i^ir. J.F. Sverh of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, obtained a patent on a can for the 
transportation of milk. 


OJ -^ 1 iXJ i'l XXl^t 

II A 2 



Svornost . June 11, ISCl 


The Bohenipn B-oilding Contractor, Aug. loiila, writes to us thrt since he 
last reported on "building j^r-ctlvities, he has taken out thirteen building 
perr.its, for "buildings of various kinds, some if which are nearing comple- 
tion aJid seven of which are just now being st&rted. For the greater part 
they ?^re being built for Bohemians. In addition to these he is building 
several smaller wooden buildings, to be used rs temporary homes such as 
are now appepjing between Throop St. and ""estern Avenue. In some sections 
there have appeared entire villages of wooden frame houses of late. The 
section aroiond Oakley and 20th 'St. is surprising as there are at least 
twenty-three such new buildings in one group and already additions nre be- 
ing built on to them. 

It is surprising that with such notable building activity going on, .-nany 
families, particularly Immigrants, are living in low wooden shacks, having 
no conveniences whatever, In:iuiries for dwellings continue to increase, 

Mr. Loula says that he has in his employ from fifty to sixty men, all Bo- 
hemians v.'ith the exception o"^ two 'j'ermans, working as bricklayers, carpen- 
ters and cabinet makers. 


Svornost . J-cme 11 , 1S81 

The ■buildings he now has in course of construction wil? he valued at ahout 

II A 2 


Svornost. Fe'bniarj'- 21, 1S31. 


Pour uatents were issued last week to Bohemians "by the United States paten office 
in Washington, D. C. :- 

F. HoIuTd of Chicago for an attachment to he used on w?gons 
A. H, Soukup and I. Sotikup (brothers) of Chicago s foot-stool. 
J. Svoha, Cedar RaT)ids, Iowa, a shitj-oing container, and 
E. Puchta, of Washington, Mo,, a tahle. 





II A 2 

SVORHOST. F ebruary 12th, ISfS, 

Factory taken over by bohemiai^ 

Hhe factory for the namufacture of furnit-are known under the nejne of Matuska, 
Craig and Co. will from now on "be a Bohemian enterprise. We are informed that a 
Bohemian compejiy was organized to take over and manage this factory, 

Tfte new company had already "been incoiDorated at Springfield under the. name 
"Matuska Furniture Company, Capital $50»000»00, We wish this new Bohemian enterprise 
much success,  • 





A. Vocational 

3. Aesthetic 
a. Arts aBd_ 

- ■-•K-^^--- 


II A 3 C 

Denni Hlasatel . July 8, 1918. 


We may not sympathize with the Chicago Herald-Examiner , yet we consider it 
our journalistic duty to make mention of an item which appeared on the 
pictorial page of that paper yesterday. Prominence is given to several 
photographic studies by our young Czech-American artist, James W. Pondelicek, 
whose parents live, if we remember correctly, somev,fliere near the intersection 
of V/est 20th and South 41st Streets. The artist and his charming wife live 
there with his parents. 

The artistes wife is well known in circles where classic dancing is fostered. 
She was, until recently, a nember of the artistic group headed by Mme, Ludmila co 
and Serge j Oukrajinsky, dancers, ^ 

The studies singled out by the American newspaper are telling proofs of 

Mr, Pondelicek*s high standards in photographic art. There are four pictures. 

<. :> 
» , 

II A 5 a - 2 - BOHELHi^T 

II A 3 c 

Deimi Elasatel , Jvily 8, 1918. 

each more beautiful than the last. The first is named "Spirit of the Lake". 
The artist's v/ife had posed for the second, "Bacclianale," with Vasilej A. 
Kanellos. Two Indians, standing upon a rock and peering into the vast spaces, 
are the subject of the tiiircl, "Scouts". The fourtli is a beautiful study of 
siir.Tmer time, and is named "Narcissa". 

We wrote about Mr, Pondelicok once before, when he came to our offices and -* 

showed a series of his works of art, V/e are convinced that he has a splendid p: 

. future, and that his works will materially help to spread the repute of Czech ^ 

•-art in native American circles, for he is alnnst entirely dependent upon ^ 

recognition from them, 2 


II A 5 a 

II 3 E d (1) 

I . 


Denni Hlasatel . Aw% 28, 1917, 



Czech-American art has been augmented by a new unit, a young artist to vjho.Vi 
connoisseurs and nature professionals predict a brilliant future. The inter- 
esting feature of this nev;s iten lies in the fact that the young artist in 
question vjas, so to say, an unknovra quantity recently, A fev/ cartoons pub- 
lished last vveelc in the Chicago Hera ld attracted city-;vide attention to hiia. 
A great wealth of contents and depth of thought are conceded to the drav;ings. 
They are in line v;ith the high class cartoons for v/hich the nev/spaper has 
been long loiovm, '--e are noticing our fellovj-countryman's cartoon daily, it 
apoears on the first page, -e share the public's interest in it, so much more 
becauso the originator is one of us, a Czech-A:ierican, and sincere friend of 
our old homeland, lis name is Ottakar Valasek, 

That he is a faithful Czech is evident from his work, V/e paid a visit to his 

II A 3 a - 2 - BOEaNI.J^ 

II 3 2 d (1) 

I G Dennl Ilia sat el . ^ug. 28, 1917. 


studio on the seventh i'loor of the Baltimore Building on ^jiincy Street. Ae 
found ilr. Valasek in company of his brother, ^lil, who is by profession a 
chemical engineer, but immensely interested in Ottakar*3 artistic achieve- 

In informing us of his activity prior to his engagement vdth the Chicago Her- 
ald , Lir. Valasek declared that he had found himself unable to continue to work 
for the Examiner , for which paper he v;as under contract to furnish one cartoon 
a day because he ;vas asked to give his cartoons a pacifistic hue. This was 
against his better conviction which dictated to him to side with the Allies, 
Ke changed to the Chicago Herald where he was allowed to give full artistic 
expression to his sentiment. His contract with the Chicago Herald was made 
after he had drawn a cartoon for that paper. It is reprinted on the first 
page of this issue. /The cartoon shov/s Lucifer gazing into a mirror, which 
reflects the likeness of the German ICaiser. It is captioned "From the Gal- 
lery of Shame", and appeared in the Chicago Herald issue of August 27,1917_j7 

II A 5 a - 3 - BOHHILIIaN 

II B 2 d (1) 

I G Denni Hlasatel . Aug. 28, 1917. 

Asked v;here he had studied, Valasek answered that life itself v/as his 
teacher. He v;as bom in a village near Pardubice, Bohemia, the son of a 
farmer; he is now 32 years of age. He v;ent to the public schools, then en- 
rolled in the "Realka" ^^chool preparatory to higher engineering schools/. 
There his progress stopped after the fifth grade. He did not pass in history, 
although this had been a favorite subject to him. His was a spirit vrhich 
would not submit to the teaching of history as required in Austria-Hungary.; - 
The school authorities finally expelled him from this particular school, and 
informed him that he would be barred from all the schools of .vustria-Hungary, 
this v/as a consequence of his utterances which breathed freedom from autoc- 
racy. He v.'as too smart for his professors. Austria v.-ants no smart boys and 
men; it wants obedient ones. His father did not think his son's expulsion so 
serious a roatter as to punish him; he let the boy go to foreign lands. Young 
Valasek went to Poland and Russia, then back home. ITot being inclined to 
start as a farmer, he finally decided to go to the United states. He thirsted 
for freedom and knew where to find it. 

II A 5 a - 4 - BOHaidlAIT 

II B 2 d (1) 

I G Dennl Elasatel , Aug. 28, 1917. 

He came to Chicago directly from iCuropej this \ms fourteen years ago. He did 
various kinds of v<ork, but mostly he devoted himself to drawing upon which he 
had set his hopes. He did not guess vrrong. Right in the beginning of his 
artistic career we find him a member of the club uikulas Ales (Alexander 

Milailas) His father and his brothers became victims of the world uar, 

and of Austrian tyranny, in various ways 

Lr. Valasek married a woman of I^nglish descent here, -.vith whom he lives on the 
Norths ide. 

Of his art, Kr, Valasek spoke in terms of modesty. Outside of his regular 
work for his paper, he is about to start on a series of cartoons, the first 
of which v;ill be named "iiarthly Reptiles. V He is also active as an illustra- 
tor, and is much in demand by publishers, aiiong them those of the books 
"Robinson Crusoe" and " Golpher's ^vlagazine ." 

II A 3 a 
II A 3 c 
I F 5 


Deim£ HLasatel. July 14, 1917, 



The Chicago Tribune r eported in yesterday's issue on the appointment by 
Grovemor Frank Lowden of Prof. Albin Polasek as a member of the State 
Art Conservation Council, It is surprising that not one Czech language 
newspaper of Chicago took notice in its columns of this item. The 
Dennl Hlasatel was unable to print the nev/s as it learned about it 
after its deadline. 

Albin Polasek was bom in Frenstat in Moravia, He showed signs of ar- 
tistic inclinations at an early age, devoting himself to wood carving, 
and later to the creation of ornamental work. 

He came to the United States in 1901, landing in New York, from there he 
moved to Minnesota, and later to La Crosse, Wisconsin, In this town he 

II A 3 a - 2 - BQTTi^'TTATJ 

II A 3 c 

I F 5 Denni Hlasatel. July 14, 1917. 


specialized in ceirving wood statues for churches. He was a 
wood carver up to that time. Not until 1905 did he begin to study the 
art of sculpturing. This he did in PhiladeJ-phia, and after one year of 
study, he was awarded a first prize. He held the Cressen Traveling 
Scholarship from 1907 to 1909, v/hich enabled him to visit the main art 
centers of Europe. 

In 1910, while working in Rome, Italy, he was awarded the "Prize of Rome,** 
the highest distinction within the reach of students of the Academy of Art 
in Rome. It carried with it not only a yearly stipend of $1,000, but free 
lodging, light, heat, and free tuition. Polasek enjoyed these extraordinary 
privileges for fully three years. He returned to America in 1913 to settle 
in New York, where he established himself at 9 .12cDougal Alley. After a 
brief sojourn in Baltimore, Maryland, he received and accepted a csdl 
from Chicago to become a professor and director of the Department of Sculp- 
ture at the Art liistitute. In this capacity he still functions. His 
predecessor was the well-known artist. Mulligan* 


II A 5 a - 3 - BOIGLIIAN 

II A 3 c HI 

I F 5 Dennf Hlasatel. July 14, 1917. 


Honors galore were showered upon Polasek; among them: at the 
Paris Exposition, the San Francisco i.orld's Fair, and at other occasions. 
He is a member of the Letropolitan Museum of Nev/ York, the Academy of Arts 
of Philadelphia, of the Society of Sculptors, and the Architects' League 
of New York. He opened his studio in Chicago at 6114 otony Island Avenue, 

He enjoys great popularity among his students, not only for his great 
artistic achievements, but for his quiet, unassuming vfays as well. He is a 
sincere son of the Czech people, representing himself as a Czech on every 
occasion. In a recent interview, granted to a representative of this paper, 
he declared himself to have been an enthusiastic member of the 3okol asso- 

translator's Note:- At present, Polasek's studio is located adjacent to the 
Medinah Temple. The statue of "Music" and the desk, representing musicians 
of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, are his work. They are placed in front ^^ 
of the Art Institute^/ 

II A 3 a 


Dennl Hlasatel . May 25, 1917. 


The Gould Printing Company has placed on the market a beautiful color- 
print, "United States of America," which shows the Capitol in V/ashington, 
the Statue of Liberty, and a likeness of President V/ilson, The text of 
the President's message of April 2 to Congress is printed on the back of 
the sheet. 

The picture is the work of the gifted Czech painter, J. J. Klapka, son 
of Ulr. Alois Klapka, popular member of the Chicago theatrical troupe, 
Ludvik. Mr. J. J. Klapka is secretary of the Association of Commercial 

II A 5 a BOHSraAN 

II D 5 

II D 4 Denni Hlasatel , Jan. 2, 1915. v 


It was Sunday, October 25, at 2 P, M, when the main entrance of the Ceska Utulna 
A Sirotcinec (Bohemian Old People's Home and Orphanage) was opened to a large ^ 
crowd of visitors who were eager to inspect the results of ten months* work of ^ 
the young inmates of the institution, .^ 

The crowd was vmexpectedly large — larger, in fact, than the premises of the ex- Z^ 
hibition could accomodate— and there were many non-Bohemians ••••• g 

That the exhibition was a complete success, may be gathered from the fact that g 
$475»63 was taken in for the exhibits sold to admirers during the day, in Di 
addition to which $261#15 was received subsequently, making a total of $653.28, 
The raw material necessary for the exhibits cost $124,99, hence the net profit 
for the exhibition amounted to $528,29, 

II A 5 a - 2 - BOHEt^TIAN 

II D 5 

II D 4 Dennl Hlasatel , Jan. 2, 1915, 

Otto F. Dusek, secretary of the Ceska 
Utulna A Slrotclnec. 





II A 3 a 


Denni Hlasatel . June 17, 1911. 


GoriTiencenent exercises were held yesteiday afternoon hy the graduates of 
the Academy of Fine iirts on Llichiean Avenue and Adans Street, Anonc^ the 
graduates v/as I.iiss liarie Tuma, daughter of I.t, Longin Tuna, the manager 
of the Bohemian national Genetery, Prof. .;ats Folv/ell, of the University-' 
of Llinnesota, addressed the graduates. I.'.iss Tuna completed v/ith success 
in three years the course in decorative di^vving. This young lady is a 
deaf-mute. She has learned to speak, but the deafness has not been cured. 
Despite her affliction, Hiss Tuma is a talented ^''oung lady, and she will 
be a source of great joy tc her parents, ./e wish the young lady all the 
success in her artistic life's journey. 



A. Vocational 
3. Aesthetic 
b. Music 

II A 5 b B0E3.IIAII 

II B 2 d (3) 

IV Svornost, June 29, 1957. 


The Boheraian national son^^s and dances "for piano", part tvro , appeared in the 
"bookstores, and were pulxLished by August Gerin^er, arranged b;^ the music- 
teacher J, Kpula. The arranger.ient of this second part is as beautiful as the 
first part. 

The price is .oOi/, which is vei^- reasonable, talcing into consideration the. 
circumstances, which must be overcome by this kind of Eohenian publication. 
There are ei ?^ t popular national sonrrs, each one with acconpaninent. - 

Hjver^r Bohemian household possessin?^ a Bohemian heart, and piano, or organ, 
will not omit the opportunity to acquire this son^book. Our music-teachers 
should recorjnend this beautiful edition to their pupils for horrje exercise 
and amusement. 

II A 3 b 

II A 3 d (1) BOHEMIAN 

II B 2 d (3) 

II B 1 c (1) Boaklat. Cieche and SloTaks (World's Fair Maaorlal 

II A 3 c of th« CsachosloTak Group, Chicago, 1933*) 

II B 1 a 

III B 2 


III H ' 

17 By Dr. Jaroslar E. S. Vojan. 

p. 69. Magic— titt date, of Csechoslavonic artictio culture it is nusic that > 

Aaerica knovs bsst* This is only natural. Music neods no translator, as 'p 

does literature, it can be perfonsed anywhere by homebred talent, and re- <Z 
quires no e:q>ensive transportation to expositions, as painting and sculpture do, ^ 

and finally— in world cultural competition we hare reached the universal lerel £ 

first, cuod in the nost excellent manner, throu^ the merits of Snstana and '^ 

Drorak. C:^ 


The year of 1892 is, for us, a memorable one, as it brou^t Inton Drorak upon 
the American soil for a sojourn of three years* 


Cx»ch8 and Slovaka 

Mrs. Jeanrtte U. Thurber, the founder of the Matioaal Conservatory in Nev York, s 
offered to him the position as director of that conserTatory, Dvorak accepted 3^ 
and arrived in New York Ttosday, September 27, 1892. His first Amerie«m work ^ 
was his most precious gift to America, the Fifth Sysphony in I - Uinor, op* 95 r; 
"From the Mew World,** (coiqsosed between Jan. 10 emd May 25, 1893.) **lhere is -o 
in it the spirit of Negro and Indian melodies, but I have not used any of these, o 
I wrote my own characteristic themes, instilling into them the peculiarities of '^ 
Indian and plantation music,** said DvoreOc to the representative of the New York § 
Herald, '*but except for this touch, this is, and will remain Czech music," as he *^ 
frequently used to state* The premiere was on the 16 of December, 1893 in 
Carnegie Hall under the baton of Anton Seidl* Dvorak spent his first sunner 
vacation in Spillville, Io«a, among his Czech fellow-countrymen. There he wrote . 
the string quartette (the American quartette), in F - major, op. 96, and the 
string quintette in S - flat major, op. 97* 

- 3 -» BOHEMIAN 

C«>ch« and Slovaka 

On *Boh«Bian Qa7>* Aug. 12th» at th« Vorld*8 Fair of 1893, ha eonductad hia 
Fourth Synphony in 6 - major and tho orartura to tha play Jos. Kajatan lyi* 
Daring tha achool yaar in Nav York ha vrota tha Sonatina in 6 •> major for 
Tiolin and piano op. 100 (tha saccmd, alow moTament is oftan playad in Kraislar's 
arrangaaont undar tha titla "Indian Uunant,** which is rathar corract, aa Dvorak 
Jottad dovn tha idaa on his cuff, at his riav of tha Minnahaha vatarfall in s 
St. Paul» on hia ratum trip from tha World's Fair)f tha Suite for piano in ^ 
A - major, and tha "Biblical Songs.** Ob hia second Tacation ha made a trip to p 
Bohemia, and there, at Vysoka near Pribram, in August, 1894, tha "Humoraaks** C 
for piano leaped from his pen (ei^t in number; the famous ^*Mfimoresk" is tha ^ 
ssTenth, it is dated Aueust, 1894, and did not, therefore, originate, as the E 
legend has it, in loma*) '^ 



j - 4 - BOHEMIAN 

i Cfchs and Sloraka 

Ob th« 26th of October Dvorak was back in Mew York and during tho third school ^ 
year ho coaqpossd tho Concerto in B - minor op, 104 for the rioloncello and ^ 
orchestra. Oin the 27 of April, 1895, he was again in Prague, emd saw America C 
no more. Xzeepting him, only Jaronir Weinberger among the Czech composers, spent ^ 
a certain time in America after the war* 2 


Of the symphonic works of our coaqsosers eoqparatiyely little is known up to the !^ 
present to America. Several oempositions are continually repeated every year ^ 
throu^out America by symphony-orchestras, and now by radio, principally, Smetana's 
overture to the "Bartered Bride,** and ''Vltava" (Moldau), Dvorak's "From the New 
World 9* "Camevali" the first and the eighth of the "Slavonic Dances," Suk*a 
polka from "Radus and Uahulena," and now the polka furiant from Weinberger's 
"Svanda". Now and then, infrequently, some other compositions of his are played, 
but nothing is performed of all others. One of the main reasons for this is that 
up to the present, none of the Cseoh orchestra leaders has been here as a guest, and 
the residtfect German, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian and FoUsh conductors do not 
care to propagate Csech music. 

. 5 • BOHSIgAN 

C»ache and Slorakt 

IhingB are better in the realm of chamber music. Of the operae only Smetana** 

**Bartered Bride** (first performed by the Metropolitan Opera in Nov 7ork on the 

19 of February, 1909 vith Em^ Destinn and under the direction of Mahler), "Tenufa" 

by Leos Janaeek (First performed on Oeoember 6, 1924 in the same house) and 

"STanda Dudak" by Jaromir Weinberger (first performed on Moyeaber 7, 1931» also 

by the Metropolitan Opera Co.)» hare been produced all three ia German trans* ^ 

latiOB. '' "^ 

We hare performed much more with our own Cxech-American amateur talent. Smetana's*^ 

"Bartered Bride** and "Hubicka** (The Kiss) have been given many times in Chicago > td 

(The **Bartered Bride** first given during the World's Fair on August 20th, 1893» ^ 

by the Ludrik Theatrical Group, under the stage direction of Jos. Smaha of the c> 

Ibtional Theatre (Prague), J. H. Capek conducting, and then several times during ^ 

and after the war by the singing society **Bedrieh Smetana," first performed on 

the 24 of February, 1918, in the hall of *'Sokol Chicago, ** **Hubicka was first 

given on i^ril 17th, 1921 in the Blackstone Theatre, both under the baton of 

Stephan A. Irst, and '^lalibor'* under Kubin); in New York (Pev. Odbor Tel. Jed. 

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_ I C»«ch8 and Slovakg 

Sokol firat produced the "Bartered Bride at the Central Opera House on May 12 » 
1894) and in Cleyeland (the combined Cxeeh singing societies gave **Ihe Bartered 
Bride* on the first, fourteenth and twenty-first of January, 1917, and later it 
vas produced in the cycle "Theatres of the Nations," sponsored by the newspaper 
Plain Dealer on March 2, 1930); Blodek's opera "V Studni" was also produced ^ 
several times. Through the merits of the singing societies our public became ^ 
acquainted with innumerable works of Csech masters. The Bohemian Art Club in <=^ 
Chicago celebrated the twentieth emniversea*y of its birth by a concert at the P 
Orchestra Hall, on November 18, 1931, in irtiich the Chicago Syoqphony Orchestra ^ 
under the direction of Frederick Stock played the entire cycle of Smetana's g 
symphonic poems "Ma Vlast" (ify Homeland) for the first time. ^ 

The Csech coiq>oser Rudolf Friml, who lives in America, has beeoine well known cr 
throu^ his compositions of light operas, deferring to the taste of those 
Americans who love light music, and J. S. Zamecnik, from Cleveland, a graduate 
of the Conservatory of Prague, who is now in Hollywood, is known by some smaller 
works • 


_j Cgeche and Slovaks 

Aside from thei«» alaost every actiTO Csech and Slovak aiusician in Aneriea has 
a series of compositions of his own. 

Of the perforning artists who came here as guests from the old country those who rs. 
have most contributed to the fame of the Cxech name are the violin virtuoso Jan ^ 
Kubelik and the singer Eflnqr De8tinn« the greatest Czech dramatic soprano to date^-p 
who has appeeured here in ten seasons since 1908. In close succession to these ^ 
artists it is fitting to mention Karel Burian the tenor, Boca Unirovy baritone, -o 
and Pavel Ludikar, basso, Jar. Kooian and Vasa Prihoda, violinists, and Professor o 
Sevcik. A memorable event was the three months' tour undertaken by the Pevecke ^ 
Sdruseni Praiskych Ueitelu, (Prague Teachers* Singing Association) who gave forty§ 
three concerts under the direction of Metod Oolesil, from Jan. 5 to March 21 in ^ 

Great is the number of Czech and Slovak musicians who have settled permanently in 
this country. There are several in every syaphonie orchestra and in every band 
with wind-instriiments ; some conduct schools, some are choir conductors, organists, 
choir singers, etc. Ihe 0ic% of this cofflmeBOz*ative booklet pez*mits the mention of 
only a few* 

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Basldas Zamaenlk thara ara in Clayaland two graduatas of tha Pragua Con8arvatory» 
Karal Ryehlik and Sd. Krajsa* all thraa fomar pupils of intonin Drorak. Jan 
Raiadl aama to Haw York in 1869 with tha Russian ''Slarjanski* ehoir (ha diad in 
Nav York in 1906*) Iha Tiolin rirtuoso and teachsr Jos. Horymir Capak diad in 
Chicago last yaar. Jos. J. KoTarik, nativa of Spillvilla, Iova» vhom tha Russian 
orchastra Isadar Safonov proelaimad to ba ona of tha bast viola playars in 
iaarioat (ha is still a aambar of tha Mav York Philharaionic Qrchastra) aaa 
insaparably alliad with DvoraUc during tha lattar's stay in Amarica* Vaclav A* % 
Raboch was an axeallant organ playar in Hew York. Tha Srsts ara a rare axaaqpla ^ 
of thraa ganarations of gradiaatas of tha Pragua Consanratory: Staphan £rst p 
finished his study of tha clarinet in 1846 > his son Adolf graduated as a singer <^ 
in 1883 and tha grandson as a pianist in 1910.  Victor Kolar, violinist, devoted ^ 
himself to eandueting and is now with the Detroit Synphony Orchestra. R 





Ciechs and SlOTati 

da cornet play«r Bohtimr Kryl with his "band** has gained popularity in numerous 
states. From the musical Qadricek family it was the famous Tirtuoso Frantisek 
Ondricek, vho came to the Ihiited States in 1895 > the violinist Karel (^dricek 
lired in Boston and is now in Califomia» the violinist Soanuel Qndrieek lives 
in the last. In October 1922, the New York String Quartette (Ottokar Capek, Jaroslav 
Sitkovskyi Ludwig Schwab and Bedrich Vaska) was formed and is still active. The 
*Ceske Trio** (J. Gregor, Oida Jirousek and Vladimir Polivka) is no longer in 
existence* PoUvka now lives in Prague, the other two in Chicago. Polivka com- ^ 
posed on his sojourn here his suite for piano "Dni v Chicagu** (Days in CSiicago), ^ 
"Plantation Songs'* for male chorus and other works. There are more than a dosen p 
Czechs in the Chicago Synphony Orchestra, with violin concertmaster J. Weicher -^ 
and the concertmaster contrabasso players Vac. Jiskra and J. Houdek at the first ?d 
desks. In other synqphony orchestras there are the contrabasso player ^chynka, ^ 
the harp player Attl and others* ^ 

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In Chicago the violinist, George Hrusa, has his own string quart etto and con- 
duets his pupils* orchestra. Director Fr. Kubina conducts the "Ces. Del. Pev. 
Sbor Lyra** and the "Ustredni Pevecka Jednota** in Chicago. Of the older violin-^ 
ists we oust mention Vilim and Machek, also of Chicago; Ur. Havelka, soprano 
and A. U. Hess, tenor, Urs. Ella Spravka Ifadrov, pianists, and Mrs. Cada Soustka» 
organists; the pianists l^ris Ifik of Los Angeles, Antoinotte l^chan of Akron» 
Ohio. Aaong the Slovak artists of Chicago we must mention Vladimir G. Sasko, 
pianist, and Papanek, violinist; Uarienka Halsma, mezzo-soprcmo, emd the violinist 
Dvone of New York. 


Fine Arts.— >To this day America knows very little of the Fine Arts of our old 
homeland. The great canvas ** Columbus Before King Ferdiziand and Queen Isabel* 
by Vaclav Brozik hangs in the New York Ifetropolitan liiuseum of Art, and was 
reproduced on the five cent postal stamp (Columbus issue 1893) during the 
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Alphonse Mueha lectured at th« Art Zaatitut* in Chicago, «fa«r« fiva paintings 
from his "Slaronie Xpicy" created under the sponsorship of Crane » Chicago lorer 
of art, were exhibited in 1920 (also in Brooklyn). 

At the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904 the Czech artists were introduced in Aaerica 
as ''Austrians.** Syabinsky's "Dirka u Staru" remained here, having been bought for 
San IVancisco, where the beautiful work tme destroyed during the earthquake and 
conflagration. The etcher, T. F. Sinon, whose creations found their way into the 
United States and gained much favor here, visited this country diuring his trip ^ 
aroiuid the world in the fall of 1926, and then created a whole series of Anerican ^ 
colored etchings. He described his ejq)erience8 in the book "^Leaves frtmi the Trip <=:. 
Around the World* (Prague, Otto, 1928) idiich contains a series of American drawings^P 
V. Preissig, also an etcher, lived in Boston for several years, but has now re- ^ 
turned to Boheada. o 


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In addition to this, Anorica at times nakes acquaintance with some works of 
Cseeh art in the expositions arranged here and there, but it has, up to the 
present, no adequate conception of Cxeeh Fine Arts. 

Of the Czech-American exponents of fine arts, Snanuel V. Nadherny was a member 
of the staff of illustrators for the cosmopolitan Mew York Herald for twenty- ^ 
five years. Rudolf Rusieka gained a reputation as a master-woodcutter in 
New York. Also of lew York are J. C. Vondrous, creator of beautiful etchings, 
and Jos. U. Korbel, the sculptor, and creator of the Karel Jonas Monument in 
Racine, Wisconsin. In Qiicago there has always been a. fairly large community g 
of representatiYos of fine arts— >the painters Aug. Petrtyl, Jarka Kosar, Qldrieh ^- 
Farsky, the professors of Chicago Art Institute! the painter, A. Sterfaa and the g 
sculptor Albin Polasek, whose excellent work the '*Sower'* is in the Art ^stitute, ^ 
'Hfcasio'* opposite Orchestra Hall, and "Uother**^ in the Czech National Cemetery; 
the graphic artist K. A. Wilimorsky; the excellent landscape painter Rudolf F. 
Ingerle; and of the younger artists are to mention the painters Cestmir J* Syoboda, 
who pcdnted the cover page of this memorial booklet, Jos. Tomanek, who decorated 
the court hall of the "Sokol Slavsky," Fr. J. Gavensky, Ant. Vozech, the sculptor 



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Cfchg and Slovakt 


of Wilson's Ifcisaryk'sy and Coraak's busts in the Csech National Csaetery; Froulay 
Bahensky* Rudolf, and» of tho youngest set, Ropp, Vetr, Buchta» Broaek, Sah u la and 
others. Among the Csech architects who becaae prominent are Oibelka* Randak, Kalal, 
Mraxek and others. 

Literature— In America Csech and Slovak literature is, alas^ the least known* ^ 

In looking throu^ the Bohemian Bibliography by Thomas Capek and wife, (New York, ^ 

RoToll Co., 1918;, and its coiqplement in this memorial by Urs. Capek, we obserre p 

that pitifully little has been translated of our great poets and writers. There ^ 

is no American, 1^0 would have learned the Cseeh language, so difficult for him, S 

adequately enough to enable him to translate from it, and we immigrants, absorbed ^ 

in the struggle for an existence on one hmaA and by the particular work of pre- o 
senring the Czech tongue and mode of life in this new homeland on the other, did 
not find the time for it. 


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Ci»ch» «nd Slovaks 

Mot until after th« wr hare th«r« app«ar«d in England translators of Cxech, and 
hsrs in imsrica the ■•eond generation is beginning to take am interest in this work 
(iea Qinsburg*s translations in Mrs. Capek*8 Bibliography). Karel Capek's di 

*R. 0. R,** played successfully in England as well as in Aasricat contributed to ^ 

the English language the new word "robot •** >^ 



or Csech writers who hare spent seme time in the United States it behoores u« to ^ 
■ention Jos. V. Sladek, Paul Albieri, V. A. Jung and Jos. Mach. The poet Sladek g 
sojourned here for two years, and in the winter of 1868-69 t on the farm of a ^ 
Moravian settler Neehuta-TraTnieek in Caledonia, near Racine, Wisconsin, t^^n still^ 
a priBSTal forest, he translated excellently Longfellow's "Song of Hiawatha" 
(the authentic third translation published by Sladek at Otto*« in 1909). Albieri 
(Jan Ifueek) arrired in Aaerica in 1889, in 1895 he was secretary of the Harodopisna 
Vystam (Ethnographic Ejq>osition) in Prague, but returned to the United States 
after two years, and in October 1901 was killed by a train in Texas. 


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His noTols *N«708ta sa 50 dollaru** (The Bride for 50 Dollars) (l897)» *Z Ineriokyeh 
Toulsk* (iVom Ranbllngs in Aiieriea) and others, have American subjects, but often 
grossly garble realities. The same is to be said of Jung*s '*Na Prahu Moreho Sreta** 
COta the Threshold of the New World). His ''Rodina Petra Bela** (ihe Family of Peter ^ 
Bel) (both Prague '^Cas'* 1903) is much better. Jung oame to America in 1881, lived ^ 
for twenty years in Omaha, Wilber, and Cedar Rapids, and then returned heme. (At p 
the time of his death he was a professor of the Aeadenqr of Commerce in Plxen)* It <^ 
is of iinportance to know that his splendid translation of Pushkin's "Gbegin** ^ 
originated in America (first edition 1892, Prague, Otto; the third authentic editioi^ 
in the same city in 1919, the fourth bore a more Russian title VergeniJ Qnegin**)* ^ 
Jos. Maeh published ▼erses "Na obou Polokoulioh (Oki Both Hemispheres) (Chicago, 
1918, Spravedlnost bookstore). After the war he entered the service of the ministry 
of foreigpi affairs and now lives in Prague. Jan Havlasa and Karel Horky, also 
lived in America for some time. 


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XT«ry one of the Cxeeh-Aaerleans who vas active in JoumalisB wrote some Toreee. 
Of those who used to climb Pamas more ardently it behooves to mention at least 
Jan T. Gmpak* Bartos Bittner, Alois Janda, Jeurka Kosar, J. Qrt» Ferd. L. Ifcisil, 3> 
the olergjHMn Jan Yranek and Jan St. Bros, A« Jecminka Hraxeoky* Of the p 
literati who wrote in prose, from short stories to longer novels we mention F. J*U 
Skaloud, J. A. Trojan, Otokar Charvat, Harris Zaehar (V. Minibergr), J. S. Zeman,;g 
and the most prolific of them, whose stories and novels are being published in £ 
Bohemia^ R. Jar, Psenka* ^ 


Thooas Capek of Mew York is the historian of Cseeh America. His extensive work ^ 
in Inglish **7he Cseehs (Bohemians) in iMsriea** (Mew Yorki 1920, 278 pages) and 
in Csech "ftise America" ((Xir America) (Prague, 1926, 636 pages) are the principca 
sources of correct information about Cseehs and Slovaks in the Ubited States. 

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C««che >nd Slovaks 

Concurrent with th«8« is his work on the beginning of Czech isoBigration, on the 
first half century of the Csech press in America* and a meritorious bibliography 
of all Bohemian in English. Dr. Jaroslav S. S. Vojan published '*Cesko Americke 
Spistoly*, Chicago 1911, in which he dealt with several main Csech-ioerican questions. 
Ihe '*Kulturni prinosy Cechu do Ameriky" (Cultural Contributions of the Czechs to 
America) was recently written by Dr. A. J. Zizka» 0. S. B. There were also some 
smaller works published by Jos. Jiri Krai. ^ 

Amatetur societies and choirs were founded in a large number of American cities* p 
The amateurs began with **Besedas'*» the first founded in St. Louis, in the spring ^ 
of 1859, then in Racine, Wis. on the 14th of Obtober, 1861. In Chicago, the first g 
amateur activities began Feb. 22, 1863, with the presentation of a li^t play ^- 
■"Fian Strejcek" by Bendiz. o 

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C«»ch8 and SloYaks 

Cl«T«laBd began Nor. 16, 1863, and No York followed within a year. The highest 
level wae reached by t^e **Ce8lcy Delnioky Perecky Sbor** (Cseeh Workingaen's Choir^ 
Chicago) C bounded Dec. 19th, 1890 ) irtiich merged with the '*Lyra'* on t^ 28th of 
Deeenber 1919 { it nade two concert tours in Bohemia in the summertime of 1928 and 
1932. Ihe first theatrical actirity in Chicago was begun by the group of Frantitek 
Ludvik, i^ril 30th, 1893; in the year of the first World's Fair, Kolar's "KraloTna 
Barbora** was performed in the Haymarket Theatre. After the death of Director ^ 
LndTik, his wife, Bohumila Ludyik, took charge* She died last year. Save in p 
Chieago there are only amateur theatres. Ihe Slorak amateurs in Chicago will .^ 
produce Stodola*s drama ''Krai STatopluk** ti^is year, during the exposition week. P 
Ihe combined Czech players will give Zelensky's **Rebelantska Krev.** ^ 




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Cieche and Slorake 

Th« only asBoeiatioc in America today* tbat sustains the contacts among local 
Csech and Slovak musicians, painters, sculptors, architects, actors, men of 
letters and newspapermen is the '*Cesky Vmelecky Klub** (Bohemian Art Club) in 


Chicago, founded in January, 1912, with Dr. Tojan «• the first president* Ib« "- 
elub has arranged a number of big concerts already (Prihoda's, Ludikar**, Uniroy'st^ 
and others) axid five exhibitions of paiatings and plastics by its members. -c 


There remains now the screen. Rudolf Uyset, film actor is one of the sixteen Lo 
Czech-Americans, who are active in Hollywood studios, the other Bohemians being ^ 
Jan Petr, Otto Lederer, Robert Rose, Helen Benda, Geraldine Brorak, the conposers "" 
Friml euui Zameenik, the sculptor Cyril Jurecek, the producing manager Paul Ktdmery 
the painters Uidvik Leo, Fr. V. Caka, Fr. Ordlik and Jirka Strinipel, the cameraman, 
F. PoTOlny and the artistic director Fred. M. Srsen. F^. Lederer after a strong 
histrionic success in Nwv York is now working in Hollywood en his first American 

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Denni Hlasatel , Apr, 1, 1923, 

tkj: "bastsred bridh:" to b^' givsit for ths third 


The demand for tickets for the second ijerforrnance of Bedrich Smetana's »Prodana 
Nevesta* (Bartered Bride) was so great that it compelled the management to pro- 
duce it for the third time. The ^econ^ performance will begin sharply at ^ 
2:30 P.I,!, today in the Sokol Chicago and while the first Chicago performance 5 
was given at the Studebaker, this afternoon psrformance will be really its first ^ 
entree into the jzech community. Thus the most typically Bohemian opera will be r" 

enacted on a real Bohemian stage here 33 

As at its premiere at the Studebaker so this time also every single ticket oj 
has been sold in advance and at the box office ; one may say that a week before !::^ 
the opera was to be given not a seat was left unsold. Never before in the ^' 
history of the stage of the Czechs of Chicago was there such a demand for 
tickets. / I.Ir. Ilonsik, one of the best-known advance sales agents, 
v;hose pharmacy is located in the midst of the neighborhood, claimed that 
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Dennl Hlasatel . Apr. 1, 1923. 

seats for them. The situation was similar in all other places where theater 
tickets are sold for our Czech stage. 

Even after it was announced that no more tickets remain » demands for them 
were coming in from those countrymen who were not quick enough to secure tic- 
kets on time. The management was constantly besieged with requests to give ^ 
at least one more repeat performance and, if possible, to make it accessible 
to the poorer classes of our i>opulation by the introduction of reduced rates. 
This made a problem for the management, for the expenses of producing an 
opera nowadays, even with the strictest possible economy, are great. The g 
orchestra alone, consisting of first-class professionals, costs more than the 
production of say - a whole operetta. 

In spite of these ^economic^ problems the management acceded to the demands 
of the public by its decision to give a third performance of the 'Bride*; this 
time irrevocably the last. The admission prices will be considerably less eoid 
the performance will again be given in the Sokol Chicago, the date set for this 




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Dennl Hlasatel . Apr. 1, 1923. 

last performance being April 11, 1923 at 8 P.M. sharp. The jjrices for the 
entire orchestra floor will be j^l.50 per pe.son with the exception of a few 
seats in the front which will be $2,00. The gallery seats will be $1.50, 
$1.00 and 75 cents. The advance sale for this final performance begins 
today and tickets may be obtained at the box office of the Sokol Chicago as 
well as in Mr. Honsik*s pharmacy and Mr. Placek*s restaurant. 


Surely those of our countrymen who missed their opportunity twice to secure 
tickets, will not delay this time, for by so doing they would deprive them- 
selves of a rare aesthetic feast which will be accorded by__the conscientious 
collaboration of the Pevecka Spolecnost Bedrich Smetana {/Bohemian Choral o 
Society Bedrich Smetana) with the Spolecnost Cesko-Americkeho Narodnlho 



Divadla (Bohemian-American National Dramatic. Association^. ^^-^ 




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Denni Hl'^satel , lec. 11, 1922. 

FA''ous cz^.CH :tjsic F£mf'rC€'U2 cvms A COI^TC:^rRT 

yr, Jiri 'irusa, v/lio liar v.on fletterin.'^ rp.ncv p in i^ur Pohe^iian art colony as a ^ 
famous virtuoso, and also as a conscientious nusic pecla'-c^ue and conductor of ^ 
sjrnphonic orchestras. He arran/^eci a series of concerts during the past season, 5 
and appeared before the Czechoslovak public apain yesterday. This time the ;- 
scene of his nusical activity v/as the 8o>ol Chicago '^all on -outh Kedzie Avenue, o 
Th(i cynphonic orcnestrs cor.'^isted of about fifty members, all of v/hora r;ere his ^ 
Tjupils, tv;o of then bcine: famous musicians in their ov;n rip-hts: !'r, Yaclav Jiskra 
and !.'!r. Jaroslav Oons. Besides these local talents, the orchestra was composed 
of so-'e of the fcremoGt r.^e'ibers of tne Chicero '-irmohony Orchestra-;- ^hus achievinr, 
as a FTou-p, a selection of arti'-^ts truly outstanding^ and, more important, excel- 
lently teamed up. 

To listen to their :oresentations w^uld, no doubt, be a rare treat even to those 
v/hose standards of music appreciation are very hiph. The contents of the nro- 
rram itself bore v;icness to the hip-h arti.=;tic caliber of the conductor of the 
syir.phonic concert. The numbers were mainly classical though many of them v.'ere 


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popular. The ';rOf'--ra.'r! contained the follov/in^ v.orrTs: NiVolhi's overture frorn 
"I'erry '.ives of './indsor" ; /peter IllichT" Tscn&ii:ov:sl:y*s "Andante" from his 


"Fifth Symphony"; Delibes "Valse Lnnte," "Pizzicato Polka" and "rarch"; TVnton ^ 
Dvorak's "Indian^ Lanont" arranp-ed for orchestra; C-lazunov's "''edi tation" ; Jen- 'T 
sen's "Serenade" J Pinsky-Kcrsakov' s "Chanson Indou" (Pimsky is best known for 
his opera "3nierurotchka") ; Sir ''dward " l"-ar's ensfci'.ble work, "Pomp and Circum- 
stance", "^ach of the nuTibers \.-ap ch?::racterized by faultless nreser.tation and 
T?erfect harmonization, all of \;hich gave t)roof of a series of conscientious re- 
hearsals,.,,, *^ 




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The Fllsen Park payllion was the scene of an unusually large throng of ^ 

people yesterday afternoon, on an occasion which will not soon be for- ^ 

gotten. It was a grand concert arranged by the Ceskoslovenska Krejcovska ?= 

Unie (Czechoslovak Tailors* Union) Local No, 6 of the Amalgamated Clothing "^ 

Workers of America, The throng attested not only to the workers* solid- S 

arity which exists among the members of this Czechoslovak union, but it ^ 

also was proof of a universal feeling of friendship which is borne for ^ 

this organization by our people, ^ 

The Krejcovska Unie has on several occasions appeared before our public, * 
and its concerts are always a season event. But as regards yesterday's 
performance, we may say without exaggeration that it surpassed all prev- 
ious ones, and that the Krejcovska Unie never before presented anything 


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so imposing. It is seldom that an entertainment committee is able to 
compress within one afternoon such a variety of artistic numbers as was 
the case yesterday. It was really several concerts rolled into one. 
And all this was done with the utmost good taste. No wonder the attend- 
ance was great, and that, there v;as standing room only The orches- 
tra, which was under the superb direction of Kapellmeister Rubringer, 

played the compositions of Rossini, Flotow, Smetana, and von Suppe -xj 

The selection of soloists was no less fortunate; we might say thac it was g 
exceedingly fortunate. The following well-known artists vied with each i^ 
other for the plaudits of our public; The violinist, Mr. 3duard Freund; ^ 
the contrabass viol virtuoso, Mr. Vaclav Jiskra; the incomparable mistress *^ 
of the harp, lirs. Marketa Jiskra; the vocalistic phenomenon, Ilr. Amo Balda; 
the congenial team of ballet dancers, Mrs. Lora Sadursky and Mr. M. Kuderoff; 
and the excellent cornettist, Mr. Eduard Masacek. 

A very appropriate poem titled •♦Bud praci cest" (All Honor to Labor) was re- 
cited by Sister Pavla Prochaska, and our representative choral society, the 

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17 Dennl Hlasatel . Dec. 11, 1922, 

Cesko-Delnicky Pevecky Sbor Ijrra (lyra Bohemian Workingmen's Singing 

society) gathered its laurels again. There were about forty singers ,^ 

from that Society. They sang B. Smetana*s ever beautiful composition, 5 

"Veno" ( Bequest), a work of art which will remain impressed on our -^ 

hearts as has everything else that that great master of ours composed. P 

The Lyra Society also sang several effective folk melodies ^ 




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It will be ten years, next spring, since the blond-haired **icing of the violin," 
Mr. Jarosiav Kocian, was a-nong us. Much has happened since that time not % 


only on the chessboard of the world but likewise in the field of art and music. 
Here in America, for instance, one nay feel the influence of Auer*s New York 
school, a school which gave a start to several highly talented musicians. 
New names appeared on the ^unerican music horizon, names such as Zimbalist, ^ 
Elman, Seidl, Ileifetz and other virtuosos who, thanks to their art and sound ^- 
publicity, fill the houses with eager audiences whenever they give a concert. 

But the nan who has not undergone a great deal of change during the decade 
is our man Kocian, a pupil of Anton Dvorak and professor Sevcfk, and former 
formidable rival of Jan Kubellk. The former ^ociai^, in spite of the new 
rivalries, remains a master of the divine instrument. It may be that his 





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HI H Dennl HLasatel. Kov. ?,7, ly?,^. 

plaj^ing lacks the former youthful vigor "which characterized his previous 

appearances — his first end second American tours-r-but otherwise by his 

lyric, his violin technique, and by his interpretation, he still retains 

the place of honor and distinction which he gained previously. Such, at 

least, v.'as the unanimous opinion of those who at+erded his concert yesterday 

in the Sokol Chicago Hall. The attendance was so great that not a seat was ^ 

left unoccupied. 

Although the program was to start at 2:50 P.i.:. it was not until past 3 P. la, 
that our master appeared on the platform. He was greeted with a veritable 
storm of applause. Kocian chose for his opening number the unusually . 

An artist of Kocian* s type belongs, of course, to the realm of the ^hicago/ 'r 

Loop.,., and yet his playing in the Czoch nelGl^^borhood of the city did not ^ 

in any way detract from his artistic worth. The artistic level, the en- § 
thusiastic audience, and a critically analytical and professional evaluation 


of his playing were all to be found even here, iv) 



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difficult conposition of nis ovjti teacher ."jitoi; Dvorak, tne "Concerto in 
Akinor". This choice was an exceedingly happy one, for there are few works 
which would offer an opportunity to an artist to use all of his artistic 
qualities. Dvorak's concerto gives such an opportunity. Koci^ played all 
three of the movements, and when he reacned tr.e closing bars of the allegro, 
and effectively finished the coda with a brisk passage of his bow,.., the 
audience voiced its approval by a great demonstration. There vjere four or 3? 

five curtain calls and still the applause continued - p 

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^ter a respite lasting only a fev/ minutes Kocian reappeared, this time to -o 
play Mendelssohn's '•Concerto in 3 iviinor," consisting of three movements which £ 
its great sentimental author filled witr so much musical beauty and techincal oj 
difficulties, that it remains to this day in spite of belonging to an earlier i:^ 

romantic period, the gala number of many a violinist Other numbers that ^ 

deserve special mention were some of the works of tlie great genius Bach — a 
minuet, an andante, and a prelude, iVithout undervaltiing the works of other 
violinists, we may say that V.r, Kocian is without doubt one of tn.e greatest 

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interpreters of Bach* a nusic. This part of the program was played by Koci&i 
without piano accompaniment; such a venture nay be undertaken only by a 
confident virtuoso. This was so pleasing that he was obliged to give two 

The numbers which followed v;ere Dvorak's Slavonic dance, translator's note: 

The report does not specify which_^ Suk's "Poen" arranged by himself, and 

Sevcfk's "Holka Modrooka" ("Blue-eyed Vi/ench") in which the world famed 

music teacher gave a shining example of the great possibilities which a 

simple folk song offers to a violin virtuoso who desires to display hie 

violin acrobatics — the double and triple haririonics, etc, ^i,ll these possi- =5 

bilities were displaj'^ed by Kocian in the best sense of the word. 

An artist of such high caliber as Kocian must have an artist also for his 
piano accompaniment. This was Mr. Vladimir Polfvka, who, thougn modest in 
all of his ways, is an artist of the highest type. Mr. Polfvka played 
several solos, sucn as the "Jamf Ffsen" (Spring Song) and the Slovak folk 



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song, **MuJ U&J" (**lfy May**), both composed by Noy^k, £Uid Suk*s adagio. 

To inject greater variety into the concert, our Cesko-DSlnlck;^ pSveck^ Sbor 
Lyra (Boheriian Workingtaen's Singing society "Lyre") contributed several 
splendid and poetic renditions of famous Bohemian choral masterpieces by 
gknetana and Mal&t....* 


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Denni Illasatel, Oct. H"i, 19J';i. 

PR3Lii:ii:.iHY ^n>ion-'c>:Krji4T of kociaIm-'s congsrt 


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As we hav«3 already infoiTiea our readers, u grand concert is to be given on 
Kovember 26, in the 5okol Chicago Kail, The artist is to be.,..Jaroslav 
Kocian. It is unnecessary to inform our art-loving people to be sure to 
secure their tickets well in advance, for the nyae of this outstanaing 
ccuntrji^ian of ours is a sufficient guarantee that the hall v/ill be sold out 
to the last seat, ^ere follovjs a bio^;ri-phical sketch of tue violinist v.itn 
several lines of highly corfiplii/;entary reii.arks about his :^tatus as a 

You surely do not ;;aut to ruiss the opportunity to near our great country- 
man play. ;.ill v;e stay at hone? '.Je do not thiiixc so. '.e are certain that 





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Doimi rll-icutol, Gc 


the Sokol Chicago hull is larf:G oiiouch to uccoimiiodate all of U3. 
hurry and get your tickets, while tiiey are still available. 

BOH_:.. LilT 






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Denni Hlasatel , iipr. 30, 1922. 

_^alf-tone, one column-eighth of a page, profile of 

kiss Ella Kolar/ 

Miss Ella Kolar, about whom we have had occasion to report in previous 
issues of the Denni Hlasatel , and vjho is well known among our Czech theater- 
goers, gave an outstanding performance in a concert arranged by Lir, A. V. 
Cerny and held in the Garter H. Harrison High School. On this occasion 
IJiss Kolar took part in iinton Dvorak's famous "Stabat Later", ohe studied 
voice in..., Italy, and made her first American debut in Boston on April 21, 
1922. i\fteT her successes abroad, it can easily be seen that her triumphant 
reception in Boston was well deserved. 

In Italy her audiences called her "a newly risen star," and on x^pril 21, 
Boston itself agreed with that dictum. Our Chicago countrjrwoman sang in 
the Boston symphony Hall accompanied by the Italian Symphony Orchestra under 


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the baton of Signor Raffaele Martino. Ker piano accompaniment v;as played 
by Signor ^irturo Gasiglia, The concert v.-as attended by the faiaed Boston 
"blue bloods," headed by the mayor.,,, and voices everywhere predicted that 

she was a nev; Lary Garden The Boston papers, such as The Boston Globe 

and The Boston Herald , were quite effusive in their praise of our country- 
woman,,,. and v;e report this with great pleasure since she is our Chicago 
product. Her father, i.Ir, /Oitonin Kolar, resides at 6003 Roosevelt Road, 
Cicero, Illinois 


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Our well-knovm local violin virtuoso and music teacher, Mr. Jiri Hrusa, presented 
a concert yesterday afternoon in the hall of the Telocvicna Jednota Sokol V 
Chicaeo (Bohemian Sokol Association in Chicago). The co-operating artist w&s 
Miss Jane Cervenka, a soprano. The symphony orchestra consisted of about fifty 
members. Althouch the hall was v;ell filled, it may be said that the attendance 
could have been better, for such an occasion as this deserves the support of our 
people . 






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The concert began with Franz Suppe's overture, "The Poet and Peasant". The 
musicians were pupils of LIr. Jiri Hrusa and our well-knovm and excellent cellist, 
Mr. Jaroslav Gons. The bass viols were played by llr. Vaclav Jiskra, Mr. Frantisek 
Kryl, and several members of the Chicago Syii5)hony Orchestra which is one of the 
foremost musical organizations in this country. 

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Hrusa conducted the orchestra and demonstrated that he is a good reader 
of the score anc that he can follow the musical nuances and rhythms as 
well as each musical phrase, allowine the full beauty to stand out in 
every way, Erusa also proved that he is an able conductor not only in 
the use of his baton, but also by using his eyes as a control medium. 
Other nximbers on the program v/ere: The "Larghetto" from Beethoven's Second 
Symphony; Fibich*s 'Toem"; Suk*s "Henuetto"; Toselli's "Serenade"; a dance 
from Smetana*s opera, "The Bartered Bride", The concert ended ;vith Strauss* 
"Blue Danube" waltz 







Miss Jane Cervenka's numbers were as follovv's: Arditi*s "V/altz"; an aria 
from llascafni* opera "La Cavalleria Rusticana". Her sympathetic manner 
of presentation was revrarded by thiinderous applause, so that she v.'as obliged 
to sing several American songs as encores, Ker voice is very good, and it 
is o\ir honest opinion that with her fine voice, coupled our Czechoslovak 
musical culture, which has a great varietj" of fine songs and excellent operas, 

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Miss Cervenka has a chance to use them in her repertory. She coiild even 
sint: them in the English lanf^ace, but as a Bohemian-Aiiierican she should 
• realize that one rnay not exclude Czech songs from one*s repertory. Iler 
beautiful voice would then come into its own, especially when accompanied 
by an orchestra. For the rest, however, we must say that both she and 
Hrusa may be proud of success of yesterday. 




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Denni Hlasatel . May 26, 19E1. 


A new Bohemian singing society, the Pevecky 3bor Ozvena (Echo Singing 
Society), was founded in our Bohenian settlement in Irving Park about six 
months ago. Last Sunday, for the first time, it introduced itself to the 
puolic. According to the inforaiation received from Lir. Frank Misar, the 
Society was founded on December 16, 1920, and lir. Joseph Snabl, graduate 
of the Conservatory of I'usic of Prague, Czechoslovokia, was appointed 
its conductor. The concert vms arranged under his direction and v;as given 
in the Frantisek Zdrubek Boheinian Free Thought School. The program was 
excellent and the new Society may be proud of it. 

The opening number of the r;ix>gram was Bedrica Smetana's "Veno" (Dedication), 
after which the Society sang several Bohemian and Slovak folk songs. 
Miss F. Adamek then sang an aria from the Bohemian opera, "Rusalka", and 
was so well received that she was compelled to give an encore 


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The concert showed that the now organization is composed of capable siAgars, 
and their next public appearance will be anxiously avjaited by the Bohemian 
people of Irving Park. 



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Derml Hlasatel . Apr. 18, 1921. 


Our art-lovlug people, ifho are quite often censured for Indlfferenoe tn 
supporting our great artistic projects, made it apparent yesterday afternoon 
that such accusations are not always Just* There were so many anxious 
people who came to see the excellently advertised American premiere of 
Bedrlch Smetana*s great work, '^ublcka** (The Kiss), that the spacious audi- 
torium of the Blackstone Theater, was filled to capacity. Everybody was 
anxious to see the premiere of the opera which, besides the Trodana Nevesta" 
(Bartered Bride), occupies the foremost place among the Bohemian operatic 
compositions. We speak only the truth when we say that the efforts made by 
the Fevecka Spolecnost Bedrlch Smetana (Bedrlch Smetana Singing Society of 
Chicago) to present this Jewel of Bedrlch Smetana' s works in the best possible 
way, has met with great success. The soloists, without exception were great. 
Hr. Milo Luka, in the role of "Paloucky,** the father, with his rich baritone 



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voice fascinated the audience, and our local tenor, Mr. Amo M, Hess, as 
"Lukas," although sonehow indisposed in the first act, finished his role 
in a splendid manner. The charming appearance of Miss Libuse Zdenek, who 
sang the role of "Barca," and her beautiful soprano voice greatly contri- 
buted to the successful and smooth running of the entire performance. The 
chorus, mostly composed of the members of the Pevecka Spolecnost Bedrich Smetana, 
also did well, thanks to its conductor, Mr. Stepan A. Einst, under whose 
direction the opera was rehearsed and vrtio perfoimed his task in a really re- 
markable way. 


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Honorable mention also should be given to Mr. Antonin Vaverka, who proved 
himself to be an excellent stage manager. 

Th.e Pevecka Spolecnost Bedrich Smetana, with its success of yesterday, added 
another laurel to those already achieved. Besides the "Prodana Nevesta" and 
"V Studni" (In the Well), another jewel, "Hubicka"! '/fliat a trio of honorable 
and encouraging operatic works I 

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Demii Hlasatel. Lay 11, iyi8. 

Only '£\'io More Rehearsals for The Denonstration 
for the Return of Ivlasarj'-k 

He who witnessed the parade for the reception of Professor T. G, Lasaryic 
last cjunday not merely as a spectator but as one of tiie tens of thousands 
who participated actively in the magnificent celebration can form an 
opinion of what a gigantic event will be tne first appearance before the 
jtoerican public of the father and leader of the Czechoslovalc revolution. 

This public reception vjill take place in one of the largest halls of Ghicat:© 
in the last week of this month. It Jiust be of such raagnitude and such 
character that it will not only inspire our own CzechoslovEik people vfith 
the determination to make tiie utmost efforts to help secure liberty for our 
old motherland but will also create a lofty and indelible irapression upon 
the many thousands of other nationalities v/ho will be present, thus shea- 
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Our singers have alv;ays er.erged victorious i'rom contests witn those of other 
nationalities and have represented the naturity and artictic soul of our 
nation ".1th brilliant success. To them will be allotted a very important 
task in this corriing celebration. It is imperative that they appear in the 
largest possible numbers, several hundred in force. They should also be 
thoroughly prepared to give iierfoiraances that v;ill compel the admiration 
of the multinational audience. 

There is no question but that our sinij;ers are able to accomplish this. They 
are fit, tut are they v.'illing and ready? 

The Ustredni Fevecka Jednota {Central Unit of oingers) sent out several in- 
vitations for the purpose of gatnering all our sin;;ers ror the great event. 
The response vias most gratifying. 3o r.any made their appearance in the hall 
in Shedd Park that they could not be accommodated, aiid tne large nail in the 
quarters of the dokol CSiicago had to be rented for future renearsals. 






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Next Monday txie singers will assemble again, to be coached Tor tho per- 
formance* This v.lll be the last opportunity I'or singers to join v.ho nave 
not neretofore attenaea renearsals but are capable or mastering tiie choruses 
that v/ill be sung. No singer should I'ail tc report, so that v/e may count on 
several hundred. The large nuir^bers tnat we can muster vail impress the 
public in the Auditorium Theater or the Coliseum and v;ill snow the strength 
and tne maturity of our nation. Those who fail to heed this call neea not 
attempt to join later. This regulation is necessary to insure the best 
possible results at the concert. 

Probably the last rehearsal will be held on May 2'd, Remember well tJie two 
days, Hay 13 and May 2'dl Let us celebrate tne presence among us or our aear 
•*Daddy,'* the leader or tne Czecnoslovalc revolution, in tne most aignifiea 
nannerl Let us display before .^erica our fairest possessioji~G2eci songl 





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I G Dennl Hlasatel , Apr. 20, 1918. 

The Central Singing Unit Calls on Members and Non-Members 
to Attend Rehearsal for the Great Concert 

An important and highly honorable task is awaiting Czech singers of Chicago. ^ 

They have been asked to prepare to appear at and take an active part in a cer- '^ 

tain event #iieh will show that the Czechs of Chicago are united and conscious r; 

of the duty which is imposed upon them in these times of great historical Im- -j 
portance. They are expected to heed this call in a manner cmd intensity which 

will make this occasion as conspicuous as possible. U 

This event is to be extraordinary. It will make every Czech heart thrill with 
joy. Thousands of our people will convene at one place, and the event will be 
of such magnitude that it will overshadow even the big event In preparation now, 
1. e., the Bazaar, which is expected to draw the attention of this idiole country. 


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I Gr Dennl Hlasatel . Apr. 20, 1918. 

Our alngers have always been first to prove that they are Czechs. Now there 
will again be an opportunity for them to take the lion*s peirt in a brilliant 
spectacle which will be inscribed in blazing letters in the history of the 
struggle. for independence of the Czech nation. ^ 

In order to make the participation of Czech singers as intensive as possible, ^ 
the Central Singing Unit is issuing this call not only to members, of whom every F 
one is expected to appear under emy circumstances, but also to our Czech public* ^^ 
The Unit also urges members of other singing orgeoiizations emd non-members who -^^ 
have had experience in singing to attend the rehearsal, which will be held in [~ 
Shedd Park, Lawndale Avenue and 23rd Street, Monday evening. The pavilion in ^ 
Shedd Park is excellently adapted for the rehearsals which will be held there -A 
not only by the Central Singing Unit, but by the assembled Czech singers of 
Chiceigo. The rehearsals must begin at 7:30 P. M., since the pavilion closes at 
10 P. M. On to Shedd Park! Let us meet there with the greatest congregation 
of Czech singers Anerioa has ever seen! 



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IV" Dennl Hlaaatel. Apr. 15, 1918. 


The Cealco-D§lincky Pevecky Sbor (Czech Worklngmen*s Singing Society) has made a 
good name for itself during the many years of its activity. The Association's 
reputation has been growing steadily, so that today it ranks among our best 
societies. The credit for this is equally due to the members and leaders of 3^ 
the chorus* Mr. Joseph Houdek, the present conductor, merits the attention of 
our public. He began to work with the association during a crisis, but brought 
the ^oup to a high level of artistic accomplishment. This is due to his mani- 
fold mislcal talents which he employs not only as a conductor, but as an instru- 
meiital virtuoso and an expert in the selection of numbers for his programs. co 

This year*s spring concert was given in the auditorium of Sokol Chicago, South 
Kedzle Avenue near 24th Street, yesterday. The choruses were chiefly the 
light and merry kind. The last one of these was Antonfn Dvorak's, "Hymna 
Ceskeho Rolnictva" (^ymn on Czech Agriculture). It '.vas sung by the Society, 
by pupils of the Pevecka iSkola (Singing School), and the singing club Maj. 



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IV" Demal Hlasatel. Apr. 15, 1918. 

Ihe piano accompanlinent was rendered by Miss J* Cervenka and Mr. Jaroslav 
Soustka. The Maj (May) is a club composed of music-loving ladies. It pre- 
sented four numbers for female voices* Three of them were sung very beautiful- 
ly; the fourth, however, Strebl*s '•Kyticka'* (Little Flower), the most charming 
of all, was disappointing, because the sopranos sang off pitch at times* lliere :^ 
was a great variety of choruses and solo numbers. Mr. P. J. Fillpek, tenor, '^ 
sang "La Donna £ Mobile" from Verdi *s opera, "Rigoletto". Miss Jennie flervenka '^ 
played two pieces for piano — Rebikoff's "Waltz" and Mac Dowell's "Rigaudou". C 


Mr. Houdek may well be satisfied with the performance of his singers. The o 
attendance v/as not too large, yet acceptable, and consisted of those old friends 
of the Society who for many years have never failed to make an appearance at 
the concerts. In summary, the concert was pleasant and refreshing. ^ 

During the intermission, the Third Liberty Loan was not forgotten, and its 
promotion was advocated in patriotic words by Dr. J. P. Pecival. 



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Denni Hlasatel , Jan. 28, 1918. 


There was a concert by the /unerican Symphony Orchestra in the Jtudebaker Theater 
yesterday afternoon. It vms directed by Glenn Dillard Gunn and sponsored by the 
Chicac^o Tribune . The program is of special interest to us, since it v/as made 
up of Czech inusic aLniost exclusively, and also because tv«D vrell-knoxvn Czech 
artists appeared as soloists. They were George Ilrusa, violin virtuoso, and Lass 
Hattie Kovarik, piano virtuoso. Czech inusic was therefore excellently represent- 
ed, and we may admit at the outset, without shov;inc bias, that Czech music stood 
the test splendidly. It conquered everj'one and scored u success/inore brilliant 
than has been witnessed by our public for a lonr- tine. 

It is to be regretted that a change was made in the program. The overture to 
"Prodana iJevesta" (The 'Bartered Bride) was ommited, and thus none of Bedrich 
Smetana's compositions were presented to the audience. 



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The theater was fairly well filled when the orchestra opened the concert, at 

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Dennl Hlasatel . Jan. 28, 1918. 

3 P. M. , v;ith the .'inerican nationril anthem, a suite, ".'inericana , " by our fellow 
countryinan, Vx, Kolar, concertnaster and assistant conductor of the Daiirosch 
orchestra in 1 lev; York, was played. It is based on /unerican folk son^s and is 
outstanding; because of its polyphonic wealth and skillful orchestration, in 
v/hich effects for the violins are particularly conspicuous. 

Mr. Krusa played the difficult concerto for violin by .Jitonin Dvorak. He 
suri.iounted the difficulties of the technical part witli ease and exhibited deep 
musical sentiment. La*. Ilrusa may well feel gratified with the success he 

Two pieces followed, played by the strings only: "Valtz," by Dvorak, and 
"Serenade," by Procliazka, The latter vms presented in Chicago for the first 
time and made such a hit that an encore had to be t"iven. 

Miss Kovarik was no less successful than IiT. lirusa. She played a "Concerto" 
by Beethoven, Her mastery of the piano broucht forth thunderous applause 



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and gifts of flowers. The "llutcracker-Suite" by Tchaikovslcy closed the concert. 




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The Daughters of Indiana, a society of American-born ladies, held their annual 
meeting in the Congress Hotel, Chicago, last Tuesday. On this occasion a 
Chicago Czech, Mr. Milan Lusk who is a violin virtuoso, played the "Second 
Concerto," by Miax Bruch; Professor 3evcik*s variations on the Czech dance, 
"Holka Modrooka" ^lue-Eyed Girl/; and the •^Melody," by Charles Daws. He 
was rewarded with stormy applause. 

Mr. Lusk also related incidents from his life in Austria and explained the 
situation of the Czechs under Austrian rule. He depicted their longing for 
liberation from the Austrian yoke and voiced the hope that the mighty Republic 
of the United States will aid the Czech people in the pursuit of their aims. 

Mr. Lusk is doing very vfiduable work in his lectures on Czech patriotic efforts, 
and he deserves the gratitude of the entire Czech nation. 


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^^ S 2 g WPA (ILL) PROJ. 30275 

III H Dennl Hlasatel . Dec. 10, 1917. 

This Czech artist began his musical education in the school of Professor 
J. E. Capek in Chicago. After ten years he went to Bohemia, there to finish 
his studies under Professor Sevcik, from whose conservatory he graduated as 
a first-rate artist. 

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Denni Illasatel . Dec. 9, 1917. 


Official recocnition has been accorded to Lliss Mar^,'- IIr;'"l, piano virtuoso. 

She v;ill be the soloist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra — the Theodore ^ 

Thonas Orchestra — in ths concerts to be given on DGCOi.iber 21 and 22. The ^ 

selection v;as made ao a result of a rehearsal befora professional nasi- -^ 

cians, and also because of her successes in numerous concerts reviewed by p 

the music critics of the Chicaf:o dailies. ^ 


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Miss Kryl is the daughtar of the well-laiovm Chicago Czech comet virtuoso 
and orchestra leader, Bohamir Ilr^'l. She will be the only instrumentalist ^ 
to appear as roloist with that renowned orchestra this season. She is also c?l 
the youngest of all the soloists .vho have ever been engaged in this capacity 
v/ith our 3:,'nphony Orchestra, 

She is only seventeen years of age; yet she already has a stately series of 
artistic triumphs to her credit. She appeared ;ith the Sj'npaony Orchestra 
several tmes last year ..hilc that group toured the country. 


Dennl Hlasatel . Dec. 9, 1917. 

Besides Messrs. Kramer, Jiskra, and others, who are of Czech descent and 
are regular members of the Symphony Orchestra, only three Czechs have ap- 
peared v/ith the group up to the present time: Jan Kubelik, Jar. Kocian, 
and F. Ondricek, 


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II B 3 Denni Hlasatel . Dec. 9, 1917, 


Mr, Joseph Houdek, leader of the Czech Workingmen's Chorus and the Central 
Singing Society, received a letter from Professor H. Pratt Judson, presi- 
dent of the University of Chicago, which reads as follows: 

"Dear ¥x, Houdek: The uplifting singing by the United Singers of L)vofak*s 
•The American Flag' was enthusiastically appreciated by the audience assem- 
bled at Leon Mandel Hall on the occasion of Czech Day, x>.oveiriber 14, 1917. 
It is, therefore, hardly necessary for ne to express the feeling of appre- 
ciation and gratitude of the University of Chicago and its friends. It is 
a personal pleasure to thank you for the impressive artistic rendering of 
Dvorak's moving music. Please convey to your organization the heartfelt 
thanks of the University of Chicago. 

Tours very truly, 
"Harry Pratt Judson," 

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A similar ackncwrledsnient was sent to the 3okol organizations whose mexabers, 
male and female, contributed so signally to the success of Czech Day by their 
exhibitions of the Sokol system of body culture, llr. Jarka Kosar, leader and 
teacher of the Sokols, was the recipient of the letter. 



I G Dennl Hlasatel , Oct. 28, 1917. 


In a recent issue we reported the progress which Mr. Masacek, a Chicago 
Czech musician, has made in the United States Army. He was promoted to the 
rank of assistant bandleader of the 38th Infantry Regiment, which is located 
at present in Syracuse, New York, Mr, Andrew Grill, his uncle, also a Chi- 
cago Czech musician, sent some military marches of his own composition to 
the 38th Regiment where they have gained great favor among the officers and 

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Dennl Hlasatel. Oct, 21, 1917. 


Mr. John Masacek of 2521 South Ridgeway Avenue received the glad tidings 
that his son Edward is meeting with success in New York. Mr. Edward Masacek 
recruited a military band some time ago. Although he is only twenty-one ye&ra 
of age, he was promoted to the rank of assistant leader of the band of the 
38th Infantry regiment. Only recently the New York Tribune gave him consider- 
able publicity by praising the musical ability which he displayed in a 
concert recently. He never conceals his Czech ancestry and proudly calls himr- 
self a Czech musicicm. 

He received his first instruction in comet playing from Mr. Karlovsky, the 
well-known Chicago Czech virtuoso. He was also a student in the Czech 
language classes at Carter Harrison High School. 

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Denni lilasatel, Liar, l:d, 1917. 

A B.aLLlKliT Yomia AxiTIdTii: 

The popular sin.:;er and actress,- Miss Libuse (Libby} Zdenkova had her day of 
honor in the Thalia theatre last ni--4it, Lar-je crov/ds caiae to testify to 
their esteem for the younc crtiste, and to Siiov/ t;ieir appreciation of the 
nany patriotic services rendered by her to our cause. The hnll y;- s fii.led to 
its capacity, and :;iany had to .^e turned avjay. 

There was a burlesc.ue on the prOi^rum, "Reservist ka" vThe Girl Reservist), 
in v;hich the son. :s ^^ave Miss Zdenkova ajiple opportunity to display hex 
nanifold artistic virtues in the role of a nev;ly.'/ed, v;ho foiiov/s her husband 
into t:ie reserve rianeuvers, and to this end dons tie unifonr., all this 
because she has doubts c bout his f-iit .fulness. For this part, i'iss Zdenkova 
brou' out not only her ex ;uisi-^e and v;ell trained soorano, but also a /I 
suitable sav)le of her surolur of te.'ipex-ar.iei.t. The role si-aoly seenied cut ;';.• 
out for her especially. The Ou/.-X" oiayers proved exGel_ent partners. The 
buries lue v;ill be reneatod next Sunday, ^v 

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A splendid concert under the baton of George Hrusa, v/as .-^iven in the 
I.asonic hall, 23rd Street and I..illard Avenue, by the -/ell-known Hrusa 
school of nusic, of ^/hich the conductor l.^r, Hrusa, is the head, Fature 
pupils, reinforced by members of the Ghicaco i'ederaticnof I'usicians, 
played orchestral pieces such as the "Cverture to Allessandro Stradella" 
by riotcw, and pieces by Liszt and Raneau, Tiiey also furnished the 
acconpaninent co the piano ''Ooncerto in C if.inor" by Beethoven, played 
the the excellent pianist, Liss liattie Kovarik, and for "Ach Jaky Zal" 
(0, ^vhat sorrov; ) frcjn the opera "The Bartered Pride" by S.nietana, sung 
in grand style by 1-rs. Louise Topinka. 

The George Hrusa school of music occupies a hinb. place among the insti- 
tutions devoted to the s&udj'- of inst:-uments, composition and conducting. 
Its head is a former pupil of the Conservatory of music in Prague, 

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Czecho-Slova]cia. lie has r.iade a nai^ie for himself not only as one of the 
best violin players of the city, but as a pedaj'^ogue as v;ell. The plaj'-ing 
of the pupils the concert bore all the ear-riarks of the thorough teaching 
v/hich has established the reputation of the George Hinisa school of rausic. 

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If the financial success of the first chamber music concert was not 
entirely satisfactory on accoxint of the inclement y;eather, the very 
opposite can be said of the second concert held in the L^sonic Temple, 
Millard Avenue and 23rd Street yesterday. The audience was one of 
discriminating taste, fully capable of digesting, and so appreciating, 
the exquisite musical fare offered. The proceeds of the affair will 
go to the wounded soldiers on the battlefields of France, and to the 
families of the fallen. Judging from the lively advance sale of the 
tickets, and the crowded hall, it is apparent that our people are 
beginning to fully grasp the importance of the financial aid to be 
extended to the suffering. 

The concert was again under ihe artistic direction of the well-knovm 
pedagogue, Mr. A. V. Cemy. Our popular singer, Liss Jessie Zeman, 

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and the prominent violin virtuoso, Lliss Ruth Ray, were the soloists. 
The fomer sane the air from Ichajkovsky's "I.iaiden of Orleans," 
ivith accompaninent of the orchestra, and also a song of Dvorak, 
"Kdyz Line Stara I.'atka" (V/hen Old I.:other - -) in perfect. form and 
with great beauty. I.'.iss Ray established her name as an artiste 
with four nurabers: "Prelude and Allegro" by Pu^nani in the arrange- 
ment by Kreisler; the "Prophet Bird" by Schumann, arranged by Auer; 
a "Slavonic Dance" by Dvorak, arranged by Kreisler; and finally 
"Zapadendo" by Sarasate. I.'r. Herbert Eutler \ma an excellent ac- 

The piano quartette cy Dvorak v;hich opened ^he concert vras played 
by Hiss Florence Foerster, "rs. md. J.Freiind, Albert lelsan, and 
A. V. Cerny. Several other numbers of classic and modern music, 
besides those already mentioned v;ere rendered to the delight of the 


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audience, v;hich v/as testified by enthusiastic applause to their 
willingness to further support the artistic enterprises, so much 
more as it serves the noble purposes of charity. 

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Dennl ELasatel. Feb. 5, 1917. 


The first concert of the Society for the propagation of chamber m\isic 
was held during a regular Dakota winter storm, in the Masonic hall, 
23rd Street and Millard Avenue yesterday. The inclement weather did 
not deter hundreds of lovers of the beauty of music to assemble in the 
house in which all of the concerts of the chamber music society are to 
be held during this season. The concerts have been enjoying a great 
popularity since the establishment of the society. They are given under 
the direction of the excellent pedagogue, ISr, A. 7. Cemy, and have 
during the time of their existence made chamber music quite popular 
among lis. This season's concerta should draw larger audiences tha{i 
ever, as they are intended, without exception, to benefit humanitarian 
or patriotic enterprises. The proceeds from yesterday's performance 
will go to the Bohemian National Associati<m. The second concert will 
be given for the wounded heroes of the v;ar, and for orphans emd widows 

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of the fallen heroes. The proceeds of the third concert will go to the 
soldiers who shed their blood on the battlefields of Russia, and the 
proceeds of the fourth and last concert will go to the English emd 
Canadian legionnaires. 

Of the performance last night, there can be only one opinion: Every 
number was a musical gem rendered with perfect artistry. "The G Major 
String 4)iintetto,"b7 Antonin Dvorak, was played by Messrs. Ed. J. Freund, 
HelYin Uartinsin, Albert Belsan, A. V. Cemy, and Josef Houdek in first- 
class style. The overture to Smetana»s,'5artered Bride," and pieces by 
coiiQ>osers of lesser import, closed the concert. 


Diml HlMatel , Feb. 28, 1916* 


The efforts exerted to raise ehaaber Basle to a hle^er lerel hsTO passed 
the trial stage, and today there is no difflcultarln getting an audience for 
this type of Mosio* 


The best prooihof this are the concerts arranged at Stiles Hall on Millard 
Areane and 22nd Street* The second concert of the season was held there yesterday, 
and, like the first* had an attendance which filled every seat in the hall irith ^ 
an aadienoe appreciatlTO of artistic creations* 2 


Tc\ Mr* A* V* Ceray, who figoratirely is the very soal of these masical recitals, C::^ 
all thanks are dne for his careful arrangement of the prograou *^ 

The andience was addressed by Dr* J* S* S* Vojan, after which the Cemy Trio, 
eonposed of Tlolinist Mr* Eduard J* Freund, pianist Hiss Florence Forst, and 

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Daami Hlaaatel , Feb. 28, 1916* 

eallist Ifr* A* 7. Cemy, preteaited Dvorak's piano trio in B^Major, Opoa 29, 
in vhiGh is Mddan tha young, but nerarthalesa deeply oreatiTe perception of 
the great Czech artiet* 

This noBnaental woric was written by Dvorak at the age of twenty-four, and 
notwithstanding the fact that this oonposition was announced as a noTelty, this 

is not exactly true, for excerpts from the trio have been played here on ^ 

many occasions; the entire four moTements were performed at Ondrisek*s concert ^ 

at the Pilsen Sokd Hall on February 23, 1896, by Hessrs.J* H« Capek, Jan Efalas, ^ 

and the late Bohumil Holub* ^ 


The Dvorak Trio was rendered brilliantly, and the airtists were heartily applauded* ^- 
Ifiss Libuse Zdenka sang Smetana's *'MekamrauJte Proroky" (Do Hot Stone the o 
Prophets), Friml's "Zastavenicko** (Serenade), V^etal*8 "He Drahe Dite" (IQr § 
Dear Child), and an English song, "OSie Old Fashioned Home," by Squire* Uiss Zdeaka*s 
presentations were the best in the second and fourth humbers; Mr* Cemy was the 

Tmecek*s Capriceio, Opus 2, a trio, was a real gem* It was played by the 




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Denni Hlasatel , Jan. 17, 1916. 


Yesterday afternoon we attended a concert given by Mr. Prcal*s music school. 
The audience which attended in large numbers was agreeably surprised at the 
mature performance of all these students of music. 

All the performers were Mr. Prcal*s pupils, and they certainly deserve credit 
for their fine playing. They are a credit to their teacher. 

Every number played was a confirmation of the good reputation of Mr. Prcal's 
school. There was playing in concert by the pupils; there were also many 

We also had the pleasure of listening to two professional musicians not mem- 
bers of Mr. Prcal's class; they were Mr. Justin, a trombonist, and Mr. Zima, 
a pianist, who played Lack's waltz for the piano. Both artists were excellent 
emd were applauded. The teacher played tvvo piano compositions technically very 





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The pupils of Mr. Prcal*s School of Music received a clxance to be heard pub- 
licly, and the large audience received a musical treat. Taken all together, 
this concert will long be remembered both by the pupils and by the audience. 
Applause without stint was given to the young musicians. 

Besides the concert numbers played the following school soloists v;ere on the 
program: Miss Edna Trafalet, Alois Uridil, Jan Seidl, M. Reuter, B. Zbetovsky, 
Jan Cerny, Emil Andrlik, Karel Topinka, Milton Reuter, Bertram Zbetovsky, Josef 
Chroust, N. Svoboda, Miss Frances Smutzer, Jiri Zirzow, Miss Ruzena Staab, Miss 
Emma Cimera, and Miss Libuse Bernasek. 






Deimi Hlasatel . Jan. 2, 1916. 

Musical America writes about Victor Kolar 

^palf-tone, one columi-slxteenth of a page, picture of Victor Kblar^ 

^^anslator*s note: Victor Kolar lived in Chicago before he became known ^ 

as a f-reat orchestra leader^/ 2 

The Musica l America prints an interviev/ from the pen of Laszla Swartz, who ^ 

writes of Victor Kolar, the concertmaster and assistant director of Walter "* 

Damrosch*s orchestra in New York, as a talented musician who is entering 
upon a very brilliant career. 

Victor Kolar came to the United States about ten years ago, a i)oor unknown 
immigrant, and by dili^^ence and perseverance rose to the heights he now enjoys. 


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Denni Elasatel, Jan. £, 1916. 

He is so imbued with Aiaerican traditions that, from then he has drawn 
^inspiration for such compositions as "Kiav/atha," "Fairy Tales," and 

He is a very modest artist who loves our American institutions, and who a 
niiraber of times said that the greatest success that can befall an artist is 
the day when he realizes hoxv little he knows. 

He is now composing his "First Symphony," and has chosen melodies from the 
Hussite period for his two principal themes. 

This symphony when finished will be played by the Hev/ York Symphony Orchestra, 
tinder his direction. 


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(Half-tone, one column-fifth of a page, picture of S 

Miss Libuse Bartusek in Bohemian national costume) 3=- 

At Saturday's final rehearsal of Ponchielli*s magnificent opera, "La Gioconda , •» XT 
by which Chicago grand opera will inaugurate this year's season, and in which ^ 
the title role will be sung by the famous Bohemian artist, Emma Destinn, as £ 
guest, we had the privilege of learning from ¥x, Ottokar Bartik, Miss Destinn* s co 
manager, a few things that will be of interest to our readers. We do not hesi- i:::^ 
tate to present them to the Bohemian public because we are certain they will "^ 
prove pleasant reading, and our people will be proud to know that with this 
great musical and theatrical institution of Chicago there are connected several 
of our countrymen, 

Mr. Bartik has told us about a number of Bohemians vrtio are members of the or- 
chestra which, in part at least, will function under the baton of another 

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countryman, l&c, Egon Pollak, born in Prague, and a graduate of the conserva- 
tory of music in that city. He told us that he is very happy to be again 
among his own people 

But nothing we heard surprised us so much as to learn that the leading dancer 
connected with the Opera is a young, very young, Boheraian lady who was born — 
right here, among us, in Bohemian Chicago, Later on we were introduced to her, 
and thus had the pleasure of meeting Miss Libuse Bartusek 



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Of course. Miss Bartusek v;as kind enough to give us a brief interview during en 
which we have become convinced that Bohemian Chicago may justly be proud of 
a lady of Miss Bartusek *s achievements 

Miss Bartusek is eighteen years of age, a daughter of our esteemed countryman, 
Mr. Jan Bartusek of 1801 South Millard Avenue. .. .who has given her a good and 
exemplary Bohemian education. .. .part of which she received in Prague, where 
she spent a year or two with her parents 

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Miss Bartusek's life as an artiste, though brief, has been most successful ^ 

....She danced as prima ballerina in Bismarck Garden the past summer, and 5 

has organized a dancing group of her own.,,. which performed most successfully "^ 

in the Auditorium in Denver, Colorado...,/ . ^ 

She played one of the leading parts in the film "Victory of Virtue" produced o 

by the United Photo Plays Company. .. .and more recently performed here in t^ 

Ziegfeld's Theatre. S 

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Denni Hlasatel . Nov. 8, 1915. 


Mr. Vaclav 2. Ledek, a graduate of the Prague Conservatory of LIusic, intro- 
duced hinself to our public in a most advantageous manner in an independent 
concert held in the hall of Sokol Chicago yesterday afternoon. 

Vftien Lr. Lledek, some five years ago, before his departure to Prague, said ^ 

good-by to us in a concert arranged by his teacher i Professor Jjose^hf p: 

Vilim, in the hall of Sokol Pilsen, he seemed to give great pror.iise for the ^-^ 

future, and that he more than kept such promise, he demonstrated last Satur- » 

day ;- 

His first number v/as 'Meniawski's "Romance", ....followed by Dvorak's 'Hvlazurka" 
and Bach's "Ciaconna". ...but the true fire of his individuality appeared to 
greatest advantage in Czajkov;ski*s long "Concerto in D major. Opus 35" 

Fibich's "Basen" (Poem) in Kubelik's brilliant arrangement, and Dvorak's "Humor- 
esque" concluded the concert 

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Denni Hlasatel . ITov. 8, 1915. 

Miss Xenie '.Vechert, our promisine: piano virtuoso, appeared v/ith I.'r, lledek, 

both as a soloist and as his accompanist She played Chopin, Liszt, 

Dvorak, Smetana, and Saint-Saens v;ith enual understanding and perfection 

Mrs, Topinka, the popular sinrer, delichted the audience v;ith the "Cavatina" 
from Gounod's " ueen of Sheba." 

The attendance exceeded all expectations 



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Ihe fourth euinual concert presented by the pupils of Miss Helen A. Kryda»s 
.piano school was held in the hall of sokol Havlicek-l^s last night. As in pre- 
vious years, the pupils perfonned before a very numerous audience. Miss Kryda 
is known to our public as an accon^lished singer and a talented piano virtuoso. 
She is also an excellent music teacher who works at her vocation with excep- 
tional diligence and love 


Our public has proved to be fully appreciative of her efforts. It filled the 5 
hall almost completely, and the work of the pupils was deservedly applauded, 2 
to say nothing of the flowers presented to them. 


The program of Tihe concert was very carefully arranged. The performers ^hirty- 
seven names of pupils are listed/^ displayed a degree of skill rarely found in 
pupils of their age..... 


Dennl HLasatel , Mar. 8, 1915. 


The fourth emd last concert of chamber music of this season, a series, so ^ 

happily instigated by the Spolek Pro Povzneseni Kbmomi Hudby (Society for ^ 

the Promotion of Chamber Uusio), took place in Stile's Hall, Mllard Ayenue p 

and 22nd Street, yesterday afternoon. The principed composition on the ^ 

program vr^s the "Piano Quintet in E Flat Major" by Schumann. ... .Another g 

outstcmding selection was the "Concerto for Flute in D Major" by Blodek..... v- 


A most interesting innovation was the exotic grouping of instzaiments selected ^ 
for Rossini's Overture to "William Tell?, It consisted of a full quintet, 

/^i.^/ ^ flute, five violoncellos, and a piano duet The program could not 

have been ended more suitably than by this beautiful composition 

....The attendance was very satisfactory and the audience was highly pleased 

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Denni Hlaaatel. Mar, 8, 1915, 



with the perfoioancd* It seems rather a pity that the Spolek has found 

it ijax>osslble to add a few concerts to this really successful series of p 

four. But we left the hall trusting that such fine concerts as we have had ^ 

this season will become a regular feature of our musical life..... § 




Dennl Hlasatel , Jan. 25, 1915. 


Tmrough the efforts of the Jednota Pro Povzneseni Komomi Hudby v Chicagu '* 
(Society for the Promotion of Chamber Music in Chicago) , the first popular ^ 
chamber-music concert was held in Stile's Hall, West 22nd Street and South ^^ 
Millard Avenue, yesterday afternoon. The performing artists, were members of 3 
the Dvorak (Quintet (Helena Novy, piano; Jiri Hrusa, first violin; Jos. Roda, 
second violin; Alb. Balsan, viola; and A. V. Cemy, violoncello); K. Kovarik, 
organ; Julie Pribyl-Geringer, soprano; Jos. Hurta, tenor; Helena Novy, piano; 
and Jlri Hrusa, violin. •••• 

The principal number of the concert was Dvorak's Quintet in A Major, Opus 81, 
• ...Also, Rubinstein's "Karaenoi Ostrov**.... received tremendous applause,... • 

Weber's "Overture to Carostrelec**(''Der Freischuetz") and the vocal solos were 







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Dennl Hlasatel, Jan. 25, 1915. 

All we can say is, that this first chamber-music concert has granted us a 
pleasure that will not be soon forgotten 

The huge hall was filled to overflowing. 



And now for the first point of the program: the introduction by our music, 
«sth8t«. Dr. J. E. S. Vojan ^ 





Dennl Hlasatel t Jan. 10, 1915, 


The Jednota Pro Povzneseni Komoml Hudby v Chicagu (Society for the Promotion 
of Chamber Music in Chicago) will start its series of four concerts Saturday, :S 
January 24, at 3 P. M. , in Stile's hall on 22nd Street and Millard Avenue 5 


Our music critic. Dr. Jaroslav E. S. Vojan, will introduce each selection on ^ 
the program with a brief talk about its history, musical significance, and ^ 
other interesting matters connected with it. o 



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"The secretary of the Cesko-Slovansky Pomocny Tybor (Bohemian-Slavonic Auxiliary 
Conmlttee) reports that the concert of the Pevecky Sbor Bedrich Smetana (Bed- 
rich Smetana Singing Society) ...•brought a net profit of $150.20 for the 


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It is with justified bitterness that we write this report on the concert of 
the Pevecky Spolek Bedrich Smetana (Bedrlch Smetana Sinping Society), T^lss ^ 
Jirina Rudis-Jicinska, offerinp: a most flimsy excuse, simply failed to ap'^ear, 5 
very much like the public that was conspicuous by its absence — vdthout any -z^ 
excuse whatsoever, l-either the first nor the second should have happened. Our p 
hearts should be full of compassion for our countrjmien in Bohemia, where the T 
whole nation is suffering: because most of the providers had to leave their f- 
families and go to a vrar they hate so much, while many others are deprived of ^ 
their daily bread because of the closings of factories, shops, and stores. f 
These facts should always be foremost in our minds, and everything else is of 
secondary importance. All kinds of '*hops" that bring only personal profit to 
some individual always enjoy a tremendous attendance, but whenever there is a 
question of doing our sacred duty either toward our needy countrymen here or 
in the old country;-, we -oretend, in the highly approved fashion of some of 
our million-dollar institutions, to be deaf and dumb. This was again proved 

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III H Denni laasatel, Dec. 7, 1914. 

at yesterday's concert. It was another instance v/hich demonstrated our hiomane- 
ness and our — patriotism. 

'.Veil, Miss Jicinsky simply advised the committee that she was unable to appear 
because her accompanist had fallen ill. The younp lady should have known that -^ 
for one accompanist she could get five or six of them who would be rlad to sit 5 
down at the piano at a moment's notice and do as good a job as anybody else in -ci. 
this metropolis. Miss Jicinsky, we are sorry to say, has fallen in the public ^ 
eye because of her action. But, "there is no use crying over spilt milk," 
particularly since her absence did not detract from the concert at all. Her 
place was most ably filled by our young and promising violin virtuoso, ?liss 
Mignonnette Sruta, daughter of the old and popular settler, V.r, Sruta, of 1322 

The concert opened with a mixed chorus of the Pevecky Sbor Bedrich Snetane 
singing Pivoda's arrangement of "Kde Domov Muj" (V/here Is I'y Home) ... .followed 
by a duet.... from "Prodana llevesta" (Bartered Bride) 


Independence Boulevard. She was accompanied by Miss Rene Nebr. a>» 




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Denni Hie sat el , Dec. 7, 1914. 

Miss Snita's piece, Mendelsohn's "Violin Concerto," one of ths most difficult 
compositions for that instmment, vras the outstanding offering of the evening. 

Also, Kiss Matejicek earned a burst of applause for her rendition of. ...Bohe- ^ 
mian folk songs...... <2i 

The concert was concluded with a choral presentation of both American national 
anthems, "America" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" (sic)..... 



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Demnf gLaaatel. July 2, 1914. 


The Pereolc^ Sbor Bedrleh Staietana (Singing Society Bedfieh anetana) decided 
in its recent meeting to prepare for the perfoimance of the great oratorio, 
**Jan Bobs,** by Johann Loeire in a Bohemian translation by Dr. 7. Dvorik^ 


Since this monumental composition require? long study and many rehearsals, -^ 
and because the time for the eooniemoratioa of the five-hundredth anniversary ^ 
of John Huss is getting closer and closer, the Society decided to postpone 2 
indefinitely the study and perfoxmance of "ProdanS Neiesta" (Bartered Bride) ^ 
and start on the oratorio without any delay. The entire Bohemian public will ^ 
no doubt appreciate this effort of the F^Teok^ Sbor Bedfieh Smetana in prepar- 
ing the famous oratorio for the 1915 John Huss celebrations 


Denni Hlasatel. Uay 17, 1914. 


Last year, in September, the young but very talented violinist, Mr. Milan 

Luek, said good-by to Bohemian Chicago and went to Bohemia to study with ^ 

the famous Professor SerSlk. :;o 

Milan Lusk is the son of Attorney Charles D. Lusk and the painter Mrs. Ebupal-> p 
Lusk. He reoeiTed the foundation of his musical education in Chicago, imder ^ 
the direction of Jospeh H. Capek, professor of music and Tlolin virtuoso. g 
Even here he was considered one of the most talented young men. No doubt he ^ 
will return to us an accomplished artist and, by his interpretations, will o 
spread in America the fame of his great teachers* ^ 

At present Mr. Lusk is studying diligently under Professor Sevcik*s direc- 
tion in Pisek, where he is progressing by such strides that his great teacher 
is prevailing upon him to join the Vienna Eiaiserliche Meistersohule (Imperial 

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Dwanl Hlaaatel. May 17, 1914. 

Master School), vhlch has among its members the greatest artists in the 

Mr. Lusk has been using his spare time for concerts arranged in the different 
cities of Bohemia, and his virtuosity is receiving due recognition. M 

The newspaper Chodekf Prapor (Chod Hag), printed in the old renowned City of p 

Domazlioo, has published a very interesting article about Mr. Lusk's appear- ^ 

ance at a series of concerts arranged by students of the academic society S 

TuhoSte. The eurtiole speaks very flatteringly of our young virtuoso and is ^- 

of such interest that we reprint it here in its entirety: ^ 

"This year, the society TuhoStS has undertsiken the task not only of presenting 
examples of creditable musical accomplishments by our own students, but also 
of offering our audiences a higher artistic enjoyment. 3y inviting Mr. Milan 
Lusk this aim has been achieved. 

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Dennl Hlaaatel. May 17, 1914. 

"Ibe audlenoe that filled the hall of the Hotel Cem^ Kun (Black Horse) met 
with a great surprise* They certainly had not come in such large numbers 
to hoar Just our local talent, but were, no doubt, attracted by the reputa- 
tion of Mr. Milan Lusk, a young artist whom they desired to hear* They were ^ 
not disappointed in their expectations* ^ 

"The young ▼irtuoso immediately won the whole audience, irtiich listened in rapt p 
attention to his playing of the Bruoh 'Concerto'* The Interest of the audience^ 
grew as he played on with his incomparable tone and as with apparent ease, g 
which spells rirtuosity, he OTeroame edl the difficulties of the compositon* ^ 
Bruek's 'Concerto* cannot claim much in musical values but it is filled with ^ 
technical difficulties and assures recognition for the player who masters them* u=! 

*Oar artist receired a full measure of that recognition lAien he showed his 
versatility and mature technlg.ue. With unwavering sureness and a rare clarity 
of tone ho brought out nuances of great difficulty, and won the admiration of 
all those who were lucky enough to hear him. 

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Dennl Hlasatel. May 17, 1914. 

"His presentation of Walter's song from Wafer's *Die Uelstersinger, ' and 
DroHk's *Hiuaoresque* was similar to that of other players. He played the 
•Hunoresque* in a slower tempo, with a tone which was somewhat plaintive, 
but fully wqpressed the happiness of the composition, and which, we believed, 
was well suited to the *Humoresque* • 


"When the violinist played the dance *Sko5nd (Ibe Bounder) from the opera 

*Frodan& NevSsta* (The Bartered Bride) in Qndf£$ek*s difficult arrangement, 

he made use of all his artistry* The audience was moved to an extraordinary ^ 


enthusiasm, and the artist was presented with a palm. o 



"The audience gave evidence of the young man*s great success idien he added— C^ 
upon request— two of his own selections. 

"Ifr. Lusk is a pupil of Professor SefSfk, and his was the most outstanding 
concert ever to take place in this city." 

The above report shows that Ur. Lusk is receiving full recognition for his 


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Denni Hlasatel. Kay 17, 1914. 

fine artistry, nhich no doubt makes happy not only his parents but also 
Professor Joseph H. Capek, who, in so many years of act ire service among 
us, has given a good foundation to many a promising student* 





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The Noted Bohemian Tenor Otakar Mafdk is Active With ^ 

the Chicago Grand Opera ^ 

Before the beginning of the last season of the Chicago Grand Opera, it was F 

annoimced by the management that the artistic director of the opera, ^ 

Cleofonte Campanini, succeeded in securing for the season, among other great o 

artists, the renowned Bohmiian tenor Otakar Mafdk, a former member of the ^ 

Bohemian National Theatre of Prague, the Comic Opera Company of Berlin, the S 

Court Opera Company of Vienna, and the Royal Opera of Budapest. tn 

When this report became public, the local Bohemian colony felt happy in the 
expectation that they would meet a new Bohemian artist whose renown spread 
rapidly all over the world. 

We all had been looking forward to meeting Marak, but in vain. 

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Dennl Hlasatel. Apr. 26, 1914, 

The season was on, and many operas were produced; but here in Chicago the much 
advertised Mafak was not seen, simply because he was not billed to appear in 
any of these performances* 

It was surmised that perhaps he had not left Europe, that his engagement here 
had been ccuiceled; but that such conjectures were all wrong was proved by an 
article in "Musical America" of April 18, 1914, where on page 22 we meet with o 
this interesting paragraph: ^ 


"Portland, Oregon, April 6. Last night the Chicago Grand Opera ended here Df 
the most successful season of any opera company's perfonnemces up to this time. 

"In all, five operas were produced. The first night's performance consisted 

of: •Cavalleria Rusticana* and *Pagliaoci,» and the following evenings 'Parsival,* 

•Alda,' and •Tosca»« 

"In *Farsival* the leading roles were sung by Minnie Saltzman-Stevenson and 


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Denni Hlasatel , Apr. 26, 1914, 

Otakar Mafak, both of whom scored tremendous success*? 


Tlxe contents of this report show that Uafak Is here in America, and that he ^ 
Is singing with the Chicago Opera Company; and we hope to see him, if not 
this season, then surely in the next* 

Ua(^ excels with a most beautiful high tenor voice of a refined timbre and ::o 

a sweetness almost without equal* He is musically wall trained, and no ^- 

matter where he sings, he nerer fails to move his audience deeply. He has a o 

repertoire of a richness seldom found eimong present-day singers. ^ 

^^o^®'^ To Ba Here Next FalJ^ 

Jaroslay Kocian, next to Jan Kubelfk the greatest Tlollnist, will again visit 
us in Chicago next fall, and with this city as a starting point will conduct 
a concert tour through all of these United States* 

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Dennl Illasatel . Apr. 26, 1914. 

Mr. Kocian will be here from October to April of next year. He now is booked 

for fifty concerts, % 

At present Jaroslav Kocian is in Russia, where he is the recipient of great p 
ovations in artistic circles. His success, v/e are told, exceeds that of ^^ 
such artists as Schumann-Heink, Paderewski, and Araato, 25 

Mr, Kocian* 3 art manager and next season's local impresario will be the well- o 
known trombone virtuoso Mr. Jaroslav Cimera. ^ 

/j, Schubert with Ringling Brothers* Circu^Z 

Another interesting piece of news has been told us: that our j'oung country- 
man, J, Schubert, an ex-member of Sokol Chicago, whose parents live at 
2704 South Troy Street, has been an artist with the Singling Brothers* Circus 
for the last three years. Mr, Schubert is the "Boneless Human Serpent" with 

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Dennl Hlaaatel , Apr. 26, 1914. 

the Ringling Brothers' Circus. ^ 






Denni HLaaatel , Apr. 19, 1914. 


Robert Dolejsi Triumphs at His Concert In the 

New Hall of the Vienna Conserratory 

In the last number of the magazine Musical America, there is a very flattering 
report about a young Bohemian-American artist, Mr. Robert Dolejsi of Chicago. 
This report refers to a grand conoert in the new Vienna Conservatory in 
Vienna, irtiere Mr. Robert Dolejsi was the principal artist. Among other refer- 
ences, the rex>ort gires an account of the first concert held in this new 
conserratory, vrtiich was Just finished in Jemuary of this year. The date of 2 
this concert was March 10. co 

The program of the entire concert consisted of the cooqpositions of the rising 
young composer, Josef Marx. TtB audience was composed of selected groups of 
art critics and seme of the most prominent musicians of Vienna. Mr. Robert 
Dolejsi was chosen as a soloist for this concert. Mr. Dolejsi, a pupil of 
Professor Ottokar Sefclk, played the "Fantasy and Fugue in A Major" for Tlolin 







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with piano acoompemiment. lAarlana Lederer, a pupil of the renowned Professor 
GodoTSky, was the accompanist* 

The success of yousg Dolejsi was phenomenal, and his rendition of the diffi- ^ 

cult modem composition marked him as a mature, finished eortist, and the ^ 

critics were unanimous in their praise. Mr. Dolejsi was praised for his ^ 

broad tone, his brilliant attack, and his assurance in overccming technical <-^ 

difficulties. After the concert, the director of this conservatory and ~, 

prominent critics looked up the young man's teacher, Professor Ottokac £ 
Sevcik, to congratulate him for sponsoring so talented a young man, for 
whom a great future is assured. 


The reference to Ur. Dolejsi in this local magazine deroted to the eirts is 
a distinction and wa. acknowledgment of the true worth of this young man. 
He and his parents, who liTe here in Chicago at 1420 South Sawyer Avenue, 
should feel reiy proud. 


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D€nnl HLasatel. Apr. 19, 1914. 

Tvcaa. tho young man*s parents we learned that Mr. Dolejsi, after arranging a 
number of concerts throughout Europe, expects to tour the United States, 
glTlng concerts in our principal cities* For public Interest, we must note 

that Mr. Robert Dolejsi was a pupil of that well-known yiolin virtuoso and <=^ 

great instrumental pedagogue, Ur. Vaclav Ifachek of Chiccigo. r^ 


We congratulate Ur. Dolejsi and wish him much success in his future ventures, o 

and we offer our felicitations to the young man's parents. To his Chicago 'co 

teacher, Mr. Vaclav Uachek, we tender our sincere respects. B 

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Dennl Hlasatel . Apr. 17, 1914. 


In one of our large vaudeville theaters, the Hippodrone, which is housed in ^ 

the Great Northern building at Dearborn and Qaincy Streets, a young country- 5 

man of ours, IJr. Alois Ciha, has been appearing Since last Honday as a soloist -^i. 

on the xylophone, which he handles with such playfulness and ease that he is p 

obliged to give encore after encore. I'x, Ciha's performances are attended by X 

large audiences, which proves the popularity of the young artist. He is still o 

a young man, but he has already had a number of great successes. Recently he ^ 

toured almost half of the United States, and every^vhere he appeared, he com.- S 

manded attention and praise. «i 

It is interesting to note that Lx. Ciha comes from Chicago, and that his parents 
live at 1345 South Tripp Avenue. They sliare his happiness in his great success. 

Ivlr. Ciha's performances at the Hippodrome will terminate next Sunday evening. 


Denni KLasatel , Oct. 27, 1913, 

M Aiii:n/ERs^iHT OF Tinn uiaoii of .-j^sricait LUsicL-ais 


The commemoration of the t.venty-first anniversary of the Union of yjaerican 
Ii!usicians was held at the Union* s ovm preniises at 210 South Clark Street on 
Tuesday niclit. It is of interest to our readers because of the recognition 
which its first 3ohe.T;ian president, I..r. j'erdinand 'A. Lhotal:, received on that 
occasion, and because of the victors'* of the Bohemian orchestra of our countryraan, 



J, Vavak, over the orchestra of Conductor Ilelson in a competition staged during o 
the evening. 

A prominent German member of the Union, Ilr. Victor Vogel, addressed the meeting 
with a speech in v;hich he recognized the unusual merits of LIr. i^hotak for the 
progress the Union made under his presidency, sind especially stressed the 



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Dennl IILasatel . Oct. 27, 1913. 

present excellent financial condition of the Union for v;hich Lr. Lhotak*s 
administration is responsible. On behalf of the Union, lt, Vogel presented 
Mr. Lhotak with a gold erablem sho;ving a veteran of the Spanish-.^nerican liar, • . . 





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Deimi Hlsisatel , Aug, 3, 1913. 


According to reports from Prague newspapers, the famoiis Prague tenor, Mr. 
Otokar I^rak, has signed a contract with the conductor of the Chicago Opera 
Company for a ten weeks* engagement beginning the middle of February, 1914. 

We are told by Dr. Jaroslav S. Vojan, president of the Cesky Umelecky Klub 
(Bohemian i\rts Club), that his orgajiization is starting to collect signatures 
for a petition to the management of the Chicago Opera Company to introduce, 
during this season, if possible, but certainly in the season of 1914-15, some 
of the great operas by Smetana and Dvorak. This time seems to be particularly 
appropriate for such action, for in ii*. Ilarak Conductor Gampanini will have 
a first-class "Smetana singer". Since he is an Italian, LIr. Gampanini may not 
be especially interested in this matter. But if the management receives a 
petition with a large number of signatures, pl\is the support of Mr. l^arak's 
presence in Chicago, the chances are that the Umelecky KLub will succeed. 


Dennl Hlasatel . Dec. 26, 1912. 


Tb.e ambitious management of the Ceske Dlvadlo (Bohemian Theater Association) ^ 

prepared for its public an unusual holiday treat last night by presenting the P 

well-lcnown operetta, "Almo, Kde Bydlis?" (Alma, Where Do You Live?), which ^ 

some time ago ran so successfully on English and German stages, and for which ^ 

even the police provided most effective advertising by prohibiting the per- 2 

formance for a time. Last night's performance was a fine success ^ 


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Denni Hlasatel « Dec, 9, 1912, 


True Bohemian music was presented at yesterday's concert of the Ceslcy Delnicky 
Pevecky Sbor (Bohemian Workingmen* s Singing Society), which took place in the 
hall of Sokol Chicago 

Yesterday's concert may J\xstly be called a model for any Bohemian musical event, 
and therefore it is not necessary to talk about its moral success. We hope that 
this excellent result will act as a stimulus for all of our other singing socie- 

The attendance was fair, although by right, such an occasion such as yesterday's 

concert sho\ild fill the hall to the very last seat because it is not very often 

that our m\isic-loving public can hear and enjoy an afternoon of real "Bohemian 
stuff" presented in the real "Prague way",,.,. 




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Denni Hlasatel , Dec. 8, 1912. 

Comments on the Program of Today's Concert 
of the Cesk^ Delnick^ Peveckf Sbor 

The concert of the flesk^ DSlnick^ PSveck^ Sbor (Bohemian Workingmen's Singing 
Society), the program of which has been selected with unusual care and there- 
fore is up to the highest musical requirements and standards, will take place 
in the hall of Sokol Chicago on Kedzie Avenue today. For that reason we hope 
that the concert, i^ich starts at 2:30 P. l:., will enjoy an excellent attend- 
ance. The director of the chorus is Mr. Viktor Liska, and the piano accom- 
panist is Mr. A. V. Cerny. 

The raison d'etre for Bohemian singing societies is the cultivation of Bohe- 
mian music. This also applies to all concerts and other public appearances 
of all allied Bohemian groups and associations. Programs patched together 
with the various "Lucias" and '•Trovatores," must finally disappear forever 
from Bohemian concerts if we want to progress. Just for this particular 





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reason vje v;olcome the pre 'Tail of the Simday concert of the Cesky Delniclcy 
Pevecicy Sbor ;\s an exej.iplary one. 

This being a concert of Bohemian liiusic, it is only natur-.l that its principal 
selections are fro.Ti Snet:ina and Dvof;llc, to '..hich a fev; compositions by other 
conposcrs have been ad led. 

The profprani will start v:ith "ttonula" (Tiie Drov'/ned Cne) by Pavel iCfizlcovsky. 
., . .-iCf£zIcov3--cy*s v/ork is the cuLvdnation of the vre-Siietana period — a period 
of preparation for ;iodem Boheiaian music, \;hose creator is 3rietana. Zfizkovslcy's 
{;:reat choral corapo sit ions still retuiii thoir full fres^mess arid will alwiys 
retain their value and effectiveness. "Utoimla" is based on an old Lioravian 
folk sonf,.,,,and vms presented for the first time in Brno on December 4, 1860, 
. , • , 

The concludin-j number on the proGram v;ill be Smetana^s chorus, "Tfi Jeadci" 
(Three Horsemen), VJe have made a Jump fro:.: the opening number to the last 








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Dennf Hlasatel , Dec, 8, 1912, 

numbeir of the program for historical reasons: Smetana wrote this chorus under -6 

the influence of "Utonula** . "Tri Jezdci" is Smetana* s first choral composi- .-^ 

tion, but the critics now eive it a prominent place among his works. It is p 

full of passionate emotion, and without a doubt, it is much better than his 1^ 

well-known ••Veno" (Dower), Written in 1862, its first public presentation g 

took place February 27, 1863 in Prague, It is based on a poem describing the ^ 

historical ride of three Bohemian noblemen to Constance on a mission for King S 

Wenceslaus IV in 1414 c?{ 

Between these two numbers, there will be seven compositions, including the 
sextet from B. Smetana* s •'Bartered Bride" in choral form by Novotny, and the 
aria '•Noc Je Tichd" (The Night Is Still) from Smetana* s opera, •♦Branibofi 
▼ fiechach" (The Brandenburgers in Bohemia), Ihese two will be sung by the 
Bohemian-American Octet, The BSmskf PSveck^ Sbor Mdj (Ladies Singing Society 
May) will sing Mal^t»s *'Zp&vy Lidu Cesk^ho** (Bohemian People's Songs) 

There will be two selections for solo voices. Mr. Liska will present.... an 
aria from Dvorak* s first opera, "Jakobfn** (Jacobin), first performed in 

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Dennl Hlasatel . Dec, 8, 1912. 

Prague on February 9, 18d9.... •Messrs. Malik and Grlaas will present a duet ^ 
from Staietana*s opera, "Hublcica** (AEjLss), first perfonaed in Prague on ^ 
November 7, 1876 -^ 

Chamber music will be represented by two selections, Eassiaeyer's **CeskS Plsne** ^ 
(Boheiaian Songs) and B. £taietsaia*s **Z M6ho Zivota** (F!rooi My Life)* Both are o 
quartets of very unusual musical beauty 

Those of you who love Bohemian music should come to the concert of the Cesk^ 
Delnicky Pevecky Sbor today. 

Signed: Cesko-Merickd Tiskova Kancelaf 
(Bohemian-American Press Bureau) 



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Dennl ELasatel . Deo. 5, 1912  

Baritone Viktor Lisica, formerly associated with the Narodnf Divadlo (National 
Theatei^ in Prague, had his Chicago debut in the Libuse Hall last night, but 
his official introduction into our community of artists was not particularly 
successful. Mr. Liska's program of the evening was selected, with the ezoep> 
tion of one number, with singularly good taste; but in spite of this, the 
attendance was by far not as large as the debutant himself and his colleagues 

A somewhat more cheerful atmosphere was created by the appearance of Miss N. 

Walsh, an excellent soprano Our young but highly accomplished pianist, 

Mr. Stepan A. Smst, presented selections of great technical difficulty 

Miss Maruaka Gehringer sang with her accustomed f ervor. • • . .Mr. Jifi Hrusa, 
one of our best violinists, surprised his audience with presentations which 
Jan Kubelfk hiioself is not ashamed to put on his programs..... 





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Denni Hlasatel. Deo. 5, 1912, 

Aa we have already mentioned, the attendance was poor. It consisted mostly 
of members of our artistic colony and members of singing societies, whose 
cholimaster is Mr. Llska. Had It not been for their friendly support, 
Mr« Llska might have had his debut before an empty house. A sad fact indeed! «- 




Denni Hlaaatel . Jxme 3, 1912. 


It was with a decided feeling of satisfaction that the many guests came away 

from yesterday's program at Zdrubek Hall on North 40th and Eastwood Avenues, ^ 

where the youthful Jan Gregor gave a farewell concert prior to his departure 5 

next week for the old country. He is going there to complete his violin ^-^ 

studies at the Prague Conservatory of Music. Master Gregor, who is only p 

thirteen years old, demonstrated at his appearance yesterday that he has ^ 
really unusual talent. He proved this in the irendition of several compositions, o 

among which were the "Concerto for Violin in D Minor," by Bruka; Dvorak's ^ 

"Humoresque," and "In the Twilight" by Fibich. % 

Gregor is certainly a talented violinist, and much can be expected of him 

He received his early training in the violin school of the well-known teacher 
Yaclav Machek, and more recently he attended Mr. J, Hrusl's school. Mr. Hrusf 
provided the piano accompaniment for yesterday's concert. 


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1 Denni Hlasatel. Sept. 12, 1911, 

Mr. Bohumil Petal, teacher of music, died Saturday morning on Blue Island 
Avenue and Leavitt Street. There were very tevi count iTmen with whom Mr* 
Petzl came in contact who were not his friends. This'"-!os due to his 
sincere, modest character. He was a good-hearted man, and beloved by 
his pupils. Today, however, he is no more. Vve found him in the county 
morgue, without friends, forsaken. Our hearts would not permit us to 
allow this good man to be buried in Potter* s Field at County expense. 
For that reason, we asked LIr. Kostecka, of the firm of Cermak and 
Kostecka, to make arrangements to hxiry him in o;ir National Cemetery. 
Tills they did, and the body was removed to their establishment, from 
which place the funeral will be held on 'Wednesday morning. It is desired 
that all former pupils of the deceased attend the funeral of their former 

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Generous as always, Mr. Rud. Rubringer promised that his band would 
escort the body of the old musician to his last resting place. All 
donations v;ill be gladlj"- received and acknowledged in the daily news- 
papers for the purpose of defraying the expenses of the funeral. Money 
may be sent to the persons listed: James J. Novotny, 1421 \iest Eighteenth 
Street; John Vitous, Eighteenth and Throop Streets; James Medek, 3721 
West 22nd St. 

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Denni Hlasatel . Aug. 19, 1911. 

^UR HERO 1.3?. JI3KEA/ 


The well-knovm contrabass artist, our countryman, Yaclav Jiskra, proved 
himself to be a great hero and not just an outstanding artist. Jhile 
gathering lotus in Grass Lake L'r. Jiskra went to the aid of the occupants 
of another boat that had capsized. He succeeded in rescuing two persons 
but the third person disappeared beneath the surface of the lake before 
he could be reached. This is not the first time that I£r, Jiskra risked 
his life to save somebody. 


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Denni Hlasatel . July 9, 1911, 

The Ealas Vocal Qiiartet is on Its way to Philadelphia, Pa., to fill an 
engagement with the Victor Talking Machine Company. It was organized 
by Mr. Kalas, the well-known chorus leader after an offer had been 
made to him by the above mentioned world famous music firm. The indi- 
vidual singers belong to the best circles our musical community has to 
offer. They are: Fr. Mayer, first tenor; J. Kalas, second tenor; 
Vlad. Reindl, first basso and Vacl. Jelinek, second basso* 

They studied diligently under the leadership of Mr. Kalas, and they 
certainly will be well qualified to represent Czech songs for four 
voices which is to be their main task. This quartet, after having ful- 
filled its contract with the eastern firm, intends to hold regular 
rehearsals, and will be available for musical assistance at our public 
or private entertainments, and also at occasions of a serious nature, 

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Dennl Hlasatel . July 9, 1911, 

as funerals or solemn celebrations. 

Detailed information will be given to managers or arrangements commit- 
tees by Jan Kalas, 1809 South Central Park Avenue, 

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Dennl Hlasatel , June 18, 1911 • 


Hiss Helen A. Kryda received a diploma as teacher of piano during the 
exercises held in the Auditorium Recital Hall last night. Miss Eryda 
was a pupil of the Chicago Musical College where she studied piano, 
history of music, and harmony* 



Denni Hlasatel. June 15, 1911. 


The American Conservatory of Music, corner ..abash ;i.venue and Jackson Street, 
v/hich is considered as one of the best institutions of rausic not only in 
Chicaeo, but of the entire v;est, graduated the follov.-in^ Bohemian pupils: 
I ~ss Llarie l-Tovak completed the normal course, counterpoint and history of 
music, and received a teacher's certificate; Lliss Iladherna completed the 
normal course; Ivliss Olga I.Iatousek, v/ho received the gold medal, and Misses 
Cervenka and Hanzlik ccanpleted the collegiate course-, 

T^e institution, v;hich is celebrating its tv/entieth anniversary, held a 
celebration at the Congress Hotel yesterday. Diplomas are being awarded 
today at the Auditoriiom. The distinguished pianist, J, J. Hattsstead, is 
at the head of the Conservatory. 

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recocnition aiaonp; stranr,ors before he ap;^eured in his ovni country, a course 
v.niich i alv^ays ^ood, because at hoias one is alv/ays appreciated i.iore v/hen 
one has been covered with in another land. Me vms named a neribor of 
the Rone ^iCadeiriy of /a:ts and Sciemces in 1906. 

*,Ve have no doubt that the next five years v;ill bring such an immeasurable 
aiiount of success to the artist that, periiaps, he v;ill decide to becorae a 
3ohe:.iian-^ijaer i c an , 

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^ Dennl Hlasatel . June 9, 1911. 


Prof. Joseph H. Capek, the well-known virtuoso of the violin, and teacher 
of music v;ho is a graduate of Prague Conservatory, and who was severely 
injured a short time ago, has recovered to such an extent that he v/ill 
resume teaching in his music school at 1803 Blue Island Avenue, The many 
friends and pupils of 1.'j:, Capek v/ill receive with joy the report of his 
early recovery, and return to his calling. 

Joseph J, Kovarik, violin virtuoso, -professor of violin at the National 
Conservatorj'' in Nev/ York, and soloist v/ith the ITev; York Philharmonic Orchestra, 
is in Chicago at present with Victor Herbert's orchestra, during the "Piano 
Trade Sxhibition," v;hich is being held in the Coliseum this week. Lie. Kovarik 
has gained general recognition in New York's musical circles, and is knovm as 
an ardent propagator of chamber music, especially Bohemian. In -Umerica, he 
studied under the supervision of Prof. J. K. Capek, and in league, he was a 
pupil of Professor Bennewitz, and ^uiton Dvorak. 

mk : 


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Denni Ilia sat el . I.Iay 21, 1911 

TiLvy-:LiNG TO 30ii3:-.i;i to study 

One of the best pupils of Lir. Llachek's school of nusic, Karel Jiran, 
is leaving for Bohenia in order to conplete his education in this 
art v/ith the famous Prof. Sefcik. 

During the suimaer months, Prof. Sefcik' s school is located at 
Pisek. In the beautiful, healthy, country'-, atr.iosphere, his pupils 
benefit much more than in a stifling big town. 

The gifted yoiing countryman goes on his journey to the source of 
perfect art with the best vdshes for success from his parents, 
relatives, and acquaintances. , 

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A NEv; institdtj: of music 

Bohemian-Chicago is enriched by a nev; Institute of Music, v/hich -vvas 
established by the yoxmg, though distinguished, musicians (artists 
we shovild say): Mr. J, V, Soukup, and Mr. Joseph Hladky. Mr. 
Soukup is a violin virtuoso, a former pupil of Professor Ottakar 
Sevcik, at the tine-honored Prague Conservatory. 

We have had the opportunity to hear his nusic and admire his art. 
Mr. Soukup vdll teach violin according to Sevcik* s method, and there 
is no doubt that his pupils xvill soon acquire a thorough musical 

Piano will be taught by Mr. Joseph Illadky, a former pupil of the famous 
pianist, Ottakar Malka. Mr. Hladky will teach the method of the 

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famous piano teacher, Theodor Leschetizky, xvhose method is the 
best on earth, vathout contradiction. 

This nev; institution is located at 1842 V/est 47th Street. .-. branch 
will be located at Kedzie Avenue and 23rd Street. Pupils are now 
being accepted, and instruction v;ill begin this week. 

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Denni Hlasatel . liar. 23, 1911. 


Yesterday, we had the opportunity to listen to the joint concert of 
three well-knoT,7n artists, each of whom individually, is a recognized 
master on his instrument, and each of whon v;as able to arouse the 
enthusiasm of the music-loving public. 

A concert was given in the Pilsen Sokol hall by our artist of the 
bass violin, Vaclav Jiskra, assisted by his v/ife, Tarketa, who is 
an artist on the harp, and Alexander Zukovsky, a fellow pupil of 
Kubelik at Sevciks conservatory, and famous violin virtuoso in Czech 
circles in Prague. Tlie program began with selections from "Prodana 
■^''evesta" (The Eartered Bride), by Smetana, and Tihe overture, '^lasta," 
by Sd. Napravnik, played by Rubringer's orchestra, and augraented by 
several mem.bers of Thomas' orchestra for this occasion. Then follov/ed 
a solo for the bass violin, •^Fantasy of Bohemian I\ational Songs" by 

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Denni Hlasatel , L'^r, 23, 1911. 

Sinandl. In this nunber, our familiar "ITad Eerdunlcou Fod Tetinem," 
played in flaceolet tones enthused the audience so that the artist 
v/as obliged to add Kukla's Impromptu as an encore. The orchestra 
then played Dvorak's "Slavanic Dance IIo, 8," after which ICrs. 
Jiskra played with deep understanding the Adaggio by Tedesky, The 
second part of her number was the "Spring Song," by G-ounod, which 
also vreis received with thunderous applause, l^ext on the program 
•,7as Alexander Zukovsky, the Russian artist, v/ho with his beautiful 
rendition of V.'ieniawski*s "I.:emories of Toscow" immediately cap- 
tivated the hearts of the public. As an encore, he played Dvorak's 
"Humoresque," and took several curtain calls. After Illner's 
selection "Cechuv Sen," (A Czech's Dream), played by the orchestra, 
both artists rendered Variations of a Bohemian song b.7 Kukla, solo 
for the tass violin v/ith harp accompaniment. The enthusiastic 
applause of the public caused them to respond v;ith an encore, "The 
3vening Star" from Tannhauser. 

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Mr. Zxikovsky then played V/ieniwski's "Legend," Sarasata's "Spanish. 
Dance," and Uozart's "I.'inuet." The orchestra followed v/ith the 
Fantasy, "Radhost," by Hausrnan. L:rs. Jiskra then played a fantasy 
of American Kational Sonfrs. 

The last and raost effective nunber on the program v/as I'r. Jiskra' s 
rendition of a medley from "Prodana ITevesta," and "Ilubicky" by 
Kuchynka. To hear these familiar tunes, lured hy the master hand 
of the artist from his instrument, so rarely used for solo-performances, 
was a real artistic treat. ' • • 

All of the participants received many floral gifts. Fts. Jiskra was 
almost overwhelr.ied with floral offerings. The Circle of Friends, 
"Z Dvorilost," presented l-rs. Jiskra with a diamond ring and a floral 

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HE!.:IAI^ • 

Cur music-loving public proved by its attendance that it knows 
how to appreciate the art of our countrymen. 

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I K Denni Elasatel , ?eb. 6, 1911. 

Kili^T K'R TiU I.X"JlC-L07Ilia PUBLIC YJ3T^KD-.Y 

Yesterday's corxcert, :;iven in the Pilsen Sokol hall, .^hland /ivenue at 
18th St., by Jaroslav Kocian, \7orld-fartOus violin virtuoso and the yoxmg 
artist Iliss Marie iiryl» ^'^^o displayed such ability at the piano as to 
call forth adrairation, net v;ith huge success in every respect. 

llr. ICocian, v;ith his masterful artistry enraptured the public from the very 
moment his eloquent violin v;as hoard in the concerto for violins in D major, 
op. 35 by Tschaiicovsl^y, consisting of ".J.legro Iioderato," "Canzonota" and 
"finale," It would be superfluous to refer to the perfection of his play- 
ing or the ease \iith which he governed his instruraent in difficult composi- 
tions, because this is already loiovm from his first appearauce, before 
the Bohemian-^ierican public, ten years ago. Ilov/ever it is certain that 

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into his concert yesterday be put all of bis artistic poxver, strength and 
feeling. The "Finale" especially, affected the listeners to such a degree 
that at its conclusion the applause did not cease until the artist took 
several curtain calls. 

The second number of the program was a piano solo by our young artist Miss 
Kryl, daughter of the famous cornet virtuoso, Mr. Bohvimir Kryl. She played 
the "Second Scherzo" in B flat minor, op. 31 by Chopin, Miss Kryl greatly 
surprised the audience with her performance, for hardly anyone expected 
such technique and absorption from such a young lady. Miss Kryl played all 
her selections from memory. She plays her instrument with grace and at the 
same time is capable of putting great feeling into her performance. 

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I K Dennl Hlasatel . Feb, 6, 1911. 

As the third number of the program, LIr, Kocian played his ovm picturesque 
composition "Hunoresque , " "Ach neni tu neni" by Friml and "HoUcu 
Modrookou," as arranged for violin by Prof, Sevcik, (two popular Czech 
folk songs). He was called back several times and finally added 
"Ukolebavku" by Nesvar, Another number was the "Fantasy" from Faust by 
Wieniawski, the performance of which was astonishing. 

Then he vias again relieved by Miss Kryl, who played, as the fifth number 
of the program, "Fantasy-Impromtu , " op, 66 by Chopin, a nxjmber requiring 
great technique; "Hraci Strcjek" by Liadov, a delightful composition, 
into which she put a great deal of feeling. She also played "Etude V" 
by Paganin-Liszt, the performance of which resulted in her being called 
out several times, the applause continuing until she responded with 
»»Bonne Dandy" by Viillie Pape and "Blackie" by Chopin, 

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This grand concert was crowned in the final section of the program by 
Kocian playing the "Hexentanz," by Paganini and vdien he laid aside the bow, 
lAilch he concrols so beautifully that its strokes call forth admiration, a 
new storm of ax^plause sounded. The audience showed no sign of being will- 
ing to depart before hearing once more the bevriltching sounds of the artist's 
precious instrument. Mr, Kocian generously complied and played "Zefyr" by 
Huboy and the Spanish dance, "," and finally that number for which 
everybody was waiting, "Kde dor.aov muj?" 

Y/e must admit, that Mr. Kocian made an everlasting impression upon the 
listeners, that yesterday's artistic feast will long be remembered and that 
we will av;ait with expectancy his return to America. Iliss Kryl also gained 
a great name through this appearance, because she proved th»t we have reason 
to look upon her as a great artist. She will surely gain -.vorld fame if she 
continues on this eminent roau with, tMs sane success* 


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I K Dennf Hlasatel. Feb, 6, 1911, 

Mr, Kbcian was accompanied by Mr, M, Eisner, who proved to be an excellent 
artist, for his accompaniment was faultless and combined with the violin 
rendition into one perfect whole. 

Yesterday's concert was Kocian*s last one in Chicago during his present 
tour of America, His last iVmerican concert will be given on Thursday in 
St, Louis, Mo, 

Mi', Ebclon returns to Bohemia after the St, Louis concert. It has not yet 
been decided if he will return to his home from St, Louis by way of New 
York, or whether, he will undertake the journey by way of Honolulu, Japan 
and Siberia, It is said that he longs to become better acquainted with the 
Siberian steppes. He spent about a year in Moscow and he likes Russia 
very much. 

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Denni Hlasatel , Jan. 2, 1911. 

The famous Czech violin virtuoso, Jaroslav Koclan, rested over Christmas 
at the cozy fireplace of his manager, Mr, Bohumir Kryl, and is now on 
a tour from Oklahoma City to San Diego, Cal. He is scheduled for a con- 
cert in Chicago, in PilaenSokol hall, on Feb. 5, when !.:iss I'arenka Kryl, 
pianist, will be his assisting artist. 

The exhibition of etchings by the Czech artist, T. Y, Simon, at Mr. 
RoTillier*s, in the Fine Arts Building in Chicago, on which we reported 
early in December has closed after having achieved and unusual success. 
The rows of exhibits grew thinner by leaps and bounds; on the tenth day 
of the exhibition two-thirds of the etchings had been sold and now 
decorate American salons. IJr. Roullier proclaimed to us, with joyfTil 
satisfaction, that he had not had such success with any other artist. 
Simons works will often travel to America in the future. 

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The Bohemian-American artist, llario J. Korbel, is nov/ v/orking on a 
montunent for the family Beranek; it will he finished before Decoration 
Day, when it will be duly admired at the Bohemian L^ational cemetery. 
It is to be in the shape of a statue over life-size, symbolizing mourn- 
ing. Another work by Korbel arrived for the Ansonia hotel - a bust of 
Emmy Destinn. It has evoked much admiration among art lovers, and en- 
thusiasm in the artist herself. 

Boza Umirov, the famous Czech singer, sends greetings to America through 
this column. VVe acknowledge by our, and the Bohemian American Press 
Bureau* s best wishes for the artist, who is now curing an ailment, on 
the shores of the Adriatic sea in sunny Dalmatia; 


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Dennl Hlasatel. Nov. 6, 1910. • 


P.l, The readers of Dennl Hlasatel will certainly be interested to know that 

our well-known soprano. Miss Herinina Zajicek, has received a contract and will "be 
engaged by the Chicago Orand Opera Company. 


We have been informed that she will be sent on a tour as soon as possible. Miss F= 

2ajicek is a distinguished singer, and her exquisite art will be welcomed where <^ 

ever the Opera ComDany appears. s 




Dennl Hlasatel , July 28, I9IO. 


P.l, Col. 3— We have mentioned heretofore, of the "Bohemian Trio" from Prague, 

consisting of Mr. R. Benedik, Concertina Virtuoso, V. Prchal, Violinist and 

A. Prochaska, Drummer, ^ 

Each and every one of them real artists of their instruments, received an -C; 
offer from New York to make new phonograph records. r— 


The Trio entered into a contract with the Columbia Record Company. They o 
will play for 24 records for which they will receive $10 each. io 

Occassionally they will give concerts among their countrymen and vrill also 
visit Baltimore, Philadelphia and Cleveland, when their countrymen will 
have ample opportunity to enjoy their art. 

This tour is scheduled for a duration of 6 weeks ending in Chicago. 

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D«nni HIaaatel . July 4, 1910. 

p. l.-- ^Thl0 morning at 8<30y Mijor P. V. Faltla» a prominent Bobamiany 
will arrira in Chicago on the Rock Island Railroad. 

Uajor Faltis was formerly the court director of imieic and also an organiser 
of orchestras for the Egyptian khedive. ilsjor Faltis is accMqpanied by 
eighteen Russian musicians who play the balalaika and wind-instruments. The 
orchestra will stay in Chicago for a week and will arrange to hold a number 
of concerts in Pilsen Park on West Twenty-sixth street. 



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Denni Hlasatel , June 9, I9IO. 

P.l — A concert vms given in the Auditorium Recital Hall yesterday evening, 
"by the pupils of prof. J. H. Capek's School of Husic, which pleased a lar^e 
concert loving audience, proving clearly, the esteem in which Capek's school 
is held. The program was divided into two parts, both of which were remark- 
ably executed. The second part of the program v/as especially well liked an^ 
the audience showed its appreciation with thunderous applause. 

The first numher on the program was a violin quartet, composed of IJilan Lusk, 
Sam Eruty, Elmer Capek and Karel Novy. They played the Larghetto hy Spohr. 

The second number "Souvenir" by Drdla was played by ''iss lona Wyse. 

Miss Beatrice Jonas, John Fernow and "Imer Capek then played several solos. 
The entire school played several orchestral selections. 

It should be said, that the concert was very succesf ul ; the performance of 
various individuals of the entire group was proof of the energy and efforts 
of Mr. Capek. 

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Dennl Hlasatel , May 29, 1910, 


On last Wednesday evening occurred the annual concert of the Capek Violin 
School, in the recital hall of the Auditorium Building, ^is year*s program 
was the best ever presented in the school's annual concerts. The best com- 
posers were represented, such as Smetana, Ondricek, Laub, Kadlec, Drdla, and 

In the first group of violinists were Hisses Beatrix Jonas, Irene Martin, 
Georgiana Rudis, and lone Wisa. Tiie audience listened in attentive stillness 
to the end of each performance, giving generous rounds of applause. ISie second 
group of artists consisted of John Feme, Milan Lusk, Samuel Eryty, and Charles 
Novy. Mrs. Augusta H. Capek, wife of the director, provided the piano accompa- 

As usual, the concert was free, but a collection was taken up to defray expenses; 




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Dennl HIasatel , May 29, 1910. 

no one objected to this, and all contributed liberally. We are now looking 
forward to another concert to be given in the near future, before the next <:^ 
regular annual concert* ^ 

Bouquets were presented to the graduating pupils. To show his appreciation, o 

Mr. Capek then announced that he was pleased to turn out annually graduates 
from his school, and that he hoped to continue to do so for years to come. 
The Capek Violin School is located at 1803 Blue Island Avenue. 





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II B 2 f • Dennl Hlasatel , Apr. 11, I9IO. 


P«2 — Ur. !Iachek conducted a concert last evening, ,■ iven by his forty-piece 
violin orchestra. It was held in the pilsen Pokol Ilall, and according to 
connents made by music-lovers, it was very successful. The great hall vms 
filled to capacity. 

The concert consisted of fifteen numbers, several of them solos, others by 
the orchestra. An added attraction v;as a harp solo by the well-knovm vir- 
tuoso J/jrs, M. Jiskrova, who played Godefroid»s Reverie, 

The Bohemian public is very proud of ]'.r. I'achek's accomplishments and prom- 
ises him its whole-hearted support in all his undertakings, fur compat- 
riots know his qualifications and have never been disappointed by him. He 
has developed many noted violinists in his school and at present, has some 
remarkable talent under his supervision. 

Many musicians, artists, and other professional persons attended the con- 

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p. !•— Jio advance adyertisenents had boosted the luune of Kajetan Attl, yet the 
hall of the Pileen Sokol was filled to capacity by the music loving public which ^ 
came without having heard of the youthful harp-soloist, and left with loud praise 
of his art. They heard him perform on an instriuoent as ancient as the Bible, but 
rarely singled out for solo*play. The first number on the program was Trnecek's 
arrangement of the synphonie poem "Vltava** by Smetana; the excellent recitation 
assured the success of the concert. The applause following drew the first encore— 
a transcription of the lOBg "Ach Neni Tu, Neni Tu** for the harp, also by Professor 
Trnecek; a second encore was the **liajurka in E-flat minor" by E. Schielker. 
Thtinderous handclapping and rich floral offerings rewarded the artist. After this, 
the phantasy on "Prodana Nevesta" (The Bartered Bride) from the opera by Smetana* 
for harp solo by Prof. Tmecek, created a sensation, so that the artist encored 
"Concert Valse" and "Serenade" by Haselman. 

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D«nni Hlaaatel , Dec. 2, 1909* 

Before, and between these numbers, other artists assisted. The trio Hladky ^ 
(violin), Kalas (rioloncello) and Dr.Greif ^iano) gave splendid renditions ^ 
of the "Xlegy" by J. Jiranek, and "Slavonic Dance No. 12** by Dvorak. Mr. ^ 
Adolf Verst, well known popular tenor and teacher, enriched the program by ^ 
the recitation of -Ty Hvetdicky," "V Nejisto." and "Oko Tve" by Karel Bendl, g 
a8 also by "0 IhousArt Ldke a Little Flower,** ttomtosed by the singer's son p 
Stephen Erst, who is now developing hie budding talent in the conservatory of 

Mr. Hladky* 8 playing of a Noctunio by Chopin evoked salves of applause. The 
concert was interesting throughout, distinguishing itself from others in that 
no one of the numbers was even partly tedious to listen to, or too lengthy* 


Denni Hlasatel , Feb, 21, 1909. 


"Iftiy shouldn't we rejoice**— the chorxxs in the "Bartered Bride** occurs to us— ^ 
yes, how much would we rejoice if only we could hear the opera, the gem of .^ 

Smetana*8 works, in Chicago! We expected to hear Bmsiy Cestinn in the role of p 
**Mare(nka,** our own Destinn, the famous artist, admired throughout the musical ^ 
world, the loyal Bohemian! And now we learn that the performance of the opera g 
in Chicago is not only not assured but very uncertain indeed. A source close ^ 
to the manageeient informs us that the **Bartsred Bride** is not included in the ^ 
repertoire scheduled for Chicago; strange news indeed when one thinks of the D^ 
laurels which Destinn has won and the praise showered upon Bohemian art on 
the occasion of the recent perfoxmance of Smetana*s masterpiece in the Metro- 
politan Opera House in New Tork! The sad tidings of the absence of the opera 
from the proposed program had the effect of a chilly blast upon every Bohemian 
of our community. Be it luiderstood that we have employed every means, pulled 
every wire, to see the opera given here. We wrote to Mr. Dippel, the director, 
picturing the disappointment and the wounded feelings of the Chicago Bohemians 

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Dennl Hlasatel , Feb. 21, 1909. 

who have been awaiting that performance for a long time. We even offered to ^ 

guarantee to Mr, Dippel a whole series of sold-out houses, convinced that 5 

there will not be one among the 120,000 Bohemians settled in Chicago who would Oi 

not grasp the opportunity to hear this opera, especially with an artist of p 

Destinn*s renown. ^ 


It is Incumbent upon us to bring such pressure upon the management as to over- ^ 
come its resistance. Let us swamp Mr. Dippel with a flood of letters, personal S 
and collective, to achieve our end. Shall we be deprived of this delist? We "^ 
cannot allow this to happen; if it does, we shall be humiliated and at the 
same time suffer an Irreparable loss. 

Let us therefore begin all over again — and step a little livelyl Let us all 
pull together with all our might. Not once but ten times and always shall the 
house be thronged with Bohemians. From this day on let our slogan be: 

"The 'Bartered Brlde» must be performed in Chicagol" 

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Denni Hlasatel, June 14, 1908. 



p. 1, col. 1 - Among our Bohemian .American musicians Ur. Bohumil Kryl met vith 
the American public. Being the world's best known comet ist, he is deserving 
of his renown. Ur, Kryl directed his band of 50 musiciajis at the opening of 
Forest Park. It is expected that a great number of Ur, Kryl's friends will 
pay their respects to him by coming out to see and hear him and his band. Ur« 
Kryl's engagement at Forest Park will be a short one, therefore we urge those 
fdio can come not to miss these musical treats. 

Forest Park can be reached by way of the west side metropolitan elevated 
railway or by west bound street csurs at a five cent feure* 



Dennl Hlasat^l , Nor. 18, 1907. 


p* 1. The lie Vlcker Theatre seemed inauffieient to accon&odate the multitude 
which flocked to attend the concert of Jem Kubelik yesterday afternoon. Long 

before 3 p. m., the hour set for the beginning, the place was completely sold p 

out, and packed with a crowd surcharged with anticipation; the stage was Jammed <3 

with extra seats so that the artist himself found scant freedom of movement* A ^ 

considerable contingent was added to the audience by the arrival of the Czech £ 

fellow countrymen of the artist who came to revel in the enchanting tones lured ^ 

from his rare Italian violin and to rejoice over his triuB|)hs. C^ 

The conpositions chosen were of the highest plane of eu*tistic discrimination* 
The artist could not, true enou^, restrict himself to the pieces announced in 
print, for so overwhelming was the reception given each rendition that many 
encores had to follow* 




i Dennl Hlasatel , Nor. 18, 1907. ^^ 

i — 
Kile. Roy, pianist, i^o is touring with Kubelik as assisting artiste partici- ^--' 
pated in the -honors shovered upon Kubelik; she owes a debt to lib*. Frohman, who ^ 
as Kubelik *s manager has given her eui excellent opportunity to sake her art 3 
known to the general public. . ^ 

The program contained such names as Chopin, Schumann, Spohr, Tchajkovskif 

Fibieh, Paganini, Saint-Saens and Wieniawski. It is the peculiarity of Kubelik *s 

az*t that impresses tl^e musical epictu*e, the initiated connoisseur and at the 

same time never fails in its effect upon the untutored masses. 

The composition by Fibieh "Poetic Moods,** evoked emotional respou*; native 
Americans Joined the numerous Czech listeners in enthusiastic applause. The 
splendid performance closed with the presentation of gorgeous floral offsrings 
for the artist. 

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Dwmi Hlasatel. Nov« 18, 1907. 

Kubelik vlll be heard again in the matiaee arranged for Saturday afternoon 
In Orchestra Hall. We are informed that Kubelik is not to appear in the 
special concert for his countrymen during this tour as he is bound by con- 
tract to Ur. Frohnan. 


Critics of the American language papers meinif est great admiration for Kubelik. :^ 

After the first of the concerts ^ven by him W. L. Hubbard of the Chicago r; 

Tribune wrote an article most flattering to the artist. This critic is -o 

known to cuialyxe artistic acconqpliehments with the sober mien of the trained o 

musician, who abandons himself only rarely to boundless enthusiasm. Of ^ 

Kubelik he writes todays ** After Kubelik had finished his last encore the ^ 

audience appeared to have reached the hi^ point of rapture. He certainly ^ 
possesses the power that penetrates the very heart, and he is one of the few 
whose success is assured, no matter when emd where they play." 


Dennl Hlasatel . Nov. 18, 1907. 



V — 

Equal, and •ven mora unrastrained praise is accorded to the artist in other 
newspapers. What we Czechs feel during a Kubelik concert cannot of course, 
be depicted. Kubelik *s countrymen will always be the first to gather at his 
concerts, eyen if there came ten in succession, and the oftener and longer ^ 
they listen the more fascinated they will grow. It is the effect of Czech S 
music upon Czech hearts. ^ 


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Denni Hlaaatel , June 23, 1907, 


p. 1.. As in previous ]rears, so this year also, the exxaaer garden in the Coli- 
seuffl, generally knovn as **Coliseum Garden,** on Wabash Avenue at 15th Street, 
is open, and the popular concert-bemd under the leadership of Ur. W. Krell 
giving daily perforoumees there. This band is newly organized auid has thirty- ^^ 
five oiexnbers. The well known Bohemian nrusician, Jan Koza]^ is its agent. 

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It is because of his effox>ts that the band is composed almost wholly of Bohemians* 
The following named musicians are soloists of the bemdt Joseph Karlovsky, cor* 
net; Jos. C3iuran, trombone; B. Vesely, xylophone. The following named Bohem-* 
ians perform on other instrument st Vac. Lang, Jos. Tlusty, Joseph Markvart, 
J. Koula, J. Cerx^, V. Tuma, J. Vine, U. Uasopust, Jos. Dolista, V. Kozak, V. 
Ifasacek, A. Brousek, Jos. Kalabza, V. Ocasek, A. Konopasek, Fr. Chapek and J. 

Thz*ough the endeavors of Mr. Koxak, next week's program will include several 
Bohemian compositions such as excerpts from the opera "Prodana Nevesta** 
(Bartered Bride) by Smetana; Dvorak's Slavonic Dances and others. 

The price of admittance to the evening concerts is 25 cents. 

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Denni Hlasatel, Apr. 14, 1907. 


p. 2. col. 4, We have many real artists among us. If our Bohemian violinists, 
pianists, and other artists were more conscious of their skill and value in their 
respective fields, as artists of other nations are, they would gain the respect 
of the highest artists' circles in America. 

Our artists do not know how to advertise their skill. They are satisfied if 
they please their community, their pupils and the Bohemian public. There are 
many who could be famous if they showed their accomplishments to the world. 
Among them is our piano virtxioso, lir. V. Sasko, who plays at many Bohemian 
concerts. He prefers to olay at concerts which benefit the Bohemian benevolent 
enterprises, which is indeed to his credit. 

Mr. V. Sasko studied piano abroad and is now recognized as a piano virtuoso. 
At present he teaches piano among the Bohemian people in Chicago, and is 
recommended to anyone desirous of learning to play the ^iano. Pie teaches ad- 
vanced students as well as beginners. 


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P.l~We are observing with interest and pride the progress of our Bohumir Kryl 
on his road to fame, V/e say "our Kryl** because he always was one of ours and 
always proudly proclaims his allegiance. 



We have reported on the successes of B. Kryl's art some time ago mentioning the -Z 

artist's determination to form a band of his own. In doing so Kryl strove to ^ 

become independent of engagements in other bands whose reputation he enhanced £ 

by his ov/n art. ^ 


For his own band he has engaged first class artists and so his concerts enjoy "" 
the greatest popularity not only with the music loving public but with the pro- 
fessional musicians as well. 


Denni Hlasatel , May 2, 1906. 


Kryl is building up a reputation as a conductor as high as he has been en- "p 
joying as soloist on the cornet. The critics of the English-American papers ^ 
write enthusiastic articles about him. The Louisville Herald says: "The im- ^ 
portant fact is the excellent quality of the individual players of his or- o 
chestra, they are all genuine artists. There is no doubt that Kryl*s is the cj 
best band we have ever heard in Louisville," Further on >the critic refers to ^ 
Kryl's solo playing: "V/ith the golden tone of his instrument Kryl has made *" 
a mighty impression upon the innumerable listeners. Hot only is his instrument 
actually made of metal gold, but the tones elicited from it are of purest gold 
also, more golden even than the instrument itself," 

Kryl's successes have attracted the attention of the Fontaine Ferry Park 
management which has nov/ entered into negotiations with him to prolong the en- 
gagement for another week. 

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The Louisville audiences are at his feet, We cannot but reiterate our feelings -d 
of joy and pride over his conquests, and over the manner in which he helps to cd 
spread the fame of our name. 



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Denni Hlasatel , Apr. 23, 1906. 


The Clear Profit ^fhich Amounts To About $3000 Will 
Be Divided Equally Between The Old Peoples* Home 
And St, Joseph's Catholic Orphanage, 

p.l.~The spacious Auditorium hall, where cur Bohemian artist, Jan Kubelik, 
celebrated his triumphs several weeks ago, and at his side our wonder-child, 
Milada Cerny, demonstrated her extraordinary musical talent, was selected 
for this concert. 

In the halls of this colossal structuf** thousands of the Bohemian public 
gathered yesterday to pay homage to their countrymen artists who appeared on 
the Bohemian benefit concert arranged by the V/. W. Kimball Piano Company. 

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Although the attendance at the concert was quite numerous, it could have been 
better.- However, if we taJce into consideration existing circumstances, then. 
we must admit that this concert met with a brilliant moral and financial success. 

Crowds of visitors began to gather before the Auditoriuri shortly after two o'clock; 
an innumerable multitude of people, like a dark cloud, drifted toward the hall, 
toward that place of fan.e where our people several times already have paid homage 
to the beautiful art brought forth by our great master. 

Yesterday's concert was for us not only an artistic treat, it contributed at the 
same time to Bohemian charities, which will receive the net proceeds. 

The splendidly arranged progran of this concert was opened shortly after three 
o'clock by the famous Bohemian pianist Mr. Rudolf Friral, who Unveiled for the 
general public his great musical talent. 

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Others appearing on the prograa weret Mr* Bamhardt Listenan Tiollnlsty Mrs. 
liabel Sharp Hardien, singer; the Bohemian bass Tiol rirtuoso, Vaclav Jiskra» 
appeared in a well arranged selection in which he denonstrated his extraordinaz*y 

All in all» it can be said that the benefit concert arranged for the benefit 
of Bohesdaa charitable institutions by the W. W. Kimball Conpany was a financial 
asset for these institutions, and the coB|>any gained aich favor with the Bohemian 
people of Chicago. 

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Denni Hlasatel , Apr. 13, I903. 

ijR. t:-ii:iu.'s cchcsr't 

Brilliant success of our youn^ artist — I'x. Alois 

Trnka gains the approval and the adniiration of the public. 

P.l — "'e finally had the opportunity yesterday to hear and appreciate our 
v/ell-.:no^vn Chica^jo compatriot, -.'r. Alois Trnka, the talented youn£: musician 
who left us several years ago and returned as an accomplished virtuoso, as- 
signed by critics to a place anong artists of the first rank. He aroused 
attention even a', that time, appearing here at a pupil of Capek' s music 
school, and music critics predicted certain success for him. 





Therefore it is not to be wondered at that ].!r. Trnka* s return from the Prague 
conservatory was eagerly anticipated, and that every one desired to i:now v.'hat 
progress he had made under the tutelage of the famous master TevCik. The 
spacious pilsen Sokol hall v/as filled to capacity yesterday, v/hen our young 
artist appeared to demonstrate hovr- his remarkable musical talent has devel- 
oped in the course of several years. If vr. Trnka had formerly attracted 
attention, he aroused admiration this lime. 

Mr. Trnka' s opening selection, with which he appeared for the first time 

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Dennl Hlasatel , Apr. 13, I905. 

before the Chicago public as a virtuoso, was Bach's difficult Sonata in G 
Minor, which he played faultlessly. 

The experience of last nir^ht at pilsen TIall v/as indeed a pleasure. The pub- 
lic on departing v/as lavish in its prcire, und satisfaction and Joy v/ere 
overy.7here manifested that a virtuoso of our ov.ti race is acquiring so great 
a reputation. 

After the concert many of the artist's friends presented themselves to con- 
gratulate him and to shake his hand. Mr. Trnka was highly pleased to find 
such favor among his own people and to have so' large an audience. 

Mr. Alois Trnka vdll remain here only until next Sunday. He will then leave 
for Rochester, lle\" York, where he vriLll reside. 




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Dennl Hlasatel, Aug. 29, 1904. 


Josef Vilim, Director of the American Violin School of Chicago 

The beginnings of the hi^er class of Bohemian music in the United States were 
very unpromising. Everybody understands that it was not the virtuosos and the 
artists who migrated to America, but people who primarily sought to find living 
conditions which were more tolerable, and who wanted to secure bread for them- 
selves in the fierce struggle for existence. 

Learning, of vrtiatever kind it may be, is a luxury, and therefore music is a 
luxury, /since it is a form of learning, something which we might call aristo- 
cratic. Besides, the beginnings of everything that Bohemians attempted on this 
side of the ocean were very bitter, difficult, and small. ^©t7 as the rise 
of the present-day Bohemian-Americans has been incredibly rapid in industry 
and business, in community life, education, and politics, so has It been in 




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Dennl Hlasatel , Aug, 29, 1904, 

maslc* Bohemian musicians have cdready gained a reputation for themselves with 
their music and will soon achieve fame under the eyes of the proud iUnericans. % 

There is a considerable number of accomplished Bohemian professional lausicians P^ 
in the United States, for the most part graduates of the world-famous Prague ^ 
conservatory, who are acquainting the American public with Bohemian and Slovak ^ 
composers, not forgetting at the same time the leaders of other nationalities 
in the field of music. Aside from that, Bohemian musicians, as teachers of 
music, are pouring into the souls of the American people Slavonic melodies ^ 
which touch the heart and by that means are winning for the Bohemian people 
the lively interest of artistic circles. The Bohemian people are making their 
way in America with their music, a most noble weapon. It is certain, that 
along this path Bohemian artists are moving steadily and rapidly forward, 

Bohemi£ui musicians are honorably and strongly represented on the orchestras 
of Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh, Boston, Cleveland, and St, Louis, and 



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especially where there are symphony orchestras. 

Not only is this true, but Bohemian musicians possessing a higher musical edu- 
cation have founded their own schools here in America — conservatories in con- 
siderable numbers, which enjoy the best of reputations in the cities in vhich 
th^ are located. 

That there are among Bohemian artists in America quite a number of talented 
directors, band masters and composers /J.b a fact so well known that it hardly/ 
needs to be mentioned. 





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It is a great misfortune ^or our professional musicians here in America that 
they do not know how to advertise themselves, and that very often Bohemian 
journalists are indifferent and cool towards them, 

Ae far as Bohemian singing is concerned, we can say with a great deal of 


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Dennl Hlasatel , Aug. 29, 1904. 

pleasure that here in America it is ardently cultivated. There is not an ^ 
important town in vbich Bohemians are settled without one or more singing ' 5 
societies, secular, nationalistic, or ecclesiastical. In most Bohemian '^ 
Catholic churches the music is provided by a mixed choir accompanied by the r^ 
organ, while at Bohemian entertainments and in Bohemian theaters not only beau- -n 
tiful choruses but also operettas and operas are sung. o 


There are not many vocal soloists among American-Bohemians, and it would be S 
a source of satisfaction if there was a change for the better in that respect. '^ 

There are several Bohemian piano soloists in the United States, and we can 
truthfully say that they are excellent artists. Tbe same may be said of Bohe- 
mian musicians who play other instruments, such as the violoncello, the cornet, 
the clarinet, and the trombone. Bohemians are thus honorably represented by 
their musicians throughout America; many of them are artists of the highest 

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Perhaps Bohemians are not numerically strong enough to maintain a purely Bohe- 
mian orchestra in America, but with good will and effort a Bohemian orchestra 
could be assembled, and by touring the country it would surely win fame for 
Bohemian music. ' 

Bohemian music has made a remarkable impression in American musical circles. 
This is apparent everywhere, for if a concert of somewhat greater significance 
is given, we almost always find included in the program many compositions by 
Bohemian and Slovak composers; the orchestra itself is likely to have among 
its members some accomplished Bohemian artists. 




A pleasant phenomenon in the community of Bohemian professional musicians is 
that its residents remain true sons of the Bohemian race and admit their Bohe- 
mian origin. Of course there are exceptions even here, but these are often 
caused by certain unfavorable circumstances. The disheartening battle for 



Dennl Hlasatel. Aug. 29, 1904, 

existence Is so rude that it often removes that ever beautiful cloak of ^ 
enthusiastic patriotism from such a soul until finally there remains only the ^ 
broken skeleton of a formerly patriotic artist. ... 'p 


This sad phenomenon could be removed if well-to-do Bohemian-Americans would ^ 
send their musically talented children to Bohemian music schools. In that way 2 
the Bohemian artist would profit » and the Bohemian people in America would also oo 
profit, for they would have many well educated musicians, who would surely serve [i:;^ 
them with honor. ^ 

Chamber music is not successful among Bohemians. It is appreciated only by a 
few musically educated people and by musicians themselves, not by the general 
public. Of course this is not to be wondered at. Chamber music is the highest 
type of music, and the Bohemian people, who are mostly of the working class, 
always give preference to other forms of musical production because they are 
more easily accessible. 

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To be sure, it rests upon the professional musician always to be a missionary 
among Bohemian-Americans and to promote fine Bohemian chamber compositions and 
those of other races, so to guide and to cultivate the public* s taste, even if 
it is not immediately successful here and there or sometimes meets with great 
resistance. There is no victory without struggle and sacrifice. 

Surely it would not be out of place if all Bohemian professional musicians 
were united in a society of professional musicians in vrtiich, by their combined 
efforts, they could more easily advance. At least once each five years they 
should hold a rendezvous somewhere, to discuss musical relationships, their 
own needs, and the means whereby Bohemian music might be made more effective. 





It is very desirable that the first step in this matter be taken at the Pan- 
Slavic journalists' convention to be held at St. Louis from the 20th to the 
23rd of September, 1904, The writer of these lines is emboldened to call upon 
all professional musicians to attend this convention. There Bohemian musicians 
would be represented along with their Slav brothers, and in that way they might 

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i Dennl Hlasatel , Aug, 29, 1904. 

enter upon a broader field of activity. 

Artists are mistakenly regarded as if they did not need material support and 
could subsist like the inhabitants of the moon, drinking dew from blossoms 
and breathing their fragrance. The artists themselves are not practical 
enough; thqr have no business sense such as is required here in America. 




The Bohemian professional musician must do a reasonable amount of advertising 
of himself, since much depends on advertising, especially in a country like 
the United States, where everything is on a commercial basis. Bohemian Day Di 
at the World* s Fair in Chicago in 1893 was a big advertisement for Bohemian 
musical talent which was triumphant there. This success was so great because 
the arrangements for Chicago's Bohemian Day were taken over by unselfish people, 
who were both enthusiastic and practical. These important conditions were lack- 
ing in the Bohemian Day arrangements at the St. Louis exposition, which for 
that reason was without financial success, though from a musical standpoint 

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it stood high. But the concert arranged in Chicago for the benefit of the 
Central Educational Association of Bohemia served to advertise Bohemian musical 
art. It is therefore recommended that our musicans and singers appear oftener 
at such public celebrations and in that way demonstrate to the American public 
their solidarity €md their strength. 

Bohemian professional musicians should see to it that they have on hand Bohemian 
compositions, whether published in Bohemia or elsewhere, and they should rec- 
ommend these compositions everywhere and perform them themselves, thus opening 
the way for Bohemian art. 

It is necessary that a Bohemian artist shall occasionally visit his native land 
in order to hear the creations of the foremost Bohemian masters performed there, 
to refresh himself musically, to nourish a filial affection toward Bohemian 
Girt, and to comprehend and appreciate the works of our young composers. The 
Bohemian artist born in America must see to it that he acquires a general 


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Dennl Hlasatel , Aug. 29, 1904. 

education, and he must also receive business training so as to render his 
natural talents reoninerative. 

It is certain that Bohemian music will have a great influence upon Americans 

if Bohemian artists will see to it that they shall appear viierever possible 

in one body before the American public and cause their really great musical ^ 

talents to be appreciated. 

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Dermi Hlasatel, April 18, 1904. 

WPA (III.; PHOj. M7h 

Artist Enraptures Listeners 

Yesterday our miisic loving public had the rare opportunity of hearing our 
comet king Mr. Bohuiair Kryl, vrfio appeared in a concert given at the Pilsen 
Sokol hall, Ashland Ave., and 18th St. The naiae of Mr. Kryl is v/ell known, 
therefore it is not surprising that the spacious hall was filled. Yester- 
day's program deserves the greatest credit. There vvas not a single visitor 
who did not leave enthused and satisfied to the utmost. 

It was really a pleasant evening and everyone regretted that it did not last 
longer. Tine passed too quickly as a resxilt of variety of the program, vrtiich 
was made up of selected numbers. It is to be regretted that we have so few 
occasions of this kind. 

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Denni Hlasatel , Dec. 1, 1903< 


Today's reception given in his honor by S. Y. Gormen, at 4816 Grand 
Boulevard, is proof of the respect and favor the artist piano virtu80» 
Ottokar 2ialeky enjoys in the best American society. S. J. Gorman is 
one of the most prominent citizens of this city and the most select 
society has been invited to attend the reception. Extensive preparation 
has been made for this occasion in the German residence and the interior 
resembles an exotic paradise. The program is very carefully arranged 
and the guests will be surprised by all manner of luxuries such as can 
be provided only by such a wealthy man as Gorman. Among those invited 
ar« the virtuso Mr. Frantisek Hladky and his wife. We are informed that 
lfr»Hladky will render a violin sole iriiich surely will be a great pleasure 
for this select society. 

II A 3 b Denni Hlasatel. May 25, 1903, p. 1 BOHEMIAN 


Saturday our muBic loving public had the rare opportiinity to attend a concert 
given by Mrs. Anny Ihotoko in Thalia hall. Alas, there were many who allowed 
the opportunity to slip by, consequently only a few attended. However the 
entire concert wae grand. Every number was very interesting, but decidedly 
best were the numbers, in which we were able to hear Mrs. Lhotko in solo. She 
sings beautifully, her voice is strong and the fresh and colorful tones give it 
a special charm* Those who attended were reluctant to depart, for it may be 
some time before they have another opportunity to hear music so beautifully and 
sympathetically rendered. 



17 Dennl Hlasatel . April 10, I903. 


Yesterday afternoon there gathered in the home of i^rofessor Vilim in Riverside a 
canpany of Bohemian artists. Among those present were Jaroslav Kccian, Boza 
Umirov, Frant. Spindler, Miss Clara Cermak, Miss Edna Crump, Frant. Ilorlivy, and 
Dr. Semerak. It is unnecessary to add that it was a most cordial entertainment. 


Deimi Hlasatel . Mar. 23, 1903, p. 2 



Umirovs Concert given in the Sokol hall on Eedsie Aye.» in Bohemian r= 

California, as expected, met with great success. The vocal numbers >C 

which Bosa Umirov rendered, to the xiiano accompaniment of Paul ^ 

Vyskocil, were liked very much, and most of them had to he repeated. 2 
Miss Clara Cermak, played several beautiful compositions on the piano. ^ 

The large audience applauded both artists vociferously. Both were ::^ 

presented with flowers. *^ 


Dennl Hlasatel, Mar. 9, 1903, p. 1 




Both concerts of the celebrated Bohemian singer* Boea Umirov, and the hopeftd ^ 
young artist Milada Cerny, were enjoyed by a large and enthusiastic audienc** S 

The Fine Arts Hall on Michigan Ave., was filled to capacity at bo%h afternoon ^ 
and evening concerts. Although the majority were countrymen, lovers of song 
and music, there were quite a number of foreigner who came to hear the rapturous 
production of Bohemian song, such as the afternoon and evening programs afforded* 

Boza tJmirov, pleasing in appearnace, charmed everyone who had the opportunity 
to hear him. His beautiful ringing voice, clear and xinderstandable in octh the 
upper and lower registers, enraptured all his listeners, who made it known to 
him through the oft repeated eind long applause which broke out in the hall after 
each number* In the afternoon he was presented with a precious gift, and in the 
evening with a large bouquet of fresh flowers, bound in the national colors, by 
the Club. 



Dcnnl Hlasatel . Mar. 9, 1903. 

He was accompanied by Paul Vyskocil. The young artist of the future, Milada S 

Cerny, surprised and enraptured the audience with her piano playing, Juet ">- 

as UmiroT did with his singing. Her playing is exceptionally matured. Althou^ '^ 

she is only nine years old, she plays many difficult compositions that only the rj 

greatest artists attempt. It is especially to be noted that she played these ^ 

compositions from memory, with ease and technic; successfully putting into them 2 

as much feeling as the greatest artists. «m 


At both the afternoon and evening performances she was presented with bouquets '-^ 
of flowers. 

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( Deanl Hlaaatel, Jan. 21, 1903, p. 1 (^ VJPfl ^' 


Mrs. Augusta Vitak, a country woman, vntll recently a resident of Canton, 
Ohio, where her husband Mr. Louis Vitak, had a wholesale business in musical 
instruments, has now located in Chicago. She has decided to act as a 
teacher of the violin. The decision of this well known violin virtuoso, 
offers Bohemian parents a rare opportunity to have their children tau^t the 
, violin with certainty of success, because of Mrs. Vitak* s successful teaching 
career in the Old-Country. ;.* 

Mrs. Augusta Vitak has studied the violin since her eigjbh year. After five 
years devoted to the art, the celebrated Bohemian master Frant. Ondricek 
heard her and recognizing her talent, insistently urged her to continue 
her studies. As a yoxing girl Mrs. Vitak went to Prague, where she studied 
tinder the direction of jprofessor Bennewitz. Later, after a successful 
concert tour throughout Europe, she completed her studies with the Stuttgart 
teacher of violin, E, Singer, 



Dennl Hlasatel, Jan. 21, 1903. 

Returning to Fra^e she became a successful teacher of the violin, and 
among her pupils, gave Master Kubelik his preparatory education for the 
conservatory. In the year 1893, she married Mr. Vitak and immigrated to 
Canton, Ohio. Her meeting with Kuhelik was particularly touching, and 
became an important topic of discussion at the time.- This new teacher 
of the violin will open her school of music in the Pine Arts Building on 
Michigan Ave., and applications of pupils will be accepted in the office of her 
husband Mr. Vitak, at 204 S* Wabash Ave. Bohemian parents are again \irged to 
take advantage of this rare opportunity to have their children taught violin by 
this teacher, whose artistry, and thorough musical education guarantee success. 

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IV Derxnl Hlasatel . Jan. 16, 1902. 

IV (Jewish) 


The Bohemian Club, li.embers of whioh among other things are musical virtuosoes, 
arranged an exclusive ball last night, such as is always considered best dur- 
ing the winter season. 3ven this tiir.e the sponsors took pains to have the 
ball surpass all preoeeding affairs, and they were suooessful in the fullest 

The oozy locality near "Libuse", 934 ""'''est 12th St., was richly decorated v.'ith 
greens and other ornaments for the ojcssion. Shortly after nine o'clock, the 
invited guests bogan to arrive. So many visitors came that the large hall and 
gallery were soon quite full. The reason for such a large gathering was to be 
found in the announcement, that the celebrated virtuoso, Kubelik, would be 
present. It was a little before ten o'clock when our distinguished young 
countryman arrived, escorted by his secretary, Mr. Skrivan, and the American 
correspondent of the Vienna, Neue Freie Press, I.?r. Baumheld. Kubelik was warm- 
ly welcomed by his countrymen the moment he stepped into the hall. He bowed, 
smiling in all directions, heartily greeting all who were introduced to him. 
Among those present and distinguished in our public life, there were the 
Mayor Carter H. Harrison; the lawyer, 311iot; Justice of the Peace La Buy; 

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boh3k:ian \o 


Alderman Eld. J. Novak; School Board Member, Vopioka; former School Board 

Member, Kristian 7/alleok; Assistant Chief of Police, Ptaoek; Police Judge Sabath; 

and many others. 

Mr. Kubelik watched the Grand Larch from the balcony, while holding a lively 
conversation with those standing near him. Then with all those present he 
was photographed. 

After he had inspected the club premises of the Bohemian Club and enjoyed him- 
self among his new friends, he returned to the Auditorium. 

The balance of the guests, v;ho cane to the Bohemian Club's Ball, continued their 
merry-making late into the night, to the accompaniment of Tesinske's excellent 

Yesterday Jan Kubelik v/as the guest of the Austrian Vice-consul, H. Schwegel, 
Today he is to be taken on a tour of the Union Stock Yards. In the evening his 
first concert will be given. On Friday at one o'clock in the afternoon, he 
will participate at a banquet in the Auditorium. 

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For today's concert at the Auditorium in which besides Kubelik, i:iss Maria 

Victoria Torrilhon (piano), and our countrjnnan, Rudolf Friml, will take part, 

the follov/ing program has been arranged :- 

"Concerto for Violin, D. Major", by Paganini, Jan Kubelik. 

"Etude de Concert and Hungarian Stude", Miss Torrilhon. 

"Aria from Bach", "Andante from Lalo", and "Praeludium" from Bach, Jan Kubelik. 

"Rhapsodie Hongroise" No. 6, Liszt, L'iss Torrilhon. 

"Slavonic Dance", Dvorak, and "Russian Carnival", /.Tieniawski, Jan Kubelik. 

As to wlien Kubelik will be able to visit among the rest of his country.-i.en, will 
be discussed by the cou-Oiittee and his Secretary, Lr. Skrivan. 

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Denni Hlasatel * Sept. 5, 1901. 


This violin school of which Jos. Vilim is Director, is the first of its kind in 
Chicago. Mr. Vilim, directs and teaches the members of two orchestras which 
he organized. One orchestra meets in the afternoon, the other in the evening. 

l&t8icians,who would like to become members of either of these orchestras, 

should apply in person as soon as possible, at Kimball Hall, 3rd floor, 243 Wabash 





Denni Hlasatel. Tetmevy 19, 1901, 


Capek's Violin School is progressing successfully this sepson and among the. 
pupils are found nany of promising talent who through periodical appearances 
on the concert stoge have already proven their ability in violin playing. 

Among this year's more advanced pupils are found Miss Annette Kalhach, Miss 
Bernice Glenn, Miss Ruhy Smith, and Mr. Martin ITovacek. 

Mr. Alois Trnka, known to the Bohemian and American public as a talented vio- 
lin virtuoso, is progressing diligently in his studies under the direction of 
his conscientious teacher. Prof. J. H. Capek. Mr. Trnka has been engaged as 
soloist for the concert and entertainment which will be given Tuesday evening, 
February 19, in the Arcade The' ter at Pullman, Illinois, in the int^-rests of 
the Public Library. 

Professor Capek's violin school is locpted in the Fine Arts Building at 203 
Michigan avenue, Pjn. 713. Professor Capek also teaches a.t his' home, 5821 
Jackson avenue, Hyde Park. 

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Svornost, March 5, 1900  




We are informed that Mr. Joseph Vilim, a noted Bohemian musician, ^ 
concert-master and composer, has been appointed bv the Chicago University -o 
as conductor of the University Orchestra. It is a new proof that the o 
Bohemian music and the Bohemian musicians are always acknowledged to- 
day in spheres where the demands and the criticism are unusually 

There are many countrymen among the members of the orchestra. In his 
new position as an orchestra conductor, Mr. Vilim will be able to 
acquaint the imiversity students and the best of the English-American 
public coming in contact with the st\idents, with the jewels of Bohemian 

As far as we know Mr. Vilim, we are sure he will use this opportunity 

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^ Svomost , Dec. 5, 1896, 

 ET TTillTY IS l?QH£Ii, HI P0;/2R - ffiALTH. 

Several patriotically inclined singers have succeeded in originatin:^ a new or- 
ganization, - inclmirif: all local Bohemian musical artists. This much promising 
organization started its existence Nov, 1st, under the name of the '♦Artistic 
Musical Club," The club was located in the hall of I.Cr, Belohlavka, a very ar- 
tistically arran.3ed place and qualified for its purpose. The problems of the 
new organization are: To consregate in Chicar^o, all livia;; Bohemian musical ^ 
artists, to preserve mutual friei^dship and patriotism, to encoura-^-e the activity 
of musical artists in general, and especially of Bohemian music. 

Araons the members of the club are such names as J, Capek, K. Otradovec, V.I.Iachek, 
F. Hladky, L.ITovak, J, Vilim, B. Holub, J, Ilalamicek and others. 

Chairman - Capek, vice-chairman, !,!r. Ilalamicek, secretary, I'x , Kasas, TTe 
are sure that everj'-bod-' will congratulate this honorable new orp;anization with 
great pleasure, so much more so, as until now v/e v/ere in need of such an organ- 


Svornost, Dec, 5, 1896, 


The founding of the "Artistic I..usical Club" is of enorinous importance, when we 
take into consideration that the day of our i»triotic and national resurrection 
is still far away and we are not so easily intiraidated by strange elenients. 

Look out, we have in our veins the sar:ie Bohenian blood that we were torn with 
and that our hearts are always turning in the direction of our cotmtry. 

There is another impulse that perliaps stimulated our musical artists to the 
great idea of union, Piema-.ber that the majority of them are i^ainin;^ their daily 
bread from strange hands, - 

If we will organize this way in all professions, we will see very soon a time, 
where we will represe;.t a nation, capable in any direction and more to better 
the miserable life of our corimunity. 

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Svprnost , Fet. 24, 1896. • 

'OlIDRICii: COilGSRT. , • 

The list of successes and rlories of the violin king Franz Ondricek was aug- 
mentefi by yesterday's concert in Falcon Pilsen Kail. - 

We noticed among others the proninent physician, I.!r, Scvera fron Cedar Rapids, 
Carl Proharka fron Peoria, 111. Norbert Voit from St. Louis, and many others. 
All Bohemian comraunities were richly represented. Before 8 P. M. all seats 
were sold out at hif;^ prices. The hall was filled with the elite of Bohemian 
society in Chicago. The progran was mostly or choicest national pieces inter- 
preted by Ftanz Ondricek. AIto on the propirar; were I.lrs. Anna Hlavacek - 
Ondricek, soprano; trio for piano, violin and cello played by Messrs, Eolub, 
Capak and Karas, and A. Ernst, baritone. 

Endless braves aid encores showed the enthusiastic approval of the audience.-. 
The concert was followed by a banquet for the invited guests. 


Yesterday's Bohemian concert of Franz Ondricek was frequented not only by 5 

prominent Boha'aians from Chicago, but fron other distant Bohemian centers. 


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Svomost , January 4, 1896 

Mr, Alois Novak, noted violin virtuoso, who has gained approval of the local 
public during his concerts, "before the Chicago audience, has ventured into 
a new field of activity "by teaching violin, 

Mr, Novak is a gra,duate of the Conservatory of IHisic at Prague, We are 
sure that he will give excellent artistic direction to his pupils. 

Mr. Novak's address is 157 Banker Street, or 724 Tfest 18th Street. 

j.i A ■^ D JUfl-eir.uAiN 

Svornost . Feb. G, 1S82 


Today's English newspapers of Chic?go are carrying a report on the appearance ^ 
of the esteemed Bohenian artist "Klenentina Kalasova" at Saturday's masquerade 5 

hall. They v^rite as follows:- The Dramatic Cluh of the "Tel.- Jed Sokol" -Si 

(Gymnastic Union Sokol) last S.-;turday night gave a masquerade hall in honor r- 

of Miss Kalasova of the Mapleson Opera. Company. The Ir-dy is a Bohemian hy -tj 

hirth; full of national pride she sought o\ir her countr;rmen in our City. Be- o 

cause she did not locate then until the latter part of the week, she was ^ 

forced to forego e.^rlier plans for a concert and merely rendered a few selec- S 

tions of National Bohemian interest hefore a large and enthusiastic gathering, «** 

After inniimerable encores, Uiss Kalasova was formally thanked for her kindness 
and was presented with a beautiful floral bouquet. . 

Then followed an informal reception, during which, those present, vied with 
one another for introductions to the guest of Honor. It was a very sociable 
affair and every one left fully satisfied. 

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Svornost . April 26, 1821 


We C^echo-Slavaks of Chicago, having in ovir midst good musicians and leaders, 
Can verily say that, in so far as music is concerned, we need not step aside 
for the musicians of any other nationality. We have many Bohemian musicians 
in Chicago, who adhere to music with a whole-souled enthusiasm. 

When Jan Balstka, in his tine settled in Chicago, rather when he twined his 
considerations toward Chicago, there was here at that time the "Slovanska 
Lipa" (SlovpJc Baeswood) he wejited to help the musicians of. this organization 
call the attention of the Chicago music world to them. Balatka hecpme a 
master and as such is recognized in all musical centers in spite of the fact 
that of the Bohemian "Jail" was made a German "Hans". 

'•^he long neglect of music of the Bohemians "by really good musicians was 
finally ended "by the organization of a fine hand and in a little more than 
a half year the accomplishments are surprising. Twenty-eight Bohemian 
musicians formed an organization known as the Slovak Band and in musical 
circles of all nationalities have earned themselves favorahle recognition 





Svornost . April 2(7, I'SSl 

either as individuals or as an orgenizetion. Under the leadershirp of J. Kou- 
la, they have progressed in a short period of time so far that they have al- 
ready given three concerts, The Slovak Band appeared "before the public in 
the Bohemian English Liberal School wh^^re it was received cordially "by an 
overflowing attendance of citizenry. Te "believe it would "be proper for all 
local musicians to join the omd and therelDy strengthen it as much as possible. 





The Concert ^iven last Sunday "by the Slovrk Band can "be considered on a par ?o 
with the performance of "luudra's ^and" from Cleveland last summer. The pro- 
gram consisted of twelve numbers among which were the following: Tannhaeuser . 
by Wagner, followed by an Overture , by Siippe, a violin solo played by J. 
Kostka, Selections from Les Hu^:uenots ; Oheron — overtiire by ^^eber. The ex- 
cellent clarinetist, J. Koula, Jr., chose the Carnival of Venice as his solo 

Echoes -^rbm Hone by Lanna was played as a duet by ILt . F. Tryner and Mr. V. 

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Koula's Bohemian quartet "brought the audience to an enthusiastic applause 
and praise. The same can he said of the rendition of tl:e Overture to "'A'ill- 
iara Tell." 

The closing three numhers, Selections from "The Bohemian G-irl , " "The Waltz 
of the Hecruiting Officers" and a "Gallop" were likewise received with en- 
thusiasm and had to he repeated. 

Deserving mention is m.?de of the youthful Flutist, Kaunovsky, he promises to 
become a great musician. 

If the Slovak Band in this last concert did not achieve materiel success, it 
was douhly successful from an artistic viewpoint. 





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Several times in the -nast we h^ve given it as our otjinion, that Bohemian musicTkns 
would iDenefit not only the Bohemian wiTjlic, "but thpmsplves as wpII in an 
artistic and material mrnner, if they would ta^e an exain"ole from the musiciana 
of other nationalities, namely the German, and unite themselves into a well 
organized hand. We said at tliat time, that there were nlenty of Bohemian 
musicians in our city and tha.t it would require nothing more than a little good 
fellowship, patience and industry, so thnt an unt'erstanr'ing of such importance 
as an independent Bohemian "band could exist and do well, serving us and itself 
with honor, Many otherwise reasona'ble musicians merely smiled at this suggestion 
and insisted that in no way was it possible to even think of organizing and 
•maintaining anythinr of the kind. 

The desired organization of Chicago Bohemian musicians into a band, did not 
materialize and we took it for granted, that there was no use giving it any fur- 
ther thou^t. 

We were mistaken however and graciously acknowledge that same. Several musicians 
belonging to the "C.S.P,S." (Czecho-Slavak Benefit Society) united to form the 

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nucleus of a "band and it did not tske long before they «,'ere strenghtened "by 
the addition of other musicipns. As leader of the new band was found the well- 
known composer and musician, Mr. Jan Koula. 

The very first oerfTrmance in public by this band wps sn honor to them and last 
Sunday's concert was played in the hall of "Ces, Am, Sokol" (Bohemian American 





Svomost. Decetn'ber 27, ISSO. — 




Last night tne Slovalc Band made their first -oublic aT)-bearanre in the hall of ^ 

the Bohemian-English School ant^ if we vrish to "be trathful we must admit that g 
they made for themselves many friends and their -performance was entirely ^ 
satisfactory to the puhlic. ^ 

The program was "be^n with the national song "Kde domov muj" (Where Is My Home?) ^ 
to which was added tne " World March " "by TT. Resare of Prairie du Chien. The 
very first nvimber pleased the audience in full end was received with un- 
restricted applause. The program was Toadf. up of the following additional 


2. Centennial Overture "by — — — Kabuly 

• Cavatina from Opera Marie Rudeng ^Donizetti 

San Souci Overture— — -. J, Kouly, sr. 

5. Solo for Cornet played by — V. Mracek 

6. Gallop Sleighride J. Binke 

7. Solo for Clarinet 

8. Air Vavre Fantasia ■: J. Mohra 

played by J. Koala, Jr. 

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Svornost. Decemljer 27, 1S30. 

- 9»0verture Amazons Kisler 

10. Polka J. Koula, Sr. 

11. Romance -Kalivoda 

The band is made up of 25 musicians and the performance yesterday was under the 
leadership 6f the well-known composer and "band-master J. Koula, Sr. to whom 
helongs in a large measure the credit for the success of the concert, and 
for showing what can "be accomrolished "by good will. 

It is time that Chicago was al)le to have a strong hand which does not primarily 
seek after profits hut looks to music as an art. 

Success to the "Slovak** Band, its director, and to its future performances. 





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Svornost. M arch 27th, 1S80. 

▲ Promising Bohemian Youth. 

The pupils of Prof, Prosinger recently gave a concert in the Natteson Bldg. 
which was very sliccessful and for us Bohemians the more slgnlfici«nt "because of 
all the pupils the most outstanding performance was that of a young countryman 
of our Josef Vilim in his violili rendition of Ernests "Elegle." 

His playing showed such fine harmony, such wonderful skill that the audience 
was enraptured. 

Mr. Vilim is ahout 17 years old and a "brother of the well-known Mrs. Bedlan. 

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The singing societies are, of all our nationnl societies, probably the fore- 
most defenders and upholders of our nationalism in this strange land. Their 
only purpose and function is the maintenance of the Bohemian Song in its 
original form so dear to the Bohemian soul, so sweet and cheerful in Jolly 
or troubled times. Their fruits have access to the hearts of all. They are f. 
for young and old, for rich and poor, entertaining and encouraging. It is 
admitted that the singing societies in America are great benefactors to our 
nationalism, their efforts should be supported by all in the larger 





We have a Bohemian singing club in practically every large city such as New 
York, Cleveland, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Chicago and everyone of them is to 
be heard one or more times each year. It is joyful and praiseworthy. We 
should be more than pleased with the awakening of Bohemian singing in Chicago 
of late, of such great activity among the lodges that it is iraDossible to even 
compare the feeble efforts of the past few years. 

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Svornost, Oct. U, 1879. 

The grentest credit for this awakening is due to the choirmaster, Mr. Jan 
Geringer, who devotes two evenings each week to teaching of singing, free 
of charge. He is not only cpr>pble but ardently active in the teaching and 
is the director of the singing club "Lyre." : 




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Svornost , Apr. 18, 1879. 
/BJINENT WJSICIAN takes up residence in CHICAj&^ 

The eminent -musician, and countryman of ours, Mr. Koula, who recently arrived 
in Chicago with the H. U. S. Pinafore Company has sent for his wife and family to 
join hir, Mr, Koula will settle permanently in Chicago and will teach music here^ 

His aTiility leads him to helieve that he Trill he patronized "by his countrymen. 
We also wish him much success. 


Svomost , Vol, III, No. 197, Chicago May 24th, 1878^.p^ /«j_^ p^Q. og^ji^ 


The "Strakosova Spolecnost" (Strakosova Opera Company) gave a second concert 
at the Tabernacle last night. The proceeds to be used for the benefit of 
the Newsboys Home. 

It was a brilliant success and like the previous concert pleased a large 
audience, thereby making available a considerable amount for this generous 
purpose • 

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A. Vocational 
3. Aesthetic 

c. Fainting and Sculpture 


Dennl Hlasatel , Apr. 5, 1922. 


In the art circles of Chicago the names of two Bohemian-American artists ^ 
enjoy a good reputation. They are the names of Professor Albin Polasek, ..^ 
an excellent sculptor and director of the department of sculpture in the p 
art school of the Chicago Art Institute, and Mr. R. F. Ingerle, who is an t^ 
outstanding painter. Whenever there is an art exliibition in Chicago, § 
those who attend the exhibits invariably see tne names of these two artists ^ 
in the catalogaes of the Institute. Furtherujore, they may see these two ^ 
names also among the art jurors of the same Institute. ...Thus, for instance, c?i 
during the last exhibition held by the Institute, in which the art works 
from Chicago and vicinity were exhibited, one of these men was juror, while 
both of them were exhibitors. On that occasion, also, one of them attracted 
so much attention by his work of art that he was honored with the highest 
prize possible for a Chicago artist to win. 

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What pleases us most, however, is that while both of these men sire good 
Americans, they do not wish to deny their Czechoslovak origins, and their 
Czechoslovak sympathies whenever an opportunity arises to do so. 


Our local Czechoslovak people, and particularly the ones who are admirers 
of art, will surely be pleased to learn that our countryiran, Mr. Rudolf F. 
Ingerle, was, during the last meeting of the Chicago Art Society, unanimously 

elected its president This election, for which there were svirely many 

talented candidates, fell to our countrjoiian for which we are proud, since it 
bespeaks not only the hifhest recognition for excellent art work performed 
by him, but, at the same time, is a reflection on us American Czechoslovaks. 





Denni Hlasatel , Mar. 24, 1922. 


Professor Albin Polasek, the well-knovm Chicago sculptor and director of the 

department of sculpt\ire at the Chicago Art Institute, will becone chairman of ^ 

an art committee uriiich will judge bathing beauties in the Uptown Fashion and ^ 

Auto Show. This show is to open next week in the Broadway Armory. lir. Polasek 3 

will publish the names of the other members of his committee later. Two hundred U 

and fifty girls will take part in this contest r; 


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Y^en lilessrs. Josef Hak, Josef Biciste, and ^^dolf Schreiber of Prague, 
Czechoslovakia, arrived in Chicago about six months .... af^o to advertise the 
recently published work, "Krasy Republiky Ceskoslovenske" (The Beauties of 
the Republic of Czechoslovakia), several of our local countrymen noticed 
that the afore-mentioned gentlemen brought with them the sample copies of 
the volume as v;ell as a number of valuable Czechoslovak original paintings 
and sculptures, the ;vorks of some of our outstanding artists, Vvhen our 
observant countrymen realized that these masterpieces v/ould probably not be 
purchased by our local wealthy Bohemians due to a lack of understanding on 
their part and also because the masterpieces themselves v/ere rather ex- 
pensive, they conceived the idea of a v;ay to secure these originals by some 
other means so that we of Chicago would profit by the acquisition. That 

idea took root. It vas believed that some of our local countrymen could 





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contribute at least some money for the purchase of several of these valuable 
art creations, and that subsequently these works could be presented to the 
local Art Institute as a gift from our Chicago Czechoslovaks. 

To start the ball rolling, two of our foremost local Czech artists, Professor 
Albin Polasek and the i)ainter. Professor Antonin Sterba, v/ere taken into 
confidence and their counsel was sought. Both of these gentlemen became 
enthusiastic over the proposed plan, and after having examined the works of 
the Czechoslovak artists, /particularly/ those pieces which were chosen to 
be given to the Chicago Art Institute, and having assured themselves that 
they are truly worthy of being called works of art, they sanctioned the 
project, but not until they had also approached the Institute authorities. 
The tVi?o men were told that such a gift of the Chicago Czechoslovaks would 
be most gratefully vjelconed by the Institute. This led to immediate activity. 


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It vjas on October 10, 1921, that the following /form/ letter, bearing the 

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signatures of our two great artists ^Ibin Polasek and Antonin Sterb^, was 
aailed to our local institutions and individuals. Its tenor v;as as follows; 

"Our Honored Countryman: iis people v;ho are in constant contact with the 
local Art Institute, a place of which Chicago may justly be proud, v;e wish 
to call your attention to the fact that the work of Czechoslovak artists is 
not well represented in our galleries, at least not as it should be or as 
it deserves to be. One may find, of course, several artistic creations there, 
but neither in number nor in artistic value do they approach the greatness 
and purity of the painter's brush or the sculptor's chisel which characterize 
the masterpieces of our young but dearly beloved Czechoslovak Republic, If 
our Chicago Art Institute counts among its collections many foreign art works, 
why should it not include,,., the products of Czechoslovak art too? If 
such artistic creations found their v;ay into the collections, would they not 
bring honor to us? V^ould not their inclusion permit us to be proud? 

"^.'Je recently learned that Llessrs, Hak, Biciste, and Schreiber, who arrived 

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here from Prague to proiTiote Czechoslovak art, have in their possession some 
great masterpieces of lasting value. They brought with them some original 
creations of such great masters as Marold, Mucha, Uprka, Sucharda, Amort, 
Maratka, and others. v;e would be very happy, indeed, if at least some of 
their v.orks became the permanent possessions of the Chicago Art Institute, 
whose collections would thus be enriched. But the ^i.rt Institute itself is, 
at the moment, unable to make purchases because of a shortage of funds. 
Could there not be found among our Chicago Bohemians at least a small group 
of men who would prove that they are true admirers of art, and who vjould 
care to see the best Czechoslovak art represented among the other foreign 
art productions in the galleries of the Institute? 



"V'e know that you have the reputation of being interested in all things that 
are beautiful and artistic, and that you amply contribute to all those 
activities v;hich deserve to be supported, >iCcording to our judgment, the 
present project is v;orthy of your generous support. It is our intention to 



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gather a fev; friends of art among our people and ask them to be benevolent 
enough to contribute some amount for the purchase of the masterpieces which 
are to be presented to the Chicago Art Institute in the interest of such 
propaganda that Czechoslovak art v.lll be able to create in the aforesaid 
Institute. If you contribute to this project, you will have the distinction 
of having supported Czechoslovak art in a big way. Your meritorious act 
will likevdse benefit the Chicago iirt Institute, which will be grateful to 
you for anything that you might do in this respect. In regard to the actual 
transfer of the masterpieces to the galleries of the Institute, that remains 
our own personal duty and pleasure 

"The Masters Uprka, warold, kucha, oucharda, i..aratka, ximort, and other great 
artists have a great significance for Czechoslovakia. Do you desire to aid 
us in our v.'ork so that at least some of these masters' works may reach our 
galleries, which are numbered among the greatest in the United States? If 
you do, then send us your contribution; vje ask it in the interest of that 



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Czechoslovak nation which gave oriein both to you and to us. Your gift shall 
be gratefully mentioned in our daily press, and not only that, it will be 
gratefully acknowledged in the hearts of the entire Czechoslovak nation. 
Anticipating that our pressing request vjill find a ready response and that 
you v/ill help us to accomplish this really great task which will bring 
lasting benefits to the Czechoslovaks in America, we thank you in advance 
and remain, 

"Yours respectfully, 

"Albin Polasek and ^uitonin Sterba." 






This letter vjas then sent to various Bohemian enterprises, institutions, as 
well as to individuals from whom help v;as expected. The contributions began 
to arrive, of course, but they came very slowly. Even to this day, the 
cumulative results of the project are not as great as was expected. 

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The followinfr corporations and individuals contributed: ^^^ere follov;s a 
long list of contributors and the amounts givenJJ The total amount received 
up to the present time is ^1,450, 

Dr. 3. Salaba Vojan has written a short sketch describing the selected art 
vrorks and their authors, and this sketch v;ill be delivered to the director 
of the Chicago Art Institute, The masterpieces selected for the permanent 
collections of the :irt Institute and presented as a gift of the Chicago 
Czechoslovaks are the follov;ing: "3etkani" (^^ Leeting), by Ludek Larold; 
"Kyjovanka" (A Peasant '.iOnch of ilyjov), by Jozka Uprka; "Praha i^ "Vltava" 
(Prague and the River iv.oldau), which is a bronze plaque superimposed upon 
a marble base, by Stanislav oucharda; a bronze statuette, "Zizka Na Koni" 
(Zizka ^ussite ..arriorZ on Horseback), V.L, Amort. 

The comraittee on presentation vjas appointed beforehand. It consists of the 
following gentlemen: I^essrs, iuiton J. Cermak; the Vvell-knovm national v/orker, 





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Karel V, Janovsky; the enthusiastic and zealous local Czechoslovaic priest, 
Reverend Fr. Bozenek; Dr. '2, o. Vojan, and Louis Jolar. The meiaberG of 
this coiur.iittee also affixed their signatures to the previously nentioned 
siretch v:ritten by Dr, vojan, and it v;as decided that all of the.Ti and kessrs, 
Hak and Schreiber deliver the nasterpieces to the director of the Institute, 
l'.:r. Harcche, This cro^P ^'''as to deliver the gift on j'riday morning, but 
since only one i.ienber — :.^r. L. Jolar — was free on that aay, the presentation 
was made by hin in the company of the tv.o x-rague gentlemen, kessrs. ilak and 

liS reported by l.^r, 3olar, they v-ere very graciously received by the director 
of the Chicago ^..rt Institute, who infornd them that he had already been ad- 
vised by Ij:. Polasek that the gift v:as to be delivered. He then examined 
the art -^vorks and praised them in very flattering terms, lie recognized Uprks. 
work as that of an old accuaintance and added that although he knev; i,.arold 
and hi?3 v^ork, he had little opportunity to get acquainted v/ith him. He was 






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amazed by the facility /aiid ease/ vath which Messrs, Hak, Biciste, and 
Schreiber brought such masterpieces to Araerica. 

'Ve may also add that the director accepted these works temporarily for the 
committee on acceptance. The latter body will receive the gift officially 
after some of its members return from abroad. His thanks, hov.ever, were 
profuse, and he asked permission to exhibit the masterpieces in the forthcoming 
international vjatercolor exhibition which the Chicago x^rt Institute is 
organizing at present. The permission vas given. Finally, Llr. Harsche re- 
quested that the thanks of the Institute be sent to all of the givers. 




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Denni Illasatel, Feb. 8, 1922, 


The Chicago Arts Club awarded a silver medal to Professor .ilbin Pclasek for > 
his masterpiece, "I.Iaii Hewing Out His Own Destiny", is now being exhibited '^ 

in the Chicago Art Institute. This prize, the highest given by that club, v;as <Z 
av/arded to Polasek on lionday night. I..r. Polasek's studio is located at 4 3ast ^ 
Ohio Street. 2 

In our previous issue, we_j)ublished the fact that PrclN3ssor Polasek v;as also 
honored by the art jury /of the Chicago Art Institute/, which decided to award 
the Logan medal to him, This av;ard is also accoir.panied by a cash prize of 



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Denni }:lasatel, ?eb. 6, 19SS. 

O.'Hi De£3tiny' in many ways r^ai-dnds one of tho \!ovl<. of Rodin. Tliis, too, 
perhaps is truo since the "..'or-C is a finishsd yroauct, .•.lt'aou';-h it looks xm- 
finisiied. 'The upper p:^rt r^presonts a fi^^urs of r.ian freed fro:.: tlie surround- 
ing stone. The lov/er aro not free and ara waiting for the liberating 
blows of the chisel, '.viiich is poised in the outstretched hand of the man at 
the nor.ient v;hen he is ut ^7ar v.ith Jif ..'iculties but still is filled v/ith a 
desire to attain conplote freeciorri. Tliere is strength in that fi:;ure 7;hich 
covers up all the little or trivial thin[3.'5. Cne feels that tho nan nust 
liber .te iiinself. Behind each blov; of the chisel, there :':ust be the strength 
of his ovni riuscle directed •..•itii the certainty of his ov/n ;::ind. The riesna^e 

v;hicli is conveyed by this rin^s true Jvery j.ian sho.ld hev; out liis ovzi 

fate and destiny, be ;.. captain of his o;vn soul, a naster of his o'.iu fate.,.,, 
Polasek's figure brines to mind all these cliaracteristics, and bee .use of this 
it is a ror.ark.ible piece of v;or"c. 



"The most important av;ard offered -t this exitil. ition v/as nivon to this piece 
of sculpture, and justl^r so, av;ard is the medal of I.r. .and l^rs. ^ranlc •'}. 
Lonan and a Cash av/ard of five hundred dollars. Other av/ards v;aich were 

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Dermi Illasatel , Feb, 6, 19. ••;<!, 

grantsd to v-rious urtists in this e:::iibit v;er9 mucIi siiullsr .Jia have a 
siibordin:^te vuluo. 

V/e rejoice bac-iuse of the honor that has boen bestov/od upon Professor Albin 
Poldsek, and vie are sure that ever:,'- sincere Gz;3Ciioslovdk and votary of real 
art.,.. not only in Chicar-o, but also in the entire country, v/ill rejoice with 
us. Old, v;o believe th-tt although rrofeasor ioldsolc called •j.reat attention 'd. 
to his v;or"c, "The 3ov;er," and acuin to his ":.:an Ilevin- Cut Mis O.m Destiny," p 
he -./ill soon create another v;or"r: of beauty and /^rtisti^ depth. ^ 






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Ainoj.a .wn: exhibition o? thi: ghlgago 


Far be it from us to try to create the iiapression that we are an art publica- 
tion or an official organ of somo art society,... but at the same time, we 
always pay strict attention to art wherever and v;henever it is possible. 
'.'jlien such an opportunity arises, we like to call our readers* attention to 
works of interest in the art world. This is especially true when it concerns 
our Czechoslovak or Bohenian-.imerican art productions. V/e do it for this 
reason: .7e are convinced that by pointing out such events, we may also point 
to ways of attaining or deriving happiness from life and a desire to live 
such a life, .v'e do it in cases of musical or any otber branches of art, 
whether they be literary, creative, etc. .'e do it also because we believe 
that the prosaic task of making a living requires some respite so that man 
may gather new energies for his daily struggles. .Aad such respite from 






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daily toil, according to our way of thinking, aay be found only in the beauty 
and the warmth and the purity of art, no matter ivhat branch of art it may be. 

.Then we are convinced that any of our artists have attained even a moderate ^ 

amount of success, we always mention their names and v/ill continue to do so, 5 

mainly because we are concerned not v;ith our own interests, but with those -^ 

of tbe Bohemian-Americans and Czechoslovaks. The joy xvhich we experience r^ 

when our countrymen moet with success is transmitted to those who read our -o 

reports. And it is only natural that in these reports we emphasize our ov/n o 

BoheTiians, v;hether they live here or abroad. At the same time, we do not oj 

overlook the efforts of foreign artists and the wider domain of art of other S 

couhtri as . *^ 

Guided by these principles, we consider it our duty to acquaint our readers 

and the entire Czechoslovak-^\merican population of Chicago with the twenty-sixth 

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annual oxliibition by Chicago artists v;hich opened the day before yesterday 
in the Chicago Art Institute, and which will continue until March 5, 1922, 
so that our people may avail themselves of the opportunity to viev/ some truly 
valuable art collections v;hich are deposited in that institute and of which 
Chicago Blay justly be proud 


Among the art Jurors there are two of our local countrymen— our well-known 

painter, Mr. Rudolf ?. Ingerle and the sculptor, Mr. ^Ubin Polasek 

Since lack of space does not permit us to mention ever:,"" work of art in this 
exhibit, we shall call attention to some truly artistic works of our excellent ^ 
and extremely modest artist, Albin Polasek, who is the director of the school g 
of sculpture associated with the Art Institute. Mr. Polasek is exliibiting a .cJn 
lioarble relief representing Lliss P. B. SIckhart; also an allegorical piece in 
terra cotta which is a symbolic work called, "IJan Hewing Out His Own Destiny". 
At this juncture we wish to call the attention of our readers to other v/orks 
by 1ST, Polasek v/liich may be found in other wings of the .vrt Institute 

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Dennl Hlasatel. Jan. 28, 1922. 

To enumerate all of the art productions ^n the exhibi^ would take up a 
great deal of space, ^translator's note: The editor of Denni Illasatel re- 
ports in some detail and with unstinting praise the -.vorks of other Anerican 
artists here and there, calling attention to some outstanding pieces^^ 



■.Ve viewed v;ith lauch pleasure and joy the works of our ovm countr:/men, and vie 3 
devoted more tine to their evaluation. In some of them we recognized a high C 
artistic development, ..'e shall mention them alphabetically: The pieces ^ 
exhibited by Mr. Josef Froula of 4336 ./est :32nd Street are "The Indiana Sand 2 
Dunes" and ".-JLong the Brook". The wintry mood is well expressed in the lat- 
ter work. The next contribution of our artistic countrsnuen is represented 
by our excellent artist, Rudolf F, Ingerle, of 6851 Ridgeland Avenue, His 
exhibit consists of five paintings: "Sunset and Sycaiiore," "^i Dev/y Morning 
in the Ozarks," "The Hays of the Setting Sun in the Ozark Mountains," "Moon 
Lacework," and "Indian Summer", The work of this artist is really worth 


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one*s while to see and study. One will find in it many interesting details 
which, in their totality, make an exceedingly delicate impression; the 
elaboration itself piroves the ^roat ability of the master. 

Mr. Ignac ./. Sahula of 1255 South PComensky i^venue, who has his studio in the 
Fine Arts Building, calls attention to hiraself by his originality, which is 
manifested both in the skill of his work and the color composition. The 
trend of his v»rk is modem. His paintings, ".Vhite Eagle Tavern," "An Old 
Belfry," and "Town Square" are interesting. 

Our countryman, imtonin Sterba, who is a professor in the school of painting 
associated with the Art Institute, has two paintings on exhibit, and both 
of them are portraits. One of them represents "George," a Negro servant of 
his; the other is "A Portrait of an Old "an". 




ulr. T. Cestmir Svoboda is exhibiting only one painting, but it is truly a 

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beautiful one. It is called "Clga" and depicts a certain nood of the model 

who is, if we are not mistaken, the artist's own v/ife, seated before the 

piano, V/e believe that this is Mr, ovoboda's best work thus far, and he 

reveals himself as an artist of great promise. Mr. 3voboda*s address, as 

given in the catalogue, is 2145 South Sawyer avenue. :$ 

The exhibited works of our local Bohemian artists are probably well known "— 

to the majority of their friends and votaries, ./ith a few exceptions, all rj 

of their masterpieces v/ere on display in the exhibition arranged by the Cesky 73 

Umelecky Klub V Chicagu (Bohemian ^rts Club of Chicago) at the end of last o 

year. They should be seen again, however, for this exhibition has much to Lj 

offer to those \iho possess even a small understanding of serious art S 

/Translator's note: The editor advises the readers to visit the Art Institute, "^ 
gives a brief history of its foundation, mentions the days whsn the exhibit 
may be visited, and lists the days on which no admission is charged. He con- 
cludes by mentioning the various classes in which art instruction is given^ 

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The Chicago Art Institute has just arranged an exliibit of the v/orks of Chicago 
artists. This exhibit is incori^orated with another one consisting; of etchings. 
....Out of sone 900 paintings and 150 sculptures, 280 pictures and 40 sculptured 
v7orks \7ere selected by the jvry. /iiiiong the pieces on exhibition are the v/orks 
of our countrj'Tian, Rudolf ?. Incerle, v;ho is also a juember of the art jury, and 
anong the sculptures exhibited are those by our ^ountryriaiiT^, i:r. /ilbin lolasek. 







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The Ceskf UmSleck^ iCLub (Bohemian Arts Club), wrtiich was founded in 
January, 1S12, will complete ten years of activity this month. It 
is the first club of its kind among the Bohemians of America that 
can boast of such an anniversary. Among its active members, the club numbers 
sixty artists and painters, sculptors, eu^chitects, musicians, and literati, 
as well as playwrights. There are two honorary members on its membership roll 
—one of them. Count Luetzow, died recently; the other one is the president 
of the Czechoslovak Republic, TomAfi 0. Masaryk. (In the diploma issued to 
him in the spring of 1916, the club expressed its unalterable faith in Czech ^ 
Independence, and that occurred during the days when such independence was ^ 
thought by many to be impossible). Besides these men there is a large number 
of contributing members. During its first decade, the club has arranged four 
art exhibitions; a small exhibit at the University of Chicago in co-operation 
with the Ceskoslovensk^ Ndrodni Sdruzenl (Czechoslovak National Alliance); 


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various soirees and concerts to honor the nenory of I.iikulds /des, to v/hon the 
club also sent an honor:ury grift of money. It also honored the r.enories of 
Shakespeare, Vrchlicky, and nLny others. The club arranged a concert by Boza 
Umirov and an exhibit of the works of Alfons I'.. I.ucha, etc. 

-vt a neetinf; held on "..'ednesday, January 18, the post president of the club. 
Dr. Jaroslav ^* S. Vojan, called the attention of the .Tiembers to the anniver- 
sary, advisinr": them to conrienorute the occasion by heightened club activity 
during this current year. 



.\t an election irimediately thereafter, the followin;^ nen bec;iine members of the 
executive conaittee: jY-mtisek Ilorlivy, president; H. J. Psenka, vice-president; ^ 
Josef !.'. I-'rdzek, secretary; Sestmir J. Gvoboda, treasurer; K. L. Jez, archi- 

A letter of thanks was sent to ::r, Suster, manager of Ilev/coRb, Ilacline, and 
Company, for his active interest in care of the last exhibit vwiich the club 

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• Our count ryrnan, Mr, .ilbin Folasek, a prominent Boiienian sculptor of Ciiicago, 
resigned froi.i the State Artistic Advisory Corninission, of which he v/as a ^ 

meraber for soraetime. Lack of tijue was given as the reason, ,^ 






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According to the decision of the last lesislature, statues of tv/o of our 
distinguished governors will be erected on the ;:rounds surrounding the 
State capitol building in Springfield, Illinois. One of them is 
Richard Yates, vfho was the governor of our State at the time of the Civil 
Vj'ar, and the other is Li. PaLnier. 

1^6 State Department of Public 7/or':s, which had been authorized to av;ard 
the contracts, selected the famous Bohemian artist of Chicago, 
Llr. Albin Polasek, to create a bronze statue of Governor Yates. The 
contract to create PaLmer*s statue v;as av;arded to ..r. Leonard Crimnell, 
also a Chicago sculptor. The otate legislature appropriated the sum of 

$35,000 for the erection of each of these statues. 







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Another link in the chain which binds Chicago and Czechoslovakia are the 
mural decorations by the celebrated Bohemian artist, Alphonse Mucha, which 
will be presented to the city of Prague by Charles R. Crane of Chicago and 
the artist. These are now being shown on the balcony about the grand stair- 
way of the Art Institute. 

Those who have been thrilled by the spirit of the new Czechoslovakia now 
see in the paintings of Mucha some of the high spots in its glorious past; 

stirring events, fully as dramatic as those through which they have just 

The panels shown at the Art Institute are five of a series of twenty which 
will be presented to Prague. I'ucha has been working on these since 1911, 
Six others have been completed, but these are not shown. 


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The exposition of the Cesky IMelecky KLub v Chicagu (Bohemian Arts Club 
of Chicago) was op^med last night at the First Czechoslovakian Bazaar 
and Szposltlon held in the Fllsen Park pavilion* The evening was set 
aside for our Bohemian artists and for our Czechoslovaklan businessmen 
of Chicago* 

The section reserved for the Bohemian Arts Club of Chicago Sxpositlon 
had been transformed through the efforts of oxir architects into a digni- 
fied pavilion of the Muses. Every visitor entering this section is sur- 
prised not only by its magnificence, but also by its artistic arrangement. 
To describe all the Individual works exhibited by our painters, sciilptors, 
and architects would take too much time; but we do want to mention the 
fact that our foremost artists are exhibiting their best works of art* 
The Judges had not accepted a single poor piece of work, and therefore /<f 

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all the eighty-four paintings, drawings, and statues bear evidence of 
real art which passed the test of severe criticisin. 

We list a few of the artists who are participating in this exposition: 
Mr. Joseph Behensky is exhibiting three paintings and four drawings, all 
of them true works of art, of irtiich fiijen (October) and the Seveml 
Rameno Chicagske fieky (North Branch of the Chicago River) awaken the 
interest of every visitor* Mr* Joseph Froula is exhibiting nine paint- 
ings the majority of them being landscapes* Mr* Rudolph F* lagerle 
exhibits nineteen magnificent works by which his art and his deep under- 
standing of nature are remarkably portrayed, especiedly in his exquisite 
painting, the "MesfSni Svit" (Moonlight), which we have admired so much 
during the past winter at the Chicago Art Institute* Also on e:diibit is 
Ms^Stfibme Svltanl" (Silver Dawn) which astonished the Judges and 
vAiich we consider one of the best embellishments of this beautiful expo- 

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II A 1 Dennl Hlaaatel. May 29, 1920. 

sitlon* Also very effectlTe are Mr* R. F« Ingerle*s paintings, the 
''Vyohod Meslce 7 Ozarskych Horaoh** (Moonrise in the Ozark Mountains), 
"Boufe" (Storm), and "Rozbfesk Dne" (Daybreak). 

Mr. Albin Pol&sek, director of the Chicago Art Institute's sculpture 
school, is exhibiting ten of his works, among them his great and inagni«> 
ficent statue the ^Rozaevac** (Sower), This masterpiece, loaned by the 
Chicago Art Institute, dominates the entire exposition as a work of which 
the Czechoslovak people may be proud. He also exhibits two of his master- 
pieces, a bust of Mr. William Kaspar and a bust of Mr. W. M. Chase; silso 
a model of "Clovek Jest Tvurcem Sveho Osudu" (Man Is Master of His Own 

Mr. Cestfflfr Svoboda is exhibiting his valuable works by which he proves 
that he is a master of leindscape and portrait arts. His portrait of 
President Thomas G. Masaryk is a true and expressive work of art and should 

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be used as an original for hundreds of thousands of reproductions, because 
true artistic portraits of President Masaryk are very scarce* Altogether 
Mr* Svoboda exhibits seventeen of his works* 

Mother professor of the Chicago Art Institute who is exhibiting his works 
of art is Mr* i^ton 3t§rba, who specializes primarily in portrait work* 
The portraits of his own father and mother, well known to many of our 
countrymen, are very significant* His portrait of Mr* Jaroslav Salaba 
Vojan will arouse the interest of every visitor* 

Mr* Joseph Tomanek enriched the exposition by his work, "Dlvka v 
Narodnlm Kroji" (A Girl in National Costume), which aroused the enthusi- 
astic admiration Of the visitors* 

Our architects who exhibit their sketches and plans are the. following: 

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Mr. K* S. Kfllal, city architect; Mr. Mrazek, Mr. Randak, and Mr. James 
B. Dibelka, who exhibits plans of a great new hotel which will be erected 
by him on the North Side of Chicago. 

The judges of the exhibited works of art ware artists of other nation- 
alities who are well known all over the United States. There is no doubt 
about their competence and impart isility. The following men were selected: 
Mr. Arvid Nyholm, Mr. Frank 7. Dudley, Mr. Carl A. Buehr, Mr. 3. Zettler, 
sculptor; and Mr. E. Reed Jr., architect. 

Prizes were awarded as follows: Landscape painting: Mr. Rudolph P. 
Ingerle was awarded the first prize for his painting the "Stflbme Svftanl"; 
portrait painting: Mr. Anton Sterba was awarded the first prize for his 
portrait "Muj Otec** (My Father) ; sculpture: Mr. Albln Polasek was awarded 
the first prize for his statue the "Rozsevac**. 

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Architectural plans and sketches: Mr. K« 7. SalaL was awarded the first 
prize for his sketch the "Nadvoff Kblleje v River Forest** (Campus of 
the River Forest College). 

mose artists who were awarded the first prizes will be given beautiful 

Today and tomorrow only, our people will have an opportunity to see this 
exposition of arts, and therefore whoever has any under stsmding of the 
arts should not miss this rare opportunity! Sspeciallv those of our 
countrymen who can afford to decorate their homes witii beautiful artistic 
originals should not miss this opportunity to obtain one of these works 
of our renowned artists at a really low price* 

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Dennl Hlasatel. Apr. 22, 1918. 

/censor of morai^ at woh^ 


Our censor of morals, Major Funkhouser, second deputy /superintendent/ of the 
Chicago Police and a man of notoriety, recently remembered the statue, "The 
Sower**. This sculpture, vdiich stands in front of the Chicago Art Institute, 
is a work of Alb in Polasek, head of the department of sculpture at the 
Institute. Mr. Funkhouser has never in his life seen any other sower but 
one dressed in overalls, and therefore, because of lack of soraething better 
to do, he gave orders to put overalls on that statue on Pjlichigan Boulevard. 

With Billy Sunday and other fanatics slinging their reformatory mud all over 
the city now, it is not surprising that the directors of the Art Institute 
satisfied Funkhouser* s demand in part. "The Sower** was not supplied with 
overalls; he was, instead, removed to the inside of the building, so that 
Major Funkhouser will not feel compelled to look at a "sower in the altogether**, 
and thus he can keep his thoughts beyond temptation. 


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I I G Dennl Hlasatel , Feb. 6, 1918. 


(Sunmary) f 

Ot6ikar Yalasek, Czech-Amerlcein artist, has been holding the attention of the ^ 
Chicago public since October of last year with his cartoons which are published ^ 

in the Chicago Herald. He conceived the idea only recently of working in a p 

broader sense for the cause of America and Czechoslovak leoids as wall* His '-- 

efforts will be specially directed toward the movement for the liberation of ^_ 

our Czechoslovak motherland, which no one should forget, whether he was bom ^- 

in the old country or is only of Czechoslovak descent. o 


Mr. 7alasek*s daily cartoons sore characterized by a flow of new ideas, euLways 
pro-Ally, euid particularly pro-American. Everyone of his ceortoons reflects 
an irresistible longing to see the destruction of all Kaiserism, Prussian mili- 
tarism, and with it serfdom under Austria; it expresses the craving for victory 
for the United States and all democratic states which, up .to the present tine, 

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have groaned under the yoke of bureaucratic absolutist and tyrannical monarchism. 

In all of his cea>toons, Valasek has proved himself to be an enthusiastic admirer ^ 

of the Allies and a genuine American patriot. He is at the same time a Slav y^ 

through and through, who has a true understanding for the suffering of the whole p 

Slav race. He would like these peoples liberated from all Influences which ^ 

obstruct their future development and progress towards ultimate self-determina- -o 

tion, liberty, and the exercising of free will. It is, therefore, only natural o 

that he is concerned first about the fate of the people from uhlch he came — the co 

Czech people — and about the future existence of that unforgettable, infinitely ^ 

beloved old motherland of ours..*.. ^ 

Consequently, Mr. Valasek would like to do something in particular for the old 
homeland which he has never ceased to adore. He Intends to perform a service 
for her which will put forth, especially before foreign peoples, the cause of 
his people— the inalienable right of the Czech nation to govern its own life 

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and liberty \i«lien this war comes to an end. 

With the aid of Czechs and other Slavs, he intends to bring to the attention of 
foreign lands the contention that after all the misery endured by our people, 
its fate cannot be a matter of indifference to the Allied nations. The future 
of other Slavs will also have to be considered. When the time for peace 
negotiations arrives, the Allied nations will act in a human and Just way if 
they give the Czech nation iriiat rightfully belongs to her — liberty and the 
rl^t of self-determination* 




The renowned Belgian cartoonist, Louis Raemaeker, has rendered a great service 

to his country in foreign lands, especially in the United States. Valasek plans ^ 

to do something along the same line for Czech lands — ^his and our old motherland. 

Valasek has started to work on a series of cartoons idilch will be published in 
Czech-American papers first, in order that they may gradually become known to 
the public emd then find their way into the foreign language press, partictilarly 


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I G Denni Hlasatel . Feb. 6, 1918. 

the American. The latter cannot help but take notice of the drawings de- 
picting the sufferings of the Slavs and primarily the Czechs in Austria-Hungary, 
where they form a tremendous majority behind which there stand, and will stand, 
millions of other Slavs in America. 



We rejoice over the enterprise into which Mr. Talasek has ventured with such £-; 
enthusiasm. We have already had an opportunity to see some of the cartoons -n 
and found them brimming with brilliant ideas. o 

We would feel gratified if some of our representative patriotic bodies gave 
the undertaking their support, as for instance, the Czech National Alliance co- 
operating with the National Alliance of Czech Catholics and the Slovak League 
—all three of which are American institutions. 


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Dennl Hlasatel . Jan, E7, 1918, 

Czech Art at Chicago Art Institute 



An exposition is being held at the Art Institute on Llichigan Boulevard v/hich 

is made up largely of works of former students of the Institute. Some of ^z^ 

these alumni are now teachers where they once were students. The exposition r^ 

is large and comprises every branch of the plastic and graphic arts. It -o 

occupies several salons in the eastern wing of the second floor. There are o 

sections devoted to painting, sculpture, handwork, drawing, sketches, interior \^ 

decorations, etc, S 


The exposition has been made possible through the efforts of the exhibiting 
artists. Yet there are some companies and individuals who accoraraodated the 
enterprise by loaning works of art from their private collections. The ex- 
position has been supplied with art from all over the world, so that it opens 
a wide horizon in an artistic and cosmopolitan sense. 


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Dennl Hlasatel , Jan. 27, 1918, 

Our readers will surely be eager to learn that this exhibit, which is attract- 
ing the widest and closest attention of the Americem intelligentsia, contains ^ 
works of Czech artists from here and the old homeland. All these works ^ 
represent high standards of artistic quality. oi 


Ifr. Albin Folasek professor at the Art Institute/^t well known to the American ^ 

art-loving public, is e::diibiting three plaques, "Girl from the Roman Campagna," g 

"Figure for a Fountain," and "The Sower," all of which have been commented on ^ 

by the press in most flattering terms. A bust, "F. D. Millet," also by Folasek, ^ 

is creating the liveliest interest. Similar bronze castings on display are by Dl 
Mario Eorbel, Czech artist, who is living in New York City at the present time. 

Anton Sterba, portraitist ^iso on the staff of the Art Institute/, 1549 57th 
Street, Chicago, is represented by two paintings. "Uslting Snow" is the 
caption of a painting ezlilbited by Joseph Froula, a Czech-Chicago landscape 
painter, 501 North Dearborn Street. "Providence Town Street," one of the ex- 
hibits, is the work of the Chicago painter Vaclav Vytlacil, 2232 South Clifton 


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Dennl lUasatel . Jan. 27, 1918. 

Park Avenue. It touches any Czech patriot *s heart, because the artistes first % 
name, "Vaclav," is used in its genuine Czech forra and is not translated or ^ 
changed, lor, Vytlacil did not even periait an allowance on the accent, but p 
insisted upon the dash over the letter "A" to serve as a guide for correct 
pronunciation. LIr, Geo, V/. laally, 2257 Argyle Avenue, Chicago, is represented 
by an etching showing the bridge on 22nd Street. * 

A stroll through the exhibition and its atmosphere is mental recreation. No 
one should miss this display v^ich is open to the public from January 8 to 
February 7, 

Our fellow countryman. Professor Polasek, is a member of the artists* jury. 


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The Chicago Czech Artists' Club will be represented at an exhibition of samples 

of Czech art and culture which is poinp to be held under the auspices of the 

Czech National Alliance upon the premises of the University of Chicaro, beginning ^ 

next Tuesday. The exhibition of works of graphic art, paintings, etchings, and 5 

sculptures vvi'l be open for thrae days v.-ith no admission charge. ^ 


Because of the war, it will be possible to show only v;hat is available here. ^ 
One hundred of the exhibits are being loaned by Dr. J. S. Yojsn, president of o 
the Artists' Club; others by Dr. L. Fisher, Vojta Benes, Joseph Tvrzicky, lo 
Karela, Svoboda, Froula, and the firm O'Brien. There will be one hundred and C^ 
forty-four objects of art 1: all. Though this nunber represents only a small ^ 
fraction of Czech art, the bulk being across the ocean and not available, it will 
nevertheless serve to enlighten the American public about Czech plastic art, 
of which it has heard and seen woefully little up to the present. 

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Dennl Hlasatel, Feb. 11, 1917. 


An opinion was prevalent several years ago that a person from the poorer 
classes had no opportimity to develop his artistic gifts in a school of 
arts because he was lacking in funds with v/hich to pay for tuition. These 
notions have proved fallacious in recent times, Jart aas penetrated many 
strata of our people, and established itself as a spiritual necessity. 
This is a result of a vigorous popularization of subjects and objects con- 
nected with it in lecture halls, concert halls, and expositions. 

In order to make the public become acquainted -//ith the conception of beauty, 
many institutes have been established in which anybody having an apprecia- 
tion for things beautiful v/ill find himself in the proper atraosphere . One 
of the great institutes devoted to art has been founded in the city of 
Prague, Bohemia, in the year of 1796. 

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Dennf Hlasatel, Feb. 11, 1917. 

It was only natural that art should find a fertile field in iiraerica, a 
land rapidly developing all of its resources. 

Vi'ealthy people used to buy objects of art in foreign lands, but their 
craving for more has raised the demand, and thus gave a mighty impulse 
to creative art right here. There are many academies for the cultivation 
of art in .\nerica. The State of Illinois possesses one, the Art Insti- 
tute, founded by the Society of Friends of Art in 1879. Many of our 
readers have certainly been impressed with the exterior of the building 
on Llichigan Boulevard and Adams Street, and vdth its rich artistic con- 
tents in a larger degree. But very few are familiar v/ith the details of 
it*s maintenance, v/ith the teachers, and with the dignified representa- 
tion the Czech people can boast of in the seat of Fine .^ts of our state. 

Two of the main departments of the Chicago Art Institute are entirely 

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under the direotion of Czech teachers: Sculpture under Prof, iJ.bin 
Polasek, and Drawing under Prof, -rtnton Sterba, Professor Polasek is a 
former student of the Academy of Arts of Pennsylvania, and of the American 
Academy in Rome, Italy, Prizes in great numbers, and many high distinc- 
tions have come to him. Professor Sterba is a former student of the Art 
Institute; he also studied in Paris, France for some time. There is a 
goodly percentage of students of Czech descent in all of the departments; 
some of them have reached a considerable standing in the field of their en- 


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At the Bidding for the Decorative Work on the Vestibule 
of the Harrison Technical High School, Mr. Oldrich 
Farsky's sketch was Pronounced the most Artistic 
and Beautiful, But nevertheless was not accepted 

Skolni Hada (The School Board], as we previously said, had allowed $4,500 for 
the decorative work on the auditorium and vestibule of the Harrison Technical 
High School which, as is well known, is attended mostly by pupils of Bohemian 

For that reason we would have been very happy if the work had been allotted to 
one of our Bohemian artists, so that it could have always remained as a 
remembrance of Bohemian art, and a lasting proof of the contention that this 
branch of Bohemians cannot and must not be considered inferior to any other 
nation living in America, not even excluding the Americans. 

This work for the Harrison Technical High School should have remained more 


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than 6Ln eloquent proof of the maturity of the Bohemians in the United States, 
it was to denote the maturity of the Bohemian people in the United States, and 
it was also to show the intellectual and artistic ripening taking place in 
music and art, to which we had called attention many times. 

Since Mr. Farsky did not work alone on his work of art, he did not receive -c 
the assignment for the work, but his design will be \ised in another part of ^ 
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Cesky TJmelecky Klub (The Czech Artistic Club) in Chicago held its 
regular meeting January 26, 1916, with vdiich it closed its fourth year of ^ 
active service. ^T 

A vote of thanks was extended to the following outgoing officers for work ^ 
well done: Mr. Charvat, chairman; Mr. Petrtyl, vice-chairman; Mr. Kryl, g 
secretary; Mr. Mrazek, treasurer, and Mr. Svoboda, librarian. *- 

We wish to make known the future activities decided on at this meeting; the jji 
club publication, Jednou Za Cas (Once In A Vifhile), vrtiich now has twelve pages, 
will be published in the same form, and Artists Petrtyl, Sterba, Ingerle, 
Froula, Bohunek, emd others have promised to work energetically for the pub- 

The following action was taken with respect to Dvorak Park, which is named in 





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memory of the great composer Dvorak: a committee of two was selected 
to investigate the particulars regarding the portrait of Dvorak which 
the Cesky Umelecky Klub expects to furnish by means of donations for -o 
that purpose. This portrait is to remain in Dvorak Park as long as the park .^ 
bears the great musician's name. fZ 

The following activities, the April Shakespearean celebration, the March g 
artists' evening in Mr. Sterba's atelier, and the cycle of popular lectures, 
all will be acted upon at the next club meeting, February 9. 

The officers elected for the year 1916 are as follows: Chairman, unanimously 
elected, Mr. J, E. S. Vojan; vice-chairman, Mr. A. Sterba; secretary, Mr. 
Frantisek Horlivy; treasurer, Mr. 7. A. Cerny, and librarian, M. J. M. Mrazek, 
The gentlemen named represent the following art divisions: literary, productive, 
dramatic, musical, and architectural. 

The next meeting will be held Wednesday February 9, ajid will commence the fifth 


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V/e are pleasod to report that the art exhibition at Dvorak Park, which is 
nearing its close this week, la proving to be veiry popiilar, and its popularity 
is no doubt fully deseirved. 

The attendance, although not as good as it should be, has been considered satis- 
factory, particularly if we keep in mind the prevailing circumstances in our 
community and the fact that the exhibit presents art, and not fun. 

It is of particxilar interest that there are good prospects that some of the 
exhibited works will be sold. This applies especially to the excellent works 
of Mr, Oldrich Farsky, We are told that Reverend Vaclav Vanek selected three 
paintings which he expects to buy for the new building of the Bohemian settle- 
ment on Lawndale Avenue which is now nearing completion. 



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It was certainly touching to hear that one of the exhibited paintings is 
being bought by a simple, poor servant girl. Thus, she has shown much more 
xmderstanding for art than our nabobs ..•••She is parting with money earned 
by hard work and drudgery thus proving that a maid has much better taste and 
greater love of beauty than many a "great lady"...... 


..••Ihe e^diibition will be open until the end of this week, and if by any 
chance some of our wealthier people find their way into it, let them show 
that along with full pockets, they also have a bit of soul and heart by buying 
a painting*... 


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The agile and ambitious members of the Cesky Ifeeleoky Klub (Bohemian Artists* 
Club) of Chicago opened their first general Bohemian-American exhibition 
yesterday. Almost all American artists of Bohemian origin will exhibit 
their best works at the exhibition. It is for this reason that the exhibition 
is a source of great pleasure and surprise to all our countrymen, few of whom 
know what accor.-lished artists the Bohemian-Americans have given to the world, 
Many of the exhibited objects were admired in exhibitions at the Art Institute 
and at museums in various other cities. Some were exhibited in Paris and KomCi 




In connection with this exhibition a series of lectures by members of the 
literary section of the IMelecky Klub will bo held. The lectures will discuss 
topics of considerable interest to everyone who hias at least some ajpreciation 
for art. The lectures begin tonight with a causerie about Paris by Mr, R, J, 
Psenka, His infonnal talk will be accompanied by stereopticon slides, 

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The exhibition which the Gesky Uraelecky Klub (Bohemian ^^rtists' Club) has 

been preparing for some time iras opened lust night in the two large halls of 

the Dvorak Park building. The exhibition consists principally of works by 

our Bohenian-uLrnerican painters, sculptors, and architects. However, our 

musicians, and writers have been active in connection with the exhibition by ?o 

arranging concerts and lectures. Thus, the exhibition offers the Umelecky ^- 

Klub an excellent opportunity to prove that it not only exists, but that it 

is really making progress not only in Bohemian circles, but also among 

i'unericans to whom art is somewliat more accessible than to us because they 

have much greater means and a larger variety of talent at their disposal. 

The exhibition has been advertised for some time by posters made by the 

Bohemian-American painter, ij?. Rudolf Bohunek 

But let us enter the building. There are no disappointments because the 




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exhibition is really good and well arranged. The stairway is beautifully 
decorated vdth flov;ers loaned by the '..est Park Goruaissicn 

Among the most impressive exhibits are the paintings by August Petrtyl > 

Especially attractive pieces by Llr. Oldrich i'arsky.. ..and !.jrs. Bozena Kess.... '^ 

form a group surrounded by the v.orks of Lr. K. A. V/ilimovjsky. . . .R. Bohunek. ... Z^ 

J. Fraula, S. J. Krasa, R. Vacik, Jaroslav J. Zmrhal, and Mrs. Irma Schroeder. ^ 

Among our sculptors, only G. Jurecek, of Chicago, and J. Krupka and J. Rudolf, £ 

of New York, are represented The other room is occupied by the work of oo 

our architects Messrs. James Dibelka, x^. Gharvat, K. V. Kallal, J. M. Mrazek, '^ 

F. Eandak, J. B. Rezny, and Jos, Zidek ''^ 

The exhibition v;ill last from October 15 to October 31, and during this period 
there will be two concerts in connection with it. The first vdll be given 

this Sunday at 3 P. M The second concert vjill be held on the following 

Sunday at the same time Finally, there will be four lectures presented 

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during the exhibition. The first is tonight and will deal v;ith the artistic ^ 

beauties of Paris. The speaker is i,jr. Jaronir E. Psenka. The second lecture 5 

will take place '.Wednesday, and iir. Jaroslav Zirirhal will speak on the subject, -^^ 

"How to Look at Art". Friday, October 23, I'x, A. J. luelichar vail discuss r" 

"Art in the Hone". The last lecture, on "Several Chapters in the History of -o 

Bohexflian iirt," by Dr. Jaroslav E. 3. Vojan, will take place „ednesday, o 

October 28. There is no admission charge for the exhibition or the concerts ^^ 

and lectures. The Umelecky Klub is arranging all this vjithout a thought of S 

profit, and donations given by visitors for the beautiful catalogues vail go tr 
to the war relief fund for suffering countrymen overseas. 

The exhibition is good and v.'ell v/orth seeing. No visitor will be disappointed, 
but everybody should regard it as an art exhibition, not as a place for 
entertainment or fun. Go there v.lth the idea that in arranging it, the 
Umelecky Klub had only one aim in mind: To popularize art and bring it close 
to the general public so that the people would finally learn not only to 
respect art, but to understand it as v;ell. And those of us v;ho care and have 

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the necessary means should select a painting or a sculpture, or both, ^ 

something vje especially admire, and purchase it for our homes after the close .^ 

of the exhibition, or give it as a gift to someone v.ho appreciates art. That p 
is one v;ay to promote Boheniian-i^raerican art, which would develop and grovj 

much more rapidly if there v-ere enough people who appreciate it and could ." g 
support it. 

Yesterday's vernissage was well attended in spite of the bad weather. The 
chairman, secretary, and many members of the '.Test Park Commission were present. 
They vjere astonished by the high degree of development of our Bohemian art, 
and they v.ere not reluctant in voicing their admiration. There v.ere also a 
number of art-loving i^^u.ierican friends of the Klub. 

The Bohemian public may justly be proud of this exhibition and should show 
this by visiting it in large numbers during its two weeks' duration. 




Dennl Hlasatel, Aug, 27, 1911, 


It is about three weeks since we printed a repoirt about IJr, Karel F, "iveiss, 
the seventeen-year-old son of our well-known countryman to. K. 'Weiss of 
4511 So, Wood Street, Today it is with pleasure we report that the English 
press also appreciates the talented young artist. The Chicago Daily Journal 
writes the folla/.-ing: 

"Young V/eiss, though only seventeen years old, has made remarkable progress 
in painting and his paintincs "Sunset" and "The Milkmaid" are deserving of 
special recognition. He started his journey in art as a child with a pencil. 
His work did not pass unnoticed and his father, upon the advice of his many 
friends, sent the boy to the Art Institute for one year where he learned, as 
he himself realizes, only how to handle water colors. The young artist occupies 
himself especially with landscape painting and has a considerable number of 
landscape paintings for sale. In addition to his painting he assists his 
father in his barber shop." 



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Denni Hlasatel , 5, 1911. 


At the annual meeting of the Ghicano Artists Society held recently, 
our conpatriot and p,ainter, Rudolph F. Ingerle, was elected treasurer. 

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Yesterday* s report on the opening of the exhibition by Chicago artists, \<^ 
in the Art Institute, v/e supplement iii the sense, that not two, but three 
Bohemian artists are reprer,ented there. In addition to the sculptor 
Korbel and the painter Sterba, there is one other Bohemian, artist ex- 
hibiting there, the painter Rudolf F, Ingerle, He has on exhibition four 
beautiful landscape paintings (No, 145-148); "Slunecni svit a stin" 
(Sunlight and Shadow), "Mesicni jas" (Iloonlight) , "Zina v kraji" ( .'ititer 
in the Countr:^) and "Letici nracna" (Flying Cloud), 

Especially excellent are "Letici mracna," vath the poetic flair of that 
ever restless rambling wanderer on the nocturnal sky, and "Zima v kraji," 

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a Picture full of spirit and moods, v/lth snow-covered houses and snov: 
falling fron the heavy sky. 

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Detini Hlasatel , Apr. 10, I9IO. 


P. 9 — yjc'. J. U. Korbel, v/ho has won the first prize for his work in sculp- 
ture in the Chicago Art Institute, is modeling; a "bust of the fanious Bo- 
hemian singer, L!iss Z. Destinnova. I.'r. Korhel has traveled in lurope and 
has returned to Chicago to pursue his professional career. He v;ork:s most- 
ly in martle. 

Among his creations are the corner-stone of the Sherraan Hotel in this city 
and his famous work entitled "Inspiration," nov/ on exhibition in the Fine 
Arts Building. 


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p. I. col. 7— The tavern of Ur. John Cervenka) president of t^o Pilsen Brewing 
CoiQ)any, was recently decorated by a beautifully painted picture. 

The picture is the work of the talented painter, Ur. Vladimir Sanberk) who has . 
hie studio in Hoerber's Hall* on Blu« Ztlfiuid avenue at 2l8t street. 

It represents vanity. A beautiful wosan reclining upon a couch. At her feet 
she has money strewn, a crown and sceptre. But all this she scorns, conscious 
of the power of her beauty. In this painting is crystalized a great idea and 
brought to perfect expression. It is one of the best of Ur. Samberk's paintings; 
Ur, Sanberk of late, has been more interested in painting than in acting. His 
paintings have adorned several public places in our Pilsen. Mr. Samberk*8 
paintings are gaining deserved recognition, and we are beginning to patronize our 
Bohemian artists. Czech painters up to the present have been dependent upon a 
foreign clientele, but it is gratifying that those among us are sufficiently 
prosperous to afford the purchase of a piece of art are beginning to give preferenc* 
to our own Czech artists. 

••Vanity** measures 4* x 7* and its value is estimated at $250,00. 

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Denni Hlasatel, Jan. 7, 1906. 

p. 1, col. 6.. Yesterday we mentioned the election of our countz*yman, lb*. 
Petrtyl, as president of the eoeiety of artists and sculptors. To that we add 
a supplement. The election was unanimous and took place in the annual meeting 
of the Palette and Chisel Club. 

When he was installed, Ur. Petrtyl made a short speech, in which he self con- 
sciously ejqpressed, that he was proud because a Bohemiem was elected to the 
highest office of the aurt ■oeietj in irtiich Bohemiems are only a small minority* 
Mr. Petrtyl formerly was recorder for the organization. 

Only three Bohemians are active meiibers of the society, Petrtyl, I^akas emd 
Krasa. At the last exhibition held by the club, Ur. Petrtyl's paintings were 
praised and reproduced by several English journals. 

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Depni Hlasatel , Jan. 6, 1906. 


Mr. August Petrtyl was elected president of the artists' and sculptors' 

society, known as the Palette and Chisel Club, at the annual meeting held ^ 

night before last in the Athenaea Building. Today's Chronicle contains a 3» 

portrait of Mr. Petrtyl, and acclaims him as a well-known local painter and '^ 

illustrator. Our readers also know and appreciate Mr. Petrtyl 's work, ^ 

Mr, Petrtyl was the illustrator of the "Calender Hlasatcl" for 1906, and Ig 

the illustration on our wall calendar was also made by him, 2 



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Dennl Hlasatel , Sep. 4, 1904, p. 1 

Lovers of Art will surely w«lcome with pleasure the report that oxir 
Bohemian community was once more enriched by an important seat of 
learning, a Bohemian school of art, which has just "been arranged in the 
Boheniian-''*toerican hall at 588 W, 18th St., and in which classes will 
begin next Saturday. In this school, which is divided into three grades, 
classes will be held every Saturday, from 9 o'clock in the morning till 
4 o'clock in the afternoon, in decorative painting, pen and ink drawing, 
art lettering and in fact everything in connection with industrial art. 

We recommend this school, which will be managed by Mr. Jaroslav Jirsa, of 
809 Ashland Ave., and Ant. Karell, of 1304 So. 43rd Ave., warmly to all 
countrymen who have drawing or painting talent. Further details may be 
found in the advertisement. 


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Svornost . Sept. 3, 1390 


As in previous yesirs , there is oeing held, this year, at the exhihition ' 
"building, an exliihition of creative and prtistic v/orks, and with great 
pleasure we note, that in the art section, we coine upon the work of a Bo- 
hemian Artist, a work acknowledged "b/ critics, with unusual praise. The 
picture exhibited is the work of o\ir well-known painter, Mrs. Koupal-Lusk, 
and depicts an old-naid seated on a chair. In her hand she holds a hook, 
the pr.ges' of which almost all have been repd, the old maid is coming to the 
end of the hook and is reflecting. 

looking upward, it seens as thou^ she had "been reading froni the hook of 
her life, thinking over the experiences of the past. The painting is very 
appropriately titled, "The Beginning of the Last Chapter." 

The coloring of the painting is perfect, the suh.iect well chosen and artist- 
ically executed, so that we can only congratulate our artist for her work. 

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Svornost . Apr. 3, 1390 


The "Pplette ClnlD" of women artists, in conjtmction with the "Chicago Society 
of Artists", has arranged an exhibition at the Art Institute which is to last 
two weeks and which was opened yesterday with a large attendance. 

To the formation of the Palette Club, to which recognized women artists "be- 
long, impulse was given several years ago, "by our eminent artist, Mrs. M.K, 
Lusk, and to her honor it was then known as the "Bohemian Cluh." Later, 
however, when -^rs. Lusk, withdrew from activity, the name was changed to 

There are ^ exhibition, several paintings by ^r. Jos. Klira. In the sect- 
ion devoted to women's works, "irs. Lusk hss eight successful paintings on 

All in all, the exhibition is very successful thus far. At iresterday's open- 
ing, many art loving Boheraions were present, ajid to meet with our countrymen 
at such affairs always affords us great pleasure. 

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Svorno^t . Jan. 17, 1882 


The works of two Bohemian Artists, living here in America, are known to us, ^ 

that is Miss Koupal of Chicji^o and the newest work of Mr. T.3. Uelzer of C 

Detroit. Zg 


Miss Koupal 's paintings which are exhilsited in private and pulDlic exhilDitions, co 
and one a portrayal of a gypsy woman which was also shown "at the State Sx- C^ 
hi"bition, are "being highly praised in American Art circles sjid the Lady is ^ 
recognized as having remarkable talent. 

Recently we had the pleasure of seeing a large portrait painting done on 
canvas hy Mr. Melzer, who spent some time in our city. It is a portrait of 
our fellow-citizen, Louis Pregler. The portrait shown is a bust figui:« 
about one-half life size. It shows Mr. Pregler in the uniform of sn Officer 
of the United- States Army, '-'^he artist was very successful in the painting 
of the portrait, which is at present on exhibition at the place of business 
of Mr. Ant. Pregler, UUO Jefferson St. The portrait proves the extraordin- 
ary skill of the young Artist, scarcely -26 years old, and we congratulate Mr. 
Melzer and heartily wish him success in his future efforts. 


A. Vocational 
3. Aesthetic 
d. Theatrical 
(1) Drama 

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Dennf Hlasatel , Nov. 2»3, 19^2. 

The name of F. F. Samberk, the actor-genius of Prague, v/ill always be spoken ^ 

with great respect. Samberk* s abilities as a playwright were no less ^ 

brilliant than his acting. He bequeataed to the nation a great many valuable P 

v:orks which were staged by the Bohemian theaters of Chicago times without ^ 

number, and which will continue to be played here as long as we have our 3 

theaters,  2 


The Ludvfkovo Divadlo (Frantisek Ludvlk Dramatic Association) has this time ^ 
made use of one of Samberk 's best works, the '*?otrhly Svec^ (Demented Cobbler), 
which in itself is a splendid portrait of contemporary life. The plot is 
ingeniously worked out, and the play, full of spicy humor a la Samberk, be- 
ccxnes serious as it proceeds to picture tne fatiier of a family cnashed by 
the welsht of life's difficulties, and no wonder, the happiness of his 
only child is at stake. But the serious scenes are not long; soon the plot 
brings the audience back to situations full of humor. 




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Dennl Hlasatel , Nov. 23, 1922. 

To assign the roles properly was in itself a task; the roles required com- 
petent histrionic abilities, so that the play would turn out as it was 
originally intended by its author, rhe entire ooiapany of tne Ludvlkovo 
Divadlo was employed in the production of Sainberk's masterpiece. The 
title role of the shoemaker, Drchota, v/as played by kr. F, Horlivf whose 
unquestioned ....talent and ability guaranteed its success. The role of 
the crack-brained vri.fe of^ the cobbler was played by Llrs. Kozlansk^ who ^ 
was loyal to her art. /Translator's note: Fourteen lines of the coliynn 
space in this article are given to the description of individual roles and S 
the names of the actors ;vho played theni^ The music was under the direction ^ 
of Mr. Jufena, and the stage management under that of Ivlrs. Ludvfk. 

The play was given at the Sokol Chicago Hall; it has alvmys filled the 

house and will surely draw the audience again when it is given next Sunday. 

Because of the many inquiries at the box office since last vxeek, the public 

is advised to secure all seats well in advance at the usual places where 
tickets are sold, or by telephoning Canal 7192.,... 



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Is there one aiaong us who is not acquainted with those hard, stiff-necked 5 
peasant natures of our Bohemian peasants? Those peasants who would rather ^^ 
spend their last penny in litigation than settle some petty legal matter out r; 
of court. And yet their innermost nature is kind and filled with love for the -o 
native soil. Out of these incongruous elements, the great Czech playwright, o 
Ladislav Stroupeznicky, has painted a masterful picture of the Czech village o^ 
life. iJo painter could have done it better than he; no painter could have por- ro 
trayed the characteristic personality of the Czech peasant as sharply as ^ 
Stroupeznicky did in his now famous "Nasu furianti" ("Our Braggarts'*). You will 
find all the varieties of peasant pride in this work — the aged retired Peter, 
proud of his ability to manage horses; the hardheaded Vaclav, who proudly de- 
clares that if he does not get his beloved girl Verunka he v/ill forthwith join 
the army as a dragoon; the old veteran Blaha, who wages an unequal fight with 
the sly tailor Fiala~both of them having their eyes on the vacant night watch- 
man's job. It is Fiala who complains that he is obliged to feed seven stomachs, 

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^upport seven neiriuers of his family/ and is, therefore, entitled to Ret that 

job All in all there is so much human material in this play that a whole 

newspaper column would not suffice to give an adequate description of it. The 
Karodni Divadlo (National Theater) of Prague places the '*Nasu furianti" among 
the Lest Czech plays, such as fully portray h\iman i.ature. The comical situa- 
tions and variegated scenes enhance the value of this charming dramatic por- g 
trait of our Czech countrysiae. The Old Czech songs issuing from the mouths 
of -the players seem to bring back the rood old times. The cast of "Nasu 
furianti" has been excellently managed by the amateur actors of the Bohemian 
lodge of the Independent Order Of Odd Fellov/s. The Sunday production is really 
an annual event given by the combined Bohejuian lodges of the Odd Fellov;s organi- 
zation, and the receipts are to be diverted to &he press and publicity fund and 

utilized for organizational purposes Tickets may be ootained from many lodge 

members and from Brother Josef Iv.acek, Jr., 2214 South Spaulaing Avenue, or one 
may telephone Canal 7102 




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II B 1 c (2) Denni Hlasatel . Oct. 31, 1922. 


Our Czechoslovak playgoers, who, every Sunday, attend in such large numbers 
the Ludvikovo Divadlo (Frantisek Ludvik Bohemian Draxiatic Association) , have 
little cause to complain that the repertory of that theater is lacking in -^ 
variety. A week ago they had an opportunity to see the superbly staged fan- ^ 
tastic play by Capek, the '•R, U. R. ,** and on the following Sunday they were -ri 
highly entertained by the charming operetta "'Andulcina prvni laska" (Annie* s — 
First Love) , which to us is also a novelty. It is a fine operetta, in many ^ 
'/reiys differing from the commonplace Viennese genre; it is pleasing by its ef- o 
fective songs, its sv/eet melodies, and its irrepressible humor. Thanks to all ," 
this the audience retains its gay mood throughout the play. The plot itself is,r.i 
of course, rather simple, as is usually the case in operettas of this kind. The il^ 
heroine, Andulka Koudelka, who, in the first act and on the occasion of some 
festival, is chosen as queen of the festival, falls in love with the Baron 
Horsky, who, incidentally, happens to be a married man. The disenchantment fol- 
lov;s in the second act, and in the third the audience is surprised by Andulka' s 


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II B 1 c (2) Denni Hlasatel , Oct. 31, 1922. 

wedding to Karel Holecek, a lad whom she had jilted in a previous scene. The 
role of Andulka and that of her father Karel are the star parts in the play 
and were also the best portrayed. They were fully satisfactory, to say the 
least, both as regards acting and singing, something which cannot be said 
about some of the other roles in this operetta. Miss Zdenek, who sang the 
role of Andulka, was once again in her own element. She had an opportunity 
to show her musical ability, sind her song numbers v;ere the chief attraction -^ 

of the evening Mr. Bezdek, playing the role of Andulka* s father, portrayed^ 

the humorous personality of a country dad so well that this role may be con- -n 
sidered one of his best. ... .Very successful, too, was the chorus of children o 
which formed a part of the second act; the little songsters were so well re- r^ 

ceived that they had to give an encore Thanks to the managerial ability ro 

of Mrs. B. Ludvik, the course of the operetta was brisk; the stagecraft, too, "* 
was exemplary..... 

The Cicero Stage 
Our Cicero playgoers had an opportunity last Sunday to enjoy a most interesting 

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theatrical tidbit, by attending the brothers Mrstik*s gorgeous play "Marysa** 
(Maisie) , produced on the stage of the Sokol Karel Jonas. The popularity of 
this play has not decreased since its premiere. Of course it is a difficult 
vehicle for amateurs, requiring very close attention to the characters of the 
play, and a most thorough rehearsing of the dialect peculiarities. The amateur -?: 
players of the dramatic department of the Sokol, however acquitted themselves ~:Z 
well. Thanks to an able stage management every possible care was exercised to r>. 
overcome the above difficulties and every one of the amateur actors proved that f- 
he took his role seriously. Mrs Marie Smiricky played the title role ^ 


To make the production of ♦♦Iv!arysa" as realistic as possible, the stage ^ 

management secured the services of the well-known Slovacky Vzdelavaci Klub S 
(Slovak Culture Club) , the members of which co-operated by dancing several o* 
Slovak folk dances at the proper time._ ^^^ransla tor's note: The play itself 
deals with Slovakia and its folk lire_^/ There can be no doubt that the peasant 
lads and lasses, who appeared on the stage dressed in their Slovak folk cos- 
tvuaes, pleased the audience greatly, since every one of the folk dances brought 

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renewed salvos of applause. Mr. J. Cerny's orchestra also deserves mention. 
The house was sold out and our amateurs may rest assured that they delighted 
the audience. 




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penni Hlasatel , Oct. 31, 1922. 


The Karodni Divadlo (National Theater) Company repeated a production of Karel 
Capek's sensational play "R.TJ.R." last Sunday evening. This play, which was 
produced on the preceding Sunday on both of our leading stages, caused a stir 
among our play-goers that has rarely been seen with other gripping plays in d 
times past. ^ 


As regards the purely artistic phase of this production, the Sunday performance 

undoubtedly reached its culminating point, which is easily understood when we ^^ 

consider that there were ten conscientious rehearsals before the giving of the J— 

premiere. The repeat performance may therefore be regarded as excellent. De- rj 

spite the beautiful weather which prevailed last Sunday, the attendance was ^ 
normal. ... 

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Dennl Hlasatel , Oct. 24, 1922. 


Karel Capek's Utopian drama, "R, U. E." (Rossums Universal Robots) had its 
Bohemian-American premiere last Sunday on the Ludvikovo Divadlo stage 
(Frantisek Ludvik Bohemian Dramatic Association). The presentation /actu- 
al!^ occurred on the stage of Sokol Chicago Hall, translator's note: The 
Ludvikovo Divadlo used this stage in most of its productions// Simultane- 5 
ously "R. U. R." was played by the Cesko-Americke Narodni Divadlo (Bohemian- 
American National Theater) on the stage of the Sokol Havlicek-Tyrs. Those 
who feared that the production was a risky experiment were pleasantly sur- 
prised. They learned that their doubts as to the abilities of our stock 
companies lacked foundation as much as their claims that Capek's dramatic 
work would be misunderstood by our playgoers. 

Both our dramatic associations considered the Sunday performance a festive 
occasion, and it seemed as if every member of both companies had put his 
whole soul into his role. The audiences followed the play with ever- 



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Dennl Hlasatel , Oct. 24, 1922. 

Increasing tension and excitement. If, as was believed, the production of 
this play was a dangerous experiment, then the victory of our Chicago ^ 

/pzeohj theaters is the more to be admired ; the Ludvilcovo Association and "^ 
the Lawndale theater deserve our full recognition for producing this orig- P 
Inal Czech novelty, which is now gaining recognition on the stages of the <^ 
entire world. Capek*s brilliant work received copious mention on the occasion ^ 
of its American premiere in New York, where this extraordinary creative ef- 
fort led to immediate recognition by the foremost dramatic critics of the 
eastern metropolis. ^Eranslator ' s Note: Here follows a somewhat detailed 
description of the plot of "R. U. R. ," which, since it is rather well known 
to readers and playgoers, the translator did not consider it necessary to 

This is only a succinct outline of this fantastic plot, and one must actually 
see the play to appreciate it fully, to observe with what dramatic meaning 
the substance of it is endowed, to evaluate at their tjrue v;orth the literary 
gems which have been inserted into the text, and to realize with what mastery 



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Dennl Hlasatel . Oct. 24, 1922. 

the individual roles have been worked out in order to excite and to captivate 
the audience. 


The Ludvilcovo players have given such attention to the play as may be expected -^ 

only of a first-class stock company. It may therefore be looked upon as an r; 

example of honest dramatic stagecraft The entire production and the ^ech- -o 

nica^ handling of the play do honor to Mr, Horlivy, the stage manager. o 

The Narodni Divadlo group may easily place T:, U. E." among its greatest tri- S 
umphs, not only for the purely dramatic handling of the play by the members ^ 
of the company but also for the scenic effects produced. 

The play was finally staged after a long series of preliminary rehearsals which 
guaranteed perfect teamwork free of undesirable flaws. Although each role was 
most punctiliously studied by the players, one may say more about the individ- 
ual performer's work; for it far surpassed the ordinary run of stage action 

Ur. Havelka may be fully satisfied with his accomplishment as manager. 

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Dennl Hlasatel, Oct. 24, 1922. 


We have often had occasion to remark the interest displayed by our theater-go- 
ing public. The Sunday perforiaances were attended by audiences which gave the F= 
most eloquent proof of their quality. It certainly requires a highly developed ^ 
public to sit breathlessly and in almost sepulchral silence through a play » 
lasting till five iuinutes past midnight. 





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Denni Illasatel . Oct. 23, 1922. 


^alf-tone, one column-sixth of a page, 
showing Dr. Karel Capek, 
author, in three-quarter profile_j7 



Both of our permanent Czech theaters. of Chicago played Capek*s "R.U.R." oo 

(Rozum*s Universal Robots) last night. This dramatic novelty reached even r3 

the American stage in New York, and gained great popularity through being ^ 
aeclalmed by both the press and the public. 

Dr. Karel Capek is a Prague playwright and is associated with the 
Vinohradske Divadlo (Vinohradske Theater). 

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Dennl Hlasatel , Oct. 19, 1922. 


"R.XJ.R.** is a play which has caused a terrific sensation, Josef Capek, 
the newest star on the horizon of Czech dramatic literattire, a man of 
remarkable imagination, placed this, his masterpiece, before the public. 
It inundated all the stages of Czechoslovakia like a veritable avalanche. 
Translated into all of the European languages it victoriously crossed the ^ 
boundaries of our homeland, gaining in ireputation everyvfliere. It finally 
crossed the Atlantic and was received with an unwonted enthusiasm on the 
New York stage. "R.U.R." is a play with a world reputation. How proud S 
every Cssech must be in the knowledge that the author of "R.U.R." is a w' 
son of o\ir homeland, who drew the attention of the entire world to himself, 
who proved that our new republic, which grew out of the ruins of the World 

VJar is capable of producing such a genius ... .who by the work of his 

pen is able to reach the hearts of the whole world. 

"R.TJ.R." is a difficult play, difficult because of its technical requirements, 




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Dennl Hlasatel, Oct. 19, 1922. 

and equally so because of the demands it places upon the actors. But the 
competent personel of the Ludvikovo Dlvadlo (Frank LudTik Bohemian Draaatic 
Association) will surely be equal to the task. The public will breathlessly 
follow the plot of the play: The manufacture of robots— human machines 
without a soul — how these robots behave, how they improve their behavior, 
how finally they destroy the last members of human society, the directors 
of the gigantic factory for the manufacture of robots; how they endeavor 
to save the last human being who, they believe, has the secret foimula for 
the manufacture of robots— this is the theme of the play. The public will ^^ 
finally see the modem Adam and Sve who, cdTter the last remaining member c^ 
of the old human race passed sway, emd after every robot, too, has died, 
are to give life to a new humanity. 



The management of the cast and the stage is under the charge of lb?. Frantisek 
Horlivy who, during his visit to Bohemia, saw the play acted on all the great 
stages of Prague. He will supervise production so that the scenery, the dramatic 


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Dennl Hlasatel , Oct, 19, 1922. 

team work of all the actors, etc., will be blended into a hanaonious whole. 
This production by the LudTlkovo Dlvadlo will therefore be a festive event for 
all our Chicago theatre-going Bohemians, and It Is advisable that tickets be 
secured In advance. 







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Denni Hlasatel . Oct. 18, 1922. 


After carefiil preparation, and diligent study and rehearsing the Cesko- 
Americke Narodni Divadlo (Bohemian-American National Theater) is ready to 
present to the Czechoslovak theater-going public, Karel Capek»s famous 
drama •^R.U.R." (Rossum*s Universal Robots). Since its premiere at the 
National Theater at Prague, and its triumphant reception at Brno, this 
pearl of dramatic creativity has now invaded every civilized country. Its 
recent first-class production on the ilinerican stage in New York has brought 
recognition to the actors and to the author by both the public and the 
press. It brings a feeling of happy satisfaction to us Czechs to know 
that even in the field of drama our comparatively little nation has thus 
become recognized through the work of Karel Capek, who occupies a signifi- 
cant position in the estimation of the American public. The Czech public 
of our metropolis v/ill sxirely not let the opportunity go by to see this 




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Dennl Hlasatel . Oct. 18, 1922. 

drama played, and hear it in the orlglned Czech— our mother tongue; this 
is a play which by its setting and its content goes outside the current 
traditions of the stage, ^ere follows a description of the plot of the 
"R.U.R.** which, being known to the Aznericeoi theater-going public, need 3g 
not be translated^. ••• It is conceded that an unusual play of this kind ^ 
required a special and careful prepeoration on the x>art of the actors and p: 
the Banagement, and both of these have done justice to it. Individual r; 
roles have also been placed in the hands of competent players. The leading yo 
parts are the following: Ibr. Havelka (Domino); Miss M. Kozderka (Helen o 
aioxy); Mrs. Winkler-Vodak (Nana); Mr. Erejci (Alquist); Mr. Skalicky io 
(Or. Oall); Mr. Mikolas (HeQJ.eaoier) ; the newly engaged actor, Ibr. Anton ^ 
(Ttebry). Other roles hare been assigned to: Miss Ebstrbaty, Mr. Vanek, " 
Mr. Saranek, Mr. Zavrel, and Mr. Zanda. Original costumes have been 
designed by Professor Sneiberk, managing director of the Narodni Divadlo 
at Brno, Czechoslovakia, and executed by Mx«.Slayka Erejci of Chicago. 
The modem stage setting has been furnished by The Sheppard Studio. The 

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Dennl Hlasatel . Oct. 18, 1922. 

musical melodramatic interludes have been studied and directed by the 
orchestra leader, l-lr. ^^antisek^ Fiser. 

Because of the increased demand for seats on the part of those vi^o wish to 
see the play, we adTlse the public to secure tickets well in advance by 
phoning Lawndale 0485, or by purchasing them at the /naMa^ places. 






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Dennl Hlasatel , Oct, 17, 1922. 


The Management of the Cesko-Americke Narodni Dlvadlo (Bohemian-American 
National Theater) produced for the second time the famous operetta "Dratenicek" 
(Tinker) , by Franz Lehar. 

The operetta ?ras produced on the stage of the Sokol Havlicek-Tyrs. Its success :^ 
was only a repetition of the fine reception accorded to it when it was first ^ 
produced. The splendid songs, the artistically handled cast, and the fault- C 
less execution of the whole were proof positive of the high artistic ability 5- 
and standards of our Lawndede theater organization, though the third act of S 
the operetta was not as good in its dramatic quality as the preceding two.,.,, v. 
The audience was very well pleased with the acting of Mr, and Mrs, Havelka, and :::, 
Mr, and Mrs, Krejcl, and gave vent to its praise by an unstinting applause ^ 

!I5ie management is going to produce Karel Capek*s sensational play "R, U, R," 

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next Sunday afternoon. Extensive preparations have been going on for some 
time, and we may expect therefore that Capek*s play is going to be placed 
among the outstanding productions of the season. 




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* Dennl HLasatel , Sept. 29, 1922. 


/ka. Al)stract7 

Our Chicago CzechosloTaks have greeted with great satisfaction the appearance p 
of one of our countrymen i»ho, though he calls himself De Rubini, is a native ^ 
of Moravia, Czechoslovakia. His real name is Evzen Plachy. Mr. De Rubini, ^ 
vriio is also known as "the man with the sixth sense," performed before a ^ 
Czechoslovak audience at the Lawndale Masonic Temple yesterday. He performed ^ 
such unheard of feats of telepathy that his audience was left astounded. His -^ 
performance was preceded by a few simple folk songs sung by Miss Annie Lukes 
whose marvelous soprano fully earned her the great applause she received. She 
was accompanied at the piano by Miss Anezka Blafka whose efforts were no less 
commendable. • . • 

After a few pertinent introductory remarks concerning the phenonena of telepathy 

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Deiml Hlasatel . Sept. 29, 1922. 

in general, the management introduced the much anticipated De Hublni 

His first feature was the so-called "mail". Here De Rubini delivered sealed 
letters with addresses lacking to their correct addressees whom he, of course, 

never met personally He also was able to find certain well-concealed ob- ^ 

jects such as pins, watches, etc. It shovild be mentioned at this point that g 

whenever new tasks were to be imposed on him by the audience and the manage- ^t^ 

ment, he was closely watched by a guard consisting of four men who locked him p 

up in a room far removed from the actual place where the conference was going ^ 

on. He was given several humorous assignments all of which he performed well. ^ 

He proved himself to be a master of hypnosis, of suggestion, of automatism, ^ 

and left the audience convinced that there is no greater master in the manipu- ^ 

lation of animal hypnotism thein he. o=! 

Our people will be interested to know that the Ludvikovo Divadlo (Frantisek 
Ludvik Dramatic Association) arranged its evening program at the Sokol Chicago 
Hall in such a way as to give Mr. De Hubini a chance to use the greater part 


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Dennl Hlasatel . Sept. 29, 1922. 
of the evening for another performance before his countrymen 


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Denni Hlasatel . bept. 28, 1922. 


Rehearsals and preparations are in full swing for tlie production of a splendid 
and costly operetta— "Indicka Bajadera" (Hindu Bayadere) by the Croatian 
author Albini, This excellent v;ork would have been presented more often to 
our Chicago covmtrynen during the last theater season had there been tine to 
finish the rehearsals and make certain improvenents and innovations which will 
characterize the work when it is again staged on October 1, 1922, by the 
Narodni. Divadlo (IJational Theater) in the hall of the Sokol Havlicek-iyrs, 
The maaagement took particular pains to make the production of this operetta 
better than ever before. 

The title role will again be played by our popular soprano, Mrs LJarenka Havelka. 
The role of Fripov will be played by Mr, Krejci; the dancer, Colette, by Mrs. 
Slavka Krejci; the invincible trio of vagabonds by Messrs. Svoboda, Vrzal, and 


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Denni laasatel, Sept. 28, 1922, 

Havelka; and the aging Hindu beauty will be played by Mrs. Stritecky. The 
motif of the play is romantic, interspersed with humorous incidents and 
ballet scenes such as the "snake dance". The stage manageiaent is in the hands 
of Ltp. Havelka; the music will be handled by Ur. V. Fiser's orchestra. 





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Dennl Hlasatel , Sept, 19, 1922, 


Tha lAidvlkoTO Divadlo (Frank Ludvik Dramatic Association) opened its thirtieth 5 
theater season by producing the patriotic play, "Vlastencove z Boudy" (Shanty ^ 
Patriots) , on the Sokol Chicago stage. This ntjunber was adapted to stage use — 
from J, J, Stankovsky»s novel bearing the same name. It is one of Stankovsky*s ^ 
most valuable literary works, picturing the humble beginningd of the Czech stage 3 
at a time when the first theatrical performances were given In a poorly built ^ 
wooden structure called a '*shanty". The stage adaptation was made by Mr, J, KUbik ^ 
and Mrs, D, Hall, In it appear several founders and builders of the Bohemian stageif 
the foremost of whom was Vaclav Tham, a novelist and actor whose romantic career 
is much better portrayed in Alois Jirasek^s work about the years of our national 
awakening — the "F, I, Vek", The other interesting but less known figure is the 
stage director and actor, Brumian, besides whom there appear a number of the chief 

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Dennl Hlasatel . Sept. 19, 1922. 

characters, all taken from Jirasek*s novel. The play, however, lacks much 
that gave charm to the novel. Neither the comical figures nor the very- 
fine songs are able to cover up the deficiencies of the play if it is re- ^ 
garded from a purely dramatic standpoint. S 

In spite of these deficiencies, however, the play was enjoyed by the audience r- 
i»hich loudly applauded the patriotic utterances and songs of Miss Zdenek, ^ 
Mrs. Ludvlk, and Messrs. Prokop, Wagner, and Bezdek. 

The novelty was staged by the very able manager, Mrs. B. Ludvik, and S 

distinguished itself by its exemplary teamwork and by its close characterize- «?* 
tion of the main individuals playing the title roles. This was particularly 
true of Mr. Prokop as 'VTham'* and Mr. Horlivy as "Brunian". Their acting was 
true to life and very effective 

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Denni Hlasatel. Sept. 9, 1922, 


The Ludvikovo Divadlo (The Frank Ludvik Dramatic Association) begins its 
thirtieth season on Sunday, September 17. A comedy novelty, which attained 
success on the Prague stage, will have its premiere on that day. It is real- 
ly a musical comedy, and, as its name, ♦^lastencove z Boudy" (Patriots from 
a Shack), indicates, it will be chock-full of good humor and comical situa- 
tions leading to many guffaws of laughter. .. .The management of the Divadlo, 
which is just beginning its thirtieth season in America, is well equipped 
both as regards personnel and repertory, and also has uncommonly good stage 
settings. It will therefore uphold the good name and fine reputation which 
this theater has always enjoyed, and which has been an important cultural pro- 
duct of the American branch of our Bohemian nation. The management is fully 
aware of the importance of its cultural emd national mission, and by its dra- 
matic work adds to the recognition of the cultural efforts of our nationality. 
That management endeavors to keep the work of the permanent Divadlo at a high 
level but adjusted to present conditions. It must be said that our permanent 







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Denni Hlasatel, Sept. 9, 1922. 


Bohemian stage is looked upon with appreciation by other foreign-language groups,^ 
some of which, though much stronger nuinerically than v;e are, do not possess an ^ 
institution of this kind C 





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Dennl Hlasatel . Sept. 3, 1922. 


2^alf-tone, three column- fourth of a page view of 
a group of Czech actors of the Homan Theate^ 

The Bohemian Vaudeville theater begins its activity this week. This will 
also mark the third successful season of its existence, the third season 
promising to be still more successful than the preceding two. The stage 
and the building have been redecorated; the stock company is richer by ten 
more members, some of whom will become permanent fixtures. Among the ladies 
are: Mrs. Adamek-Trnka, Mrs. Radvanovsky, lulrs. Lhotsky, and Miss Metzl. 
The new men are: Messrs. Lhotsky (director), Weidner, Sulc, Hildebrandt, 
Sirmer, and Exivacek. All of these ladies and gentlemen are well-known by 
our Czech theatergoers, either as former members of the Homan Theater or as 
actors in the Ludvikovo Divadlo (LudvikJDramatic Association) where they have 

played for many years In the /above/ picture one may also recognize Mr. 

Louis Brecka who, thanks to his zeal and perseverance, was instrumental in 




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founding this popular and well-liked theater. As an opening performance 
a one-act play will be staged. This is titled "Nebrouseny deraant" 
(Unpolished Dianond) and contains songs and dances. Besides this number 
there will be other items on the program such as recitations and songs as 
well as a four- reel comedy film. ... * 





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Denni HIasatel . Apr. 23, 1922. 


The Pevecka Spolecnost Bedrich Smetana (Bedrich Smetema Choral Society) is 5 
actively engaged in the study of the great Czech operas. To secure more -r^ 
funds for the continuation of this study, the Society is now rehearsing for r" 
a concert to be given on Sunday liay 14, 1922 in the hall of the Sokol Chicago. -o 
By its quality the concert promises to be a unique event in our artistic life, o 
TLj Choral Society is well known to our general public by its production of co 
Bedrich Smetana's "Prodana Nevesta" (Bartered Bride), and also the operas T § 
Studni" (In the '.Veil) /by Blodek/, and •*Iiubicka" (The Kiss) ^y 3netana7« 
All these operas have been presented to the local Boheiaian-i\inerican public 
in a dignified laanner. Not only has the Society played before Czechs, but 
also before American audiences in the Chicago's Loop (The Garrick and Black- 
stone Theaters). 

This time the Society has somewhat brolpen its tradition of playing only 


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Dennl Hlasatel. Apr. 23, 1922. 

classical operatic works, and is rehearsing a work of a lighter vein. The 
opera is, nevertheless, to be thoroughly artistic in its presentation and 
in a sense nor© elaborate than the usual operatic pieces. The number that 
the Society is studying now is called "Faust A Markyta" (^aust .oad Margue- 
rite). Its resemblance to Gounod's v;ork lies only in its name, however. 
In reality it is a sharp satire which lashes one of the current .imericem 
problems. Besides Faust, arguerite, and the obligatory j'emphistopheles , 
two new personalities appear in this new work. Thay are the daughter of 
Mephistophelas , called Satanella, and a mysterious pilgrim v/hose name has 
for many years been on the lips of every American, a name accompanied by u* 
curses or by blessings but never by indifference. 

The most talented local Czech artists have been engaged for the performance, 

the management of the work rests in expert hands and, therefore, it is 

truly a promising venture Tickets may be secured froiii Foucek*s, Honsik's, 



Dennl Hlasatel . Apr. 23, 1922. 

and Pelkein's pharmacies, and in Placek*s restaurant. The prices range from ^ 
seventy-five cents to two dollars. ^ 








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Denni Hlasatel , Apr. 12, 1922. 


The best proof of the popularity wliich the serial novels published by the 
Deimi Hlasatel enjoy is their utilization in dramatic work. Among them is 
Klicpera's "Jindra" (Henry), which at the present time is being carefully o [ 
read by our subscribers and readers. The industrious stage management of ^ I 
the Ludvikovo Divadlo (Frantisek Ludvik Bohemian Draauatic Association) S I 

does not allow any opportunity of presenting modern and progressive plays ^ | 
to escape. Impelled by this attitude it secured a work by the authoress, 
liarla Luzansky. The wore in question is the aforesaid "Jindra" which 
Hiss Luzansky dramatized according to a novel of the same name fro.a the 
pen of Klicpera and published by the Denni Hlasatel . This stage novelty 
contains all the advantages of dra,iiatic plays, and its production has been 
effectively worked out. lispecially the personalities v/hich appear in the 
play have been well portrayed by the authoress. No details have been 


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onitted, and the audience inadvertently experiences the feelings, successes 
and failures, of the individual characters in the play. 



....In the meantine, the rehearsals continue and guarantee every detail of 
the play to receive due attention on the part of the players of the co-Tipany. 
•t..The interest which has been evoked by the play is evidenced by the large 
number of tickets wliich have been sold in advance 





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Dennl Hlaaatel . Mar, 16, 1922. 


The great success attained by "Indicka Bajadera" (A Hindu Nautch Girl") led 
to its repetition last Stinday. It was a benefit perforoance given in honor 
of one of the players, LIrs. Marenka Havelka, and was performed in the hall 
of the Sokol Havlicek-Tyrs. All seats were sold out 




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Dennl HLasatel , Mar. 15, 1922. 


Those who bear the name "Josef" or "Josefina" will be able to celebrate their 
name day this year ^n St. Joseph's da^ by attending a theatrical performance 
for which the Ludvikovo Diyadlo (Ludvik's Dramatic Association) is steadily :5 

and industriously rehearsing. The play to be given is "Pepincina Prvni Laska" 5 
(Josephine's First Love), picturing phases of Prague Life. It is an excellent pi- 
satire portraying the relationship between a landlord and his janitor. The ^ 
play has musical interludes and is excellent in its staging and setting. ^ 

We advise everybody to secure tickets as early as possible by telephoning co 

the office of the Ludvikovo Divadlo, Canal 7102. § 

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Denni Klasrit el. Feb. 27, 1922, 

321115' IT P33?CHil-ilICS 0? TE3 LUDVKCTO DIY.'iDLO 


Last nicJit a benefit perfornE;nce \vas riven by the Ludvilcova Divraio (Frantisek 
Ludvik Bohemian Draratic .-.ssociation) in honor of one of our fore:nost 
actresses , Miss lldene!:. The pert'orr.iance itself deserves nentioii as one of 
the :nost outstandin,: in our repertory this season. Miss Juenek is an ex- 
cellent sincer and actress, and it is iiatural, theroCore, that she should have 
chosen for her ovra. eveninc of honor the operetta "Byl Frvni May*' (Maytime). 
Because of its cIiarMinr"; r.ielodios, it will long be renenbeL*ed. . . .The plot 5c 

be^-^ins in 134^^ anl ends in 1920. iiss .jdenelc played the part of a j'^oung ^irl 
in the first act, then the role of a inarried :atron, and finally that of an 
old vroinan -./hose Ions cherishsd dreams cone true. TliO ontire rroup of players 
of the Ludvikovo Divadlo acquitted thei.isolves nobly on this occasion.... 

The play itself cones to us as a novelty that is well knov/n in the Anerican 
stage, and as such it has for a considerable len^^th of time dravm larre 





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audiences. It is, therefore, a very coveted role, but a difficult one at the 
same time, Nevertheless, kiss Zdenek's presentation was faithfully performed 
and she demonstrated her great ability as a singer and as an actress 





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Denni Klasatel , Feb. 25, 1922. 
JRi--J7riS3K LUDViK«3 EC:-::iiL'Jv DR.ii::^IC ASoGClATIOM 

A novelty which gained great popularity on the American stage vias produced 

by the Ludvikovo Divadlo (Ludvlk's Bohemian Drainatic Association) and is 

nov/ being rehearsed by that group. It is the operetta •*Byl Frvninaj" (L^ay- ^ 

time), by the able genius, Josef Pavelsky. The operetta was previously 

starred by the Prague Vinohradske Divadlo (Prague Theater at Vinohrady /a 

suburb of Prague/) , and also gained great popularity at the Studebaker Theater 

in Chicago. .... 


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Dennl Hlasatel , Feb. 21, 1922. 


The very popular play, "Bordynkari" (Borders), written by Skaloud, and portray- 
ing the life of Chicago Eohenians, was produced for the eighteenth time, and 
the reason for its continued popularity is manifest. The hall of the Ludvikovo 
Divadlo hired from the Sokol Chicago was filled to capacity on this occasion. 
"As we had countless opportunities to mention the excellence of this production, so 
we shall only add that LIr. Horlivy' s stage managing was faultless and tliat the ^ 
audience voiced its approval both by laughter and by applause. Mrs. Ludvik ap- 
peared again in the main role of the landlady. The role of "Kasparek" was this 
time played by Mr. Suva and all the other members of the Ludvikovo Divadlo were 
 in demand 




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lifter the tronendous success v;hich v.-as achieved during: the Sunday performance 
of the, "Tesela Vdoya" (I^erry jidov;), the r.ianagei.-ient of the I'arodni Divadlo 
Co../'0- ■jn-;ricice (l^ational Bohenian-;-u'neriC"in The-iter) decided to repeat this 
great operetta. It is possible tiiat no other operetta yttained such a decided 
success* This vras brour:lit about, in the first place, by the excellent costui.aes 2 
which v;ere furnished by the manarenent at its ov.-n exT:en8e. Tlie theatrical scenerj^ 
too, v/as beautiful* The r^'oduction perfect, becauoe it was in the hands of 
nost competent sin':ers» The nana::enent hopes that by producinc the operetta 
again, the croup will gain the good v;ill of our v;idest circles 




The role of "liana" was sung by our operatic soprano, Liss ...afenka Iluvelka; that 
of "Danilo" by the st^n© fiaji.r'ier, I.r. 7. Havelka; l.iss Sldvka ICrejci, san^- the 
role of "Valencia;" and our famous tenor, I.r. Josef :i. ICrejci, sang the role 

of "Rosillon" Tlie daricos ..ere directed by Hiss Slavka Krejci and perforned 

by the of the Sokol llavlicok- Tyrs Ticl^ets to the next perforraance 

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may be securod by telephcning Lavmdttle 0485 










Dennl Hlasatel. Jan. 3, 1922, 


••••The management of our first and forenost theater, Ludvikovcl {Ludvik*s ^ 
Dramatic Association) zealously watches all the developments of Czech dra- ^^ 
matic literature in the old country, and recently was able to obtain a ra 

novelty for the Bohemian-American stage This is a serious play called ^ 

"Ondrai a Juras" (Andrew and George), which takes us back to our rich but ^ 
unfortunately sad history, Tlie Slovak national hero, Ondras, by his self- -"^ 
sacrifice, gives proof of the honest character of our folk# After finishing 
his studies, he secures a position as an official in the service of the prince, 
but when, later, he discovers hav badly the serfs are treated, he quits his 
comfortable post and becomes a champion of the oppressed and a holy terror to 
the oppressors* 

The management of the theater has not spared any expense to make this play a 
first-class product ion«..< .The historical phase of the play deals with the 
year 1715, and the management of the theater will see to it that all the 


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historical features of that period are preserved. The management is very '— 
careful to select such plays as would answer the popular tastes of our people, Q 
but together with that they give an educational and a moral basis to the fur- ^ 
ther development of the Czech stage in Merica. 2 

It is hoped that our public will attend the production of this play on Sunday ::^ 
in the hall of Sokol Chicago and pay tribute to this excellent historical work. ^ 
Stage direction will be under the supervision of Mrs, B. Ludvik» The appro- 
priate musical accompaniment will be under the direction of Mr. J. Jufena. 


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Dennl Hlasatel , Sept, 4, 1921. 


For some weeks past our theatrical circles have been preparing and discussing 
the foundation of a new permanent theater in the Czech Pilsen district. Many 

of our people have voiced their approval of this idea. Thus encouraged, the 5 

leaders in these negotiations have speeded up matters, and now things are so 3> 

far advanced that an official announcement of the foundation of a new theater ^ 

in Pilsen may be made, Z^ 

Czech Pilsen will have, again after a number of years, a permanent Czech 2 

theater. The company will be known under the name of "Ceska Cinohra'' (Czech oo 

Comedy) , and its performances will be given in the hall of the Ceskoslovenske Cr^ 

Podporujici Spolky (Czechoslovak Benevolent Association ) at May and 18th '^ 

The first performance of this new dramatic body will take place next September 
18. Its repertoire is composed exclusively of plays of value and merit, such 


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Dennl Hlasatel , Sept, 4, 1921. 

as find favor with our public. 

•Detailed information concerning this new cultural development in our Chicago 
colony will be published in the near future. 



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Denni Hlasatel ^ Sept. 1, 1921. 


Our well-known countryman, Mr. Jos. P* Slnkule, has made the last so^rangements 
and preparations for the tour of the Bohemian theatrical group to Bohemian 
settlements in Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska. Mr. Sinkule, as all of us know, ^ 
is the manager of the recently founded group of the Narodni Divadlo Cesko- 5 
Americke (Bohemian-American National Theater) which is composed mostly of ^ 
Chicago Bohemian actors eind a few members of the National Theater of Bratislava, p 
The group will play in St. Paul, Minnesota, September 4 and 5, euid continue in ^^ 
New Prague, Veseli, Montgomery, and Owatonna, Minnesota. It will perform in g 
Spillville, Iowa, September 11, in Protivin, September 12 and 13, in Cedar 
Rapids, September 14, in Swisher, September 15, and will end up its Iowa tour 
in Clutier the following day. It will play in Tabor and Wagner, South Dakota, 
September 19 and 20. Further stops will be in the following Nebraska settle- 
ments: Niobrara, Verdigre, Clarkson, Howell, Ord, Ravenna, Dwight, Bruno, 
Prague, Wahoo, Weston, Wilber, Swan ton, Milligan, and Crete. 


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Dennl Hlasatel , June 26, 1921. 


After sererEil unsueeessful attempts, Ur. Breclca, proprietor of the Homan Thea- 
ter, finally succeeded, thanks to his spirit of enterprise, in establishing 
of a pexnanent Bohemieui vaudeville theater, where Bohemian vaudeville eurtists 
appear daily on the stage. The best proof that his efforts were crowned with 
success is the fact that this popular theater is filled to capacity every day. 

Ihe success of this enterprise can be attributed to the carefully selected pro- 
grams, but more so to our clever actors of whom Mr. and Mrs. Suva, Miss Adamek, 
Urs* Strltecky, Ifr. EJeollk cmd Mr. Janota, are the most notable. Let us hope 
that our art-loving people will patronize this theater regularly and that they 
will see to it that this enterprise, so beautifully started, will not meet the 
fate of many others which were forced to close down because of public lndlfference< 



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Denni Klasatel , Apr. 11, 1921, 

The play presented was the well-known life portrayal "Zlata Svatba na Fare" 
(Grolden V/eddinc at a Parish House) which, on several occasions, has been 
presented by the Ludvikovo Divadlo with great success. In this play Lirs. 
Kozlansky takes the part of a charming aged woman whose golden wedding ^ 
anniversary is the most touching scene in this very interesting play. She ^ 

presented it v;ith a great feeling..,,. .-^ 


On several occasions we had occasion to mention this play, and it needs be ^. 
added only that last night, too, it was fully appreciated, thanks to ex- ^r 
cellent stage management. ^" 

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Dennl Hlasatel, Apr. 9, 1921* 


We must use these words so often misused to Indicate the success enjoyed by 
the Homan Theater, located at 26th Street near Homan Avenue, in presenting 
to our people a Bohemian Taudevllle program* The best proof of its success 
is that the house is always sold out whenever such a program is given on 
Saturdays and Sundays* The present management of the theater refuted the 
idea that there is no place for Bohemian vaudeville in Chicago. It is, no ^ 
doubt, necessary that the program be of high artistic quality to attract pi 

the greatest niimber of theatergoers* In this the management was successful -- 
to such an extent that today the Homan Theater is solidly entrenched in the ^ 
affections of our people. The solo niimbers, presented mostly by our foremost 2 
vaudeville actors, were supported this week by a one-act comedy which is ^ 

so funny that you will **split your sides'* laughing. Whoever has not seen the ^ 
Homan show is missing an opportunity to spend time pleasantly iriiich otherwise 
might hang heavy on his hands* 


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Dennl ELasatel , Apr. 4, 1921 • 


Our Bohemian stage has already experienced a long line of various premieres — 
more or less successful, but mostly less successful; and yesterday, at the % 
Sokol Chicago Hall, we hed an opportunity to acquaint ourselves with a first ^ 
attempt to compose a Boh^nian-American operetta. We intentionally say "attempt** p 
because we knew that nobody expected that he ivould see an operetta which would -^ 
meet the requirements of this kind of musical composition. But even this simple ^ 
attempt deserves consideration, and we should appreciate the good will of the 
composer and of the ludvikoTci (Frantisek Ludvik Bohemian Dramatic Association 
of Chicago) , which presented the novelty. The operetta — which it would be more 
fitting to call a burlesque — has for its title "Nasi Hosi pod Hvezdnatym Praporem" 
(Our Boys under the Star-Spangled Banner), and was written by Mrs. Barbora Musil- 
Novotny, well-known Bohemian violin virtuoso of Chicago* She selected the World 
War as a plot for her work which, however, does not furnish the most promising 
background for a theatrical. It is a well-known fact that, after the close of 
the World War, none of the war plays endured very long upon the stage, and that 


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Denni Hlasatel . Apr. 4, 1921, 

even the war movies vanished very quickly, which, probably, was for the reason 
that we still regard the war at too close range and without due perspective. 

The plot of the operetta, in its first and final act, is laid in America. The 
second act is staged in France, and deals with several students who, in their ^ 
patriotic zeal, enlisted under the Star-Spangled Banner. In this same act ^ 
girls appear wfco, to prove their patriotism, join the ded Cross. There is much p 
humor mixed in with the general plot, and there are comical figures whose pur- -^ 
pose is to keep the audience laughing constantly. Tb.e play contains a great =c= 
many choruses, duets, quartets, and solos, mostly naive and not always original, ^- 
but pleasing to the ear. Some of them, especially, reveal the undoubted talent ^ 
of the co;aposer. The execution of the play was careful and smooth. The three 
main comic roles were in the hands of Mr. R. Suva, Mrs. Otilie Splavec, and Mr. 
Miles Bezdek, who during the first and the final act did not permit the audience 
to stop laughing. The quartet of student volunteers consisted of Messrs. B. Jonas, 
T. k'/agner, F. Brejla, and Pelc; playing opposite them as lady ambulance drivers 
of the Hed Cross, were -Jesdames Marie Ludvik, Kristina Korlivy, and the Misses 


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Demnl Hlaaatel . Apr. 4, 1921, 

Ludvlk and Frls, wftiose playing and singing were unusually successful. Mr. Frant 
Horlivy, in his role of ".Vilden**, gave proof of cood playinr-, and in the last act 
even the little Olinka 3ezdek olaased the audience with her fine appearance. The 
theatregoers received this novelty with much satisfaction, as was made evident 
by their frequent applause. 

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Denni Hlasatel. Mar. 2, 1921. 



There was a beautiful four-act drama, '•Bojarova Svatba" (Marriage of Bojar), 
on the repertory'- of the Divadlo Tyl (Tyl Bohemian Theater) at Sokol Havli- 
cek Tyrs last Sunday, This drama was selected by Llrs. Antonie Cervenka, 
popular Bohemian actress of Chicago, for her benefit :;erformance. As was 
expected, the drama was presented before an audience 7;hich filled the hall 
to capacity, and the performance turned out to be truly magnificent. 




It is an undeniable fact that Mrs. Cervenka deserves a c!;ood deal of credit 
for the growth of the Bohemian stage in Chicago. In addition to her good 
work, she always donates the proceeds of her benefit performances to charity, ^ 
and even the proceeds of Sunday's performance were earmarked for the same 
cause. It is therefore not surprising that these generous efforts were 
recognized by our people last Sunday when Mrs. Cervenka received a tremendous 
ovation waich will not be forgotten by her for a long time to come. 

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Denni Hlasatel . Mar. 2, 1921. 

.;.fter the second act, she received so niany gifts and floral offerings that 
the stage resembled a veritable flower garden. In the aeantime, members 
of the ladies' auxiliary of the Pilsen Brewery assembled on tha stage, and 
their spokesman, Mrs. Sistek, addressed the guest of honor with a few words 
of congratulation. Mrs. Cervenka was so deeply moved that she could hardly 

Afl to the purely histrionic abilities of the actress, it may be said that ^. 
she gave one of the most successful denonstrations of her acting in "Bojarova. 



Svatba". Mrs. Ceirvenka chose one of tha most lovable, but also one of the 
most difficult, roles — that of the gypsy girl "Sanda;" and although she had '"^ 
to overcome some difficulties, Llrs. Cervenka presented the role with re- 
markable success 


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Dennf Hlasatel, Feb. 28, 1921. 


It is always of great Importance to Mrs# Otilie Splavec to surprise her many 
admirers with a dramatic work of merit at her benefit performances, and that 

is undoubtedly the reason why Shakespeare *s *Kupec Benatsky" (Merchant of ^ 

Venice) was presented last night. At the present time, very few of Shakes- ^ 

peare's plays are being presented upon our stage, inasmuch as these plays ci 

are difficult for a modem actor and require concentrated study, which is p 

usually given them only by actors who de^rote themselves solely to Shakespeare's ^ 

works. o 


But, in spite of all these obstacles, it was apparent last night that much ^ 
care and study was devoted to the production, and therefore, the result sur- ^ 
prised us in many ways. lirs. Splavec played the role of "Portia," and put 
into it a full measure of her art and histrionic honesty, with which she 
studies all of her roles. Although the character of "Portia" does not afford 
Mrs. Splavec the opportunity to display all of her unusual talents, nevertheless 

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y Denn£ Hlasatel . Feb* 28, 1921, 

she created a personality which will be remembered for a long time to come 
by those who were present. 

The people who filled the spacious auditorium of the Sokol Chicago hall greeted 
Mrs. Splavec with a roar of applause, and numerous flower offerings and other ^ 
gifts gave a proof of her popularity..... ^ 




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"LASKA a LIDfi" 

A theatrical performance entitled "Laska A Lide" (Love and People) was pre- ^ 

sented by the Ceska Cinohra (Bohemian Dramatic Association) last Wednesday ^ 

evening in the Sokol Chicago hall. The association deserves a great deal of ^ 

recognition, for the proceeds of the performance will be donated to Hoover* s <^ 

relief fund, and therefore will be used for the benefit of suffering children 30 

in Czechoslovakia* This noble cause deserved a large attendance, and had it 2 

not been for unfavorable weather conditions, the spacious hall would surely ^ 

have been filled. But, in spite of this unfavorable circumstance, many people ^ 
came to the Sokol Chicago hall, and every one who came enjoyed himself. 

The theatrical production which the association selected has been favorably 
accepted everywhere it has been produced, and even upon our stage it met with 
success. Credit for that should go first to the excellent stage management, 
because only talented actors were chosen. The major roles were divided among 
the follovj^ing: Mrs. Slavka Svoboda, whose acting was really excellent; 

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III H Denni Hlasatel. Feb. 18,1921, 

Mr. Antonfn Vaverka, recognized artist and stage manager; Messrs. Antonln 
Svoboda, Antonln Wagner, Huml, Turek, Vorel, Erchal, and Mmes. Novak, 
Kotrbaty, Hudec, Hiiml, Milena Brychta, Vlasta Brychta, and oJxhers* The 
ensemble was very good, the play was charming, but the absence of an orchestra 
was felt by the audience. This feature v.'as probably omitted to cut down ex- 
penses in order that the proceeds might be greater. 


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Dennl ELasatel. Jan, 28, 1921. 


The first stage appearance of the theatrical group with which Mr. Arno Mario ^ 

Hess is working to arrange for regular theatrical performsinces, was made on ^ 

Wednesday evening at the Sokol Chicago Hall. Because our Bohemian stage is -^ 

busy on Sunday, these theatrical performances were dated for week days. This F 

cheuiire in Itself is scxnething new and unusual for our people* And unusual was ^ 

filso the first performance. Instead of a regular three-act play the program § 
consisted of three one-act plays and to that was added something vrtiich may be ^ 
called an operatic scene. These one-act plays were very old but because our S 
people are not accustomed to anything like that, it meant something new for tr 

the majority of the audience 

Taking into consideration that the performance was presented on a week day, 
the attendance may be called large. But otherwise, it is to be hoped that 
next time this group of actors will surprise us with something much better 
and more worthy. 

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Demii Hlasatel. Doc. 15, igP.O, 

.^i!TTc::l:: v.j/.^.rica, acto:-:, r: c::ic .go 


Our Boher.ii:an Mrtistic corrrnunity v;as au£:nentQd yesterday by the arrival of a p 

new menbcr, l.r, .jTxtonin. Yaverka, prortinent actor of Pr'ifue, CzoclioslovcJcia, -^ 

In the last couple of ye-irs I..r. 7averka hud been eu^-ar-jd .-ts a dirGC+:or by 5 

the a.ilchov Theatre of i-rirue. Before tiiat, he :;as active upon the stages 2 

of many Croatian, Jlavonic and lolish theatres o 


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Dennl Hlasatel . Oct. 12, 1920. 


Our theater-Going people have a sort of prejudice against "local products," 
and if a nev/ premiere is advertised, then they surely do not regard it as 
an event v;hich shotild be ^iven an^' special attention. This can easily be 
explained by talcing into consideration the experience gained dxiring the 
past several seasons. 


But those v/ho looked upon the premiere of the Ludvikovci (Frantiselc Ludvik p 

Dramatic Association) last Sxmday in the same i/ciy, and those who go to the '^ 

theater to spend three hoxirs of their tlie in laughter — they are the ones g 
who should do penance for it by attending the next performance of the 
"Ztracena Yarta" (Lost Outpost) v/hich, v;e hope, v;ill surely be given at 

the Sokol Chicago hall in the near future. o! 

The new comedy, "Ztracena Varta," by v/hich I.'r. I.Iilos Bezdek, a member of 
the Ludvikovci, introduced himself as an author, deserves full credit. 


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Denni Illasatel , Oct. 12, 1920. 

The main purpose of his first attempt is to amuse the audience, to keep 
them in laughter during; the \7hole evening, and in this he succeeded. He 
put into the three acts of this comedy probably as many laughs as are 



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Deiml Hlasatel , Sept. 12, 1920. 


To the Bohemian peoplei On September 19 we are opening our theatrical sea- 
son, and therefore, as in past years, we are taking the liberty of calling 
the attention of our people to the fact that we are opening and are ready 
to satisfy all of our obligations, which are sometimes difficult to meet. 
For twenty-eight years we have worked tirelessly among you, and during 
that period we, so to specdc, became an integral part of the Bohemian com- 
munity of Chicago. Therefore, to use flowery words would be absolutely 
useless. The results of the past speak for the future. By its conscien- 
tious diligence and its honest efforts, the name of "Ludvikovci*' (LudTik»s 
Bohemian Dramatic Association) gained not only credit but also popularity . oi 
among the Bohemian people of America. The last successful season is a 
guarantee of increasing interest for the coming one, especially after our 
announcement that we are ready to meet the taste and requirements of the 
present time with a noteworthy repertoire. At great expense the directors 



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Dennl Hlasatel , Sept, 12, 1920. 

of the Sokol Chicago Hall had the scenery redecorated so that the stage will 

sparkle with new brilliance, and we will be more successful in our efforts, 

to present new plays with more accuracy in detail ..... ^ 

Firmly hoping that the popularity gained through the long course of time ' p 
will be renewed this season, I remain respectfully yours. 

Frantisek LudYik, Director. 





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■^ Denni Hlasatel , Apr. 12, 1920. 


The auditorium of the Sokol Chicago Hall, although spacious, could hardly 
accomiiiodate the great thron/^s of people who carae to pay homage to Ilrs. 
Eohunila Ludvlk, directress of the Ludvikovo Divadlo (ij^antisek Ludvik^s 
Draj.'iatic Association) and artist, v/ho should be r^iven cradit priiaarily for 
the fact that it has been possible to maintain a peri.ianent Bohemian theater 
in Ghicap;o. oince the time Ludvik's group first stepped upon .-jnerican soil 
until today, Mrs* Ludvik has been the soul of the xvhole enterprise and with 
her indefatigable perseverance and untiring diligence she has r.ianaged it over 
all obstacles v/ith a firm hand. Besides the heavy duties as directress of 
the theatrical enterprise, Mrs. Ludvik devotes herself to social and national 
activity v;ith earnest enthusiasn; therefore, her friends are to be foimd among 
all classes of our people. That her merits are recognized v/as proved by the 
large attendance, by the enthusiastic applause v.ith v/hic.i she v/as greeted, and 
by the many floral pieces and gifts given to her by her friends. Ilrs. Ludvik 
selected for this benefit perfoiruance an old but beautiful play, "Dedictvi z 

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Denni Hlf^satel . .ipr. 1^, 1920. 

Kalifomie" (/Ji Inheritance from California), v/hicn is knovm to our theater- 
going public from past seasons, and v;hich was once again received v/ith 

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IV" Dennl Hlasatel . Apr, 22, 1918, 

make special sacrifices in order to bring about the Jubilee performance. The 
brilliant success of yesterday evening showed that their efforts were not in 
Tain. The moral and financial results showed the esteem in which the work of 
these pioneer Czech players in America is held. 

No more than a handful of the members of the original group is left today. Be- ^ 

sides the late director's widow, Mrs. Bohumla Ludvik, there were llbnes. Betty ^ 

Kozleuisky, Elisabeth Novak, and Christine Horlivy. The latter came to Chicago Z^ 

with the troupe, while she was still a child of tender age, and she appeared in ^ 

such roles. The three were the only ones whom some of the audience could greet, 2 

as they did on that afternoon and evening when the actresses first appeared ^ 

before Czech Chicago* Cj 

We are certain that among the older people in the audience, there were none who 
did not think back wistfully to the days of Frantisek Ludvlk, that goodhearted 
director and patriotic pioneer of the theater, or Karel Novak, that excellent 
artist; Bozena Krlkava, tragedienne; the unforgettable Karel Splavec; 

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IV Denni Hlaaatel , Apr. 22, 1918. 

Mrs. Feuiuse liiotsky; and all the others who prematurely had to depart from 
our first scene* Their places were taken hy others, but the memory will ever 
live in the hearts of a grateful public. 

The management had selected a play characterizing peasant life, Stroupeznicky*s ^ 

"Furianti" (Blustering Fellows). An address by Mr, F. Horlivy, in which the 5 

importance and significance of the Czech theater was given a prominent place 3. 

sind emphasis, evoked stormy applause. The "Star-Spangled Banner" was then sung r~ 

with the accompaniment of the orchestra, directed by Professor Capek, who used ^ 

to furnish the music for the earliest performances of the Ludvik troupe. o 

When the curtain rose, it revealed a genuine stage setting for a Czech village. 

There were salvos of applause during the first act. During the first inter- ^ 
mission, Vojta Benes appeared on the stage to express best wishes for the 
troupe, and to urge all Czechs to stand firmly behind the President and his 
administration, and to prove their loyalty by buying Liberty bonds and wco*- 
saving stamps. 

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IV Denni Hlasatel , Apr. 22, 1918. 

A tremendous ovation was given to Mrs. Ludvik after the second act. This 
meritorious and excellent artist, this sterling soul of oxir Czech theater, has also 
been an untiring worker in our Czech national life in America. The presidents 

of several of the foremost Czech ladies* associations presented her with ^ 

beautiful gifts and voiced their high esteem and appreciation of her work. > 

The Czech Artists* Club paid high tribute to the achievements and artistic zeal p: 

of the Ludvik troupe. Mrs. Ludvik thanked them amidst bouquests of flowers and U 

outbursts of applause, which became tremendous after the third act when the Z^ 

likeness of the late director, F. Ludvik, was shown on the stage*. ••• ^ 


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III G Dennl Hlasatel. Apr, 21, 1918, 


Jt&^ future of our theatsrsT" 

Twenty- five years ago a question frequently debated among us was, "Is it 
possible to establish a theater where professional actors could present to 
our public those things which, as a matter of course, are lacking in an ama- 
teur theater? Today, after one quarter of a century, this question has be- 
come obsolete. It has given way to the problem of how to maintain our stage 
in Chicago in the future. 

Our first permanent Czech stage here had to overcome many obstacles before it 
was set upon a firm foundation. If there were no war, no one of us would have 
to worry about the future. The war, however, has altered conditions in our 
national endeavor, and consequently, in our theatrical affairs as well. When 
the Ludvilc theatrical troupe came here from Bohemia twenty-five years ago, 
our amateur stage had reached a high point of prosperity. Performances were 
given frequently, in various halls. There were many members in amateur asso- 
ciations. They ventured to produce pieces which our amateurs would consider 


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III G Dennl Hlasatel. Apr. 21, 1918, 

too difficult today, ,'ie did not have any "dramatic artists" in those 
days. No one, at the same time, spoke of amateur actors as "amateur artists," 
but the playing was rather good and the attendance ample. 

This factor — the good attendance — fomented the idea among our people that C^ech 
Chicago had matured into the phase where a permanent professional theater was 
desirable. Experience proved that this reasoning was correct. The transition 
from the amateur to the professional stage was not easily accomplished, true 
enough. Though our public was enthusisastic about the grade of perfection ex- 
hibited by the actors, and the attendance assumed almost gigantic proportions, 
things changed after the Chicago rforld*s Fair, Hard times visited our communi- 
ty. Little wonder that our theater was hit firstj Besides, more halls were 
being built, and more amateur associations sprang up. The attendance in the 
professional theater began to lag. There were grave misgivings about the 

Those who have been following the vicissitudes of the Ludvik troupe know what 

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III G Dennl Hlasatel. Apr. 21, 1918. 

struggles it had to go through before it was recognized as a permanent 
national institution, and before it could grow strong enough in American soil 
to see its existence secured. If our theater was able to survive the storms 
and come out unscathed, the credit is due to the persistence with which 
Frank Ludvik and each individual member fought back the repeated onslaughts. 
The actors were pioneers, and as such had to shoulder the brunt of the battle, 
just as any other new institution. Many a tale of bitter disappointments could 
be narrated by old-timers of the Ludvikovci, the first professional Czech 
actors* combination in Chicago, ^^ 

Times changed for the better, and it became evident that there was room enough Ip 
not only for one or two, but even for three professional Czech stages in Chicago. ^^ 
TSiis is not an impossibility, considering the large Czech population here. Three 
halls, each filled once a week, should be easy to support. In normal times, 
and with a steady increase in inmigration, it should be considered as a matter 
of course. It has often been branded as ridiculous to believe that Chicago, 
with the largest Czech community in America and the third largest Czech city 


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III G Dennl Hlasatel. Apr, 21, 1918, 

in the world, could not support three performances a week. The city 
of Pilsen (Plzen in Bohemia) has its daily performance on a high artistic 
level* The reason for our situation is to be found in the similarity between 
the conditions prevailing in our Czech theatrical world and our Czech associa- , 
tions, clubs, etc. Our young people, brought up and educated in America, stray 
from our organizations so that, barring some praiseworthy exceptions, it is the 
less Americanized part of our coomunity to which oxir organizations have to turn 
for new members* They are those who do not shun our Czech theaters. This is a 
sad state of affairs, but it is not incoiqprehensible. ■^ 

These established facts did not attract too much attention before the War broke 
out, because losses caused by the straying of our Czech-American youth were made 
good by new immigrants who could, naturally, feel at home only in Czech organi- 
zations, entertainments, and in our theaters. For the past four years, no Czech 
inmigrants have arrived here to fill the depleted ranks in our national life. 
The consequences of this are being felt now, and they will become more serious 
if no favorable change occurs » 

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III G Dennl Hlasatel. Apr. 21, 1918. 

This would lead us to believe that the war influences our theaters un- 
favorably. But reports from Europe contradict this conclusion* The National 
Theater in Prague can point to record attendances surpassing those before the 
outbreak of the War. Paris and London theaters are also prosperous, while 
the very opposite is true of our Chicago Czech stages. 

Here, it seems to us, we are facing a situation similar to the one twenty-five -: 
years ago» He asked ourselves at that time whether it was possible to maintain ";" 
one Czech theater here. Now we are asking whether three stages can be supported.^ 
This is a very serious question, as evidenced by the results of the past season ' ; 
and a few preceding it. We hope that this will change and that our public will 
feel more strongly attracted to the Czech theater. This should also furnish 
food for thought for our theatrical circles now enjoying their seasonal vacation. 

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III A Dsnnl Illascitel . 7, 1918, 

Jj{is'i:oj£ OF BUiiJiui;^! 'JUii^r^R^ 

Fire han destro^'-sd the building in v/hich ■'.he Sesko- ■ji-;lic>a okola (The Czech- 
-Hn^^lish Gchool) loc-;t:;d, and v;ith it v.-ent one of the oldoot liistoric rnonu- 
inents of Gz3Ch-Chic-i:-:o, if not all Czech-.'i:.iGrica, It v/as our oldest house 

in "ivhich clubs and associations used to hold tlieir neetin.'-s and ontertaianents, :^ 

The hall of the jlovinska Lipa {31avonic Linden Tree), on De Koven Street, is ^ 

older, true onouch, and a landnarl-c from the ti.'.ies of earlier Czech settlars, XT 

but it has outgrovm its usefulness and does not servo its original purpose any ^ 

lon,^er. This hall on De .loven Street dates fron a tine ■••;hen it thought g 

that Czechs would reiiain on the '.vest side of the Chicago P.iver, along Canal co 

Street, I'obody ima^^inod that the Czechs v;ouid push farther and farther v/est [^ 

until the old Sokol hall on De .Zoven Street v.'ould stand abandoned. Its com- 
panion, the hall of the Telocvicna Jednota Solcol ( G^ri.'inast i c Union Sokol), on 
Taylor Street, preceded it, and it would be difficult today to find the spot 
V7here it once stood. This hall oscaped the creat Chicago Fire of 1371, it 
is true, but many years later it did not escape destruction by fire, Tae 



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buildinr: of the Cesko-Slovanska Podporujici Spolecnost (Czeclio-Slavonic Idd 
Society) , in v/hicli the Gzech-jiislish ?roe Thou;:ht school -.vas accor^jnodated, 
v/as erected vfh^n the need- for assembly roons arose some years later. 

The s::iall Czech cettlenent on Canal Street content ■:d itcelf v/ith the use of 
a small hall on Van Buren Street for sorae tine, but uhen the settlement ^re'.v, 
it beran to feel the need for two halls. 



Similar dovelopments may be recorded for the Czech illsen district, v/hose 

colony v/as email, and v/hich in those times seemed to be located as far from 

the orij^inal colony as Cicero is today, Tliis snail Pilsen colony v/as per- ^ 

fectly served by the old Cech's Hall^ on 20th Street. I'here ar? today hundreds, 

nay, thousands of Czechs in the Pilson district, none of whom knows that on 

20th and Brovm (nov/ Sangamon) Streets once stood a two-story buildin/3 v;ith 

a hall where plays were ^iven, where formal dmces were arranged, and regular 

"artistic contests" were held by Sokol and other societies* amateur actors. 

The stage v;as so small that it looked overcrov;ded v/hen a couple of amateurs 


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started to v;alk about at the same tir.e. Yet, even tr'-gedies v;ere played on 
that tiny stago. Gelacticns r^quirinc porip and display v/ere fdven v;ithout 
even the most ] ri.T.itive stace decorations; the v. ry thouf-ht of it v;ould 
make any stage mana'-or's hair bristle ^.;ith horror today. Still, everything 
v;ont off smoothly, because there v;as nothing better on hand — our tastes were 
less pretentious and our den.-\nds more modest. If anyone desires to learn 
GomcthinG about pioneerinr? on the amateur otare, there it • as in true form, 
and it existed under all sorts of circujnstunces, often of an adverse nature. 



The Pil?5en district f^rew, and if the old hall sufficed for theatrical per- 
forraances, the demand for m.ore places for meetinr-s and social aff-'irs be- ^ 
caTie stron/^er, 30 that by the seventies, there already stood the first buildin;^ t?J 
of the Czech-3nrlish Free Thouf^ht school. It V;as built of wood, as v;ere all 
dT/ellin^s in the Pilsen district, but it b'rned in the year of 1878, A nev;, 
much larger buildinr*, took its place one year later. It v;as erected by the 
Patronat (Trustees) and v;as thuufjit to meet the demands of the community for 
q.uite a number of jrears. The second buildin?:; v;as of brick, but contained only 

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two schoolrooms and one hall in which meetings and entertainments were held. 

In 1883, the flaming guest again visited the building, devouring it entirely, 
A new building rose a year later, this time with a large sta.^e and comfort- 
able rooms. It became the adornment of the Czech community, and it certainly 
gave a strong stimulus to the development of the district. It became the 
center of Czech Chicago's life, for in those times the "Czech California" dis- 



trict was not much more than a Czech village. Many important rallies, memor- -td 



able meetin^rs, brilliant social affairs, and concerts took place under its roof, 
and our Czech amateur theater went through a golden era. There were perform- ^ 
ances every Sunday by both professional actors and amateurs. The Narodni 
Druzstvo (National Troupe), the Kolar players, and the Thalia theater all com- 
peted vigorously for artistic laurels. There were not so many artists in those 
times as there are today, but they played with zest and enthusiasm, and if 
some people contend that there was more sociability in those times than now, 
they may not be far from the truth. 

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Glub and society life v,-is more virile in those ti;:Os. Members shov/ed more 
interest in their or^'anizations and attended ne-jtin(:s raore regularly, re- 
C'irdinf; tlieir I'lenbership as sonethin^^ r.ore than a riere life insurance policy. 
Briefly, our social life went through a period of fruition v/hich ::hould soon 
return, as it is particulirly noeded in these critical tiries. 

The grovjth of the Pil^en district ;ind the expansion of our social life made 
certain itiiprovei:ients on the building; imperative, und the Patronat heeded these 

The .general satisfaction v:ith these new conditions made ns forret that "fire 
never for^'ets". It has cone :icain and has dama-ed the buildin;:, just at a 
tine v/hen the '..'orld '.iar is exacting many sacrifices* This, hov;ever, cannot 
distract the Patronat* s attention from its aim to cor.struct a nev; building. 




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"BAFr I-.JIvE" 

ATter a five v;eel:s' pause, a normal atnosphere a^ain prevailed in the ookol 
Ghicaso auditoriuin last ni^^ht. The transition fron operatic successes to 

burlesque v;as effected by I.Irs, olavka Svoboda, who appeared in her a7n benefit ^ 

perforiiance. Tie nust adi.iit that the evening v;as a real tribute to her. IJrs. 7- 

Svoboda ♦s name is v;ell regarded in our corii.iunity. Years devoted to activities, " 

true artistic conscientiousness, and, last but not least, undeniable talent -J 

have been linked v;ith her narae. /ill of these elei.aents contribute to IJrs. •:; 

ovoboda*s great popularity/, v/hich is best shown in her regular annual benefits. I 

The/ invariably signify a croivded house, flov;ers, a warm atnosphere, and ardent !. 

applause. ^ 


Precisely the same impression v/as conveyed to us last night when Ilrs, Svoboda 
appeared in "Baby Iline," a burlesq.ue by IJargaret l^y, translated into Czech by 
R. ilautsl-cy, v;ho calls it "Rozpustila Kitty" (Haughty Kitty). Tlie piece has three 

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acts and abounds in charming mischief. It was once the hit of all our American 
stages. It was introduced by a short scene from the slcillful pen of the well- 
known Chicago Czech news writer, Albert J. Havranek. 

Mrs. Svoboda played the title role, "Kitty Harden," wife of a manufacturer. ^ 

Kitty was endowed with a temperament which seemed to have been made to order to c:^ 

fit Mrs. Svoboda' 8 own. She achieved a complete success, and the audience never [- 

tired of regaling her with stormy acclaim. Mr. Svoboda played "Jimmy Jinks," t^ 

whose character he had evidently fully understood. Mr. Jindrioh Weidner, g 

director of the troupe, as "Hardy," the manufacturer, gave, as always an ex- -^ 

cellent portrayal of his histrionic skill. All other minor parts were well ^ 

handled. c 

Dances performed by our popular misses, Milada Krametbauer and Vlasta Kybic, con- 
tributed much to the success of the evening. The two ladies attracted widespread 
attention recently in the performances of Smetana*s opera, "Ihe Bartered Bride". 

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Besides Trazske Svadlenky" (Little Seanstrssses of Prague), the play given 

most frequently -y Ludvik*s troupe is "Bordinkafi" (The Boarders), There are, SS 

therefore, few tneatergoers among us who are not familiar with it» It was *■ 

presented again last night. The audience was on time, though the "daylight- '^ 

saving time** caused some confusion. The attendance v;as very good, Mrs. Splavec <Z 

played the role of '•Mrs, Hadrsinec," and Mr, Skalicky appeared as "Vaclav ^ 

Kasparek". The performance went off smoothly in the true Ludvik players* style, £ 



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Dennf Hlasatel . Mar, 20, 1918. 


Today is tlie tv.enty- fifth anniversary of the arrival in America of the first 
Czech theatrical troupe; v;hich as headed by Frantisek Ludvlk, director. VJhen, 
in the year 1892, the Czech settlements in America learned that the enter- ^ 
prising Ludv£k intended to make a tour with his actors and present plays in ^ 
the Czech language, there were many here who shook their heads and prophesied -^i. 
failure. In spite of this, the director began to work untiringly to strengthen P 
the financial end of his venture and finally succeeded in winning the confidence^ 
of sane influential and well-to-do Czech Americans, who supplied the money so o 
necessary to carry out the plan. A finance committee was formed by Joseph ^ 
Fuclk, Joseph Jurka, August Gerin.-^er, and several others, who guaranteed the ^ 
trip for twenty-three persons from Bohemia to America tuid placed eight hundred J 
dollars at Mr. Ludvik*s disposal with which he ;vas to defray preliminary ex- 
penses. It v;as stipulated that when, the troup began to play, it would also 
start paying back the traveling expenses and the advanced loan. 

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Dennf Hlasatel . Mar. 20, 1918, 

On March 8 the ship '♦America" sailed from Bremen with "the first Czech the- 
atrical company" aboard, to bring them to these transatlantic shores. On 
March 20 the actors landed in New York, where they v.'ere met by Mr. J. Jurka, 
manager and Mr. A. 3rst. Many New York Czechs also welcomed them at the same 
hour, offering them free quarters in private homes. 

On March 26 the troupe played in the Central Opera House, presenting "Grazdina 

Roba" (Gazda's Robe), the first work from the pen of Gabriela Preis. This 

short season ended on April 6, when the players started on their way to Chi- jd 


cago, with stops at Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Detroit. o 


The first performance in Chicago by the Ludvik troupe was given in the Haymarket i:^ 
Theater. This took place near the end of April. "Kralovna Barbora" (Queen '-" 
Barbara) was the name of the play. On the same day, in the evening, "The 
Eleventh Commandment" was given by the same troupe, this time in the hall of 
the Cesko-Slovanska Podporujlc£ Spolecnost (Czecho-Slav Aid Society) on 18th 
Street, in the heart of our Czech Pilsen district. This is the same building 

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from which the main financial support for the Ludvik troupe cane, and where 
the idea of a permanent Czech theater in Chicago v;as realized. The Ludvik 
company showed its gratitude on every occasion toward the house that extended 
hospitality to the immigrant troupe tv;enty-five years ago and so helped Czech 
dramatic art to take root in Chicago. 

The Ludvikovci are known by this name all over Czech America today. They will 
commemorate the arrival in America of their unforgettable director, the late 
F. Ludvik, on April 7 and close this year's season on the same date. The jubi- 
lee perform-'ince will take place in the Bohemian Benevolent Societies' hall, y 
the spot where, twenty- five years ago, Czech words spoken by professional t:j 
actors resounded frc»i the 3tage for the first time in Chicago. ♦'Nasi Furianti" "^ 
(Our Sports) by Stroupeznicky will be presented today. 

Every good thing has to go "through the mill" sometimes, and so, our theater 
also had its ups and downs, grievous moments, disappointments, and privation. 
Self-denial was necessary to clear the road for dramatic art» There are 


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innumerable examples of handicaps and obstacles: One stage v/orking to spite 
another, irresponsible theatrical producers, grumblers in their ovm ranks, 
and malcontents. They often broke their teeth in the fight with obstinate -^ 
professional actors. In the midst of these combats which threatened the 5 
existence of our Czech theater, a handful of legitimate, honest actors thought ^ 
not only of their own material welfare, but also of representing the Czech ^ 
people in a dignified manner in the new homeland. -a 

Nevertheless, those who have held out so bravely during that period of painful i., 
memories, who have worked persistently and for the welfare of the community, y 
can now view with gratification the twenty-fifth year of their artistic activi- "^ 
ty. This historic fact will be chronicled in a memorial booklet which is 
being prepared by Director Ludvik, Jr. May the Czech theater stride through 
the next quarter of a century, headed tov/ard a rebirthj 

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Dennl Hlasatel , Mar. 18, 1918. 


•»A Poor Girl" was given by Ludvlk*s theatrical troupe last night, but the play- 
did not reflect poverty. On the contrary, this burlesque evoked a merry mood 
in the audience o It has not been presented on our Czech stage for a long time, 
though it is as popular as "PrazskS Sfadlenky" (The Prague Seamstresses), which 
is on the same order—adaptable for the average audience* It has the same nice g 
music and as much fun as can be crammed into six acts. ^ 


"A Poor Grirl" was given by the Ludvlk troupe twenty-three years ago and has D^ 
lost none of its refreshing charm. It employs numerous characters whose traits 
were well portrayed by the Ludvlk players. Miss Libby ZdenSk's singing and 
Mr. SIcalicky*8 droll characterizations were among the main attractions. Mrs. 
Ludvlk was the stage director, and Professor Capek conducted the music. The 
public showed its appreciation for this entertainment, which lasted fully three 


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There are events in the theatrical world which defy description, where stereo- 3» 

type reporting proves utterly inadequate. One such phenomenon during our ^ 

season was the presentation of Smetana*s coraic opera, *Trodana NSvesta" (The C 

Bartered Bride), by the Chicago singing society, Bedfich Sraetana# Yesterday's na 

performance in the auditorium of Sokol Chicago was their third. It was o 

presented under the same propitious conditions as the two preceding ones. The c^ 

house was packed with people filled with eager anticipation, who demonstrated i:^ 

their enthusiastic appreciation with thunderous applause and jubilant acclaim. "-^ 
....All tickets had been sold a week before the performance, and several hundred 
additional seats had to be provided. 

A foiirth performance will be given next Sunday, and a fifth on March 24, the 
latter for the benefit of a patriotic organization, the Czech National Alliance. 

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More perfoimances are expected to follow* The admission price for these is r= 

likely to be lower. Considering the lively interest for tickets, it is being ^ 

predicted that the opera will remain on the repertory iintil the end of the ^ 



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Kr« F. J. Lhotslcy, a popular actor, appeared in his o-.ti rl^7 i^ the audi- 
torial: of Sokol Chicu.^o last ni^iit, Cn this occasion, v;hich ' Tor his 
benefit, "Vzhuru Do Francis" (On to rYancel) v;as presented. The play has 
a sifc-title, "For Freedoi.i and Jquality of the ITation". Its atmosphere is 
talcen from the life of the Czech people. It is intersper3;.d ^7ith scnr-s and 
is, as the name indie, tes, a product of the precant times. It strongly re- 
ser.blos the ::]ncli3h play, "Betv.'een P.vo Foes," but it is adapted for our situ- 
ation by a clover stroke of the pen. 

llr. Lhotsky knev; hov; to make u.%e of scenic effects that naturally must find 
their place in a patriotic play, Tlie piece, thoucii it requires a large' cast, 
should bo kept on the repertory lonr-or than other dramatic experiments, just 
on the basis of its point of viov/. 




The attendance v:as large. 

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Denni Hlasatel . Jan. 28, 1918. 


After the brilliant success of the first perfonnance of Shakespeare's inunortal :p 

work, ''Othello," the drama was given a second tine last night. Not even the -^ 

inclement weather could detain the multitude of playgoers from paying homage p 

to dramatic art. 1^ 


TSie Ludv£k theatrical group is iifbent upon giving a Shakespearean play every 
so often. The rendition last night was excellent. I>1r. Horlivy was "Othello;" 
Mr. Stach played "lago;" Mrs, Horlivy, "Desdemona;" Mrs. Splavec, "Emilia;** oi 
Mr. Dvof^, "Cassio;" and JAr. Klapka, "Rodrigo". Sveryone in the cast con- 
tributed a fair share to the success of the evening. 


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Dennl Hlaaatel . Jan. 84, 1918. 


Our theater-loving public certainly knows how to appreciate the beauty of 
classical pieces. It demonstrated this sigain last Sunday at the performance ^ 
of Shakespeare's drama, "Othello," which was presented by the Ludvik theatri- 2 
cal troupe. The brilliant success of the evening caused the management to -^ 

arrange for a second performance, irtiich will show anew how much Czechs and p 

Slovaks like to be under the spell of the unrivaled charm of Sh€Qcesi)eare * s 


Real actors are needed for this play— genuine artists — and also the proper 

stage setting is essential. These two requirements are perfectly fulfilled ^ 

by Ludvik* s theater — reason anovigh to expect a record attendance again. 

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Dermi Hlasatel. Jan, 14, 1918. 


Ice-cold weather and blizzards certainly are not conducive to theatergoing. 
Again yesterday we had one of those days when one dislikes to leave the 
cozy corner near the fireside at home. This was the reason why not too 
many people had to be turned away from the box office of the Ludvikovo 
Divadlo (Ludvik's llieater) at Thalia Hall. 

Mr, Klapka is the most popular actor appearing in comedies on our Chicago 

Czech stage. The evening was for his benefit and should have, as usual, o 

been overcrowded, rd 

Saraberk's "Elektricka Ruka Pani Haty" (Mrs. Agatha's Electric Hand), known 
also by the name 'TCulaty Svet" (The Round Jorld^, was selected by lir, Klapka, 
TSiis piece offers great opportunities for iCr. Klapka as the janitor "Motak," 
and also for I,trs. Ludvik (directress of the theatrical group), who played 
"Mrs, Ifeita", Mr, Klapka' s humor and histrionic skill, as well as his adeptness 








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at singing couplets, are known to our theater-loving public. 

Last night's performance went off very smoothly. Some of the more important 
roles have changed hands. Lir. Horlivy was entrusted with the character of 

"Samec," IJr. Skalicky played "Erinka," I^s. Splavec "Crescence", Other ^S 

players were Mrs, Kozlanska, Iv'r. Kovak, Kiss Fric, Messrs. Stach, Dvorak, "p 

Ludvik, Brejla, Kubovy, and Lerch, The stage management was in the exper- rj 

ienced hands of Mrs, Ludvik. 2 


The spectators evidently enjoyed the evening very much. Professor Capek, who Lo 
with his orchestra presented an artistic program, deserves part of the credit r;^-, 
for the success of the evening* - *-' 



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_^aATRICAL plays/ 

Last night the Ludvik theatrical troupe played in the Thalia auditorium. 

"From Step to Step" which is a drama of everyday life^uthor not mentioned/'', 

was presented. l!rs. M. Skalicka appeared again after several years of ab- % 

sence from our foremost Czech-American sta.?e. She played the role of ^^ 

"Floret", a mirthful carefree girl. The main part, "llary", was played by ^ 

Mrs. Horlivy, who portrayed well the character of a poor girl suffering "^ 

from the consequences of a venture into easy life. ?P 

Professor Capek directed the orchestra in its rendition of several interest- o 

ing numbers, among which was a new composition by Sousa. ^ 

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The Czech theatrical troupe called Ludvikovci ^niamed after the veteran 
actor, Frantisek Ludvik, who was its first direct©^ was favored with 
an extraordinarily large audience when it gave the drama "Vojnarka," by 
Jirasek, in the Thalia theater last night. Large audiences are rare 
among us nowadays because of the many obligations imposed by the Vfer. Hov/- 
ever, the announcement that the proceeds of the perforaiance will benefit 
Mrs. Otilie Splavec, a well-known and excellent artist, attracted throngs 
of admirers of her art. 

Tojnarka" is one of the best of Jirasek*s works, and yet it is reduced to 
the grade of a Cinderella in the flood of plays of Geiman origin on our 
scene. This fact alone gave yesterday's performance a festive glamour, which 
was augmented by a truly brilliant display of the histrionic abilities of the 

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Dennl Hlasatel . Nov, 12, 1917. 


That delightful play "Praha Je Praha" (There Is Only One Prague) was given 
by the Ludvik theatrical group in the llialia Hall last night. It is a 
well-knovm dramatic piece, and it is always welccne on our stages, particu- 
larly when it is so well played as by the Ludvikovci^^opular name for the -^ 
Ludvik theatrical grou^T^. It sparkles with genuine humor; it describes 5 
the experiences and depicts the surprises of a young husband who was 'S* 
transferred from the bustling metropolis into a small country town. The r^ 
audience evidently enjoyed it inmensely. Mr. Stach was new in the role -o 
of "Mr. Plarainek" and presented a splendid performance. S 




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The Ludvik theatrical froup returned to the Thalia auditorium, v;here it gave 
I,''ollere's classic rlfly» "The riser," last nieht. A larpe audience welcomed 
it at this performance, v;hich is its first this season, T'rs. Bohumila ludvik, 
widow of the former director, was in ch?:rfre of the staf?e management. The ^ 
play is a novelty as far as the Chicago Czech sta-re is concerned, although it ^^ 
is a product of the seventeenth century. It is a play that requires detailed p 
actinp in order to please the audience as much as it does the reader, ^^ 

The perfonnance was evidently a success, judging from the frequent applause, ^- 
This was good proof of the care that the performers took to depict this classic, o 

Harpafon, the title role, was played by T.''r, J. Skalicky, -Kho has again appeared 
after an absence of several years from our stage. He was greeted as a skillful 
actor who Is again to be a valuable asset to the group. He presented a charac- 
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jbiportant role of the play, though other figures are also depicted in an inter- 
esting fashion. These other characters v/ere cleverly represented by I'mes. Splavec, 
Ludvik, Horlivy, Novak, and Stetina, as v/ell as by Messrs. Dvorak, ntach, Klapka, 
Horlivy, and Brejla. Professor Capek directed the orchestra. The audience had 
to pay the war tax for the first time, and did it with obvious pleasure. 





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Denni lilasatel , Oct. 29, 1917. 


The excellenu comedy ♦*Z Manzelskeho Raje** (From Matrimonial Paradise) was 

given by the Ludvik theatrical group in the Skola (School) last night. Its ^ 

author is Fr. Oliva. It has, of course, nothing in common v;ith that matri* >• 

monial paradise of which '.ve are getting regular reports from the divorce ^ 

courts. The play deals with the high price of soap, which we are paying ~. 

right now — in war time. It was given last year under a different name, ^^Ttie :o 

Charming Soap Salesgirl**. o 

The father-in-law, Horlivy, and the son-in-law, Stach, vied with each § 
other in buying soap from the good-looking girl. Their antics drew volleys -" 
of laughter from the audience. Their wives were played by l.'rs. Horlivy and 
Mrs. Kozlansky. I>!r. Klapka and I!r. Dvorak were highly amusing. I.'iss Stetina 
played the role of the salesgirl. 

The next appearance of the Ludvik theatrical group will take place In Thalia 
Hall on v:est 18th Street. 



Denni Hlasatel . Oct. 29, 1917. 


Our pi^fessional actors made Raupach's "The Miller and His Child," in Czech 
translation, the vehicle of their art in the auditorium of Sokol Chicago, 
South Kedzie Avenue and 24th Street, last night. One may look upon the 
dramatic qualities of this play as one will, but it is still a box office hit. 
It has become assimilated completely with the taste of the theater-loving 
masses— or rather, the masses with it. The play has become a sort of senti- :^ 
mental holiday event not only upon the amateur, but also upon the legitimate, ^- 
professional stage of large theaters. It presents plain, simple action em- 
broidered with ornate artistry. It has assured a large audience for itself 
practically everywhere, even though critics may be at variance in trying to 
explain this fact. 

Last night *s peirformance drew a large crowd; every seat was occupied. The 
mood of the audience corresponded perfectly with the intentions of the author 
of the play. 






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' Denni Hlasatel . Oct. 29, 1917. 

The title roles were played by Mr. V. E. Zalovsky and Ifrs, Slavka Svoboda. 
Mr. Uiotsky played "Conrad"; Mr, Suva, "Jonas," the gravedigger; Mr, Hospodsky 
played the innkeeper; Mr. Jindrich Weidner played "Dobromil," the pastor. ^ 
Mr, Jurena directed the orchestra. The stage management was under the expert 5 
supervision of Mr, Weidner. "^ 




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Denni Hlasatel . Aug. 3, 1917, 


Miss Libuse Bartusek, our Czech-American fellow-citizen, has been engaged 
by the Great Northern Hippodrome to play the main role in "Garden of Allah," 
a pantomime produced and directed by Garry McGarry, 

Miss Bartusek is a member of the Chicago Grand Opera, and lives with her 
parents at 1801 South Millard Avenue, 



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The Chicago Ozac theatrical ^roup founced bv Frantisek Ludvik, -.'ho had 
been its director up to the time of liis death, is leavin^- for a tour of 
the ^tate of ilabra; i:a. ''The .. ollar ^^rincesf-' , 'T.aria, t^e lauKiter of 
the ?LO"-iment" and other plavf --ill o-;^ )rcsentec t' ^ro. Tliir. is tha 
first tins in t 'erity-fivo years that b;i troupe -ill return to "ebraska 
t" revisit th-i sooner of i ":.? forTior tr'unphs, Th^ troupe v.'il] bo 
au;mentGd b-' a nunher of nov nenbers, trained singers ''ho -il"' ain-^^r 
in th"? li^-ht oneras of the ren:^rtoire. 

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Last night the Ludvfk Theatrical Company appeared for the last time, but 
one, in this season, "Noc Na Karlstejne" (A Night On the Karstejn) was 
selected for the occasion. This ccanedy, by the foremost Czech poet 
Jaroslav Vrchlickf, has always been one of the best drawing cards; it is 
one of the best works of oiir great poet and playwright; it has always 
been treated with special reverence by the Ludvfk group, not only as to 
detail in characterization, but in the staging as well. The performance 
was an unqualified success. The best in the cast were Mr. Horlivy; as 
"King Karl IV," and Mrs. Horlivy as the queen. The other roles were en- 
trusted to actors, mostly nevx in their parts, some of whom performed 
their roles in an excellent manner. Special mention is due Professor 
Capek, who arranged for music that furnished a genuine Czech background. 

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Dennl Hlasatel . Apr, 23, 1917, 


Many of our people crowded the Thalia Theatre last nL'^ht to acknowledge 
the art of our foremost dramatic actress Uc8« Otilia Splavsc. The artist 
appeared in one of her great roles "Carmen," which is better known in 
opera than in drama; the latter is less effective than the opera, but 
it happens to serve as an excellent vehicle forlfes, Splavec's unusual 
talent. The actress recently suffered a heavy blow through the death 
of her husband. She has recuperated, however, and was able to impart 
to the character all her artistic passion and power; stormy applause, 
and floral offerings were her reward. The cast of the Ludvik group 
played very well under the able stage management of Mrs. Ludvik. Pro- 
fessor Capek had prepared a musical overture and he also fiirnished other 
incidental music. 

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Dennl Hlasatel . Apr. 2, 1917. 


The managoment of the Ludvik theatrical group reverted to an older play 
"Kriz U Potoka" (The Cross at the Brook) which it presented last night. 
The play, written by Eliska (Elizabeth) Peskova, deals with country 
life, cmd enjoyed great popularity years ago. The public loves to see 
it, even nowadays when the performance comes up to the standards of the 
Ludvik group, which represents our foremost scene. 

The Ludvik group was no newcomer in the theater world, and the role of 
"Eve," j^fid, by Mrs. Horliva, and the character of "Ambroz Potocky," 
played by her husband, who played it again last night, are still vividly 
before our eyes. All the other parts were also played with much success. 

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Dennl HLasatel. Jan, 8, 1917, 


It is hard for the average visitor of the theatre to explain the wave of 
popularity for Shakespeare's "Roneo and Juliet" rising from our present 
era of moving pictures and burlesques. It is, nevertheless, cheerful 
news that there was not one seat empty in the Thalia Theatre, where this 
immortal tragedy of love was represented by a group of actors under the 
direction of Mr. Ludvik last night From the artistic point of view, it 
nust be aaid that Shakespeare has not often had easy sailing upon our 
stages, which circumstance accounts, perhaps, for the comparative rarity 
of performance of his plays. The public can however, fully content 
itself with what was offered last night, thanks to the long time devoted 
to study and rehearsal and to the stage management's great care of the 
historical atmosphere and detail. The title roles of Romeo and Juliet were. 

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of course, the cynosure of attention, but it was Mrs, Horliva»s Juliet 
which rose to considerable heights, for it was played with the whole gamut 
of tender feeling and youthful passion that make this character so diffi- 
cult to draw. Mr. Dvorak's Romeo became prominent chiefly through the 
actor's attractive stature and the evidence of hard study; otherwise the 
figure was lacking the fire we are accustomed to expect in this role. There 
was a pleasant surprise in store for us in the vivacity and smoothness with 
which Mr. Stach treated his role of Mercutio; his was not a main role, but 
he may v/ell consider it one of his best. The playing of the rest of the 
actors was satisfactory in general; the eirrangeraent of the drama by a certain 
Miss Marlett may have had something to do with it. A musical entertainment 
closed the evening. 

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Bila-Cervena Versus Cerno-Zluta is the name of the 

New Dramatic liork of R. J. Psenka -6 

In the latter half of next month, a new play will be presented in Chicago by theM 
Ludvik Dramatic Company from the pen of R. J. Psenka under the title of "Svatecnt;^ 
Diplomate" (The Holiday Diplomats) or "Bila-Cevena Versus Cerno-Zluta" (V/hite Red- 
Versus Black Yellow.) "^ 



As is evident from the head-lines the play is motivated from Czech-American en- ^ 
vironment, and also from the present stirring times of our world conflict and 
repercussions affecting the Czech nation, where the American Czechs strive with 
all their might to help their people and to make Czechy a better and a happier 
place to live. 

The author informs us that the play is very serious in intent, and its very patri- 
otic leanings will make the play a good vehicle for the endeavors of our many pa- 
triotic societies among the Czechs in America. 

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IV Denni Hlasatel . Feb. 27, 1916. 

This play depicts the strivings of the American Czechs to help their brothers 
in Surope during the great war. 

Although the scenes of the play take place in Chicago, Paris and in '.Yashington, ^ 

D.C., the play is so arranged that our amateur dramatic societies will have no "f 

difficulty with its presentation, and that it \vill be a source of enrichment <Z 

for the repertoire of many societies with a play of histrionic worth. 15. 


The staging of this play will be awaited by our theater well-wishers with a ^ 
natural interest and eagerness. lij 

•nie author is announcing that he will have a certain number of copies of his 
play ready by the first part of March, for a few amateur dramatic companies, 
v^o may care to avail themselves of securing copies during this season. All 
inquiries will be answered by the author, at 1817 Millard Avenue, Chicago. 

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Dennl Hlasatel . Feb. 7, 1916* 


Among the members of the theatrical world, there is a long-standing custom 

that a beneficiary chooses a more or less ehoisy play for his so-called 

honor evening, conforming to his histrionic ability; but Mr. Krejci no doubt 

had in mind the entertainment of his audience as a first consideration, and % 

disregarded the rule usually followed by other actors. He chose a four-act ^ 

comedy for his benefit performance, dealing irlth life in Chicago, written 

by ]£r« U. Hageman, and translated by Mr. J. Huml. '^ ^ 

This play was perfonaed in our downtown theaters under the title "A Crazy r- 
Idea". Yesterday it was played with the title "Cema Mary" (Black Mary). ^ 

The stage setting was arranged by Mr. Erejci, who also had charge of the 
stage production. 

The play begins with the story of a young medic, Tom Blane, who takes 

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adTantage of the absence from the city of his tinole Janes Stone, to rent 
his mxcle*s residence to transients. 

Uncle Janes Stone's residence cheuiges limediately into a sort of boarding 

house, and the scene of the most comical little episodes; and just when 

these entanglements reach their greatest height, the uncle unexpectedly % 

returns, and here a most hxunorous finale is enacted, ^ 


Mr. Qageman's play is a very amusing farce, whose purpose primarily is the i^ 
entaiiiment of the theater patron. 5 

The audience received the play very graciously. A no small part in the ^ 
popularity of the play is due to the fact that the translator did not stint C^ 
in using a number of Americanisms, which, on the Czech-i^merlcan stage, have 
an Irrepresslbly catching effect. 

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To the credit of the players it must be said that the play went across very 
smoothly; with direct scoring in the so-called situation scenes. 

In this play, Mr. Krejci as the easy-£ping student of ■•dieine, and Mrs. garni la 
Suya as Black Mary, a servant in Stone *s household, were the most outstanding. 

■r« Krejci, in the principal role, did very well, which of course was expected ^ 

of him. We must say of Mrs, Suva that she did justice to her part, and was f- 

applauded, as one may well expect. All the other roles were presented ^ 

smoothly. These were: Mr« Suva (James Stone) , Mr, Zaruba (Beatrice, his o 

wife) , Miss L. Ditter (Ere Stone) , Jindrich Weidner (nervous composer Gustav ^ 

Puders), Ladislav Dvorak (Julius Smith), Mrs. Slavka Krejci (the opera singer ^ 
Lillian Tussel), Bedrich Sulc (the flitting banker from Kbkorao), Mrs. Stoces 
(the banker's wife Catherine), Mrs. Svoboda (the daughter, Augusta), and 
finally Mr. Svoboda, who played the lover's role of Neil Browning. 

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Ibe smaller parts were played by the following actors and actresses: Mr. Roucek, 
Mrs. Htiml, Mr. Euml, Mr. Davldek, Mrs. Zeniska, Mrs. Baer and Mr. Soclia. 

The play was enlivened by a number of songs, besides that, In the second act, 

Mrs. Erejcl presented a sample of terpslchorean ertf which brought great 

applause. % 



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llohen*s tirilling drana v;as playea yesterday evening at Chicago jokol Ilall 
by tae actors* guild, proceeds going to tae Geske I'aroani ^druzeni  
(Bohemian national Alliance), and tnerei'ore I'or a very wortny cause. 

The play "Janosik" [^ Slovak national nero/ was v/ell c.iosen because of its '—: 
historical substance. The play shows a tragic period or the Slovoic right £7 
for indeperdence. -o 


There is o^uite an analogy betv;een :.Iohen*s drona and Jirasek's "Psohlavci" co 
(Dogsheads). £^ 

I.!ohen has been able to capture in this pley the outstanding, poignant reel- 
ing of a great 3lovak nartyr — a dareaevil wit a warm blood in .lis veins aiid 
wita an undying aversion to wrong written on ais bold expressive face. 

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The popular actor Josef Krejci played the title role and made a very 
pleasing appearance, although it is well known that character parts suit him 
better than the heroic* 

Mr. Krejci in this play welcomed the chance to show his histrionic abilities 
in the depiction .of the brusque, strong figure of "Janosik," whose heroic 
character stands out boldly from the framework of the play. 

The other roles seem somewhat unimportant in comparison with Vanosik," but 
nevertheless they are significant enough to form a finished picture of the 
interesting proceedings of the whole play. 

Mr. Ladislav Dvorak played the part of Ilcik well. Mr. Weidher played the 
part of the landowner "Sandor Lipavsky** as artiistically as he does every role 
intrusted to him. To Mr* Sultz was assigned the part of the father of 
"Janosik,** which he played very ably, as he always does* 



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iUnong tile other players we must inention IlT. Zima, who played "Vlcek." 

Mr. SuvcL pl'j.yed the role of "ilicnacik,** a very original figure, and Llessrs. 
dtudeny and rlocan appeared as "Krajnoha" j^nd "Ilarala". tirs. ^Irejci nade a very 
good inpression as the younc Slovak r".itnok; of tne otaer pla^rers ;ve must 
mention, Lessrs. Boucek and Himl. -g 

In the difficult part of '•Hanca,'* our popular amateur actress I.Irs. Cervenka f-^ 

played like a professional, and all those_ v;ho knov; her are av/are of the heights 'I'' 
to v/hich s:ie can rise in her portrayal /of caaractei^. g 

The second longest fetriiniie role v;as played by Vxs, otoces as "Blazkova". ^ 


The Slovak national dance "Odzonsk" was well received; it was danced by two 

young men, members of the Jlovensky sokol. The Chicago sokol Drum and Bugle 

Corps al3_o took part in tue play. ilr. iZrejci deserves credit for his 

/skillful/ directing. 


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>»nother Bohenian theater season was opened last Sunday and taerefore it 
nay not bo out of place to 'iiscuss our tnsatrical situation, which ic far 
frcRTi excellent. So far there is nothing that would cause one to b^ filled 
v.'ith enthusiasm and with a pleasurable expectation of things to co'^e. That ^ 
is just the reason viay we should turn our attention to the conditions prevail-^ 
ing at this time, and to p;ive somo consideration to ways and means for neces- ^^ 
sary improvements. Improvement a are imperative not only in the interest of 2 
the theaters themselves, but also in the interest of the public. We believe, c^ 
and our experience proves, that the Bohemian public does not support its ^ 
theaters as it could and should. That our people can afford theaters is 
evident from tho fe.ct that they frequently go to iinglish language theaters 
downtown where they pay a dollar or more for tneir seats. Nav we know in 
advance that this criticism v/oulc probably be answered by many of our down- 
tC'.Ti theatergoers v;ith the remark that theiJ^ at least saw som.ething for taeir 

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money. 01" course, there is a great deal of truth in that. 

But these people forget thnt such talent as i s available to the theaters 
dovmtovm is absolutely cut of re -ch of our theaters., dovmtovm tueaters 
are in much, move favorable circumstances. ^». company playir.r downtown is 
backed by a producer v/ith name and money. He hires the company to put on 
the play which he has purchased, and provides for a spectacular staging, 
something really attractive to the eye, sonetuins that '.ill "dr iw" in it- 
self. To secure such spect'jcular stt'ein5~especially vmere operettas are 
concerned — costs a great deal of money. He can afford this because the play 
is produced every day, sonetimes tv;ice a day throughout the season, and 
freouently thror.{jh two seasons. Thus all he has invested in the decorations, 
costunes, furniture, etc., is soon returned fron tho receipts, and thereafter 
all it costs him is the rent, the wages of actors, the cost of the ad- 
ministrative and technical personnel, the orchestra, and advertising. These 
expenses can easily be met week after week, <>specially because at leajt 
three days a week, './ednesday, Jaturda^y-s, and Sundays, he sells miiny more 


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Penal Hlasatel . Sept* 18, 191t)» 

tickets than the other four days* But in many cases the more than average 
attendance is not necessary. A well-selected, reasonably bought, and 
properly produced play will show a profit for weeks and months even without 
sellouts three times a week* All it needs is a reasonably good average 
daily inccme* 



The conditions in Bohemian theaters are entirely different* Our public, with 
equally high demands as to quality, pays much less to see a Bohemian play 
than for an Bngllsh one downt(Mn. They would not pay the same price and 
would say that downtown theaters are mxioh better, and offer much more for 
the admission price* Bren if this is true such reasoning leaves the artistic 
value of the play out of consideration altogether, and, as a rule, the less 
artistic and' literary value a play has, the more magnificent is its staging* '-^ 
Its deificiencies are covered up by "something for the eyes". That, however, 
costs more than our companies can afford to pay* Among the reasons for this 
is the fact that our theaters play only on Sundays* There are some thirty- 
two performances during the year. To find a play which will bear a number 



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of repetitions is a very rare occurence indeed. If there are repetitions at 
all they are very few. Let us be optinistic and say that there are three 
such plays v'':io-i bear three perfomances in the season; there v/ill be twenty- 
tnree dundays left for other plays, so that the ri-inagement nust p.ave twenty- 
six different plays prepared for the thirty-two Sundays. Therefore it -vould 

be quite unreasonable to expect that every one of these plays be staged and -^ 
prepared with such lueti^vlous care as are the pl^ys in tiieaters aovmtovm. ^ 
They give one and the sane play throughout the whole season, wuile a Bohemian .-^ 
theater puts on at least tventy difrerent plays in sane period of time, p 

and that costs considerable money. ^ 



The scenery, the lighting effects, and the costumes are oxpensive. Our '~ 
theaters frequently spend iiore on a play taan they reasonablj' snould. The ■^\ 
rent costs money, 3C does the music, and the personnel, and there are addi- c/^ 
tional expenses of which the average nan has no conception. Kjiowing all this, 
the Bohemian theatergoing public should demtmd less. To demar.d and expect 
tho sane standard of even't in a Bohenian theater as in a theater downtown 

is both unreasonable and unjust. 

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Detinl Irilasatel , oept. Id, 191b. 

In ^glisa language theaters a large personnel is oir.ployecl, many actors of 
whom each and everyone "ivst be lettsr and movement perfect. Tae play in all 
its details r.ust be a harr.onious wliole. That is, it is performed by e. 
group of artists selected and traj nod for one pirticular play, is-othing 
of that kind should be cxpectea In a Bohemian tneater. In the first place, ^ 
the group of perfo^^mers in a Boneraian tae-nter is not homoeeneous. It is 5 
composed of both professional and amaterr actors, some of whom — pernaps -ex 
most of whom — are artists, but in each ''roup there -JTe, as a rule, some who <— 
are pseudo artists, and are ircluded in the group of performers for the ^ 
value of their names in the 'i.-mdbill, poster, or program, ^^ong all these, ::> 
actors and amateurs, artists and pseudo artists, there are both paid per- > 
formers and thope v;ho play for nothing. These latter are the more expensive, j 
because they feel that they are not subject to discipline, vatr.out wnich 
no decent theater performance can be given, .is a rule, tney do not find it 
necessary'' even to attend the renearsals, because they feel that they know 
much more about ttie whole business than t^ie stage manager, no matter how 
expert in his line he may be. 

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-ill this must be kept in mind and never left out of consideration. The 
thing to do, therefore, is to be lenient, benevolent, and not unduly critical. 
But even so, our public can mal.e requests v/hich on"" theaters are able to 
fulfill, at least as far as tne repertoire is concerned. The Boheician ,^ 
theaters snould never forget that taey are, in the first place, Bohemen ro 
theaters, that is, theaters existing for the Bohenian people, and that it ^.^i. 
is their duty not only to anuse and entertain, but also to uplift, educate, p 
and exert cultural influence. The duty of our theaters, -.ird particularly ^ 
Bohemian theaters in ijnerica, is to make our public acquainted with Bohemian § 
dramatic literature of real value, v^hioh is, fortunately and happily, rather ^ 
plentiful. It includes many classical and modern plays of various forms; it <5 
is rich in tragedies, outstanding dramas, beautiful comedies, and plays taken ^ 
from life; it includes many excellent humorous plays and rnusical comedies. 
There is a lot, therefore, to select from. To cultivate this dramatic 
literature is the foremost dut3'' of our theaters, because only b' so doing 
will they fulfill their mission, the mission to educate. Their duty also 
includes the producing of modem plays and aoquaintinf: the pxiblic with the 

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latest drar:atic writings, .-i tneater maraged so us to riili'lll its duty toward 
the public would nave a continuous attraction for the public, which would then 
get used to attending regularly, in spite of some of the natural and necessary 
shortcomings. Granting that the nianageruent has a certain amount of good will ^ 
for our original Boherian-ijnerican plays; the public would also become ^ 
educated to them if the writing of such plays were encourRged by our theaters. ^ 

— ' 

Hence tne improvement of the conditions in our tneaters is not only a responsi-S 
bility cf the public; it is also a responsibility of tae taeaters taemselves, ;- 
By proceeding along tnese lines they would certainly meet with tie desired ■? 
success. ^ 

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As we have already announced, the Ludvlkovo Dlvadlo (Frantiselc Ludylk*s 

Bohemian Dramatic Society of Chicago), will start its performeuices in 

two local halls, the Thalia Theater and the hall of the Sokol Havllcek- ^ 

Tyrs, 26th Street and Lawndale Avenue, in the next few days..... ^ 

The directors of the Ludvikovo Dlvadlo have taken great pains to retain p 
a troupe of first-class actors. Many new members have been added to the ^ 
old stock, s<»ae professionals, some amateurs, but all of them are known as § 
excellent performers. A great deal has been accomplished in the matter ^ 
of the repertoire. In addition to novelties of a lighter character, whose ^ 
principal mission is to entertain, many plays have been prepared to satisfy tr 
the artistic appreciation of our public and help achieve the educational 
mission of the Bohemian theater. Among the new or newly prepared plays 
are the following: "Bezvyznamna Zena" (Wife ^r women/ V/lthout Importance), 
"Tosca," "Na Cem Zalezl" (The Importance of Being i^mest), "Bratri sv. 

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Bemarda" (St. Bernard's Brothers), "Mr. V/oodleight z Floridy" (Llr. 

Woodleight from Florida), "Cirkusaci" (Circus Folks), "Vesele Zeny 

V/indsorske" (The Merry V/ives of Windsor), "Divoska" (A Wild Woman), 

"Na Zamku Dolanskem" (At the Dolan Castle), "Itozkosna Prihoda" (A 

Delightful Affair), "Carmen". "Moralka Pani Dulske" (lira. Dulsky»s ^ 

itorals), "Dollarove Nevesty" (The Dollar Brides), "lAiz Sve Zeny" * 

(His vafe»s Husband), "Spanelska Lluska" (The Little Spanish Fly), F 

"Bandite" (Bandits), "Pani Presidentova" (The President's Wife), 

"Polsky Zid" (A Polish Jew), "Mllion," "Na itodne Hroude" (On the 

Native Dirt), "Reservistka" (A Vfcraan Reservist), "IJooni iiianevry" 

(Night Maneuvers), "Z lianzelskeho Raje" (Wedded Bliss), and many ^ 

others ^ 



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Denni Klasatel , July 25, 1915. 

V/hat we are learning about the preparations for the coming theatrical season 
indicates that there v/ill be important changes. It has just cons to our notice 
that the Ludvikova Divadelni Spolecnost (Frantisek Ludvik's Boheinian Dramatic 
Society of Chicago) , the first permanent Bohe:iian theater in Chicago, has rented 
the hall of the Sokol Havlicek-Tyrs on South Lawndale Avenue, where it will play 
every Sunday for forty weeks. The performances of the Ludvikova Divadelni 
Spolecnost in the Tiialia Hall will be continued as in previous years. In order 
that the Spolecnost may be in a position to play sirtultaneously in both places, 
a considerable enlargement of the personnel will be necessary. The respective 
negotiations with many professional and amateur actors in and out of Chicago 
have been going on for some time. Because of the existing conditions in Europe 
it will be impossible to engage actors from Bohemia for the corning season. 

The present troupe of the Ludvikova Divadelni Spolecnost will probably remain 
very much as it is, being divided between the two theaters and supplemented by 




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newly hired forces. It has been said that there v/ould be important changes in 5 
the existing personnel of the Spolecnost, and that some of its members would pi 
accept contracts from the second Bohemian theater. But these are no doubt only ^ 
rumors, because none of them has been confirmed as yet. -tj 




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The Ludvikova Spolecnost (Frantisek Ludvik»s Bohemian Dramatic Society of 
Chicago) said good-by to its public for this season yesterday. It did it 
in la manner that left with many of us the wish that this might not be the 
last performance before the long weeks of theatrical vacations. 

The Ludvikova Spolecnost had a truly happy season, at least as far as the 
artistic side of it was concerned. The repertoire was good, and the whole 
season was marked by an extremely thorough study of each play the Spolecnost 
presented. But even if we keep in mind the general success of all evenings of 
the season, it may be said that the last performance was one of the best ones. 
The play was "^Nasi Spojenci" (Our Allies), a comedy in which Mr, and Mrs. 
Splavec had the leading roles, and which was played for their benefit 


The elegant costumes of the ladies on the stage and the exemplary settings 
contributed a great deal to the success of the evening. But what was of no 
less importance was the fact that even before eight o'clock word was passed 
that the house was sold out 

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Merry funeral rites will be performed over our theater season today, and ::n 
hereafter we shall be certain that the seats that have been filling our ^ 
permanent theaters will have a deserved rest for the next three or four p 
months. We talk about seats because these are always numerically much more "t^ 
plentiful than the audience, and they have been the ones to remain loyal to g 
the theater throughout the season. That a statement of this kind cannot be ^ 
made in regard to the public, can be easily proved by those who are theater- o 
goers, and by those who are not, but who have at least sufficient interest to ^ 
read, no matter how cursorily, the theatrical columns in our newspapers. It 
was a very rare occasion on which they could read that a house was sold out, and 
we cannot recall any single performance when people had to be turned away with- 
out admission tickets. Such an occurrence, formerly rather frequent, would be 
recorded as a rare piece of news in these days. But all we could read about the 

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audiences was that they were "numerous," or at least "decently nvunerous," 
and everybody knows that "decently numerous" is a diplomatic foim of describ- ^ 
ing something that may be just the opposite. Now this may be said about all ?^ 
our theaters, even if one of them may have been a bit more fortxmate than the'"- 
others, and it may be taken for granted that this "decency" was one of the '~, 
principal reasons for the premature and regrettable death of this year's r^ 
•dason. The only performances which have done their duty were the "benefits" o 
2^rranged for the benefit of one actor particularly good or popular, or a o 
couple of actors, such as husband and v.'if^, but what such an "honor night" ha^j 
meant for an actor who wanted to make sure of a full house may be explained ^ 
by any one of them who had to v;alk around for a full week, calling on friends who 
could help him in drumming together a capacity audience. 

This "benefit" habit had been brought here from the old country even before our 
first troupe arrived in Chicago, but it has never been more "in style" than 
now, when a person does not necessarily need to be an actor in order to claim 


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the right to a "benefit," but it is sufficient that he has started learning 
the histrionic alphabet. This year's season was particularly rich in such :>■ 
"benefits". But it would be an error to think that the "benefits" are a -^ 
concomiteint of poor seasons. Even in the old times of our glorious amateur r^ 
theatricals, there had to be some. But in the early years, such "benefits" :a 
were given only for directors of special merit who had been doing their work o 
almost free of charge, or to an ainateur v;ho had been visited by an unusual Lo 
misfortune or a run of bad luck, and needed help. And these "benefits" were § 
rare occuri'ences of which there might not have been more in twenty-five years "^ 
than are given now in one single season. It is only in these most recent years 
that our criterion of whether or not a "benefit" is justified has become so 
very elastic that our public is being asked to "dig" for two or three "benefits" 
a week, and that the people cannot hide their surprise over the multitude of 
"actors of merit" entitled to a "benefit". 

But even this overdoing of a good thing has been of some advantage. It has 
helped to make good audiences, and good audiences are, unfortunately, an 

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indispensable part of the theatrical arts. You may be inclined to coimter 
with some beautiful speech about real, lofty art being far above material ^ 
interests, but the fact remains that the box office is so inseparably con- ,-^ 
nected "with the stage that real art is frequently required to make important ^ 
concessions in the interest of the box office. There may be the most excelleitjt, 
performances of the most valuable dramatic works on the stage, but if they g 
are not backed up by the box office, you know what must happen: either a lowei^ 
ing of the artistic level of the repertoire, or bankruptcy. You know what has^ 
happened to Chicago's Grand Opera, in spite of large subscriptions, and what D^ 
has happened to many another large theatrical enterprise. And that is such nore 
likely to happen to a small theater whose existence depends on a box office 
which is never rich. You may remember that even in the golden days of Chicago 
amateur theatricals, adverse conditions have occasionally appeared, and that, 
just as now, something had to be put on that would "pull," and the directors 
stooped even to the cheapest sensational plays in order to satisfy the insatiable 
treasury. The fact is that there are very few of us now who would care to foot 

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a bill for a deficit for pure love of art, and if there were such a person, 
hov; long could he keep it up? 

It seems, hov/ever, that even the famous box-office plays have disappointed this 
year. Of course, we are far from tiying to imply that the season was a complete 
flop all over, but it was not r;ood by any means, and it could hardly have been 
worse vjithout endangering the existence of our theaters. Just let us recall 
last Sunday, when a play v;as given for the benefit of oiir most important na- 
tional undertaking an equivalent to which we shall not again have an opportunity 
to embark upon in our lives. ..e shall see that apparently there is absolutely 
nothing that will fill a house these days except a house-to-house peddling of 
tickets. If anything covild be expected to fill a theater to overcrowding and to 
cause the reporters to say next day that the public had to be turned av/ay, it 
certainly would be such an occasion as the one we had last night. But the re- 
ports said something quite different — the house made a frigid impression instead 
of an inspiring one, and not even the jokes of old LIrs. IJachacek were able to 
make the handf\xl of the public present forget the fatal emptiness. 





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An occurrence of that kind is too eloquent to need amplification, and it is 
bound to convince everybody that there is perhaps nothing else in the world 
that would attract a large audience but a silly comedian like Charlie Chaplin, 
who is now a fetish of young and old in our nickelodeons. To look for the <:i 
reasons for the failure of this season would be very difficult and hardly serve p 
a good purpose, Laany people say that it is due to hard times, unemployment, ^ 
bad business, and they are no doubt right. Others say that it is mostly due to § 
the Eviropean war just as they say of everything else for which we cannot find ^ 
a sxifficient explanation, and that is the most comfortable way of disposiiag of ^^ 
untoward matters. We nay also say — though we do not believe it — that everybody c? 
is required to make constant contributions to the political movement, to the 
Bohemian war relief funds, to prisoners of war in Serbia, and that there are no 
half-dollars ^.eft in the pocketbook with which to buy a theater ticket. There 
are some people who maintain that the nickel shows are ruining all dramatic 
arts, and there is a great deal of truth in this, too. The nickel show business, 
which was being laughed at some years ago, has developed into an enoimous 
industry, and the film trust bids well to become more powerful than the steel 

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trust or the oil trust. The nickel shov;s have become splendid palaces, and 
the foremost actors appear in the silent photoplays for salaries as high as 
the earnings of the world's greatest artists, and higher. The settings of 
such photoplays cost many times the amounts paid for the most spectacular 
stage plays. No wonder that nickel shows are continually crowded and 
constitute the most dangerous competition to the legitimate stage. 


But let us not be deceived into thinking that bad times, the war, and the nicke]2 
shows are felt by our theaters only. Others have the same troubles. Just ^ 
recently a German theater had to close because nobody could be found who would C::^ 
open a sufficiently large pocketbook to make up its deficits. And the Germans ^ 
are always first to boast about their culture, their art. In our own case it 
is somewhat better; there is still a part of our public that does not forget 
the "school of life", as we like to call the theater, that recognizes the 
importance of the theater, and which — ^well, let's continue this in September. 

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Denni Hlasatel , May 24, 1915. 


Yesterday's performance of the Ludvikovo Divadlo (Frantisek Ludvik's Bohemian 
Draiiatic Society of Chicago) -was a keen disappointment not only to the members 
of the troupe, -who had expected ohat last night would contribute a nice amount 
to our patriotic funds, but to everyone who had thought that yesterday's per- 
formance would demonstrate the patriotism of our theater-going public. It was 
just the opposite. Instead of a full house, the Thalia Hall oozed emptiness. 
No doubt it was the smallest audience of this season. 

This year has been a very poor one for our theaters in general, and one would 
not be so surprised by the failure of last night if it were not for the fact 
that the performance was given for a patriotic purpose and a full house should 
therefore have been expected 



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He talked with enthusiasm about the importance of the theater and the patriot- 5 
ism of the theater-going public— which, alas, was mostly absent that night — '^ 

and thanked at least those who had come for their presence r^ 






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_^-U^TIC SOCIETY presents/ "HELP 

The Ludvikovo Divadlo (Ludvik's Bohemian Dramatic Society of Chicago) enjoyed 
a rather festive evening yesterday, if one may judge from the applause with 

which the public rewarded the excellent performance of the actors The 

management presented the popular drama, "Help to the Russians," by Fort. The 
play had been fully adapted to present conditions, thus making it a timely 
novelty. No doubt it will fill the house to capacity for many evenings, as 
long as the present war lasts 


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There is at least one thing we Bohemians in Chicago may be proud of. Our popu- 
lation here is a mere fraction of the local German population, but we are main- ^ 
taining three theaters thoughout the season, while the Germans cannot maintain > 
even one. And that is characteristic. ^ 






Dennl Hlasatel , Sept. 21, 1914. 


The Ludvlkovo Divadlo (Frantisek Ludvlk's Bohemian Dramatic Society) opened % 

this year's theatrical season under conditions that yieve decidedly lonf avorable . ^ 
We had regular July weather, but even this could not prevent the many friends p 
that Ludvfkovo Divadlo has made for itself during the- years of its activity ^ 

among us frota ^isaiucj the first performance after the surajiier.. . .• 3 

For this, the management selected the excellent comedy, "General Bez Vojaka** q 

(A General without an Aimy) by Bozdech 


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• (Editorial) 

Our theatrical season is just ready to open, and there are all indications 
that our theater-loving public will be amply satisfied as far as its need for 
this kind of clean entertainment is concerned. It is certain that our three 
permanent theaters will open and play regularly, just as they have for the 
past few years. In addition, no doubt, many amateur groups will give their 
performances; there will be occasional plays by our youth; and thus none of 
our theater fans will have an opportunity to complain about a lack of variety 
from "which to satisfy his tastes. As far as we are concerned, we wish success, 
prosperity, and popularity to every theatrical undertaking which takes the 
mission of the stage seriously* 

Of course, the theater Is entertainment. But it is also, and perhaps primarily, 
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imnecessary to stress its great importance* It is not without significance 
that the theater is called "school of life". Particularly here in America, 
it has done a great deal of excellent work in the cultural aspects. The 
late Bittner remarked most fittingly in one of his lovable essays on amateur 
theatricals that the theater is one of the few places where our American-bom 
youth has an opportunity, once in a while, to hear good Bohemian, learn some- 
thing about Bohemian ways and customs, or in one word Bohemian life. 

But this can be applied nowadays not only to youth, but perhaps to everyone 
of us who has for decades followed our peculiar, different, specifically 
Bohemian-American life, and to whom the Bohemian customs and ways are gradual > 
ly becoming foreign, forgotten, and strange. Let us just remember what a 
warm reception was accorded to the play "Prastky" (Spinning Bee), that little 
fragment of Bohemian coimtry life. 




The theater, then, has its importance, its educational features, but of course, 
only when the proper kinds of plays are presented to the public. The role of 

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the theater would assume much greater importance in our life under present 
conditions if our various stages would always give preference to good, clean 
plays, and particularly to original Bohemian dramatic productions, instead 
of all kinds of trash v;ith the French trade-mark wriich, in most cases, is 
not even worth tremslating. In this mistake we have gone to the extreme. 
We know, for instance, that the repertoire of one of our theaters was so full 
of such spicy plays that our esteemed police authorities found it advisable 
to honor it with a visit. A theater with such a«cultural* program just does 
not educate, but does debase; does not ennoble, but does degrade. A public 
which pays comparatively large admission fees should be entitled to expect 
something better for its money than vulgarity, scantily covered with a dramatic 
garb. But that is just one of several points that could be raised in talking 
about the educational values of dramatics. There are people who take their 
children to the theater. What an influence on children's minds such "dramatic 
education" can have is more than obvious. Let us hope that at least for this 
season, we shall be spared such "artistic productions". 


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Deimi !!las dt_ 8l , Juiie 1, 1914. 

The Ludvikova Spolecnost (FrtcitiSek Ludvik's Bohonian Draiaatic .association) 

concluded this year's season of its performancat; yesterday. In spite of the 

unseasonably hot v.eather last -..eok, all the i''crfor].a}ices enjoyed a lar^e at- 
tonda.iCe. »• . • 




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A RrtR2 AMiirTSRS/iRy 

Earel Splavec, one of the foremost Boheiian-American actors, celebrated the 
thirty-fifth anniversary of his activity on the stage yesterday evening — so 
many years of service to Thalia I 


y/e say "Bohemian- American actor," although Mr. Splavec spent about one third ^ 

of this period as an actor in Bohemia. Nevertheless, he grew up artistically 2 

in America with the Ludviiovo Divadlo (Ludvik*s Theatrical Company) where he ^ 
has risen to great artistic heights. 

Mr. Splavec is well known to every lover of the Bohemian theater in Chicago. 
He is an actor of highest caliber, an artist who, in the years of his activity, 
created many a fine character on our stage, and whose artistry can be judged 
only by those who often visit the Ludvik Theater. 

In that way only can we evaluate the development of his artistry and his 
versatility in the presentation of the many contrasting characters which he 

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depicts so rc-ilistically: at one time a traric type, tind then just the o;-po3ite, 
a ficiire full to overflov/ine v/ith so-called inborn conedy. 

In each of these roles- I'.r, Splavec excels by his distinctive and caref-ally 
worked out characterization. Tne result is that a person mio has seen hin in 
one role fails to recoc^nize hi.'r. in another. And it is not exclusively the 
leadinc roles in which he excels: The presentation of certain inconsequential 
episodes also enables him to reveal his real artistry. 

Vie could nane a v;hole series of roi'j.irlcable characterizations by v;hich 
llr. Splavec has endeared hir.sclf to the hearts of all true friends of the 
Bohenian theater, and has proved that as realizes "..ith lime seriousness the 
renuirenents of his difficult profession, and clinc:n to it b-^ choice. 

His playing is never based on a superficial study of a role, but always on 

a deep, thorouch study of the character to be portrayed. In his accomplished 

vrarking-together of speech and action every fi;-rure portrayed by hi'n really 
cones to life. 




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Yesterday Kr. Splavec again gave proof of his artistry by his portrayal of 
the farmer "Juan'* in the classical comedy "Krai A Sedlak," (The King and the 
Farmer), by Lope De Vega, as translated by Jaroslav Vrchlicky. 



Our audience had had the opportunity to see this comedy only once before, and r" 
that was many years ago, when a member of the Narodni Divadlo (National Theater) ^ 
in Prague, Josef Smaha, v;as the guest of Bohemian Chicago. From that time g 
until the present, the play had not been produced until yesterday, v;hen 
Mr. Splavec chose the comedy for his anniversary celebration. 


i'is is the case v;ith all the plays written along these lines, it is very 
difficult to produce and hardly ever is selected, except vihen. a showy part 
is needed to display the exceptional ability of an actor. To play the part, 
a real artist must be secured if the comedy can really be called a success — 
and this is especially true among us. 

Mr. Splavec* s characterization of "Juan" was not soon to be forgotten, for it 

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was thought out in every detail. The actor seems to grov; on you from one ^ 
act to the next, and in the last two acts he attained great dramatic heights. ^ 

The supporting cast gave of their best efforts to help in a well-rounded play. 



The attendance was enormous. 3very seat in the house was sold, and the audience ^ 


filed out well pleased. <=< 


For the success of yesterday's performance, credit is due also to the excel- 
lent perfoniiance of Professor Capek*3 orchestra. 

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Denni Hlasatel . Sept. 19, 1913. 


Ludvikovo Divadlo /The Bohemian Dramatic Society of ChicagoT' will open its 
twenty-first season next Sunday 




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Denni lUasatel . Apr. 21, 1913. 


Tssterday v;as a memorable day for the LudviLovo Divadlo (Boiieriiaii Dramatic 
Association). Throughout a full score of years, the ;^sociation has been 
active in our Bohe/iiian-ATiericaii Metropolis, and yesterday an opportunity was 
offered to our public to show its appreciation of the sincere efforts and 
untiring, diligent .vork v;hich the dissociation has devoted to the promotion 
and development of Bohemian dramatic art in Chicago. Out of beginnings 
beset vjith difficulties, doubts, and disappointmsnts, an important national 
institution has been constructed of which all true theater lovers may justly 
be proud. To start a perrr^anent theater, and what is r;iore important yet, to 
keep it going, is not such an easy task. In fact, ivith the exception of the 
Germans, no other national group in Chicago has succeeded in this endeavor — 
and the Germans had infinite difficulties v;ith the upkeep of their truly 
artistic theater. I^en a fev/ years ago there were grave fears that their 
regular performances — at that time the theater played only on Sundays — v/ould 
have to be discontinued in spite of the fact that the Germans are the 
strongest group of ijnmigrants in Chicago, But our paople cling to the 


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theater v;lth true love and realize its value as one of the most important and 
effective national institutions. This fact v/as in the mind of the founder 
of the permanent Boherdan theater in Chicago, Mr. Frantisek Ludvik, and of 
his self-sacrificing, always active wife, both of whom have given years of 
hard work and persistent effort to keep their theater coiiig and raise it to the 
highest possible degree of perfection. Yesterday's celebration proved that 
the sincere endeavor and tireless toil of this group of actors has achieved 
gi^ater success than its founders may ever have dreamed of....* 

As we have already said, yesterday's anniversaiy v. -as a general success, com- 
plete beyond the highest expectations. The public which filled the Garrick 
Theater in the afternoon and Thalia Hall in the evening was thrilled by the 
faultless performance. .... 

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....All seats for the perfon.iance of "Strakonicky Dudak" (Bagpiper of 
Strakonice) to be given at the tv/entieth anniversary of Ludvikovo Divadlo 
(Bohemian Dramatic Association) at the Garrick Theater at 2 P. li. next 
Sunday are already sold out, and there are many more friends and admirers 
of the Ludvikovo Divadlo than could be accommodated in the Garrick Theater, 
In order to satisfy all those \^o were unable to secure tickets for the 
afternoon performance, the management of Ludvikovo Divadlo has agreed to 
repeat the play on Sunday night in Thalia Hall 


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Denni Hlasatel . Apr. 13, 1913, 

^palf-tone, five column-fourth of a page, new members of Ludvikovo Divadlo/ 

In a week from today Ludvikovo Divadlo ^bhemian Dramatic Association^ will 
enter its second score of years of activity among us with a gala performance at 
the Garrick Theater, J, K, Tyl's "Strakonicky Dudak" (the Bagpiper of Strakonice) 
..•,will no doubt attract.. ..large numbers of the Divadlo's friends. 

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Dennf Hlasatel . Apr. 6, 1913. 


To speak in these days about the cultural importance of the theater is unnec- 
essary. Every wide-av;ake man and woman knows that the theater is a school of 
life, and it is needless to reason about this truth, because it is recognized 
by all civilized people. The development of theatrical art is a criterion of 
a people's progress and cultural life. Since it is of great importance to a 
whole nation, its significance for a mere branch transplanted into a foreign 
soil cannot be overestimated. It is a fountain from which new life continu- 
ously flows into the whole body. V/ith this in mind we must ccme to the con- 
clusion that the establishment of the Bohemian Ludvikovo Divadlo (Ludvik*s 
Theater) in Chicago was one of the most important events of our national life. 
All things strive for perfection; progress is evident at every turn. Things 
that aroused our enthusiasm some years ago have retreated into the background 
.and have novx been replaced by nev/ achievements, new acquisitions. The years of 
dilettantism have passed, and the present times call for better treats. In 

the natural genered evolution, the theater must not be an exception, nor is 

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it one. It is happily forging ahead, and it is to the credit of the 
Bohemian community of Chicago that a prosperous and permanent Bohemian 
theater in this city is assured. 

It is to the amateurs, v4io celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their 
first performance a short while ago, that the recognition is due for having 
spent years in preparing the ground for and spreading interest in the 
theater. Every one of them may Justly be proud and pleased that he hac: 
made his contribution to the establishment of a permanent stage in our 
midst. Today Ludvlkovo Divadlo stands on the threshold of its second 
score of years of work. It will commemorate its arrival in Chicago /trcm 
Bohemia/ by a gala presentation of J. K. Tyl*s "Strakonicky Dudak" (The 
Bagpiper of Strakonice) in the Garrick Theater on Randolph Street, April 20, 
The staging of the play will be carried out along the lines adopted for the 
performance by the National Theater in Prague, The dances by Misses Petrtyl, 
H^, Hurt, Bidles, and Clha will be under the direction of Miss Mayme Fiala. 
Professor H, Capek, who composed a festive overture for this performance. 

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will direct the soloists and chorus. 

Our picture shows the members of the original group at the time of their 
arrivals in Chicago with their leader and director, I.Ir. Erantisek Ludvlk. 
The majority of the original group, including the irreplaceable Director 
Ludvlk, have left us. Through the years new members, who of course are 
not in the picture, have been added to the personnel. We shall bring out 
a suppleiaent in our next number. 

^translator's Note: The picture referred to in the text is five columns 
wide and ten inches long^ 

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Denni Rlasatel , Dec. 20, 1912. 


(Editorial) ^ 

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Should anybody complain that we have not enough Bohemian theatrical per- ^-^ 

formances in Chicago, let us tell hlri that there were various plays t)resented S 

on six Bohemian stages last Sundav, and that practically every existing •?- 

Bohemian stags vill be busy durin/? the oominp; holidays. o 

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Dennl Hlasatel . Dec. 9, 1912. 


■Hie Ceske Divadlo (Bohemian Theater Association) presented the play "Past Na 
Ifiize" (Man Ti^p) in the hall of Sokol Havlicek-Tyrs yesterday. To our knowledge, 
it is the first time this play has been presented in Chicago, and therefore it 
is somewhat of a novelty. It is one of the gay, naughty French comedies, full ^ 
of comical, piquant scenes, whose plot revolves around matrimonial infidelity. ^ 
Its a.uthors are Hennequin and Duval. ^ 


The Ceske Divadlo presented it in an excellent manner, both the ladies "~ 

and men of the group having shown perhaps even a better understanding and mastery ^ 
of their parts than is usually the case ^ 

The attendance was just fair, not nearly as large as the efforts of the manage- -gf 

ment of the Ceske Divadlo deserve Next Sundaj"", a musical comedy entitled 

"Divka Pro Vsecko" (A Maid for Everything) will be on the bill. 

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> (JJditorial) 

Up until this theatrical season, the idea was prevalent that under the present 

conditions, an operetta was impoGsible to present on our Bohemian stago, Tiiis 33 

year, hov;ever, v;e v;ere convinced that v.lth a strong will, even the greatest ^ 

obstacles can be overcome. * p 

Prior to this, our sin^in;-, societies occasionally produced an operetta, but 70 
our theatrical organizations did extrei.iely little in this respect. I'any years 
ago, the Ludvikovo Divadlo (Jrantisek Ludvik's Bohemian Drariatic Society) 
successf\illy produced the "Bartered Bride". But very little has been done 

This year, an unexpected change has come, and v;ithin a short time, we have 
seen several operettas, a fact which proves that even an operetta can be put 



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on the repertoire of our theaters froiTi time to tine, and that our companies 
can be relied upon to produce it v-ithout discredit. 

The success of the "ICrdsna Helena" (Beautiful Helena) clearly indicates v;hat 

our professional companies can do, and the sane has been proved by our a'lateur ^ 

groups* Therefore, it is to be hoped that the successful attempts this year ^ 

vxill not be the last. r= 


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Dennf Hlasatel . Dec. 2, 1912. 


i'ifter the remarkable success which the Ludvlkovo Divadlo (Frantisek Ludvlk's 
Bohemian Dramatic Association) had with its first operatic attempt of this 
season, the group decided to try another that would put the Association 
peimanently on the level of an operatic group which may justly be proud of ^ 
its results. The Association's management selected Offenbach's "The Beauti- 2 
ful Helena," an operetta which certainly is not easy..... ^^ 


Its premiere was held yesterday, and it was certainly a success. The group o 
played and sang for a full house, and it seems that this operetta will attract '^ 
crowds again and again ^ 

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Denni Hlasatel . :.ay 29, 1911. 

35N3FIT li'CR ..\LOIS rCLiPKi 

Yesterday, the Ludvik Dramatic Gonoany ended their theatrical season for 
this year in order to rest a fev.' v.eeks after working dilicently for one 
year, ij'or the benefit of the beloved conedian, i.t. .^.lois iClapka, a six- 
act farce "Listr I:iedrnik .t. Jeho Ghasa," (llister _edrnik and his crowd) 
v;as performed as the outstanding play of the season. The benificiary 
distinguished hinself in the role of "Pobes," and v;as revarded v;ith several 
floral pieces hy his friends, i.jr. '. eidner also v.'as distinguished in the 
role of the clerk "Spagat." uX, iplavca as "Bedrnik," and I.Ir. Lescinsky 
as "Skrob," v.'ere also, excellent. The entire play, as is usual with the 
Ludvik Company, was re.iiarkably v.ell performed. 

The house v:as filled to capacity, and the public ehov/ed in the best manner 
possible that it knows how to appreciate the many years of active v.ork done 
by i.jr. illapka on the theatrical stare of Bohemian Ghicaco. 

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rV Deiml Hlasatel , :.lay E3, 1911. 

JD.DRiCH :.:o6r:A :.3morLhL service 

A memorial service was held last night in the Svatopluk Cech hall in memory -^^ 

of Ux, Jindrich Llosna, member of the Royal National Bohemian Theatre of Prague, ^ 

Knight of the Order of Francis Joseph I,, v;ho died May 6, and is the never-to- -:::i 

be forgotten patriot of the Bohemian people, ^ 

This occasion v;as arranged by the Ludvik Dramatic Company, in order that the § 
Bohemians of Chicago might have an opportunity to pay tribute to one of the •][!; 
greatest and oldest sons of Bohemian Thalia. 

Mrs, Ludvik, director of the Ludvik Dramatic Company, opened the exercises by 
welcoming the gathering, and referring to this funeral service as befitting the 
darling of the Bohemian theatrical I.!use, liirs, Ludvik then introduced the speaker 
of the occasion, Dr. Jaroslav Vojan, v;ho at length, introduced significant data 
from the life of the deceased, Follovang this, llrs, Ludvik read a letter which 
Mr. Mosna sent on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary jubilee of the actor's 
life. IJr, Ludvik had invited Llr, IJosna to to Chicago upon this occasion. 

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IV Dennl Hlas£.tel . i^ay 23, 1911, 

The contents of the letter v;ere followed with great interest by everyone, and 
there were F.any with tears in their eyes, ^ 

The singing societies, "Cesko Delnicky" (Bohemian '.'.orkinginen's) , and "Karel "^ 
Llarx," which had promised to take part, failed to arrive. The ceremony was U 
ended at this point, - ^ 


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Denni Illasatel, I.Iay 1, ISll, 


"Bordynkari , " ("The Boarders") by R, Jaromir isenka, a portrayal from the life of 
Chic ago- Bohemians, in three acts, v;ith songs adapted fron the hmnoresque by F.J» 
Skaloud, was repeated again li-st night on the stage of the Ludvik Theatre. 

"The Boarders" is not new upon the Chicago-Bohemian st; anyiiore. The house 
was soxd out to trie last seat yesterday, iiec.use of re..orts of the previous 
success, every one v;ho has not yet seen the play is anxious to do so, and there 
•are many of such persons. Therefore, "The Boarders" v.ill, no doubt, be repeated 
next oxmday. Yes:^erday's presentation probably the most successful of the^. -- 

It would be a mere repetition of previous criticism to say that the star v/as ^^ 
Ivirs, Ludvik, who pl.:.yed ;;3.rt of the boaruing-house mistress. ;.:essrs, K, 
Splavec and F. Lhotsky, in the roles or the Texas farmer, and his son, respectively, 
were particularly suited for their characters. The sume applies to all the other 

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Deimi Lay 1, 1911, 



Professor J, '.'., Gapek, director of the tneatre orcliestra, prepared an excellent 

program for yesterday, so tiia;^ the audience enjoyed sor.e very fine ausic betv/een 

the acts. It is expected th:-t the theatre v/ill be filled to capacity a^ain next 

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Denni Mlasatel , Fet. 3, I9IO, 

P. 2 — The flower of Bohemian society is expected to be present at the Gar- 
rick Theater next Sunday to render hoir.age to a most deserving man and co 
celebrate a Jubilee the like of which we have never before seen, and which 
even in the land of our orif^in, is of rare occurrence. Cn this occasion 
Frank Ludvil:'s cor.r/leticn of fifty years of activity as the director of 
the pernanent Bohemian theater in Chicago v;ill "be commemorated. 

It v;ill be honor accorded to one to v;hom honor is due. !.!r. Ludvik began 
his artistic career when Bohemian senti'r.ent and national consciousness 
needed to be av/akened, and it is certain that he has acccTiplished very much 
along this line. In those days Bohemian books and Bohemian actors v/ere 
the only friends to cheer Bohemian immigrants and save them for a better 
future. And for Bohemian-AiT.ericans this Bohemian theater still remains 
an important national and oJucational institution. Cur veteran artist 
had the ambition and the energy to make his foundation accomplish the ut- 
most possible good, and the effect of its activities penetrated all strata 
of our people and perpetuated their love for the land of their birth. 





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III A Denni Hlasatel , Feb. 3, I9IO. 

However, not only as a national v;orker but also as an artist "r. Ludvik ■** 

deserves that his Jubilee shall be a ma^jnificent nanif estatior. of "*:he ?= 

gratitude which the Bohemians of Chicajjo owe to hir.. V.Tioever has attend- C 

ed the performances in our theater — and what Bohemian has not?--inuEt in- 3 

evitably remember with pleasure, those deli2:htful characterizations, in- £ 

formed with life and elaborated in their minutest details, which Ludvik ^ 

has created on the stafe. In ioth comic and serious parts he has proved t:3 
himself to be, the talented, aasiducus artist; and i^t such, he should be 
saluted on next Sunday. 

The personal, human side of !.^r. Ludvik' s character is so attractive, that 
every one v/ho comes in contact with him becomes his friend. His modest 
manners, cheerful temperament, and sincere address, win for hin daily the 
good will of new acquaintances . • 

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Denr^ ^asatel, Jan. 7, I9IO. 

0U'61L=.z. C:£LEBR.nTICN 

P.l--Very fev; dramatic artists are permitted to celebrate a jutilee, fifty -6 
years of histrionic activity, and still boast of such bodily and spiritual ^^ 
strength, as Mr. Frantisek Ludvik, the director of the first permanent Bo- p 
heraian Theatre in America, There is not one Bohemian in Chicago who does "^ 
not knov^ Mr. Ludvik, and surely there is no countryman of ours, v;ho having ^ 
had the pleasure of knowing him intimately, does not like him and has not 
become his sincere friend. For these reasons, it can be expected, that 
Mr. Ludvik' s jubilee will be a holiday, not only for his artistic retinue, ^ 
but for the entire Bohemian public. The Ludvik Theatrical Company will 
give a jubilee performance on Sunday February 6th in the Garrick Theatre. 
There, the jubilant will be rendered homage by his associates for his fifty 
years on the thorny path of histrionic art, and by the public, who recog- 
nize the merits of lir, Ludvik as an artist, a Bohemian, and a man. 


II A 3 d (1) BOHa^IAN 

Denai Hlaaatel . Sept. 18, 1907. 


The Ludvik Theatrical Association opened its fifteenth season by Jos, 
Stolba's "Jeji 3ystera" (Her System) last '-•iinday. x'he Bohemian audience 
assembled in Thalia Hall; it showed that it intends to support future 
performances, that it has retained its predilection for dramatic art 
which, especially in our new homeland, should be a school for us Czechs, 
and a place of sociable recreation and intellectual delight. Diverse 
human traits are represented upon the stage, the good ones and the bad; 
it may, therefore, be called "The TheatJ-e o'J the "orld." 

Every lover of the art eagerly anticipates the opportunity to visit the 
theatre. i;ot only may he enjoy a laugh if the performance is good, but 
he will always carry away a bit or instruction, while the gestures and 
words of the a^tor may linger in .is memory for his lifetime, ihe 
theatre is a necessary item in human life, and for some a downright indis- 
pensable one. The public fills the house, and then it is up to the actor 
to prove his value. 

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Denai Hlasatel, Sept. 18, 1907. 

The good actor, the artist, reigns over the audience. Our Theatrical asso- ^ 
ciation has been active anong us Czechs for fourteen years-a long span of time. 
The public manifested its esteen for the actors, and many of those who support 
them today have been, during the fourtt.en years, educated by then. 

For the fifteenth time the Association assures the Bohemian public of its 
earnest intention to keep the Czech Muse of the drama upon a pedestal, the 
highest possible. 

The public and the actors v.ill take this proclamation to their hearts, and we 
hope the Bohemian people of Chicago will give the efforts of the actors their 
enthusiastic support* 

The play, "Her System," chosen for the opening, v/as written by Stolba in the 
year of 1905, and represents one of his most recent works. 

Stolba is known to theatrical circles as a dramatist of remarkable genuine- 
ness and individuality. 

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Dennl Hlasatel, Sept. 18, 1907, 

The study of his characters means a hard nut to crack for every actor; his 
figures are full of healthy hunor; we meet then all in his '*Her System." 
But there is no caricature in the plays; an actor given to exaggeration and 
extemporizing is amiss. 

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Denni Hlasatel , Apr. 30, 1907. 
LOCAL Iffi*<S. 

p. 2— The Lidove Divadlo, (Peoples Theater) has concluded a successful season last 
Sunday, by presenting a lively comedy named, "Third Ringing," written by a 
Bohemiein writer, Lr. Stech. This play is really one of the finest and most 
amusing Bohemian comedies. 

It was presented in a faultless way and therefore the large audience which was 
present enjoyed it immensely. This farewell performance by the Peoples Theater 
was presented just as remarkably well as th^ir first play of the season. 

The entire cast of this theater consists of talented Bohemian actors, many of 
whoii; are genuine artists in that field. 





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It is hoped that we shall have again the opportunity to enjoy the acting of 
these artists during the next season, and that the management will again prepare 
a choice repertoire. 

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Denni Hlaeatel , Mar. 4, 1907, 


M&rle Ziegler*8 First Appearance Gained Her Fame 
And Many Well Wishers Among Bohemians of Chicago. 

p. l—The role of Denis in "l^mzell Nitouche," operetta, was played by I^arie 
Ziegler yesterday at the Garrick Theatre. 

She is a famous Bohemian opera star who has delighted the royal feunilies, as 
well as people in large cities of Europe, with her wonderful singing and act- 

Marie Ziegler celebrated her triumph by proving that she really is a great 
opera steu*. Her performance fulfilled all expectations to the great satis- 
faction of the audience. 

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] Denni Hlasatel t Mar. 4, 1907. 

She acts and sings in a natural way, with confidence in herself at all times 
while on the stage. Marie Ziegler played her role perfectly. Her singing and 
acting was outstanding. 

Other roles in this operetta were played by Bohemian actors » but their per- 
formance could not be compared with that of Marie Ziegler. 

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Denni Hlasatel t Jan. 29, 1907. 


p.2~Yesterday*8 benefit performance for Mr. J. Javorsky in the Lido Theater 
was one of the most successful of those which have appeared on this stage 
this season. Mr. J. Javorsky himself took part in it. 

The play, of which the plot was fascinating and interesting, was made even 
more effective by the wonderful acting. It was perfectly rendered even to 
the smallest detail. 

The large audiences in the Lido "Hieater have proved that the public recognizes 
the high quality of performance of these artists. 

The management intends to maintain the high standard which it has set in order 
to insure large attendance at all future presentations at the Lido Theater. 

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Denni PQasatel. Mar* 23, 1906. 


p. 4, col. !•• TQieneTer the Bohemian people visit any of the English theaters 
in Chicago, they are surprised at the large attendance* The American people 
love the theater, - that is something irtiich no one can deny* There are 
100,000 Bohemians in Chicago, but not one regular theater which would give 
daily performances. We should have one that would operate at least three times 
a week. It could easily be built; the only qiaesticn being irtiether there would 
be enough people to fill it in order to operate profitably* 

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Denni Hlaaatel, Ueur. 11, 1906, 



p* 1, col* 6«* Our public has found that the First Bohemian Draioatic and ^ 

Operatic Theater can fulfill the task vfaich it has undertaken fluid do it veil.? 
Artistic talent among its msmbers has inspired the entire cast to such an ■'f. 
extent that they all vork with yigor and enthusiasm to make erery p%rtorxDanc4^j 
a success. 

Performances as this haTS filled th« theater to capacity and if the directors 
and actors continue to vork energetically and conscientiously as they haye in 
the pasty they will always have a large audience which is imperative to suc- 

Plays that they perform have been successful abroad and this theater is deter- 
mined to present them successfully in this country, lir. Beurtik is the director 
of this Bohemian theater. 

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III 3 2 Denni Hlaaatel. Dec. 11, 1905, wi- ^ 

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p. 1, col. 5.. Yesterday's perfonoance of the first Bohemian vaudeville and 
operatic theatre in the Sokol Chicago hall should be ranked as one of the most 
successful, because a really remarkable opportunity for enjoyment was given to 
the public, in fact, every number of the program vas well liked by the public. 

It was the toe dancer, young Alice Warburton, first solo-dancer, irtio especially 
evoked the admiration of the public. Julia, Bohemian gymnast, astonished with 
her performances. She is a finished artist in her sphere and rightfully gained 
full recognition from the public. Ur. J. Sulc as tasually drew peals of 
laughter from the axidience with his irresistible humor. Augusta Odillonova, 
appeared in the g^arb of a dashing rider and received several encores. 

The wrestling match received the closest attention. The contest was between 
the well known Town of Lake Sokol, Frank Svaicer (Butcher-boy) and the equally 
well known New Tabor Sokol, Joseph Peroutka. They are both good, clever 
vnrestlers, and for that reason their natch was of great interest. There were 
three rounds to the natch which were held during intermissions. The first round 

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Denni HXasatel . Dec. 11, 1905. 


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.lasted aigbt minutes and the winner vas Mr. Svaicer, iriio defeated his opponent 
with an arm lock. The second round was undecided. In the third round which 
was the deciding one, both contestants fought as lions. At tioes victory 
pointed first to one and then to the other. However, after nine minutes emd 
sixteen seconds, Svaicer again won with an arm-lock. Peroutka asked for a 
return natch, to iriiich Svaicer agreed. 

Prodana iMka (Bartered Love) was the source of ceaseless laughter. The leading 
role was played by Uiss Olea lAurk, iriio was well liked and iriio received a bouquet. 
Miss Ifeurk played with verve and her emotions were becoming to her dramatic 
appearance. Ur. Sulc played his part in an unsurpassable manner. Other parti* 
eipants in the one act play were Ur. Keclik, Miss Opava, Ur. Sverak and Ifr*. 
Wagner, all of whom played their peurts excellently. Ur. F. Hladlcy*s orchestra 
furnished the music for the occasion and rendered several concert selections. 

Briefly speaking, yesterday's entertainment was one of those which will long be 
remembered by the public. It was the kind of performance the public always 
eagerly awaits; iriien it has the opportunity it fills the theatre to capacity. 

II A 3 d (U BOHlJalAN 

Denn l III as ate 1. M ay 2, I9O3. 


The Bohemian theater under the direction of Mr. Pr. Ludvik has existed among us 
for the past ten years, and the merits it has gained are appreciated by all our 
countrymen. Therefore it is expected that the jubilee celebration, which will be 
held tomorrow night in Thalia Hall, will have a large attendance, giving undeniable 
proof of recognition of this v/hole theatrical association. 

At tomorrow's jubilee performance memorial souvenir? will be diftributed, vmich are 
provided with beautiful photographs. 

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Denni Hlasgtel , Sept. 5, 1901. 


Ludvik's Theatrical Society will open this season on Sept. 15th at it's 
headquarters in Thalia hall, corner 18th and Allport Streets. Several 
new artists, whom Li*. Ludvik had engaged in Bohemia, will have arrived by 
that time. 

Iwdvik's taeatrical company will endeavor further to increase tie favor it 
has gained during the eight years of it's past existence. 

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III C The ChicaKo Daily Tribune, Apr. 9» l^^l* 


Ludwik Company Goes through Scones of tne Last "^upper, Betrayal* 

Crucification, and Resurrection 

The "Passion Play" in Bohemian was presented by the Ludv/ik Theatrical Company last 
night at Thalia Hall, Eigiiteen Street and Allport Avenue, The different scenes of 
the passion week, the last supper, the betrayal in the [ arden, the trial before Pi- 
late, tne crucifixion, and finally the resurrection, were depicted with ^reat 
care by tiie largfc corajuny of Bohemian players. The part of Jesus Christ was taken 
by Ur. Ilorlivy, wno was attired in a blue and v.hite robe and wore lonp nair and 
beard as represented in the paintini^-s by old nasters. The apostle John was imper- 
sonated by Miss Splavcova, who wore the yellow hair of a Raphael angel, Judas was 
arrayed in yellc.v. 

The audience was deeply affected by many of the scenes, and there were tdbr- and tesE 
at the parting of Cnrist from Mary Magdalene and at the crucification scene. The 
play will be repeated every night this week. The Ludwik Company is composed of ac- 
tors from Bohemia who present a play every Sunday night at Tnalia Hall. 

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Svornost, Jan. 2, 1896. 

/pimio^s sociETr gives rcmabtic dram^ 


"Budwig's Society" started yesterday a New Year presenting on the stage 
a ro nntic dra-na entitled "A Nun Buried Alive" or "Knights Of the Cross 
In the Holy Land". Said play is very old and used to he played on the 
amateur stages ."-ears ago. 

The menbers of the society prepared beautiful costumes; nice and new 
sceneries adorned the stage, "^he interpretation of the main characters 
was good as always, the monologues were faultless, especially Mrs. 
Splavcova, Mrs. Lescinska and Mrs. Kollanska, also Mr. Novak, Splavcow 
ajid Fisher. 

Next S;mday there will be played a farce,'' Grocery Woman of 18th Place.' 

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Svornost . June 18, 1878, Chicago. 
Vol. Ill; No. 218. 


Miss Teresa Hovarka who for four years has been busily engaged upon local 
Bohemian stages leaves to-day upon a journey to her native land. 

She will visit at "Kolin'* her birthplace. 



A. Vocational 
3. Aesthetic 
d. Theatrical 

(2) Dancing 


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Denni Hlasatel . Oct. 6, 1918, 

/pMcma instructionT' 

(Advertisement) S 

School of Dancinp; for children will commence classes Saturday, Cct. 12, in p 

Placek»s hall, 2341 South Kedzie Avenue, r 


Mrs. J. J. Plachta, director of classic dancing, 2336 South Kedzie Avenue, o 

Telephone Rockwell 687, or Lawndale 151. "oj 

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Dennl Hlasatel , Sept. 1, 1918. 


The Municipal Pier, witn its musical recitals and otiier hign class entertain- ^, 

laent, is gaining in attraction day by day. Its ideal location on tne lake ^ 

affords relief and relaxation to Chicago's populace, sweltering in tne hot 'f 

weatner, and the activities arranged there regularly, offer a pleasant recrea- ^ 

tion. 3 


On Fridays, especially, the spacious premises are the scene of activities which ^ 
are a genuine delight to the large gatherings. The celebrated Dramatic League, !-:3 
headed by Mrs. Lyman A. Walton, has taken charge of the evenings. Last Friday 
night a recital was arranged on the Pier in honor of the Creek consul general 
in Chicago, who was appointed minister to the United States from Greece, and 
is to leave our city within a short time. 

A program on a high artistic level was offered. It consisted of music, drama, 
and dancing. We would not have paid any attention to it but for the fact that 

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Dennl HIasatel. Sept. 1, 1918. 

Mrs. Bozena Pondellcek a Czech artist well known in local circles, appeared as ^ 
a soloist. Hers was the greatest success of all the performers on that evening. ^ 
She gave several classic dances, among them her own version of Brahms' "Gipsy -^ 
Dance" • !— 


The Dramatic League then produced a pantomia«, "Columbia's Message''. Mrs. 

Pondelicek's art was 3:eviewed in a highly flattering style by our English i^ 

language local press. It has furnished a new contribution to the appreciation ^ 

of Czech-Merican art, and that is the reason why we are giving it mention* lp 

B. Avocational and Intellectual 
1. Aesthetic 
a. Music 


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The Czecho3loval: P.evievi, April IS 25. 


A highly meritorious perf orraance of Smetaiia's creat conic opera was riven by 
the Bedrich Snetana Sin':in2 Societ;- oT Ghica -o at the Studebaker Theatre Sunday 
afternoon, I.larch 13, Ileribers, supported hy a few professionals acconolished 
wonders. / 

The audience, including Musical critics of Chica-ip daily papers, could not 
speak highly enou,^:h of tls production. 

The Srnetana sin.'":ers have given the "Bartered Bride" on many previous occasions. 

This year the society was especially fortunate in securing I.Irs, M» Havelkova 
to fill the principal part. 51^ izade an ideal I.Iarenka; she has the voice, the 
good looks and considerable experience on the stage. She alone nade the pro- 
duction worth seeing. 

The Russian Opera had just closed a foui- weeks* en gageinent in Chicago and nat- 
urally comparisons were suggested. 


The Czechosloval: Review , April 1923, 

The consensus of opinion amon^'^ musicians present was ti at thje "Bartered Sride," 
as Given by the Snetana Sia';:ing Society, was fully equal to the best that the 
Russians produced. 

As the opera was {^iven on Sunday afternoon, \t^en there are a dozen nusical events ■«* 
in the loop, the critics saw only a part of the porforn:ance. So their reviews ~:. 
are not extended, but they are full of praise. It is a pity, thou.^, that near- ^ 
1'- the entire audience was comriosed of Cl-ica-D Czechs, The societv had liT^'.e ti 

expenses and did not want to run the chance of \insold seats. So all the tickets g 
were sold out free weeks ahead to the Bohemian lovers of the opera ari.d the gen- L> 
eral American music loviu;T public had no chance to see the "Bartered Bride," with !;^ 
the exception of the few who were invited by their Bohemian friends, ^^ 


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Denni Hlasatel, Sept. 29, 1922. 


Now that sujnmer vacations are over, the Pevecky Vzdelavaci Sbor "Karel Bendl" -^ 

(Karel Bendl Singing and Cultural Society) resujied its regular v;eekly re- ~J 

hearsals. The first one of these took place on September 27. All future xj 

weekly meetings of the Society will be held on 7/ednesdays at 8 P.r. in the o 

Vojta Naprstek School on Homan Avenue, near ^A'est 36th street. j^ 


'!Je believe that all memoers, jaen and women, will greet this piece of news with -" 
enthusiasm and will not miss their first rehearsal of the season. Bring your 
friends with you, so that our society might grow and thus discharge its mis- 
sion within the Bohemian-American society. 

Every song-loving countryman who wishes to make his of her Wednesdays the days 
of rest from daily activity, and who likes to amuse himself or herself by sing- 
ing, is heartily welcome to our midst. You may join the Society any Wednesday 

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at the above-named school. 

The committee. 



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Denni Hlasatel . Apr. 27, 1922. 


All members of the Pevecky Spolek Bedrich Smetana (Bedrich Smetana Choral 

Society) are requested to attend the rehearsals conducted by the Spolek ^ 

preparatory to its production of the operetta "Faust A Markyta" (B^ust euid ^ 

Marguerite) vdiich will be given next Sunday night, May 14, 1922 in the hall -^ 

of the Sokol Chicago. The first rehearsal will be held today at 8 P. M. on 'v 

the stage of the Sokol Chicago, the second on Sunday afternoon, April 30, 1922 -.3 

in the same place. All subsequent rehearsals will be announced, J 





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Dennl Illasatel , Apr. 23, 1922. 

The Czech brethern church, otherv/ise knov/n in o\ir comnunity as the Hubbard 
Memorial Church, 2520 South Lavmdale Avenue, is very busy preparing for a 

great charity concert to be given this coming 7/ednesday The management 

and rehearsing of individual artists has been entrusted to L'r. Vaclav Jiskra 
v^ho is one of the foremost musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The 
following artists villi co-operate: Mr. T^ilo Luka, baritone; LIrs. Largaret 
Jiskra, harpist; 1^. Vaclav Lachek, violin virtuoso; and his v/ife. The 
concert will begin sharply at 8 P. LI. and is as follows: 

1. A prologue by Dr. Jaroslav F. Smetanka, the Chicago consul of the Republic 
of Czechoslovakia. 

2. "Romanza Andaluz," a Spanish dance by Sarasate, played by lir. Vaclav 

3. Slovak folk songs, siing by VJr, L^ilo Luka. 

4. Arias from Bedrich aaetana»s "Bartered Bride" and "Hubicka" (The lass). 





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III C Denni Hlasatel , Apr. 23, 1922. 

arranged by V. Kucliynka and played by Li*. Vaclav Jiskra, 

5. Fantasia Appassionata by iid^vard Schnecker, played by lirs, IJargaret > 
Jiskra. "^ 

6. "llazurek" by ;mton Dvorak, played by llr. Vaclav liichek. C 

7. Slovak foil: songs, suns by llr. uilo Lulca. ^ 

8. A phantasy for the base viol by K. Kukla, played by Llr. Jiskra and £ 
acconpanied on the harp by l.trs, Jiskra. lo 

9. Lleditation fron the opera "Tliais" by Jules IJassenet, played by LiP, Machek Cj 
(violin), Mrs. Jiskra (harp), and an orj^^^an accompaniment, 

-is announced, the concert lias been organized for charity and the proceeds 
will go to charitable institutions in Bohemia, Tickets are obtainable fron 
the pharmacies of lir» Otto Felikan, west 26th Street and Lavmdale .^venue, and 
Lxr. F. Honsik, 3335 ".jest 26th Street. 


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Denni Hlasatel , Apr. 10, 1921. FROiJ a-3 CSSi-CT DEIHIOKI KBViCCia' SBOR LY3A 

The Cesky Delnicky Pevecky Sbor lyra (Lyra Boheniaii 'Jorkincmen * s Singing 
Society) has its pi*esent headquarters at LIr, Velat's place, 3225 b'est 22nd 
Street. Tiie regular monthly neetings are held every first Lionday of the 
month Eind rehearsals are held ever>' Friday evenine. .U-l cornnunications 
should be addressed to the secretary, 1.x, Stanislav Bilelc, 1909 South GraVirford 
Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, or to the Society's headquarters. 


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An interesting performance by Czech young people was presented yesterday 
afternoon on the stage of the Sokol Chicago Hall. The spacious hall was filled 
to capacity. Participating in this performance were the former and present 
pupils of Mr. and Mrs, Jan Kovar who for a number of years have taught at the ^ 
Vojta Naprstek Free Thought School, 


The program consisted of musical and vocal numbers and recitations, together ^ 
with a number of short scenes which were truly impressive. A number of child- jg 
ren of various ages appeared in individual numbers on the program. By their ^^ 
performance, the children have shown what can be accomplished by the good -will P, 
and diligence of conscientious and patient teachers. All the children performed I-l 
very well and pleased not only their teachers and parents, but all those who 
came to see the performance. The program was so extensive that it wes impossible 
for us to give the names of all the performers. Special recognition was 

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deserved by everyone. But unquestionably the greatest of praise must be given 
to Alfred Kovar who, in spite of the fact that he is only seventeen years old, 
attracted the attention of all those viio were present by his unusual talent. 
He skillfully conducted the children's orchestra which received very rigid 
training under his direction. He also performed as a bass viol soloist. In 2 
his presentation of Schwabe*s "Romance" and Simandl's "Eantasie na Ceske ^ 
Karodni Pisne** (Fantasy on Bohemian Folk Songs) he drew attention to himself i 
as a greatly talented musician who in the near future will surely ripen into 
a great artist. His present teacher, the well-known bass viol virtuoso, 
Mr. Vaclav Jiskra, and a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, may be 
justly proud of young Kovar..... 

Mr. and Mrs. Kovar may congratulate themselves upon the success attained yes-> 
terday afternoon. 


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De ru'ji Illasate l, Dec. 6, 1'j2C. 

Phenonenal Success of Concert of the Bohenian 
V/orkinsriien's Sinking Society Lyra 

It Was just fifty years ago this year that the singing society Lyra vjas founded ^ 
in Bohemian Chicago, just an insignificant community at that tir.e<, Cn December ^ 
14 of this year, it will be exactly thirty years since the foundation for the r= 
Cesky Delnicky Pevecky Sbor (Bohemian V/orkincxaen^s Singing Society), a society ■=- 
destined by Fate to reach deeply into the cultural life of Bohejr.ians not only 3 
in Chicago, but also all over the United States, v/as laid dovm. Just recently, 2 
both of these bodies v/ere merged into one, and their mutual anniversary was o 
celebrated in a most appropriate manner yesterday. Instead of an obligator:,'- ^ 
banquet, the united singers arranged an anniversary concert and invited 
lilr, Otakar I.Iafak to a. pear as solist. He is an opera star of our golden 
temple of arts, situated upon the bant:s of the Vltava (I.Ioldau River); he is 
the same l.Iafak who, after an artistic career of twenty years, still occupies 

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a foremost position in the Bohexaian world of songsters. 

There are tv/enty-five himdred seats in the spacious auditoriim of the Carter 
H. Harrison Technical High School, but F.ost of the seats v;ere occupied by- 
grateful listeners who were longing for an artistic treat of nusical beauty. 
The concert was truly a success, and we must say that nobody was disappointed 
in his expectations. The spacious auditoriwn resounded with tumultuous 
applause follov/ing each chorus or solo nuuber, and there were moraents when the 
enthusiastic audience responded with spontaneous demonstrations. The lion*s 
share of the applause, of course, went to Mr. Mafaic; but a good share of the 
credit also went to the singers themselves and, last but not least, to the 
conductor, Llr. Josef Houdek, whom vie must rank as one of our foremost con- 
ductors today. 

But there was another man who reaped deserved laurels yesterday. He v/as the 
Slovak virtuoso, LIr. Vladimir Sasko, our prominent pianist, who perfomied 
the difficult task of accompanist. Both he and the conductor received re- 
cognition from Mr. llarak. himself \vhen, amidst roaring applause he shook hands 
with them. 



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The program was opened v/ith a presentation by the male chorus of Javiirek*s 
rapturous choral, "Na Moravu" (To Moravia), which was followed by Foerster's 
no less effective composition, '*Or^c'* (Plowman) 

The "Slavnostni Sbor'* (Festival Choral), composed by the late conductor of the ^ 
Lyra and also of the flesky Delnicicy Peveclcy Sbor, J-Ir. Jan Kalas, was the last 
number on the program. ...• 



Honor to our celebrants; honor to their conductor, I>Ir. Josef HoudekJ Mr. ^ 

Houdek has proved to be a real master of the baton, and we are sure that under t-^' 

the leadership of this great but modest artist, our singers will go on to even ^,' 

greater accomplishments. f-: 

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Denni Hlasatel ^ Nov. 30, 1920. 

Last evening in the recital hall of the Auditorium, Miss Tana S. Vojan, a 
davighter of the well-lmown journalist and present business manager of the 
J, Triner V/ine Company, Dr. S# Salaba Vojan, formally introduced herself to 
our artistic colony as a remarkable pianist. That the young artist is really 
talented was knovm to her close friends, and was also indicated when, from 
time to time, she made public appearances as an accompanist. But yesterday* s 
recital revealed to us the artistry of the debutante in a really splendid 
manner. Miss Vojan has at her disposal all the fundamental elements upon 
Tirtiich the successful career of a virtuoso is built 



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IV Dennl Hlasatel . June 22, 1920. 

Pevecka Spolocnost Lyra Unites 
with Cesky Delnicky Pevecky 3bor 

Some time ago we rei^orted in our newspaper that the Pevecka Spolecnost Lyra 

(Singing Society Lyra), which has proved its great value to our musical, cultural, ^ 

and artistic life by the meritorious work of several of its outstanding mem- 5 

bers, primarily Dr. Leopold .Vedeles and the late Dr. Jan D. Novak, has decided '^^ 

to unite with the equally deserving singing society, the Cesky Delnicky Pevecky p 

Sbor (Bohemian Workingnen's Singing Society). The unification, which we reported ^ 

some time ago, was a known fact at that time, but it had not been officially o 

approved. The unification was officially approved at the semiannual meeting of ^ 

the Cesky Delnicky Pevecky Sbor held last Friday evening at the clubhouse of S 

the above-mentioned society on Ashland Avenue near IBth Street. At the meeting «» 
it was resolved that these two singing societies be merged into one body under 
the name of Cesko-Delnicky Pevecky Sbor Lyra (Bohemian Vforkingmen*s Singing 

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Society Lyra) . 

Since that time both of these societies have ceased to exist as separate units, 
but under their oivn original names they will live long in our memories. In 
this regard the memories are not only interesting, but also beautiful and 
worthy, V/e hope sincerely that both societies, now merged into one body under 
a new name, will work together with redoubled efforts and enthusiasm toward 
the same goal, and that greater success may be attained than that wiiich we 
witnessed during the many years of their separate e:cistence. /aid for this, 
many opportunities can be found, iiiach of these societies excelled in splen- 
did vocal material v;hich, now combined, will make it possible to work under S 
more favorable conditions. ^i 

The ladies* auxiliary of the Pevecka Spolecnost 'Lyra, consisting of thirteen 
members, united with the I.Iaj (Tlay) ladies* auxiliar^r of the Cesky Delnicky 


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raved-:;'" 3bor. Jvon thic ur.i.."'ication v.-ill bo of i.i;-o.-tar.c3 und -lust not be 
underostii'iatsd. '\r, JosepLi oudel:, .:ao v;ill be oh.: conductor of this uziited 

roup, is a ^:'oveu and snthuoiastic loaclor, .nd hits nt;ne G.iould ,:;uarant;ie txie 
sucGiD;os Ox oach und over' public a~' ■oara.ic>3 o^ tho C;osko-_/olnich7r ^.'-ovGCl-r,.' 
obor L'Ta and the ;'aj. In concluGion, .:e. i.iust riontion tliat thj Tollo./ing ..en biio.! olocted orficers or thj nov/ rToup: '.It, jrionin liobisud, .^rosident; 
;.lr. otanislav l^iltjh, oocretar;-; and I-.r. J. ./olf, trj..Gui-3r. 




Dennl Hlasatel . May 24, 1920. 


Our singers, united in the Ceska Ustredni Pevecka Jednota (Bohemian Central 
Singing Society), appeared before our people in a popular concert held at the 
Harrison High School auditorium, 24th Street and Marshall Boulevard, yesterday 
--and it is not the fault of the society that the concert was given almost at 
the end of the season. Originally the date of the concert was set for April 25 
but had to be postponed, as were many other projects, on account of the strike 
of school attendants. Fortunately the success of the concert was not threatened 
by this postponement. 

The spacious high school auditorium was host to a leirge number of people who do 
not miss an opportxmity to hear beautiful voices and music, and it is only 
proper to state that no one in the audience was disappointed in his expectations, 
8G.though most of the ntuabers on the program are generally known to our people. 
The opening selection was a short choral composition by Dr. J. Greif , a former 

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Chicagoan who new resides in sunny California. This composition, "Pozdrav 
Vlasti Cechoslovaku Americkych" (American Czechoslovaks' Greetings to the 
Native Land), was the only new number on the program. It was presented by a 
mixed chorus of eighty voices. The singers were greeted by a storm of ap- 
plause, which of course was the best encouragement to them. This introductory 
number was conducted by Mr. Joseph Houdek, under whose capable direction the 
musical beauty of this composition was brought to full prominence. ^.Vhat 
especially caused a pleasing impression was the splendid uniformity of voices. 

When the last chords of this composition died away, the attention of the 
audience was concentrated upon the male chorus of the Ceska Ustredni Pevecka 
Jednota iirtiich sang Tovacovsky's sublime choral, "Vlasti" (Native Land). The 
singers gave proof of their sincere efforts to express the feeling of warmth 
which is so essential for this composition. The Cesko Delnicky Pevecky Sbor 
(Bohemian V/orkingmen ' s Singing Society) sang Vogel's composition the "Cikani" 
(gypsies), which was the most sympathetically received number on the program. 

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There was a long storm of applause, and the audience called for an encore. 

All in all, it may be said that the concert increased the nximber of projects — 
projects wiich fully satisfied not only the promoters but also the audience — 
and that they may indeed be called successful. 

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Dennl Hlasatel . Apr. 5, 1920. 


A great enemy of every real artist is he who praises everything which is 
presented to us xinder the name of art and who writes about every common and 
sometimes very poor production only in sui)erlative phrases. He quite often 
awakens vanity, supports a very dangerous grandiosity, and what is worse, destroys 
young talent right in the formative stage, driving from the temple of arts many 
who have real talent. This last is almost an \mforgivable sin. For a really 
artistic accomplishment, the usual exaggerated praise is merely censure, because 
with the continually repeated phrases even the best artistic productions become 
commonplaoe, and are brought to the level of average simplicity. The truth about 
art, more than about anything else, is that that which deserves praise, praises 
itself. Nothing annoys a real artist more than undeserved praise. 

The Bedrich Smetana Singing Society, which successfully presented the "Prodana 
Nevesta" (The Bartered Bride) last year, and v/hich decided to present the comic 

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opera "V Studni," (In the Well), by Blodek, this year, has documented thereby*^^^ 
that it considers its ovm artistic potentiality as first-class and that its as^ 
pirations are aimed directly toward the highest and really artistic goal "art for 
art's sake". No material profit whatsoever accrues to the members from attending 
the endless and tiresome rehearsals and if it occurs that there is any monetary 
profit, then they generously waive it beforehand for the benefit of orphans of 
the legionnaires in Czechoslovakia. Their only reward is that each individual 
lives throufi^h a period of happiness created by the knowledge that lie himself has 
unselfishly contributed his talent uDon the altar of the Muses. Therefore, it is 
only proper to use a different comparison than that which is used for the average 
commonplace production. But in every case it is necessary to strictly differenti- 
ate such a comparison from one-sided reasoning and analytical criticism, because 
even its main purpose is "art for art's sake" and not to praise in order to be 
praised. « 

Even by such comparison it is proper to label yesterday's presentation of the opera 
"V Studni" as very successful; and as far as Mrs, Marie Matejicek Ort, as "Lidunka," 

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and' I'rs. Slavka Krejci, as "Teruna," are concerned, it was actually reraarkable, 
althou(^h even the other soloists and the chorus itself sang beautifully and 
were often applauded. Vxs, T.^atojicek Ort by her 'personality and by her appear- 
ance is pleasing to the eye, and h^r sinping is equally agreeable to the ear. 
Therefore, each of her appearances should be rreeted by us from both vj evfpolnts. . 

i*rs. Slavka Krejci was also excellent in her tort as "Veruna". "'ith her full 

and true alto voice she at once aroused the attention of the v\4iole audience 

l.Ir. Arno L's-r-jo Iless perforrred hi«i tenor role as "■"'ojtech" with honor 

Iv."r. Joseph R. K^'ejci, as "Janek" ,. also acted and Rar,r well ITct only the 

soloists, but also the chorus was remarkable and bore evidence of unusual ad- 
vancement. The orchestra, under the direction of !\:r, ntepan T. "i^rnst, can v;-' th- 
stand the most severe criticism 

In closing, it should be mentioned that despite the unfavorable weather, the 
Sokol Chicago Hall was sold out and no one re^^retted that they had not allowed 
the unfavorable v/eather to frighten them away from this artistic treat. ^'"^ 

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Jvery year the OhicaGO Irish colony'' calobr-.tes, in a -lorious ond porip- 
ous nannor, tho d-iv of tLeii* ri:iti-:i..l p:::.trcn, -j;Lint -■..trie":; they 
boast abcut thair ^aint ^ trie;:. Lccul .ilso have a si •iiii' 
day of the year, a dc.y '..■^^-eit in a laoot donionstr :tive ".."ay they celebrate 
the nei.'.oiT of Christopher Colunbus, the diGcoverer of ^kiorica. Tn 
Chicago also reside i^oljs, Groatiaao, Ju^cal.r.'-c, .Jivedos, iT'^ixCl-, Ja liiGh, 
Japuiese, Chinese, Iliinj-iri-iiis, ', ^.nd .ler.berc of uaay other nation- 
alities vrho, on a certain day of the ye-r, either justly or unjustlj^, 
proudly oxpa:;d their che.'jto, r.ierely to shov; their sublinity to those v-ho 
do not bolon." to thei.i, at least in this v:ay. 

In Ghica-o, there are also Czechoslovaks. They too have their ov;n 
national holiday— October r;3, -::Y^<s>^ tlio"/ celehrat.3 the Gsechosloval: Inde- 
pendence Day, Besides this, there ^re also other national holidays. 

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.ilthoucii oheso are not regular jiiu x'ro.: uoiit , nevertheless they v^, /^/f 
are here. Ln tlieae days, local Cseclioslovaks do not arrange '^.<«»' .,^' 

great de'r.onstrative nanifeotations, but, nevertueless, boinG -"overned by 
tiieir ov.Ti liearts, by taeir o^iH ser.tL.iencs, not beinc encouraged and forced, 
they spcnt^tneously pai^ticipate in these holidays a^id nianifest their nation- 
al pri'le and adli^rence. -.hen I nontion those holida^-s I have in nind 
C::echo3lov -'rian art, th;^t Q.uiet and nodest 3.rt, v.uich becauae of its ,;enu- 
inenoss is equal to any in the world. I Gspeci-^lly ncan the "lUoical ;^nd 
vocal arts, v/hiich by tho...selv^3 arc convincing: the whole world of the 
superiority of thu Czechoslovaks. 

Yesterday viq had such a Csechosloval: national holiday in Chicago. The 
Cesho Delniclcy l-evec>y Jbor (Tlie hahoriian ..orhin:::ien*s Jin^i^is Society), 
under the leadership' of its o:ccellent conductor and well-Icnov/n local 
artist, Llr. Joseph Houde!:, arr^o.^^cd its springtime concert, vhiich v..-.s 
held in the as^enbly hall of the Garter rl. Ilarrison Ei^li School, he may 

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I C say, that is, v.'o must s.^y in adv^cace, that it v;_i; a first-classi-: ^'p^ c>.\ 

musical event, Crrdit Tor it is r-iven not onl:;- to the conduc- ^<^'_^ <^^ 
tor, I.jr. Jo38::h Iloudel:, v;ho, by an ezcellent selection of the entire vo- 
cal -rosrar.i, gave prooi'' of his artictic twists, but also to the Ceslro 
Delnic^ Fev3c]iy Jbor, v/hich son- in pure intonation and beautiful, dy- 
namic raodulation. 

Vvliat I oil nost thaii::ful for to the Cosiro Dsli.iclcy Pevocky Jbor is its 
c:treful selection of the soloi;:t, Tiie soloist \.as the famous Czecho- 
slovak tenor, Ot^olciir Lafalc, late r.ieriber of the Bohenian Kationul Tneater 
in Prague, Czechc Slovakia, v/ho for rictny years has been propagating the 
^ory of Bohenian art throu:;;hout the v/orldo Ota]::ar Lafak*s appearance 
in the concert yostord^y .as the best purt of the ::rov;r:ja and it v;ill 
be renejibered for a lone; tii.xe to couo. For that tre-t the Sesko Delnicky 
Peveclcy 3bor deserves our riost sincere thanJcs. 

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pQimi III as at el . liar. 29, 1920. 

The assembly hall of tlie Carter H. Harrioon Hi--;!! .icliool be-ran 

to fill shortly boforv) 1 P. 

The thron s of peo" le v.'ere not 

soared a'.;ay by the oton.i v:hich passed over Chicago shortly before that 
time. Before 2 ?, 1.., the lar^e assembly hall ;;as filled to capacity. 
It is -.."ith pleasure that v/e find v;e .iiust st::.te that neribers of many other 
nationalities attended. The concert v;as also attended by Jan Llaoar^'-k, of 
j'ashinuton, D, C, :fiio spoke a fev; v.-ords. lie said that he is proud of 
the fact that he is a Gzechoslovah. Tlie -.o^'^.s he had raad on the pro- 
gram, "Concert of the Ceslro Delniclry Pevecl^i' 3bor," ;vere for hin a .;_rroat 
inspiration. lie could not inai^ine anjilihins ..lore idealistic than a sink- 
ing 3ohe:.iian v.or";er. He also renarked that during the past v;ar people 
were forbidden to speoi: the lan;-uaj:,e in our old country- , but 
songs v.ere sung in BoheMi^ji because Bohenian song could not be tairen av:ay 
by anyone, finally, he said that he v;:..s -^lad he had cone to Chica;-© 



but he v.-ould be even more pleased if he could stay lon._-er vrith us, 
concluded his speech by saying that ever\"one ]aio;;s vrhere he is located, 

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I C and, thersfora, cjiyone v;x:.o his so:uetliinc in iiif! heart should '^ ivv'-i o', 

cone to see hin. His short s^.eech created a strong iiriprss.:.ion \]i!^ \^./ 

ana much eutiiusiasin. 

The 0;:enin3 number of the iroj-r^in v;as a splendid conposition for nale 
chorus, "Pochod raboritu" (ll_rch of raborites) , by iiirel Bondl, vrhich 
r.ade a deep iiipression upon the audience. I^ie Ceclco Delnicky Pcvoclcy 
Sbor then sang "Pet Jboru" (Zie .'ive Goj.ipositions) , by Jr. z^itonin 
Dvorak, l-o are not expert critic ,, therefore, '.ve refrain fron criticisn, 
and v;e present only our report. But tCLCins our impressions into consider- 
ation, v;e juu."e the:5e coi.ipositions to be of jreat nusical value 

I'he nonent Ot:ilcar i.afalc appeared on the state, he v;as :reeted by a 
veritable stem of applause. He proved that the v;hich preceded his 
appearance ::..s not exaggerated. He doi^onst rated his rare art to the 

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I C audience in all ios renuine bocLuty and .urity as an opora 

sin^'sr by sin^dng tl.e aria of the prince frcn tiie c^er^ "iMaallze.," 
coir.-QOsed by Dr. -citonin Dvoxalz 

Yesterday's concert ras a I'irst-class artistic event -..hich can be an encour- 
a.-enent for further enthusiastic and artistic v;or}c, not only to the Cesky 
Delnicky Pevecky Jbor, but also to the rer.iarkable conductor, l-r, Joseph 
Houdek, ;.ho deserves t .3 fullest rocofnition. 

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A concert ^^iven by the :u;':ils of . isr^ -iUrnista Duchanek's .i.cadei.17 of "...usic 
last nirht v;as a coraplete success. It v.'as held In the ha].l of tjie G:iecho- ' 
"Slavonic idd Society, Tov.n of L-il-co br-ii.cli, at 'i8th 3treot :inc "onore ..venue. 
The pi;;.ilG' orchestra v/as conducted by ..r. J, V. Soiikup. They and the ^ 

soloists did their best, because they knev; that the pi'oceeds from the concert -^ 
were to r,o for the benefit of our Czechoslovak volunteers. r= 

-ix-.-'J-dermtui i''eli:c B. J-jirtov^ky addressed ti-ie visitors. He cx] lained the pur- 
^•ose of the concert and the ii'iportance of the Liberty bond ca::ipair;n, urging 
the audier.ce to respond v.'hcleheartedly to the call of t:ieir country. The 
effect of his patriotic v;ords revetiled itself quickly. He •.'.'■is acco:..panied 
by several nerr.bers of the Dau-^hters of .-jporica, dressed as :i3d Grccs mjr;es, 
v/ho appealed to tiie visitors v;ith the result that b'.nds for ;R,<^50 v/ere 
bought. Our countryman, I.r. Viclav iiaifanda, tlien solici"':-ed in behalf of the 
sale of •'s stfimr)s. I'.e hi::nelf subscribed for five hundred doll trs* 


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v;orth • 

It nay v;ell bo atutod that the concert Jirr;:n,f;:ed by tiie .-Cude.'ny ye.oterday v;S 
an ov err/he In int- succes3. 


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Dennl Hlasate l, Mar. 18, 1918. 


Miss Mary Kryl, a Czech-American artist who is still in her *teens, gave a 
recital in Cohan's Grand Opera auditorium yesterday. The splendid success of 
thi? affair causes us some embarrassment, because we fear that in reporting ^ 
this event truthfully, we will have to resort to superlatives 2 

This was the adolescent artists* first big concert, and she selected a long ?-- 
series of classic and modem compositions for the program.... .Miss Kryl seems ^ 
to prefer Chopin, and she won stormy applause for playing his "Sonata No. 36" o 
with its famous funeral march. Compositions by Bach and Schumann were alter- io 
nated with shorter works by Chopin, among which we must mention "Polonaise f^ 
No. 53," a touchstone for expert pianists. Shorter numbers, "Caprices" for <^ 
the violin by Paganini in the arrangement for piano by Liszt, concluded the 
program. Loud acclaim and floral offerings were showered upon the young lady. 
Miss Kryl is the daughter of Boh. Kryl, a well-known Chicago Czech orchestra 
leader and virtuoso on the cornet. 


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Dennf Hlasatel , Feb. 25, 1918. 

Performance of '*'nxe Bartered Bride" is a Complete Success 

A new and significant chapter has been written into the history of the Chicago 
Czech singers. After a lapse of twenty-five years, Staetana's ever-stirring 
*PrQdan£ Nevesta" {The Bartered Bride), a comic opera in three acts from the sg^ 
libretto by Earel Sabina, was presented again. It has freq^uently been stated, S 

and justly so, that this work is the pride of the Czech people — the very symbol <^ 
of Czech opera. The PeveckS Spolecnost Bedfich Smetana, a group of conscien- f^ 

tious singers, deserves commendation for having promoted the presentation of ^ 

the opera. This group has initiated and carried out many musical performances o 

which stand high above the plane of our standard presentations. As evidence of ij> 

this, we need only recall the excellent production of Blodek^s **V Studni** (In ^ 

the Well), Loewe's oratorio "Jan Huss," Dvorak's "Svatebnl Kosile** (Ite Bridal ^ 
Shirt), "Golgotha," and others, 

"The Bartered Bride" was sung and played in a meumer worthy of a professional 

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performance. There are performances which are never to be forgotten. There 
are moments when enotions soar high above the ordinary level. To these be- 
longs last night's performance. The auditorium was filled to capacity; the 
atmosphere was surcharged with joyous anticipation. All this demonstrated 
how our public prepared to pay homage to the memorj' of the tragic giant, the 
creator of modem Czech music, the ill-fated Bedfich (Frederick) Smetana. ^ 

VJhen Stepan A. Erst, the conductor, drew from the orchestra the first bars p 

with which the immortal overture begins, our hearts began to throb and tears ^^ 

stole into our eyes, lie felt instinctively that at last we v^ere presenting po 

this marvelously beautiful, this flower of Czech operatic creation, for our- r- 
selves. This v/as the first Czech opera to melt the ice of unfavorable opinion^ 

j^eld. of us/ in foreign lands, and the only one to herald, in America, the ^ 
maturity of Czech art. 

The overture to "The Bartered Bride" is a masterpiece, v/hich is placed by 
orchestras all over the world, including our ovm Thomas Orchestra ^^ow the 

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra/* which keeps it on its standard repertory. Since 
Mozart composed the overture to the "Marriage of Figaro," nothing as ingenious 
and perfect has been written in the realm of music. The overtvire excellently 
fulfills its purpose; it evokes a merry, genial mood and presents in condensed 
form the action of the opera. Mr. Srst performed veritable miracles with his 5 
orchestra of but tv;enty-four pieces, composed of members of the Thomas Orchestra ^_v 
and some of our local Czech virtuosos. The overture sparkled with all the colors,^ 
of Smetana's score. ^-' 

As the curtain went up, and groups of boys and girls in the colorful attire J— 
of Czech peasants sang the introductory chorus, "Proc Bychom Se Netesily?** (Why •  
ShouldnH V/e Rejoice?), the audience v;as visibly moved. Despite a shortage of 
male voices, the chorus seemed well-balance^ £ind removed any misgivings about 
the ability of the singers to succeed in so great an undertaking as the pre- 
sentation of •*The Bartered Bride". Every listener felt that this was due 
to the efforts and tireless rehearsing of the singers and conductor alike. 


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The choice of the soloists must be csLLled a stroke of luck. The role of 

Mafenka (Mary) in which some of our greatest grand-opera singers have 

starred, was sung by Miss Jessie K» Zeman, who possesses all the necessary 

qualifications; she is pretty, she is a charming actress, and, above all, she 

has a gorgeous voice, beautifully trained. Last night's appearance was surely 

the greatest success the young artist has won up to now. The applause showered 

upon her throughout the evening was only the reward of sincere auid conscientious 

artistic efforts..,,,The part of Jen£k was sung by Amo Mario Hess, that of ^ 

Vasek by Mr, Adolph Erst, Kecal by Mr. Joseph R, Erejci, and Esmeralda by <^ 

Mrs. Slavka Krejci. Everyone of these, as well as the minor parts, was well sung,-' 

The role of Principal was played with delicious humor by Mr. Suva, ^ 


The dances had been rehearsed imder the direction of Mr, Paskovsky, The stage ^ 
was under Mr. Jindfich .lieidner's masterly direction 


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Many visitors had come from other cities. There was a party from the Chicago 
Grand Opera Company, led by Mr. Francesco Daddi...,, 

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Dr, J. S. Vojan, one of the real connoisseurs of Smetana*s music, was very- 
helpful in the preparations for the evening. 



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I G Dennl ELasatel. Feb. 24, 1918. 

A Few Sincere Words In Regard To The Proposed Concert 


Yesterday we received a communication from Mr. Bendlak, an ardent supporter ^ 

of singing clubs. It is addressed to the president of the t^stfedni Peveckd ^ 

Jednota (Central Singing Union) and is meant for all members of our singing ^ 

societies. Because of the interesting and important ideas contained in it, <^ 

we do not hesitate to publish it for the benefit of the entire community of ^ 
our readers. It runs as follows: 

"Mr. S. , perhaps the best known person in Czech New York, is kind enough to 
send me letters frequently describing New York Czech society life. Whenerer 
I open one of these letters, I ask myself just why we in Chicago do not have 
a man like Mr. S., or rather, and better, ten of them at once, for there is 
an ever-growing need for them here. Mr. S. is one of the most enthusiastic 




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Czech patriotic workers in New York, and at the same time a man who is both 
stem and open in his manner 

"Only a short time ago I received the news about the merger of all dramatic 
societies of Czech New York into one Amateur Actors* Association. The ^ 
impulse for this step was given by the war; tie knowledge that by collective ^ 
and united activities the cause of our subjugated old homeland can be aided ^^ 
in the most efficient way prompted this action. p 

"The introduction to the program of the first performance of the united § 

amateurs extols the unification: "We have united our forces and want to ^ 

demonstrate in a forceful, dignified manner that we are ready at this great S 

time." This they proved within a short time on every occasion..... cr 

"These lines apply not to Chicago alone, but to all our associations 

Theoretically we Chicago Czech singers have been joined for a long time in 
the Fevecka Jednota (IMited Singing Societies), in which, however, every 

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singing club and association preserves its individual independence* 

"But how does this unification of ours look in reality? The New York Amateur 
Actors' Association intends to testify to its union by its readiness to bene- 
fit the motherland. Let us make an allowance for the fact that our United 
Singing Societies emptied their treasury, so to speak, to the bottom, at the 
very beginning of the movement started by the Czech National Alliance. Let r= 
us further assume that by doing so, we have done the part allotted to us, C 
which is far short of all that our singing societies are able to do for the ^ 
welfare of our motherland. 2 


"How, then, do we wish, or are we abl^ to 'attest to our readiness*? If we ^ 
do not act In the manner in which the New Yorkers do, how then can we show ^ 
our readiness for singing? This question should be answered today by every 
(me of the four hundred and fifty active members of the United Singing 

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"I cannot help recalling the days in the Coliseum, in Grant Park, and else- 
where. Though it was cheerful to see and hear our singers then, the memory 
is painful when I compare their activities then and nov/. It is true that 
not every member can always be at his post, but on the other hand, it is 
inexcusable that at the present time only one tenth of the members are really 
active. This is the situation, in spite of their awareness of the task they 
have taken upon themselves and the necessity for everyone* s co-operation, 
whether he considers himself first or last in the ranks of the singers. We 
must not only assert, but also demonstrate in a patriotic manner, our alle- 
giance to Czech song, the most precious heritage of our forefathers. 

"I believe that many who read these lines will be displeased at what I say. 
I wish to assure them, however, that it gives me no pleasure to vent my old 
grief over these conditions again. I would much rather state that we were 
present at rehearsals to the last man, or that at least ninety per cent of 
us net I How much better reading that would make, and how much higher an 
opinion our general public, which must always pass the ultimate judgment upon 
us, will have of our singers I 



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"EverytMng can be rectified, nevertheless. Let us recall the declaration 
of the New York singers and say: »We may be late, but, by strenuous, un- 
tiring effort, we shall make up for our neglect.' 

"Let us not only promise, but also prove by our deeds that we are singers. 


''Signed: Bedldk.** C 

We have further been infoiroed by our singers that preparations for a big 2 

concert by the Central Singing Union to be given this coming spring are in ^ 

full swing* There will be orchestral acconpanlment , and gems of Czech ^ 

music will be presented. "^ 


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In its last annual meeting, the Ceska ^stfedni Pevecka Jednota (Federation of 
Bohemian Singing SociiMe^ decided to ^ive a large-scale concert this spring. 
The size of the accoiapuuying orchestra v.'ill be the subject of a diocussion at 
the next rehearsal to be held February 17 at 7 P. LI. in tlr. Hacha*s hall, 
26th Street and Sprinnfiald /ivenue. The rehearsal v;ill be the last one before 
the concert and -/.'ill be open to any singers who have not attended prsvious 

If the concert is to be a representative one, it is necessary that every 
sin'^er appear. It has bsen a long time since v;e maue an appearance before 
the public. 


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Derini Illasatel. Jan. 20, 1918. 

The Ceska tjstfedni Jednota _-evscI-:a (Federation of Bohemian Sin'^iup; Societies) 
in a recent neetinf? decided to sive u concert in the spring of this 3/sar 
v/hich will b3 the bis^est affair of this kind yet arranged. It is left to the 
nenbers of the Union to -.veiiih the importance of this resolution. 

The first rehearsal will take plaae after a short lull in activities. It is 
scheduled for Llonday, January 21, ST. M. in the hall of 3okol Chicaso, If 
the pro£-raa is to be studied thorou^ly, it is imperative thut each singer 
appears right frcsn the start. This v;ill prevent rehearsals from being 
protracted and will promote smooth progress. 






It is incumbent upon you to prove on I.'onday the sincerity of your attitude 




Denni Hlasatel , Dec. 3, 1917, 


Our singers are determined not to allow our beautiful Czech songs to be lost. 
In spite of the burdens which these serious times have laid upon them, our 
singers are convinced that Czech song should still echo lustily through our 
new homeland to inspire the people with courage and enterprise. At the an- <=! 
nual meeting held by the Ustredni Pevecka Jednota (United Singing Societies), F 
extensive plans were made for the future activities of the Societies, -ra 


The gathering took place at the home of Mr, Hacha, 26th Street and Harding c^. 
Avenue, and a large number of delegates were present. Some members of the ro 
dramatic section of the Societies also took part. Among the singing socie- ^' 
ties represented were the Karel Marx, the ladies' singing society Maj, the 
educational and singing society Karel Bendl, and Volnost (Freedom). The 
session was opened by Mr. ifrank Kostka, president of the United Singing 

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Mr. Kostka and Mrs. Antonia Mueller were elected president and vice-president 
respectively, Mr. Vaclav (V/enceslas) J. Roucek became secretary and Kr. 
Anton Vanek, treasurer. 

One of the main issues before the assembly was the question of whether the ^ 
Chicago Symphony Orchestra could be induced to assist in a concert of the f= 
United Ringing -ocieties. Mr. Joseph Houdek, musical director of the -U 
Societies and of the Cesky Delnicky Pevecky Sbor (Czech V/orkingmen' s Singing 
Society) and also a member of the Symphony Orchestra, answered that this 
body's co-operation might be difficult to obtain, but that it is within the 
realm of possibility. He promised to get in touch with some influential 
persons to win their good will in this matter. 

The issue concerning the Sjrmphony Orchestra was broached in connection with 
the planned springtime concert, Mr. Houdek, while visualizing the enhance- 
ment of the general qualities and compass of the concert if the Orchestra 



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took part, declared that the latter, in order to be effective, would have to 
have at least forty-six musicians, which would increase the costs consider- 
ably. The delegates, nonetheless, decided to hire a first-class orchestra, 
for they are determined to make their springtime concert the most spectacular 
event of all musical programs ever arranged by the Society, 




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The Cesky Delnicky Pevecky 3bor (Czech 7;orkinginen*s Singing Society) ranks 
among the foremost organizations of this kind. This judgment is not based ^ 
upon bias or on personal associations, but solely upon the merits of * 

efficiency, artistic maturity, and vigorous activity. This last quality is = 
most remarkable, since some of the members of the 'iVorkingmen* s Singing ^ 
Society have already passed middle age. There is food for thought in ^ 
meditating on vhat a splendid organization could be built up if the Czech S 
public showed more interest. 7/e especially mean the younger element in the ^ 
Czech community with a flair for singing. Two facts are particularly C3 
conspicuous, to v/it, that among the already thinning ranks of singers, almost 
invariably one finds the same faces; and that the circle of friends and 
visitors of the Society's concerts consists of those who have been patronizing  
that group's enterprises for years. The Society has nevertheless been able 
to demonstrate that a genuine love of song surges in its veins, and that the 

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enthusiasm of former, younger years cannot become extinct. 

This v;as obvious in the concert civen by the V/orkinsmen's Singing Jociety in 
the Filsen Park Erev;ery pavilion yesterday afternoon. A spirit of joyful 
enterprise dominated singers and audience alike. '.Ve noticed that the 
attendance v;as not as large as usual, trueenour^h, but this is explained by 
the fact that there v;ere prograias arran^red b:;- several other organiz?;tions on 
the same day. There v;as the public exhibition given by the 3okol olavsky 
group, v;hich occupied the interest of our people. The number of singers 
upon the platforiii also appeared to us to be smaller than usual. 

rje should like to request the visitors to take their seats before the begin- 
ning at future concerts, and also, not to bring little children to the perform- 
ance, -vhich is unpleasantlj'" marred by the youngsters' cries. 

The program itself must be called one of the best v/e have witnessed during 


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the past few years. Its oomplete success was due in a large degree to 
llx, Joseph Houdek, who is without contradiction, the best conductor who ever 
wielded a baton over the chorus of the Czech V/orkingmen*s Singing Society. 
An artist of sterling artistic qualities, he sounds the depths of a composi- 
tion for beauties ensconced in it and reveals them to the listener in a :g 
truly impressive manner. ? 

For yesterday's concert Mr. Houdek reached out for works ndiich present towering ^ 

difficulties even to the most accomplished and artistically matured chorus. r^ 

These obstacles, however, were overcome with ease. The chorus "Dvacet Bilich 2 

Sokolu" (Twenty White Sokols), by Vitezslav Novak, left an indelible impression, oo 

The singers virtually revelled in the performance of this piece idiich was § 

being presented to Chicago Czechs for the first time. ^ 

As far as male chorus singing is concerned, one mi^t divide yesterday's con- 
cert into three parts. Bedrich Smetana*s "Pisen Na Mori** (Song over the Sea) 
dominated the first part. The second part was taken up by "Orac" (The Tiller), 

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a chorus In a more loodern style and of marvelous beauty, by Bedrlcb 
Foerster. "Twenty White Sokols", by Novak, was sung in the third section 
of the program. Its huge dramatic possibilities were brought out with 
telling effect, although double the number of singers would have been ne- 
cessary to do it full justice. Vitezslav Novak is the foremost living Czech 
composer today. 


Several Slovak folksongs, arranged for male chorus by Mr. Houdek, night well ^ 

be called little pearls. One of them "Ach, Muj Boze, Co Mam Robit?" (Oh My ^ 

God, What Am I to Do?), gave Mr. Adamir an opportunity to display his ringing 2 

baritone voice. ^ 

The ladies* singing society Maj (May) sang four delightful choruses by Vendler. '^ 
The mighty chorus "Kdoz Jste Bozi Bojovnicil •• (Onward Ye Soldiers of the 
Lord!), a battle soog of the followers of John Hus, dating back to the fifteenth 

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century, created great patriotic enthusiasm. Dr. Jaroslav Salaba-Yojan 
gave a suryey of Czeeh history leading to the origin of this chorus, and 
also elucidated the meaning of some of the other numbers on the program. He 
continued with a general review of cultural, historical, aesthetic, and ^ 
musical values in the life of the Czech nation. ^ 

Walter Ferner, American cello virtuoso and member of the Theodore Thomas 17 
Symphony Orchestra, played "Phantasy", by Serveis, and "Hungarian Rhapsody", ^ 
by Popper. The applause accorded to him rivalled any ever heard in the 2 
pavilion. He is certainly the best cello player we have heard at any Czech ^ 
concert up to the present time. Mrs. Sieben played the piano accompaniment. t^ 


Denni Hlasatel , Oct. 8, 1917. 


The piano school under the direction of Mrs. Jos. H. Bobek, and the violin 
school under Mr, Frank A. Bobek, gave a concert in the Libuse hall yester- 
day afternoon. Many friends and acquaintances were present. The pupils 
played twenty-five musical selections. 


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(Frcjni the Czech National Alliance 
and the Czech Central Singing Union) 

To the Czech singers, whether they belong to singing clubs or not I The 
Czech National Alliance is making preparations for the "Czech Day" at the 
University of Chicago on November 7 of this year, Czech song is to be one 
of the main features on that occasion. The cantata, "The American Flag," 
by Antonin Dvorak, has been selected for presentation, because it has a 
deep meaning for both Americans and Czechs. 

The Czech Central Singing Union has already begun to rehearse the composition, 
but a larger attendance is needed in order that the singers can appear before 
the Americans in impressive numbers. 

With this in mind, the Czech National Alliance and the Czech Central Singing 
Union are appealing to all Czech singers, in or outside singing circles, to 

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appear at the rehearsals which are conducted by Mr. J. Houdek. All those 
who harbor a trace of love for Czech song in their hearts must join this 

Vie have always prided ourselves upon the triumphs of Czech song achieved 
all over Europe, whether it be in Paris, France, or elsewhere. Let us prove 
oxir enthusiasm for music v/hich surges through our veins with inherent powerj 

Let us attest to the beautiful phrase in ometana»s opera "Dalibor": "iVhere, 
indeed, is the Czech who would not like ..lusic?" Our great composers — 
Smetana, Bendl, Dvorak, Novak, and others — wrote the music because they 
knew there v/ould be people to sing it. They did not compose by the grace 
of, and for foreign lands; they did it for the Czech people. 

The next rehearsal will be held in Mr. Sokolovsky*s hall, 18th Street and 
Laflin Street, at 8 P.M. The question of whether or not "The i^raerican Flag" 
will be sxing aepends upon the attendance at this rehearsal. If the decision 
should be negative^ it would certainly indicate a sad state of affairs. 

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The concert for the benefit of the Czech Old People's Home and Orphanage 
was a complete success. It was given in the Pilsen Brewery Park last 
night. Our people demonstrated again that their generosity cannot be 
eadiausted in spite of numerous collections to which they are contribut- 
ing in these times..... 

Mr. Frank J. Petru, chairman of the agitation committee, addressed the 
group in a few but touching words. The program was on a high artistic 
level; our best Chicago Czech artists donated their time and dedicated 

their talent to the cause of the old and the feeble A prologue from 

the pen of Adalbert J, Havranek was recited by Mrs. Klecka,.... 

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About two months ago, we called the attention of our readers to the newly 
formed band which consists of Czech-American musicians. This body knovm by 
the name of "Ceska Kapela" /Czech band/, offered its services to Uncle Sam and 
was accepted. It fiinctions as the military band of the Thirty-eighth Infantry 
regiment, stationed in Syracuse, Hew York, now. 

iL large nuinber of the musicians of this Czech band comes from Chicago. Their 
perforiiiances are highly appreciated by the authorities and and the public as 
well. This is borne out by a letter sent by a member, lir. J". Simandl, to his 
parents, v;ho live at 5006 -est 30th Place, Chicago: "^'e are caking a hit; 
the officers have taken a lilcing to us as a result of v;hich we have been as- 
sured that vje shall not be divided as has happened to other bands 

v.e are improving rapidly, for v.e have every full Liorning at our disposal for 
rehearsals. »e give a concert performance every other day. No service of 
any kind is required of us in the afternoons, and we enjoy our leisure by 
playing games, or lounging about the tents. Our camp is located ten miles 

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from tov-Ti, and so we are in a regular suinner res )rt; ive are even developing 
rosy cheeks; -Everything is lovely, and the goose hangs high, i-retty soon 
we wonH be longing; for our homes any more." 

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. Dennl Hlasatel, June 27, 1917. 



The performance of the pupils of the George Hmisa violin school attested 
anew to the high level of the institution. The concert was given yesterday- 
afternoon in the Lawndale Masonic Temple, 23rd Street and Millard Avenue. 


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/IkD caoss bein3fit7 


The evening given by the Ceaki. Beseda ^zecli Club^ in the hall of Harrison 

High School last night was a splendid affair attended by a crov;d that filled 

every inch of space. The purpose was a h\imanitarian one~for the benefit 
of the American Red Cross, 

Mr. Triner opened the evening with a declaration of the aims of the Red Cross. 
The "Star-Spangled Banner" v;as sung while the student cadets raised the flag 
and then gave an exhibition of military drills commanded by Sergeant S. L. 
V^oodword. A selection by Mrs. Valerie Walker Marshall, soprano, was the first 
number on the program, iirs. G, 12. Gross followed with a lecture on "The 
Significance of the Red Cross," This took almost fifty minutes and had a 
fatiguing effect upon the audience, for our Czech groups are excellently in- 
formed as to the purposes of the Red Cross and fulfill their duties consci( 

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Miss Libuse ^i'b'bjj Bartusek, an expert in the classic dances, performed to 
the music of Chopin and Tchaikowski. Plar excellent accompanist was Mr. Edward 
"Vlaciha. Miss jSlly H, Kolaf sang Czech folk songs and our anthem 'Tiej Slovan^l" 
^o, All Ye Slavonic Peoples^, which is now sung everywhere. I.Ir. S. J, Freund, 
violinist, played the "A Major Polonaise" by Wieniawski with admirable tech- 
nique. He encored by playing "Poem" by the Czech composer Zdenek ?ibich to 
the delightful accompaniment of the piano played by LIr, V. J, Cemy, Miss Bartusek 
again appeared on the stage to dance to the folk song "3il Jsem Proso" ^ sov/ed 
millet.. ._j7 which was used by the famous Czech orchestxa conductiir and com- 
poser Oscar Nedbal in his fairy opera "Hloupy Honza" /Silly Hans/. Miss Mary 
Kryl, daughter of the '.veil-known comet virtuoso and orchestra leader Bohumir 
KJpyl, rendered "Polonaise, opus 53" by Chopin and "La Campanella" by Paganini- 
Liszt. Her highly artistic performance ended the program, tir, Triner thanked 
the audience for their participation and generosity. The receipts of more than 
one thousand dollars will go to the Red Cross, 

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{ Summary ) 

The performance given by the pupils of the Czech Conservatory of Music in the 
Lawndale Masonic Temple, on Millard Avenue last afternoon was a triumph for 
the pupils and teachers alike, I'x, 3duard Vlaciha, piano virtuoso, is director 
of the institute, and Ivlr. Vaclav ^enceslas7 "^. Medek is head of the violin 
department; both have a hicrh standing among artists of this city. They are 
assisted by other artists: the Misses Libuse /TAhby/ Zdenek, Anna Dvorak, 
Libby Bartusek, and L!r. Joseph A. Xrivanek, 

Two dance numbers added to the variety of the vocal and instrumental program: 
Miss Milada I'Irametbauer danced "liinuet" by Ludwig Van Beethoven, and Miss 
Mildred Triner presented the "Valse" from the ballet "Sylvia" by Delibes, 
These students are promising yoxing artists of whom our Chicago Czech coimau- 
nity may justly be proud. 

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The musical part of the program consisted of classical and popular pieces 
and was executed with artistic skill and taste. 



Denni Hlasatel . June 9, 1917. 



Yesterday's concert of the violin school conducted by Professor J. H. 
Capek proved again that the excellent reputation of the insitute is 
well founded. Many pupils have graduated from the flapek school and 
then have received the finishing touches of artistry in the master 
school under Professor 0, iSevclk Mrs. Augusta H. Capek, the pro- 
fessor's wife, is also known as a perfect pianist. The high artistic 
standards of the institution were demonstrated by the remarkable per- 
formances by the pupils of compositions of Mozart, Chopin, Mendelssohn, 
Wienlawski, and others. 


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• • • • "During recent years Czech singing societies have begun to exist 
is name only. It is not my intention to slight the work done by various 
au^anging committees • • . • but I aDi unable to restrain a smile whenever 
I hear the words *singing societies* mentioned. A few recollections on 

the part of the readers will explain my attitude The present 

stagnation in the singing societies is due partieilly to the indifference 
of the general public. 

In the contest arranged for the various singing societies in the Colisetxtn 
five years ago, only the Swedes and the Czechs participated; at the concert 
given by the latter there was present hardly one per cent of native Americans 

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among eui audience of over six thousand! Foiir years ago, a concert was 
given in Grant Park for the benefit of our Sokol gymnastic societies. 
Antonfn Dvorak *s oratorlum "Stabat Mater" was presented there by members 
of the Czech singing societies, who, however, had never sung it for the 
general American public. Yet the Americans learned to know that work, not 
from a performance by Czech singers, the logical interpreters, but by 
American singing societiesi Is there not a fair degree of irony in this 
situation? " . 

Years ago Czech song was effectively presented by the Smetana Society. 
I mean literally »y©€^s ago»* for what this society attempts to achieve 
today, although its efforts are praiseworthy exceeds its strength; it 
fares no better than the IMlted Czech Singing Societies • • . • and so 
it appears that we lack the courage to stand on o\ir own feet and to per- 
form as an Independent group* The appearance of the Cesky Delnicky 
Spevacky Spolek (Czech Workingnen's Singing Society) before the City 
Press Club was an isolated incident, and those singers now seem to be 




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resting on their laurels •** 

• • • • It is suggested that, if the Czech singing societies fear to risk 
a performance before the American public, they might attempt to gain the 
support of some large American musical body, e.g., the Chicago Symphony 
Orchestra. Dvofdk's composition "The American Banner" would be a highly 
appropriate work to perform, both for its intrinsic musical value and in 
view of the present critical situation 

"Favoritism seems to have played some part in the selection of compositions 
for performance by American musical organizations. I shall not attempt to 
estimate the number of worthless compositions that have fo\md their way 
upon our concert platforms. Dvorak does not need this sort of boost, and 
Mr. Frederick Stock, the conductor, will certainly be responsive to sug- 
gestions • . . • , so that a performance of "The American Banner" by Czech 
singers with the Symphony Orchestra may materialize ..... 

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This would introduce us to the broad masses of the American musical public 
who, as yet are strangers. 

But let us not lose si^t of the prestige that would result from having sung 
under the baton of the conductor of one of the foremost orchestras of the 
world. Moral satisfaction would come from having fulfilled our duty. At 
the seme time, the perf romance would acquaint the American public with a 
musical form that is less knaiwn here. The financial success of such a 
concert would be assured. Last but not least, the enterprise would act 
as a much-needed stimulus for the future activities of the Chicago Czech 
singing societies. The United Czech Singing Societies ought to give it 
due consideration* 

(Signed) Bendlak 

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The performance of the three-act burlesque "Svec Baronem" (The Gobbler 
Becomes a Baron), which took place in the Sokol Chicago hall last night, 
gave the unusually large attendance anple chance to testify to the 
popularity of our soubrette, Mrs. Slavka Krejcil. It was during the 
past season that the artiste grew into a member v/hose collaboration is 
well-nigh indispensable. 

The play was written by Fr. Hlavaty, who wrote two other comedies, 
"Mlsni Kocouri," (The Finicky Tom-Cats) and "Bila i.aska," (The Tiny 
White Mouse) . These plays have crossed the footlights of our stage 
some time ago. "The Cobbler" is not I.-r. Hlavaty* s best creation, to 
be sure, but it contains a part which fits Mrs. Krejci*s talent and 
temperament to a point, it being the role of "Stazka Terinkova." Mrs. . 
Krejci and the rest of the cast delivered themselves of their task very 

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The last performance of this season will take place on Llay 6, On that 
day, to. Jindrich (Henry) .Veidner will celebrate the tv/enty-f ifth 
anniversary of his activity as an actor, and his fifth year as director 
of the theatre. "Lfonte Cristo" will be given on that occasion_j_ ^rans^ 
slatoorfs note: Name of theatrical group is not given in report/ 

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The iJlaJ, a singing society composed of young Czech-American ladies, gave 
a concert last night which was crovmed with great success. The club v/as 
founded by pupils of the singing school of the Gesko-Delnicky I evecky Sbor 
(Czech ..'orkingmen's Chorus). The new club introduced itself to the 
public as a body independent from the elder organization; judging from 
the impression their youthful endeavor produced upon the public, this 
performance shall not be the last one. The hall of the Plzensky Sokol 
_^ckol gymnastic society of the Pilsen district/ was crov;ded by a recep- 
tive and grateful audience. 

The lion's share of crodit for the accomplishment is to be adjudged to 
Iv!r. Joseph lioudek, who is one of our best music directors, l.'ot the Laj 
(I.!ay) alone, but the singing school as well, prospers under his baton. 

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The 1.1a j sang two numbers of the program, ♦*Nasim Zenam" (To Our Women), V c ^'"^^ . 

by Ivlalat, and a trilogy of very effective songs. Assisting at the con .^ 
cert, the Czech V»orkingmen's Chorus rendered a medley of folk songs. 
The pupils of the singing school appeared with a niimber of songs, each 
of these drawing fervent applause, especially "Rodna Ma Vesnicka" (The 
Little Village I'^iere I V/as Born), "ICdybych Mel Hous.licky'* (If I Had a 
Little Fiddle), and "Hie, Prijde Maj" (Beholdl I.Cay is caning), all three 
by Mr. Houdek v/hose name as a composer is firmly established; we are 
certain to meet very often ./ith his compositions in the future. 

Iv'isr; Xenia .Veicher, pianist, graduate from the Prague Conservatory, 
played Liszt's "Dance of the Elves," and "Gapricioso," by Brahms, Miss 
Rudis offered the "Faust Phantasy," for the violin, by Sarasate. 

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Among our many large and small civic societies and associations, v/hich 
serve a great variety of pmrposes, there is one— or rather one group — 
which is considered a public and national institution, v;hereas there is 
another group which, although equal in every respect to the first, has 
not yet succeeded in gaining the popularity and recognition to v/hich it 
is just as fully entitled as the first group, and which has thus far 
remained a kind of wallflower in 3ohenian-i^erican public life. 



The first group, the Cokols, has already taken deep root, and by the ^j 
recent merger of two cf its largest imits it has certainly gained new o- 
strength. There can be no doubt that it will continue to grow. 

Of the someiThat yoxmger second group, the Ceska Pevecka Jednota (Federa- 
tion of Bohemian Singing Societies) , hardly anybody can claim that it is 

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growing and prospering as it should, although it, too, has a sound and 
fiimly established foundation. 

If we consider somewhat closer the ends v;hich these two groups serve, vre 
find that these ends are practically identical. The Solcol motto, "A 
sound mind in a healthy body," is a fitting counterpart to the singers' 
motto, "By song to the heart, by the heart to the country". The Sokol 
drill disciplines the muscles and sharpens the mind v/hich song rehearsals 
refresh. And v/here the proper kind of musical material is used, these 
rehearsals develop a cultured mind and lead to a greater appreciation of 
all the beauty that our great composers have put into their compositions. 
And only that nation stands on the pinnacle of progress v/hich is not only 
physically strong, but v:hich also excels in spiritual maturity and in a 
highly developed taste that can appreciate the delights derived from -a 
judicious contemplation of the work of particularly talented individuals. 
Thus vie see that both the Sokol and the singers are imbued v;ith the same 


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idea and the same aim, even if the nethod of one differs essentially from 
the method of the other. 

7/hy, then, do our people alv/ays show greater interest in a Sokol drill 
hall than in a song rehearsal? The reasons, although psychological in 
character, are several, but we propose to discuss only the three which 
seem to be the principal ones. 

In a gymnasium, a Sokol unit is divided into several squads according to 
the ability and expertness of the members. ;^ach squad is independent of 
the others and has its ovm program. Afttjr a member of a squad has reached 
a certain dogreo of expertness, and his squad's drill no longer causes c 
him any difficulties, he may be "promoted" any time into the next higher 
squad. This system stimulates his ambition and spurs him on to new and 
better performances, particularly '.vhen he keeps in mind the Sokol slogan, 

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Conditions are entirely different in singing societies. Here, there is 
no division of members according to ability; the grouping of the singers 
is determined solely by the range of voice, and this is the first 
stimibling block. The arrival of a new member v;ith an insufficient 
musical education means temporary stagnation, if not actual retrogression, 
for several rehearsals or singing lessons, and where such incidents occur 
regularly avery month, there is small v.onder that the society does not 
progress as rapidly as it should and could, and that the older, trained 
singers display an ennui and an indifference by which the society is 
botmd to suffer still more. These cases are typical, and the only 
exception is a society in v;hich a great majority of its members have 
been active for many years, and where an occasional newcomer cannot 
affect the T.uality of its singing. There, as a rule, it is left to the 
newcomer to adapt himself and to try to reach the level of the others. 

It is always the duty of a nevi member to size up the situation and bring 

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to it the proper understanding; he must never interpret the seeming 
indifference of the other members as a personal affront. Otherv/ise, a 
prejudice and a revulsion against singing and everything connected with 
it are bound to result. All this goes to prove that the difficulty in 
properly dividing their nembers is the first obstacle to the progress of 
our singing societies. 

The second reason for the greater popularity of the Sokol is, beyond 
question, its picturesque tiniform, '.lien a lad in his red shirt swings 
his jacket over one shoulder, his cap v;ith the boldly protruding falcon 
feather resting at a dashing angle on his head — ^vrhy, that is the time 
when the unique, true Bohemian hot blood starts surging through his veins. 
No wonder that he catches every eye J Nor does this admiration escape him: 
he feels a certain intoxication, and a nev/ determination, a new zest for 
action, takes hold of him. 

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True enouGii, among other national groups imifonas or uniformity of dress 
for members of singing societies is customary. But any attempt to 
introduce this custom Bohemian singers would be absolutely useless 
and impossible for several reasons, of which I shall mention just one: 
anything of this kind would be considered "snobbery" by our people : it 
wo\J.d never be regarded as an attempt to introduce something aesthetic 
and pleasing. At present, because of the lack of uniformity in dress, 
our societies frequently present something of a "sight" during public 
performances, everybody can use his ovm imagination in describing the 
first impression they make on the audience. Eowever, in extenuation of 
our singers, v;ho are preponderantly recruited from among workingmen, it 
should here be mentioned that a certain conductor did not even deem it 
necessary to appear in a black suit when he conducted his chorus on the 
occasion of a seminational holiday before a hall filled overflov;ing. 

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is the comparative rarity of their public appearances, a result of the 

tvio reasons already discussed. It takes a nuch shorter tiiae to prepare 

to perfection a program of Sokol drills for a public performance than to 

study a few songs to a degree compatible y;ith the reputation of a ^ 

progressive society, because it is impossible to rehearse simultaneously 5' 

in several groups, as the Sokols can do, <-. 

Nevertheless, a part of the oditsm lies indisputably on the shovilders of ; 
those singers v/ho do not recognize the necessity of manj'' rehearsals for a :•> 
good performance. But theirs is not the only fault. An even greater ~ 
responsibility rests upon our lodges, our national and cultural associations, S'> 
and other organizations because they do not offer the singing societies •-"• 
frequent enough occasion for performing in public. All they need do is to 
ask the singers to perform v;hen they hold their social gatherings, meetings, 
banquets, and other festivities. There v;ould be a tv/ofold benefit: The 
program of these events would be more colorful and more interesting, and 

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the qiiality of the sincins v/ould gradually improve — to say nothing of the 
fact that public interest in such a good and beautiful activity as singing 
v/ould be hei.:];htened, something it iinquestionably deserves. And I am sure 
that none of our societies ;TOuld refuse such a request. 


(signed) Bendlak <= 

Evidently, a member of the Bendl r 

Singing Society -r 


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(Advertisement ) 

A concert v/ill be given by the music school of George Ilrusa, on I'arch 
11, 1917, at 3 P. LI. in the I'asonic Tenple Auditorium, I'illard Avenue 
and 23 Street. The soloist will be Hattie Kovarik, piano; Loviise 
Topinka, soprano. The orchestra is selected from nature pupils of the 
school and from members of the Chicago Federation of Ilusicians, The 
admission is fifty cents. 

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Denni Illasatel, Apr, 2, 1916. 


The Cesky Delnicky Pevecky Sbor (The Bohemian .•«orkiiignien*s Sineing Society) 
has decided to celebrate its t\;enty-fifth year of existence v;ith a i^opular 
concert. It v;ill be held on April 16, 1916, in the auditorium of Plzensky 
Solcol (Pilsen Hall) on Ashland Avenue, near 18th Street, and there will be 
a small charge for admission. They will, in that v/ay, please not only their 
music lovin^^ friends but also the \;hole Bohemian public. 

At this concert the pupils, of our sinsin^i school, in conjunction V7ith the 
ladies' auxiliary, will sing "Maj'» (Llay) . 

At this concert gay and lively songs will be sung, because it is admitted 
that humor is the best antidote in crucial times v;hich Bohemian Chicago now 
is experiencing. 

That the concert will be a great success from a moral standpoint may be 

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affirmed by simply mentioninb' the society's conductor, Mr. J. Houdek. 


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Obecne Skoly v Cicero (The Public Schools of Cicero) have started bands, among 
whose members are many Bohemian students. They at present rehearse as a whole ^ 
under the leadership of a teacher of music, Miss Lindsey. ^ 

Among the members of these school orchestras are the following ^^ohemiar^ 
students; Cicero School: Lincoln Wistein, Josef Jarolimek, Josef Cemy, Josef 
Chlup, Frantisek Topinka, Vilem Kolka, and Marvin Capouch; Columbus School: 
Leontine Uarusak, Frantisek Kuchvalek, and Mamie Kara; Morton Park School: 
Josef Sixta, Ladislav Liska, and Jarolim Novak; Bumham School: Laui^ Novak, 
Sylvia Gruener, and Frantisek Nemec. 





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The Cesko-Delnicky Pevecky Sbor ^ohaaian Workingmen*s Singing Societj/ has 
elected the following officers for the current year: Richard Class, president, 
Frantisek Hulik, vice-president, Antonin Babisud, secretary, Frantisek Hulik, 
financial secretary, John Zarobsky, cashier, 7. Eoks, archivist, and 7. Hasek, ^ 
librarian, i2 

Furthermore, the Society sincerely thanks the estate of our late member, Mr. Mate J P 
Stmad, for a donation of ten dollars for our singing school. We thank Mrs. L, ~r:^ 
Cervenka for a ten-dollar donation for the same cause. The Society also thanks -i.' 
the many patrons who have supported it during the year. ^'^ 


The Cesko-Delnicky Pevecky Sbor requests parents to send their children to the ii' 
Society's singing school, ^is school is kept up at quite an expense to the 
Society in order that Czech song may be preserved in America. Our Society has 
been able to secure a very good teacher, lir, Houdek, who will apply his efforts 

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to the proper teaching of the children. 

The singing-school classes meet every Sunday forenoon. Registration of students 
is made at the rooms of the manager of the Cesko-Delnlcky Pevecky Sbor, V. Hasek, 
1721 South Ashland Avenue. 

Stanley Bilek, secretary 


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Denni Hlu-atel . Dec. 13, 1915. 


Bohemian song and Bohemian music in all their inexhaustible beauty — that -.vas 
the principal feature of the celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of 
the Cesky Delnicky Pevecky 3bor (Bohemian ./orkinf^raen' s Singing Society) held 
yesterday afternoon. 

The place of the celebration was the :^reat hall of Sokol Pilsen. 

The concert was under the direction of Yt, J. Houdek, a member of the Thomas 
orchestra, and conductor of the Cesky Delnicky Peveckj^ Sbor as well as in- 
structor at its vocal and violin school..... 

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History of the Cesky Delnicky Pevecky Sbor whose 
Anniversary Celebration is Being Prepared 

The convention of Bohemian workingmen held in Chicago October 2, 3, and 4, 

1890, recommended, as one among the measures for publicity and propaganda, 

the founding of singing societies. Attempts to organize such societies had 3 

been made before but, due to unfavorable conditions, had not been successful. 


Realizing that times were getting better and aware of the definite need, the 
Cesky Delnicky Vzdelavaci Spolek (Bohemian Jorkingmen* s Educational Associa- 
tion) agreed in its meeting of October ^1, 1890, to repeat the effort to found 
a singing society. Citizens Jos. Hosek and Jos. Hrusa were put in charge of 
this effort. They called a meeting of music-loving countrymen for December 14, 
1890. It resulted in the foundation of a body to which the name "Cesky Delnicky 
Pevecky Sbor" (Bohemian jVorkingmen's Singinp- Society) was given and which, at 
that meeting, secured twenty- two members. After the necessary committees had 



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been appointed, a meeting v;as held December 19, 1890, in which the following 
officers v;ere elected: President, Jos. Hrusa; Vice-Fresident, Tom. Motys; 
Secretary, Jos. T)!alinsky; Financial Secretary, Vac. ochaufel; Treasurer, Jan 
Miller; Conductor, Jan Simonek; assistant Conductor, Fr. Krumpos; Librarian, 
Jos. Plosek. 

;Jithout delay, the hall of Mr. Ant. Eelsky at the corner of IBth and Laflin 
Streets was engaged for every Friday nif^ht for practicing. There the Sbor 
did its rehearsing and put on occasional modest entertainments up to the year 
of 1902, when it moved to its own building on Ashland Avenue. 

The singing practice started January 2, 1891, and on March 14 of the same year, 
the Sbor made a successful public apoearance at the entertainment "Paris Com- 
mune" /sicj in Hoeroer's Hall. Since then, the Cesky Delnicky Pevecl':y Sbor 
has been active in all national or workingmen's affairs, and has always been 
not only willing but glad to help in connection with activities for the benefit 
of needy countrymen, both here and abroad. 



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The Sbor held its first big concert in the hall of the Cesko-Anf^licka Svobodna 

bkola ( Bohemian- iilnglish Free Thoiight School ) January 17, 1892, when it sang ^ 

before a large audience. The ?ross receipts ainounted to §304.01, and expenses 5 

to $154.90, leaving a net of i?149.11 — a most rest)ectable amount as well as a Ci 

very encouraging beginning. Similar concerts were put on every year, and the r; 

Sbor always tried to present compositions of true value, sung as well as the -o 

Sbor possibly could. It sang in connection with the presentation of the o 

operetta "Boccaccio" at the world's fairs in Chicagojand St. Louis, in the l^ 

great concert in the Coliseum, where Vxs* Maturova /^Translitors note: a noted ^ 
member of the Narodni Divadlo (National Theatre) in Pragu^/ sang, and in 
Dvorak's "Stabat luater". 

Ever since the beginning, the Sbor has been interested in song-loving youth, 
and it founded, upon the initiative of Joseph Hrusa, a singing and violin 
school for Bohenian boys and girls which in later years became very successful. 
The school was started in the fall of the year of 1898, when one hundred and 
twenty pupils were enrolled, which number soon grew to two hundred. 



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To keep the school going has required considerable financial sacrifices on the 
part of the Sbor. However, in this it was not alone. It was supported by 
many generous lovers of song and music... 

The graduates of the school organized, in August, 1901, the Pevecky Sbor Maj 
(Maj Singing Society)..,,, 

The membership of the Sbor, though opinions in it may frequently have varied, 
has worked ever since its beginning up to the present day for the good of the 

The first conductor of the Society, as mentioned before, was Jos. Simonek, He 
pulled the Sbor through difficult beginnings. .. .resigning in 1897 because of 

January 15, 1905, the Sbor was strengthened by a merger with the Pevecky Sbor ^ 
Hlahol. At that tine also the popular Ceske Kvarteto. . . .made its beginning '^ 


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illness. Ke was followed by Jan Kalas, who led the Sbor until 1907, and who 
brought both the Sbor itself and its school to a new, high level of perfection S 

In regard to finances, the Sbor fared for many years the sanie as many other C 
singing societies — it was glad to be able to pay its debts, iihen the school 2g 
was founded thought was already being given to a home of its own. Concerts 2 
and public recitals were held the profits from which made the purchase of Mrs. oo 
Jirka's house on Ashland Avenue near 18th Street possible. It was bought in 
1902 for six thousand dollars. Half of the price was paid in cash, and soon 
after the balance was also paid, so that now the property is clear of all in- 

The second floor of the building of the Cesky Delnicky Pevecky Sbor consists 
of a meeting room auid a room for rehearsals and small entertainments. The 
reception hall and library are on the first floor, and the basement serves as . 
a recreation room for teachers. It also has two bowling alleys 

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In its twenty-fifth year, the Sbor has 40 active and 205 contributing members. -o 

/Translator's note: List of officers and members of various committees is .fZ 
omitted in translation^ ^^ 




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Dennl Hlasatel , Nov. 1, 1915. 


This years' convention of the Ceska Ustredni Pevecica Jednota (Federation 
of Bohemian Singing Societies), one of our foremost national singing 
organizations, one which has accomplished such a great deal in our national 
and cultural life, and which no doubt will find proper recognition not only 
in Bohemian Chicago but all Bohemian America, opened yesterday at 2 P.M. in 
the hall of Mr. A. Francik on V/est 22nd Street and Sawyer Avenue 

1£t, Anton Vanek, who was unanimously elected convention chairman, welcomed 
the twenty-four delegates representing the following eight Bohemian sing- 
ing societies: the Cesky Pevecky Sbor (Bohemian Singing Society) Lyra, the 
Delnicky Pevecky Sbor (V^orkingnen's Singing Society), the Dalibor, the 
Volnost, the Man, Bendl, I-iaj, Zora 

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Secretary Koks read a very comprehensive report on the activities of the 
Pevecka Jednota during the past year 

Treasurer Vanek presented the financial report, which showed the total in- 
come of the Jednota, ^94.06, and expenses, ^98.57, leaving a net balance 
of ^95.49 deposited in the Lawndale State Bank. In addition to this the 
Jednota has lent some money to some individual societies, to wit: ^200 to 
the Cesky Delnicky Sbor, and ;^25 to Dalibor. Thus, if the travel fund, 
amounting to ;^22, and the library of music, the value of which is ovar 
$1,000, are added, the assets of the Jednota amount to $1,742.49. 

The librarian reported that a number of valuable volumes have recently been 
acquired, of which Rud. Vohanka's oratorio "Jan Hus" (John Huss), merits special 


Dennl Hlaaatel. Nor. 1, 1915* 

The Ceska Peyecka Spolecnoat Lyra's Celebration of Its 
Forty-Fifth Azmiversary 

It seems that we are gradiially getting old. Perhaps we nay not be 

noticing it so much in ourselves, but the facts talk to us in a dry and ^ 

unmistakable language of heartless figures that remind us of our age and ^ 

force us to turn our thoughts again and again toward the past, and to see p 

again the march of our own acts and the events of the past* These acts and ^ 

events cane to us from far away, from the springtime of our lives, and lead S 

us in our memories to the less distant summer, vAiich the autumn of our S 

earthly pilgrimage is more likely to recall with exactness, and is therefore 

in a ccmparatively better position to pass judgment, basing Jud^nent on 

experience, and projecting it into the future that leads \is, slowly but 

surely, into oxir winter* If the Judgment passed by the autumn of our 

life (xa. the deeds of the spring and summer is unfavorable and unsatisfactory, 

the approaching winter creates a feeling of displeasure with ourselves* 


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But if we are in a position to recall that we have acoc»iplished at least a few 
things that are worth while, the winter does not deprive us of the ability 
to go on and do some more, it does not deprive us of the zest of life 
marked with accomplishment, it does not kill the love aad enthusiasm which 
bless our work; our spirit remains young, and its bl08s<»is, though late, 
frequently ripen into wholesome and fragrant fruit in our fall. 


This aging does not apply to individuals only* It is the same with the -=1 

whole. Including its various associations and organizations. This we see '— 

very well in the life of Bohemian America. Of course, it is not yet old ^ 

but we feel that it is getting aged. There were several indications of it o 
last year, very definite indications, iriien a number of our national institutions co 

commemoiated, not their twenty- fifth, but their fiftieth anniversaries* S 

Bohemian America is aging; with it are aging its institutions, and with '^ 
them are aging we ourselves. 

The Ceska Pevecka Spolecnost Lyra (Bohemian Singing Society Lyra) is aging 

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also* This fact it had a splendid opportunity to realize last Saturday 
night nhen it recalled in a dignified celebration at the Libuse hall that 
it has existed in Chicago for full forty- five years. But it could also 
realize that, notwithstanding the years, it is not old and that, having 
done such a great deal of good for the cultural life of Bohemian Chicago, ^ 
it is sure to be looking in youthlike freshness to new accompliahraents in ,^ 

the future • ^ 

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lyra has always been a good and willing worker, cmd because it has succeeded ^, 
in overcoming many an obstacle and difficulty by a love of art and by £ 

enthusiasm « both of which continue to grace it to the present day, it is 
certain to celebrate, rejuvenated by its aging, not only its golden Jubilee, 
but several more to follow. 

Lyra's beginnings go into the seventies. They were not exactly the most 
auspicious, bat the patience and enthusiasm which the society put into its 
work have easily overcome all obstacles and have kept on Improving its own 


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conditions* Its first conductor and instructor, R. Pitte, was follcwed by 
many others, each of them leading the society to new successes which were 
particularly impressive during the time vdien its membership was greatly 
increased by the absorption of the Damaky Fevedicy Sbor Lada (Ladies* 
Singing society Lada), and a school for young singers was founded. 

But later on the lyra had to go through stormy periods, overcome new, grave 
obstacles. Doubling up on the work, it succeeded agedn and has arrived 
where we find it today, rich in membership, not only active but also 
contributing. Lyra*8 president is now Dr. L. Wedeles. Its vice-president 
is Mrs. Marie Mueller; secretary, Mr. F. iHayer; treasurer. Miss A. Radous; 
librarian, Mr. J. Lukes; and financial secretaoy, Mr. V. Tesar. 

We should fail in our duty if we did not mention some of the greater works 
with which Lyra has made our public acquainteds **TQman A Lesni Fanna** (Toman 
and the Woods Maiden— ^a Slavic Mythological character, a sylph), "Svanda 
Dudak** (Svanda — name implies humor, fun — the Piper), "Slib Za Feci" 


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(Promise behind the Oven), Svatba Frl Lucemach (Wedding with LautemSf 
or Stoim Lights), "Zadny Uuz A Tollk Devcat** (No' Man and so Many Girls) » 
"Fatinlca," »»Glrofle-GirofIa,» "Krai Oedlp" (King Oedipus), "Vilem Tell" 
(William Tell), and "Zvonlcy Comeyillslce** (Bells of Comevllle)* 

Saturday's concert ran comparatlTely smoothly under Dr* J. D* Novak's 
baton* • • • • 

It is well to mention that Vitezslav Novak's magnificent choral composition 
"Nescasna Vojna* (Unfortunate War) was produced in Chicago Saturday for the 
first time***** 



After the concert a supper was Berved* •••during which^* ••speeches and § 
musical selections kept those assembled entertained* •**• 

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Denrii Elttsatel , June 20, 1915 « 

An Arterr.atii to the oinginc Contest 
in Rivervie^v iark — Cream for the Hosts, 
Skim I ilk for Guests 

A vreek has passed since the creat sin^inc contest r:as held under the auspices 
of the wsll-knov.n Polish sincinc society x'ilaroci in I-iiverviev; r'ark, rhe 
singing; societies of all nationalities represented in Chicago v;ere invited '^ 
to this contest, all but the Germans — naturally enough — whose presence vras C^ 
out of the luestion because the contest v;as held for the benefit of v/ar- ^ 
destroyed Poland, Because of our bitterness over, and dissatisfaction v.lth, 2 
its outcome, o-ly a short article abcut the contest v/as published in one of ^ 
our previous issues, but that article doss not seem to be q.uite sufficient t^ 
nov;, ",/e are therefore returning; to the discussion of the contest and v/e are 
doing so after h-.vinc cooled dov.n, considered and reconsidered the matter, 
and read vhat has been published about it in other newspapers, particularly 
the j^nerican ones, v/hich after all, should be considered by all of us as the 


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most iraportant ones. 

Anong those invited b;/ the roles v/ere the Bohemians. They v/ere best represented _^ 

by the Gesl<a Lstredni i evecka Jednota (Federation of ^ioheitaan Singing Socie- -^ 

ties). .. very large nxinber of our people arrived in .-^iverview park v;ith the "^ 

Istredni jed::ota, a good n.any of our lovers of chorus singinj a:r.onr; then, in C 

fact so many that in some sections of the i-ark nothing else v.-as heard but ^ 

the iiohenian lani^niage. ihus it njay be said ttiat the contest caused the 2 

assenblinr- oi the song-loving part of our elite v.ho did not nind the expense ^ 

and dainagcs, vji.ich no doubt the ladies foxmd to be considerable the following !^ 
morning v;hen they inspected their dresses and slippers, v;hich \:ere soiled 
by the flood and stained by mud and sticky loam into which they had been 
conducted by the hosts and in v/hich they stood for several hours. 

Cur people v/ere v/illing to suffer these inconveniences in the definite 


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expectation that these v.'ould "oe conpensated Tor, in the satisfaction 
of seeing our Ustredni Jednota win one of the best prizes of the contest. 
This '.vas a general expectation, because the Lstredni xevecka Jednota sang 
their chorus — one v/hich we have heard them sing nany times — especially v/ell, 
with nev; zest and liveliness, and v.itlL a freslmess of feeling vrhich was 
apparent in the beautiful v;ay the leading voices rounded up the phrasing o 
of the composition, liverj'-thine in tte singing sliov/ed that Conductor Hess i^ 
did all that he, or anybody else, could do to iiake the presentation an un- S 
qualified success. Aside "roH this, the odruzeni sang a chorus vjhich, in <-" 
beauty of vocal distribution and voltine of tonal qualities, excelled the 
performances of all the otter contestants v/hon v;e heard. 

.;e heard the Croat iai:s, the Lithuanians, the Ukrainians, but not until vte 
heard the ov/edes, in tiaeir Glee Club, did v/e warm up. Ihey sang very nicely. 
Tliere v;ere not many of them, but what vocal material they did possess! 
Their voices were rather evenly distributed, even if the tenor department 



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was soir.ewhat v/eak, a shortconin^-: that see'^sd to be the ^iChilles' 
heel of all the choruses in the contest. Ihe songs rendered by the Svredes 
y/as not the happiest choice, but v.e liked the precision and liveliness of ^ 
their presentation. They v/ere follovred by the l^ssians, the Jerbs, and r" 
finally the Bohenians. ..e tried to suppress the feeling: that it v/as o\ir ^ 
countrymen sincins, ir. order to form a truly unbiased opinion and listened o 
for minor deficiencies and vreaknesses v/here there v;ere, pei-haps, none in ^ 
fact. Dut iu spite of that vie could not avoid a happy enotion whicli seized S 
us after the first fev; bars. V;e vrere surprised by the quality of the vocal «5^ 
raterial, the high degree to v/liich the voices v;ere trained, and both the 
emotional and dynamic phrasing, for the latter of v;hich :ir. i.ess merits a 
special con^^ratulation. ..'e thougiit that one of the best prizes was "in 
the bag". ..11 vie vianted to know v;as which one it would be, and v/e listened, 
therefore, with increased attention to the choruses v/hich followed, ^hey 
v;ere the Slovaks, the roles, and the llorv/egians. 

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The Poles did rather well, the niuaber of singers v/as very large, and -,:^ 
there v/ere paid, professional singers among then; they sang a very beautiful -^ 
composition, cut i.i spite of all this ..e couldn't rrov/ enthusiastic. ..e 3 
much preferred the .'or.vegians, althoug}-! the quality of their voices prevented r^ 
them froin achieving comBlete success. tj 

?ron our obssirvations v;e thought the prizes would be divided betv;een the Lj 
Sv;edes, tlie -oher.iians, and tlie . or.vegians. ..e never gave the roles a thought, [^ 
because v/e did not expect thei.i to be so tactless as to compete for a prize '-^ 
in a contest they had arranged for their guests, v;ho should have been first 
in their consideration, a fact which slio\ild also have been borne in mind 
by the jury v;hich made the final decision. The jury v;as anything but 
impartial, Ihis v/as proven by their decision, v/hich flattered the roles 
q.uite out of any proportio:~ to their achieveraent . 

The results of the contest ./ere announced at 9 ?. I'. Prior to the 

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aimouncenent t'.ore v/as a concert in v;hich Ooher choruses as v;ell as S: 
Polish were permitted to take part, curs used this occasion to shov/ their -j^ 
mettle by presenting Ihrorak's beautiful Yeno" (Dov/er) , vrhich, of course, '^ 
could not be considered in the result of the conpetition because at that ^ 
time the gentlenen of the jury v;ere dif:estinf; their sumptuous dinner on -t> 
the porch of the Casino and their verdict iiad already been agreed upon. o 


The first prize «ent to the Polish society Filareci. The displeasure caused § 

by this decision v;as ap^iarent irmediatoly after it had been announced, xlie 

3v/edes and the iohenians tied for the second prize, each receiving: three 

votes, i.'one of the jixry would yield, and tlie issue had to be decided by 

a drav;. l.r. Less and the conductor of the Glee Club v;ere each asked to 

take a number froni a box. The Glee Club conductor's nu-.ber v/as the smaller 

so the second prize '^'ent to the avedes and a gold medal, vmich v^as announced 

as second prize, but which vras actually third prize, v;eat to the Ceska 

Ustredni Peveclia Jednota. ilie I.'or'.Tef^ians liad to be satisfied with an 

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honorable mention. 

Well, never mind. Disregarding the tactlessness of the Poles, we have 
received recognition. The Ustredni Jednota can well be satisfied with the 

experience it has gained. It should be particularly pleased with the p 

remarks made about it by the music critic of the Chicago Herald . There is ^ 

no question about its ability and artistic capacity. These will always ^ 

match the qualities of the Poles, and the Ustredni Jednota should therefore ^- 

untertake to arrange a singing contest itself. We are certain that this o 

contest would arouse still greater interest, and that the Jednota would ^ 
not act as the Poles did. We know its tact. 


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The Pevecka Spolecnost Bedrich Smetana (Singing Society Bedrich Smetana) has 2 
appeared twice before the public within a comparatively short period of time, i^ 
Each time its performance has been unusually significant. First it showed r* 
its ability in the successful performance of Elodek's opera, ^^T Studni" (In x 
the ,7ell) , in the Sokol Chicago Hall on December 3, 1913, and now it has o 
earned new and greater laurels by its masterful presentation of Dr. C. Loewe's ^ 
oratorio, "John Kuss". The oi-atorio, "John Huss," is a monumental composition ^ 
which, even though it was not composed by a Bohemian, is a dignified expression '^ 
of piety in honor of the memory of our martyr from Constance, who, from a 
little cottage in the south of Bohemia, went through his martyrdom to the 
Pantheon of world history, and about whom a poet's inspired pen wrote that 
"above the handful of his ashes he sees even the stars' reflection in the 
Khine shiver in modesty". 

In beautiful Orchestra Hall on Michigan Avenue, from whose platform many of 

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the most famous artists have thrilled aristocratic audiences, and which has 
been frequently the scene of the brilliant successes of Fate's favored chil- 
dren who have procressed step by step to glory on the road of the divine -u 
arts — in the Orchesti'a Kail Bohemian singing sounded the stirring pre- _^ 
lude to the innuriierable rites and celebrations which will cor.'iirienorate the p 
quincentenary anniversary of the burning at the stake of John Huss through- "-" 
out the civilized world, but particularly throughout Bohemian America. It ^ 

cannot be denied that July 6, 1915 offers the Bohemians in America an excel- 
lent opportunity to pay a debt of honor -.vhich they ov/e, especially under the 
present abnormal conditions, to the old country. The quincentenary anniver- 
sary of John Huss' death will certainly not be observed there as had been 
planned. Since it is impossible to commemorate properly the greatest son of 
Bohemia on his own native soil, in that cultural retreat between Snezka ^he 
highest mountain in the Riesengebirg^ and the pensive Cerchov ^he highest 
aountain in the Bohemian Forss^, which vms the home of the great reformer 
and the scene of his noble work, it is up to us who live under more forttinate 
circumstances, in freer surroundings and out of the reach of persecution by 


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the Austrian government, to do so here. 

The opening to these celebrations was yesterday's performance by a group of -c 
our singers, which we are completely justified in calling a very successful .^ 
perforir.ance in every respect. p 

The Pevecka Spolecnost Bedrich Smetana had to select the oratorio '♦John Huss," g 
even though it was not composed by a Bohemian, because there is not a single 
large and significant choral work in the v/hole Bohemian musical literature 
that refers to the tragic death of John Huss. 7/hat could not be found at 

home was found in the German musical world The music is by Dr. C. Loewe 

and the libretto, by Dr. August Zeun. The Bohemian translation \vas prepared 
by Dr. V. J. Dvorak, and the English translation, for programs, by Mr. 
Frantisek Zajicek. Both are very satisfactory. 

Loewe' s profound and beautiful oratorio v/as sung for the first time in America 
yesterday, and considering the fact that it was produced by amateurs, its 

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first appearance was excellent. 

The orchestral accompaniment left nothing to be desired; niimbers of the 
^hicago/ Symphony Orchestra, reinforced by a number of our own most accom- 
plished musicians were the performers. 



The public interest in the affair was demonstrated by the huge attendance. 

The Pevecka Spolecnost sang to a full house Half of the net :^rofit goes ^ 

to one of the most worthy of our institutions, our Ceska Utulna A Sirotcinec 
(Bohemian Old Peoples' Home and Orphanage). 

The oratorio, which required a great deal of practicing and rehearsing, will 
be produced once more. This, no doubt, will be on the occasion of the main 
celebration of John Hues' anniversary, which will be arra^iged by a committee 
representing all of our Free-Thoughx. associations, in the Auditoriiim on July 6, 


Dennl Hlasatel , May 6, 1915. 


Yesterday, the cozy Libuse hall on 12th Boulevard (sic) was the scene of a ^ 

concert by two Bohenian-Merican artists who succeeded in delighting their ^ 

audience both by their judicious musical selection and by their very accom- <=i 

plished performance. They were the violinist, Mr. Karel V. Hrych, until r^ 

recently a pupil of the well-known school of Mr. J, F. Pribyl, but today a -o 

serious artist who has entered the arena of artistic competition, and the o 

already fully recognized piano virtuoso, Mr. Eduard Vlaciha, '^ 


The concert was arranged with astute artistic understanding, the program bear- 
ing witness to Mr. Hrych* s serious aspirations. His rendition of Pablo de 
Sarasate»s "GjTpsy Airs'* was received by a veritable storm of applause. 

Mr. Vlaciha* s technical accomplishmait was best shown in Haydn* s ♦*Elf Dance", 
and also in Dvorak* s rapturous "Andante", 

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This v/as follov/ed by Llr. Hrych's rendition of Ambrosius* melodious "Canzo- 
netta" and I.'usin*s "Concert V/alta" and "Mazurlca". 

llr. Ylaciha played tv/o short compositions by Chopin, LeseticlQ'»s "llazurka," ^^ 
LialovMs "L-usic Box," and crovraed his performance v/ith 'Jieniawski»s "Valse 3 

De Concert," v/hich is a real jewel of piano ruisic. 


The program was concluded by Hr. Hrych who pleased the audience with the some- 
what sentimental "Souvenir" by Drdla, and Sevcik*s bizarre variations on the 
Bohemian folk song "Holka Modrooka" (Ilie Blue-Eyed Girl). 




Denni Klasatel . Ijay ?, 1915. 


A large and distinguished audience assembled yesterday afternoon in the Pilsen 
Sokol hall in order to hear our violin virtuoso, Miss Mignonette Schruta, in a 
concert which, as far as its artistic merit is concerned, was among the finest 
musical events of this season. The debutante, in spite of her youth, is matur- 
ing into one of the finest and most accomplished artists among us..... She is not ^ 
only a talented performer, but also a composer of great promise. 




The program opened with Vieuxtemps' great violin concerto in D Minor. Miss !^ 
Schruta has found an ideal interpreter of her songs in Miss Slla Kovar. Shorter 
violin selections, such as Borow3ki*s "Adoration," Schubert's "Bee," and V/eiding's 
•♦Venetian Serenade," as well as her own "Idyl," and Volpe*s brilliant and extreme- 
ly difficult "Mazurka" were played with perfect technique and deep musical under- 

Miss Kovar then sang a group of songs, and in conclusion, Miss Schruta played a 

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Bach "Prelude," Kreisler*s sparkling "Caprice" and V.'ieniav-'ski's "Polonaise", t3 



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Svery Saturday, beginning today, LlisG rtlbiaa Sladek vrf.ll give free instructions^ 

in Bohemian folk singing to our youth in Dvorak Park, Llay and SOth Streets, > 

There will be tv70 classes this year, one for children between six and ten p 

years of age, and ono for children between ten and fourteen. The classes C 

begin at 4 P.M. 2g 


Miss Sladek is a piano teacher and for some years has been giving vocal co 
lessons. She desires to devote her free time to o\ir children and in their Ci 
early youth acquaint them with the beauties of our old folk songs,,.,. ^ 

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Yesterdays Perfornance of "Stabat I.-uter" 1 roved "That 
'..'e Could Do Tory I.'.uch If '..'e Vj anted To 

7*8 have v;ritten ir. the last few days tlvit vie expect a r^re treat iii the -o 
presentation of Dvof-'k's iiii-iorti.l "3tabat :.:ater" a nore a.- hitious attenrit ^^ 
than has previous2.y been nade a-^ionf us. f- 

'..•e v;ere not disappointed 1:1 the least. Cn the contrar;^, v/o .re afraid that 
vie villi not bo able to find the v/ords v.dth v;hich to express our appreciation 
of the tir.e, the './or::, and the p-itienco, v/hich the nenbers of the Ceska 
Cstfedni i-evecka Jednota ("edorrtion of Bohe^-^ian Sin^inp; Societies) have 
devoted to the study and perforrr.^nco of an outstandir.'- v;ork v;hich is today 
considered one of the rr^ost difficult nodern oratorios. 

Yesterday* s concert of the tstrednl Pevecka Jednota, at v.'hicb Dvorak's 
"3tabat I.later" v;as the hij-h point, v/as porforr.ed in such a nanner as to cive 





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credit to ar.d v.lthstand the criticisris of a "?.udolf iniu;!" , /-i f-med concert 
hall of l'r::irra3 Icnown for concerts cf the veiy firot oruor/ or -iny other ::-reat 
.Viusic or concert hall in Boha'.ia, v/hore the criterion by v.'hich an Lirtistic 
porfor.'.uince is r.easured is ir.oro severe thaii here in /c.erica, and especially 
in Bohenian x^-^aerica. 

-vfter the lonr; r'-ears of nrsic?.! barrenness yesterdus^'^s concert v.'as refresh- 'p: 
inc. Vi'e do not exarperate in the least vrhon v;e s-.y that yesterday "3tabat r; 
Llater** v;as produced in such a vjay as to cive us — for the' first tine in fifty -c 


^rears— -an incentive to find ourselves, an urpe to do *nore. g 

-ind v/e can do nore, if v/e want to. '.Je have the material, the strenr-th, and jo 
the ability to fxmction properly. ^J.1 that is needed to put them in operation *'^ 
is a Measure of recognition of our accomplishjients by the f^eneral public. If 
the public v;ould shov/ a (greater int-^-rest in artistic activities, a more 
abundant life than that v/e have lived heretofore would develop. 

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Yestorday v:e found ourselves ;jjid showed nore clearly than ever before that 
if 7;e cared, v;e could do -.vonders. It seeris th-it v;e need a nan who v/ould ,^ive 
us the iripulse to v;or}c v.lthout regard tc obstacles in our p--;th. 

Our Ijstfednf I-ovecka Jednota, inspired by the enthusiasm of its conductor, _ 

Professor J". L'.aly, seons to have acquired nev; youth in yesterday* s accomplish- ^ 

ment. Professor l!al<' is a nan v;ho is not sfraid of difficulties he will be ^-^ 

sure to r.eet i:: the study and prep-iration of such a daring composition as the p 
oratorio "Stabat L^ater". 

The oratorio v;as preceded by a recular concert nrocx^sr. of three selections !^~ 

for men's voices, Tvio of these have been heard here before: Snetana's 1^ 

"Veno" (Dedication), and Tovacovsky's "Vlasti" (To The Fatherland), The Ic?:' 
singing of these tv;o numbers did not rise above the averar;e, 

A nev/ number v^as the cor'position by J, 3, Foerster, "Polni Ccstou" (Ey a 
Path throuch the Field), The men's chorus sane; it ver^r delicately and with 

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the proper nuances, depict in^^ a funereal procession sincins and riarching 
sadly through the fields. 

After a short interval, "Stabat l.Iater" \7as pres.ented. 

About this work vie have often v.-ritten. In its ten long parts this oratorio 
expresses in song the pain of a notner '.vhose son v/as crucified. It vias begun 
very beautifully •.7ith a quartet and r.ixed chorus. Itie chorus did full justice 
to the fine crcidation of this part v/hich was sung v;ith adirdrable understanding. 

The second part of the oratorio is a •'luartet of outstandinn: beauty. The third 
part is technically very difficult and highly melodious. The fourth part v;as 
characterized by a solo v/liich was most beautifully rendered and which v/as 
accompanied by a nixed chorus. The fifth part reninds of a Handel fugue, but 
it has a purely Bohemian character. Tlie sixth p::>rt v:as less effective be- 
cause its solos v;ere sung by a -..eaker voice which could not compete v/ith the 
volume of sound of a male chorus. 





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But to compensate for this deficiency, the seventh part was 3\mfz beautifully, 
and the r.ixed chorus covered itself v;itb glory. The ninth part l-icc^^ ^ 
little, but the tenth made up for that. Its alto solo is considered one of 
the most beautiful parts of the or-itorio. It is the most melodious one of the ^ 
whole composition. The v;hole chorus and the soloist v;ere especially success- ^ 
ful in rendering the centr--il phrase of the theme. The more rapid tem.po in ^^^ 
"/jtien" seemed a little confusii::' for the singers but soon the chorus caupht p 
the beat to perfection and finished with a t'^randeur v;hich did full justice "I^ 
to the text. 




The oratorio v;as rendered by a chorus of tv.o h-;jidred voices, a quartet consist- 
ins of Lrs, L. Topinka (soprano), ::i.-js Ella IColaf (alto), Josef Kurt (tenor ),«» G. Holmciuist, an orchestra of twenty-one musicians, and a piano and organ 
which were used for accompaniment,- 

In her solo parts and in the ^uartet I.iss 211a Kolaf captured the attention 
of the audience by her strone clear voice of a caliber v;e usually associate 

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with professionals. It is interastinp; to note that Lliss 211a Kolaf is a recent 
graduate of the Sesky Delnicky Pevecky Sbcr {Boheraian V/orkincmen  s Singing 
Society). Its members can be justly jroud of their accomplished pupil, 

Mrs. Louise Topinka was her usual fine self and displayed her art to the 
f\illest extent. 

Lir. G. Holr.ruist possesses a voice which is both strong and sympathetic, and p 
of a very v/ide range. -t3 

Ivlr. Josef Hurt*s tenor voice and his bearinr are very pleasant. Unfortunately ^ 
his voice v^as completely drowned out by that of Lir. HoL'nquist. S 

L!r. L'aly conducted the oratorio in an excellent manner. It was evident that 
he had given much time to its study, a fact which speaks v/ell for him. 

The members of the orchestra v/ere selected by our great virtuoso L'r, ii^antisek 
Illadky, and the conductor, Lir. Lai 3^, had then under full control. 



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The attendance was fairly larf-:e, considering the weather. But it should have 
been much larger, because so nuch depended on the attendance from the financial 
point of view. The expenses of this performance vdll be covered, and they 
were quite considerable, but no profit is expected, v/hich is a pity. 

The public should have shown a greater desire for co-operation v;ith the manage- [^ 
ment by a large attendance, and the same applies to our Bohemian societies. ^ 
llany times our public and our societies support an undertaking v/hich brines r= 
them neither material nor moral return. V/e knov/ also that our societies <- 
frequently ask the I^stfedni Peveckd Jednota for help in filling progroias at ^ 
their entertainments, and they are n^ver refused. The indiffer^ce tov;ard 
yesterday's concert indicates that the tjstfedi Pevecka Jednota should be more 
careful in choosing its patrons. 

Of all the Bohemian societies, the only one v/hich acted in the proper spirit 
was Sokol Slavsky. They cajie without being su:;j:oned, .'jid of such societies, 
there should be many more. 



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Had the Ostrednf Pevecka Jednota met v/ith the financial success that vie had 
hoped for, vre should have been inclined to plead v;ith its menbership to repeat 
"Stabat Later" — if it is at all possible — for the benefit of those who are less 
favored with v;orldly goods and who, we are sure, v/ould be extremely grateful 
for an opportunity to hear this composition. 






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coimiSTS OF tie; Slavonic singing societies 

Recently we published a report regarding the contest of the Slavonic singing 
societies, in which the Cesko-Americky Delnicky Pevecky Sbor (Bohemian-American 
Workingraen's Singing Society) won the first prize. The second prize was ^ 
awarded to the Serbian Singing Society, and the third prize was given to the ^ 
Spojeny Slovansky Sokol Spevokol (United Slavonic Sokol Singing Circle). p 

This latter made the statement that it did not expect the prize, and that all ^ 
credit for this success was due to their very active teacher, Rudolph Bubenicek, ^ 
vrtio lifted them to their present height of accomplishment in a very short time, ^ 

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At last, and after a Ion?-, lon-r tine, our thirst for real art, real m\isic, 
and son^: has been quenched. In fact we felt transported^^ as if "by rna^^ic, to 
somev;here in the old country, to Pra^Tue, to .^adolfinurn /_a famous concert hall 
in Pra.Piue/ . 

This illusion was creat^'d by yesterday's concert of the Cesky Delnicky Pevecky 
Sbor (Bohemian /orkinrmen's Sinp'inp; Society), '.vhich '.'/as held in the Sokol Hzen £ 

hall It was the Society's rerTilar annual v/inter performance, and we are ^ 

happy to say that in quality it vras the best we have witnessed in the past ten :^ 




Dennf Hlasatel, Dec. 4, 1913. 

A BOHiailAN 0P3RA. 
The Pevecka Spolecnost '*Bedrich anetana" Triximph in 

Sokol Chicago Hall 

Many of our countrymen had a vtiiy wonderful, and a long-awaited treat in the 3> 

Sokol Chicago Hall last night. The treat was prepared by the Pevecka ^ 

Spolecnost (Singing Society) Bedrich Smetana, which gave them an opportunity C 

to hear again — after a long, long time — a Bohemian opera on a Bohemian stage. Ig 

The Society presented the Vt'ell-known and verj' popular comic opera "V Studni" o 

(In the Well) by Vilem Blodek U. 

We do not hesitate to say that the performance was one of which even the 
Narodni Divadlo (National Theater) in Prague might justly have been proud. 
The performance was perfect in every detail, and the performers sang and acted 
very v;ell. ^ere a column and a half is devoted to the description — mostly 
laudatory — of the individual perfomiances of the amateur singers and the 
parts they sang, the make-up, stage arrangements, etc^ 


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A large orchestra, under the able direction of Lir. Adolf Erst, played. The 
rendition of .uiton Dvort.k*s l>ia Vlast (Lfy Homeland), with v/hich the evening 
of music opened, was enough to cuarantee the success of the evening. 

Without exaggeration it may be said that the Pevecka Spolecnost Bedrich 
Smetana has in its membership a large number of genuinely talented people, 
of amateurs who are artists deserving of praise from the critics. ;.e do 
hope that after this success the Society will not hesitate to attempt some- 
thing even more ambitious. Perhaps — anyway, rumors have been heard to the 
effect that v;e may yet hear our "Prodana Nevesta" (Bartered Bride), during 
this season. iVe have the artistic material; all that v/e need is courage. 
With such a conductor as Lir. Erst, things may be accomplished which would 
otherwise be considered impossible. How about suggeoting that all our sing- 
ing societies take up this idea and do something about it? 







Denni Hlasatel . June 25, 1913. 

Bohemian songs reverberated yesterday in the beautiful Hanson Park through- 
out the entire afternoon. About one hundred Bohemian singers, men and women, 
members of various Bohemian singing societies, met there for an open-air 
rehearsal in order to hear hov; their singing will sound when they v/ill per- 
form next Sunday at the Slavonic Day, The singers assembled in Mr. Rohlicek's 
garden restaurant on 64th Avenue, and after partaking of refreshments, they 
sang the four chorals they will present next Sunday under Mr, Karel Coufal*s 

,.,. Another rehearsal will be held next VJednesday at the Vojta Kaprstek 
school. The presence of all those who v;ill sing at the Slavonic Day is 
urgently requested 

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■nie Ceska Ustredni Pevecka Jednota (Federation of Bohemian Singing Societies) 
held its convention Saturday night at the Bobisud Hall on Kedzie Avenue, next 
door to Sokol Chicago. This convention of our central end most important 
organization of Bohemian singing societies in America was opened at 9 P. ^', 
by its president, }JIt, Antonin Vanek. He welcomed all delegates and press repre- 
sentatives? , requesting the latter to give the convention all the publicity it 
deserves, bearing in mind that the purpose of the convention is not only the 
transaction of business, but also the promotion of acquaintance and friendship 
between Individual societies and their members 




At the convention the following societies were represented by their delegates: 
Lyra; Damsky Odbor Peveckeho Sboru Karel Karx (Ladies' Association of the Sing- 
ing Society Karel Marx); Karel Bendl; Pevecky Odbor Vzdelavaciho Sboru Stvrti 


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IVardy (Sinr^ing Society of the Fourth V/ard iilducational Association); Pevecky 
Odbor Sokola Chicago Dalibor (Singing Society of Sokol Chicarc, Dalibor) ; 
Karel Marx; Cesko-Delnicky Pevecky Sbor (Bohemian- American V/orkingmen*s 
Sinking Society) ; and Lunir, Sach society was represented by three to five 



After the presentation of credentials, the convention elected Antonin Tanek ^ 
as its chairman, and Dr. Leopold 'Vedeles secretary,. .. .who read the Jednota»s . S 
detailed report for the past year, of v/hich we are publishing only the more <^ 
important parts. The Jednota held regular monthlj'" meetings, in addition to 
two special meetings. It sent a cable to tha Pevecky Sbor Prazskych Ucitelu 
(Prague Teachers' Singing Society), congratulating them on their victory in 
the International Singing Contest held in Paris, The Jednota gave a concert 
in the Coliseum, the net profit of which, although rather large, was pre- 
sented to the Jednota by the participating societies Two members of the 

Jednota were charged with the duty of raising funds for the upkeep of a model 

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chorus. Ihe Jednota received a protest from the Damsky Odbor Peveckeho 
Sboru Lyra (Ladies* Association of the Sinp-ing Society Lyra) against the 
proposal to send only men to the convention of Slavonic singing societies 
which will be held in 1915 in Prague, "r. K, Kratcchvil proposed to send 
both men and v;omen singers who would perform an opera, or at least some parts 
of an opera. The comnittee on arrangements purchased music from Bohemia for 
140 crowns 

According to the report of the treasurer, ?1r. Flcek, the Jednota' s income for 
the year was $804.82; expenses, $494.01; balance in the treasury, ^310.81 






The Jednota' s archivist, Kratcchvil, reported that there is music now 
available upon request for any member society for 154 choruses, of which 45 are 
mixed choruses, 32 for women's voices, and 57 for men's voices 

The report of the committee on arrangements disclosed the regrettable fact that 
so far all attempts to form a model chorus have met with failure The com- 
mittee had raised forty dollars for the purchase of new music and had decided 


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to acquire all newly published choral music which has appeared since 
January 1, 1913, and will appear in the future. 

The incoming correspondence was read, most of it consisting of letters of 
greetings. The Cesko-Delnlcky Pevecky Sbor calls attention to the singing 

school which it is conducting, not in order to receive material support, but § 

to ask the Jednota to stir up the interest of the general public, because up ^ 

to this time the running of the school has required financial sacrifices on ^ 

the part of the Sbor. cr 

For the coming year, the following men were unanimously elected: ^!^. S, Vanek, 
president; Dr. Leopold Wedeles, vice-president; Mr. Jaroslav Kosar, secretary; 
?4r. J. Krupar, treasurer; Mr. K. Kratochvil, archivist. All these form the 
executive committee which has the ri^ht to appoint other committees that may 
be necessary or desirable 

The convention committee presented its report together with the following 
three important proposals: The appointment of a competent, strict and 


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impartial critic; the selection of a correspondent to one of the musical 
journals appearing in Prague; the solution of the question of capable con- 


The first proposal provoked a lively and interestinpr discussion, durinc: \irtiich 
the complaint was heard that our newspapers in their reports summarily praise 
every recital, no matter how poor it may be. This custom is detrimental to 
the principal interests of the Jednota, and such reports are more than worth- 
less. A report, in order to be of some value, should point out impartially 
both the good and poor features of the performance. Only such criticism can 
be considered helpful and can result in general progress and improvement in 
the quality of oar singing The matter was referred to the executive com- 
mittee which will get in touch with our newspapers and try to bring about the 
desired change. The second proposal was also referred to the executive com- 
mittee, while the third was considered a problem to be taken care of individ- 
ually by the societies themselves. 



Mr. R. J. Psenka then suggested that the Jednota participate in the Olympic 


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Geunes which will take place in Chicago in the near future. It was decided ^ 

to approach Mr. UcCoimlck in this matter. Mr. Kosar suggested that the Jednota ^ 

aocompemy the expedition to the 1915 Sokolsky Slet (Sokol Festival) in Prague. P 

A substemtial niunber of members would travel with the expedition at least to ^ 

Clevelcmd, and possibly to New York, giving recitsLLs in these cities. Both g 

suggestions were referred to the executive committee and the committee on ^ 

arrangements for study and action..... ^ 


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gHmLLenge to sdtgsrs 

Herewith a call is being issued to all countrymen who love singing and 
have an understanding of its choral form, and particularly to those of 
thorn who are not yet members of some choral society. •••• 

The call is being issued with the idea of forming an active, enthusiastic 
body v.'hich v;ould be in a position to perform in a perfect v/ay the beautiful 
choral works of Bohemian composers and acquaint our Bohemian public and the 
American public in general with then. The choral sinsing does not depend 
upon compositions written some thirty or forty years ago. The present 
Bohemian composers are also keeping in step with v/orld progress in this 

But modem compositions require thorough study and practice... ..There are 
150,000 of us in Chicngo, and we should be able to organize a chorus 
similar to those of Bohemian and Moravian teachers viao carried av/ay the 

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first prize at the recent contest in Par is..... Only men and women v/ho agree 
to practice and attend rehearsals at Isast once a week v/ill be accepted 

Those who are interested should contact Dr. Leopold V.edeles at 2446 South 
Sawyer ^-venue, or Lir. ICarel Kratochvil at 1839 South ^^^hland Avenue, 

Ceska T^stfednf Pevecka Jednota (Central Bohemian Singing Society). 

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0P2RSTTA n: TKC CzacS Dr/rJ)LC 

This year's theatrical season, fortunately, has emphasised operettas. In 
previous years, an operetta was a rarity in our theaters and was limited 
mostly to Nev; Year's 2ve performances of sinking societies. This year, how- «c 
ever, -ve have seen three operettas, and all three in the short space of a 5 
few v;eeks. Therefore, it is that .-luch more .^ratifyin^ to state that their <=:. 
quality v/as above the average , especially v/hen one realizes that our so- p 
cieties have few sinners among them. Last ni -ht the Ceske Divadlo (Bohemian 
Theater) introduced the popul- r operetta, "Llamzel Nitouche," which many of 
us certainly remember from the visit of Llrs. Zie^ler /ai very popular and gay 
light opera sin,:er from Prague/. The operetta was :.:resented under the name 
"Slecna Svutousek" (Miss Saintliness) and v/as given for the benefit of Di 
Mrs, Lhotsky...,who has reason to be pleased with the moral and financial 
success of the evening 



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....A very old play which is still attracting huge audiences, "Mylnar A 
Jeho Dite" ( Miller and His Child) vius iiiost uuocessfully perfonaed by our 
v/ell-established group of amateurs, the Ceske Divadlo (Bohenian Theater).,, 



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Denni Hlaaatel, July 1, 1912. 

Last night was a real Bohemian night at the Coliseum, a beautiful night which 
gave us much to consider and think over about how different things could be 
among us if we wanted them to be and if we at least showed more interest. 
Last night proved that among us there are not only foundations upon which 
further building could take place, but that there is material here with which 
to build. A structure built upon these foundations and with this material 
would not be a atructure of temporary beauty, but would arouse interest and 
attention and be so strong that it would be impossible to destroy it under 
any circumstance or by the simple caprice of a few individuals* 

It is impossible for us to vnrite about yesterday's concert from a musical 
steuidpoint. We are not expertly trained musicians, and our superficial 
knowledge of music in no way suffices for strict criticiam, whereby we would 
be fooling not only ourselves and our readers, but we would be jesting about 





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the whole affair Therefore we will content ourselves not with any 

criticism, but with a simple reference — with a plea that our readers accept 
it as such. 

We doubt that since the time »4ien the Sokol Day was held six or seven years 
ago, the Coliseum has witnessed such a really Bohemian demonstration as the 
one last night. The attendance was not as large as it was on that above- 
mentioned occasion, nor was it as large as it could have been were it not for 
our carelessness and indifference. However, the demonstration was equally 
Bohemian, genuine, and sincere, and it would seen to us even more noble and 
beautiful because Bohemian art, Bohemian song and music in all its strength -_a 
and beauty, was presented for the spiritual pleasure of Bohemian and non- 
Bohemians as well. 





Last night was the first of such nights set aside by the management of the "^ 

Coliseum for music-and song-loving people v4io live in Chicago. The first 

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of these evenings was reserved for us Bohemians. 

The Ceska Ustfednl Peyecka Jednota (Federation of Bohemian Singing Societies) 
took charge of the arrangements for the evening. Credit for the success of 
of the concert goes to Mr. Anton Vanek, president of the Ceska Ustfednl 
Fevecka Jednota and to Mr. J. Ealas, their leader. 


We congratulate the Ceska Hstredni Fevecka Jednota on its success, and we 

thank it in the name of our readers for the genuine holiday treat in Bohonian 

song and music which it brought to all of us. ^ 



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In v/hat v;as forrr.erly I^adous Hall, nov; ov;ned by LIr, .i. Zima, at the corner of ^ 
Laflin and 18th Streets, there vas held last Saturday the annual convention ^ 
of the Geska Ustredni Pevecl^a Jednota (Federation of Bohenian Singinc -z^ 

Societies) to v/hich the followinc singing societies belong: Pevecka ^ 

Spolecnost Lyra (Lyra Singinf^ Society); Gesky Delnicky Pevecky Sbor (Bohenian 
'.'.'orkincnien's Singing Society), together with its wonen*s section, Laj; 
Pevecky. Sbor Iferel Bendl (Karel Bendl Singing Society); Pevecky Sbor Karel 
Marx (Karel Iv'arx Singing Society), together v.lth its Y;omen*s group; Peveck;:,'- 
Sbor Dalibor (Dalibor Singing Society); Pevecky Sbor Volnost (Volnost Sing- oi 
ing Society); Peveck;/ Sbor Stvrty 'Vardy (Fourth '.'.'ard Singing Society); 
Hrvatske Pevecky Druzstvo Zora (Croatian Singing Society Zora); Pevecky Sbor 
Lumir (Lumir Singing Society); Pevecky Sbor Dvanacty '.Vardy (T^''elfth 'Vard 
Singing Society), These tv/elve societies of viiich the Geska Ustredni 
Pevecka Jednota is conposed sent their accredited delegates to the conven- 
tion v;hich filled the lower hall to capacity shortly after 8 P.Li. 



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The convention v;as brought to order by the temporary chaiimon, l^x, Oldrich 
Harnach, The election of convention officerc then follovred, and I,lr. Harnach 
was elected chairman by acclamation; L'r. Frank Zivny of Lyra v;as elected 
vice-chaiiman; K. Kratochvil of Cesky Delnicky Pevecky 3bor v;as elected 

The next order of business was the reading of comrmni cations. Dr. Bilek, 
a menber of the Delnicky Pevecky 3bor, sent his best v;ishes to the Ustredni 
Pevecka Jednota for its concert in the Coliseum and regretted that, since he 
is tv;enty-five hundred r.iles away, he v.lll be unable to participate in the 
joint appearance of the Bohemian sincers. 

The following proposals which v/ere discussed came from individual societies. 
The Karel Bendl obor proposed that societies reject applications for member- 
ship fron persons v^o have been suspended from other societies for nonpayment 
of dues. It also made a motion that societies belonging to the Ustredni 
Pevecka Jednota should not arrange entertainments on conflicting dates, 
/The reason for the first proposal v/as thatT some moribers have been knoxra to 






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leave one society because they have not paid their dues and then seek ad- 
mittance into another society. It v;as resolved by the convention that every 
applicant for membership in a society belonging to the Ustredni Jednota be 
asked what society he had formerly belonged to and v;hether or not he left in 
good standinc. 

In the matter of not arranging entertainments on the same date, it vns ^ 
decided that projected entertairjnents would be announced by the various ^^ 
societies by agreement v;ith one another. fZ 

The Croatian singing society Zora introduced a motion to the effect that so 
vdth the aid of the Ceska Ustredni Pevecka Jednota there be organized a y- 
Pan -Slavonic Singing Society. -J'ter some debate it was resolved that each 
nationality organize its ovm singing society and from, these various groups 
there should then be organized a Fan-Slavonic Central Singing Society. It 
v;as left to the future officers to v;ork tovjcird that goal, and a call is to 
be issued by the Ceska Ustredni Pevecka Jednota to all Slavonic people in 
Chicago to organize their ovm singing societies, and when this has been done,. 



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to create from them a Slavonic Central oinging Society. 

The convention committee made a motion that a charge be made by the Federa- 
tion or individual societies when they are asked to make a public appearance. 
The motion v/as adopted, and it v;as decided to notify the various societies 
that the Federation already governs itself accordingly. 


Upon the recommendation of the convention committee, it vjas resolved to 
create a model Bohemian singing society. From each society belonging to the 
Ustredni Pevecka Jednota, the best singers are to be selected and a model 
Bohemian singing society created which is to serve as a sort of representative 
body of Chicago Bohemian singers. As to the financial support which will be 
needed for this purpose, it vjas decided to leave the matter in the care of 
the technical committee v/hich vail have charge of providing the necessary 
funds. It v;as further decided that any one v/ishing to be a member of this 
model organization must be a member of one of the regular societies belonging 
to the Ustredni Pevecka Jednota. 




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The indifference of the societies vms criticized by many delegates who sought 
recognition. The central comniittee exerts itself in every way possible, and 
during the past year it inaugurated v.lth feverish activity many fine entertain- 
ments in co-operation with various societies. It arranged a splendid program 
in the Sokol Chicago hall, and now it announces the arrangeiaent of another 
fine pro.^rarn at the Coliseum. 

The central committee therefore has done everything possible, but the individ- '^ 
ual societies are not taking as much interest as they should and are not  rj 
trying to find out what is taking place in the Ceska Ustredni Pevecka Jednota, -o 
The accredited delegates of the various societies are not attending regular o 
meetings of the central society, and this indifference is a great obstacle, co 
Our singers lack three things: love for the cause, Bohemian song; strict S 

discipline; and thie fulfillment of their duties as well as the fostering of ^ 
a spirit of brotherhood among them. .^11 class distinctions among us must 
cease and true brotherhood must appear. Only then will Bohemian singers 
occupy the same relative position among our Bohemian-.vmerican peojile as is 
occupied by our 3okols. It v.'as decided to cultivate better mutual understand- 

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inc and fraternity nnong our sincins societies. 

The reports of the secretary and treasurer v/ere then presented. There re- 
mains in the treasury the sum of ninety dollars. Because of the late hour, 
the convention proceeded to the election of an executive conmittee, and it 
was oecided to let all of last year's comrittee remain in office 

The Geska Ustredni Pevecka Jednota requests the Sohemian people of Chicago 
to attend its concert in the Coliseum and thereby help in nakin'i the occasion 
a Bohemian demonstration. 

The convention ended at a late hour, after v.'hich the delegates were served 



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Dennl laasetel, i^^r, 29, 1^12, 


Our 0])ir-ion about Bohemian Vocal Art in Chicago v/as fully confirjned by the 
meritoriousness of yesterday's first public appearance of the tJc ^odni ^ 
Pevecica Jednota (United Czech Ginbing Society) in Solcol Chicago hall. The .-> 
Society coined deserved reco'-nition at once, and v;e hope thc.t it v/ill not p 
only retain but v;ill increase it in the course of time. The perforraances -^ 
of the individual croups and of the entire asseaLly v/ill bear up under the so 
strictest criticism, and are indicative of the high artistic plane upon ^- 
v.'hich they are founded. I.Iessrs. Karel Joufal caid John Sahula, who conducted g 
indivic'.'-!'^'] choirs, and Dr. Joseph Oreif who conducted the combinea choir, tr 
deserve credit for the artistic mamicr in './hich they performed their tasks, and 
for the succeo^ of the debut of this central Crganization, The various niombers 
of the program v;ere enlivened by the accompaniment of Dr. J, D. Koval:. Tliis v;as 
the first time in the history of Chicago that v;e had had an opportunity to hear, 
as a v/^hole, all of these singing societies associated in the 'Cstfcdni Pevocka 
Jednota: Karel Bendl Singing Society, Ceske Delnicky Povecky Sbor ^^ohemian 

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'.7orkingnien*.<3 3incing 3ocietjv;7> Delnicka Yzdelavaci Beseda 4 r.'ardy /^..'orkirxgrnen's 
3ducational Club of the fourth ".."ardT", Delnicka Yzdelavaci Beseda 12 ',;ardy 
j^.velfth ".Vard './orkincTnen^s Sducational ClubT", Pevecky Cdbor Sokola Chicago 
y^okol Chicago Siiicins_Section7. Dalibor oinging Society, Pevecky 3bor 
A.uniir oinfjing Societ;^, Peveclcy Spolek Lyra /Lyre Sinking Society/, Damsky 
Pevecky 3bor Llaj Jjionen^s Sinsinc Society Maj/, Pevecky Odbor Yzdelavaci f^ 

Spolek ICarel I.Iarx ^^arel Marx Educational Society Singing SectionT", Peveclcy Z^ 
Sbor Volnost j/^olnost Sinj^ing Societ^, and the Croatian Singing society Zora. ^ 

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Denni Hlasatel , Apr, 21, 191:-;. 

Last Friday niHit the successful activities which the Farragut High 
School Social Center conducted during this spring season were concluded 
with an evening devoted to music and lectures. The great hall was filled 
by our Bohemian public — luostiy residents of the "California" district- 
when the first number on the program, a piano solo by the thirteen-year- 
old Anezka Blafka, v:as presented. I't, Yaclav Prchal, a well-known violinist 
played two selections and v/as accompanied by Mrs. Rose Sraetanka. Ivlr. 
Jaroslav F. Smetanka talked on "Politics in Bohemia and in America". His 
talk was simple in style and easy to understand, just as it should be on 
such occasions. The lecture was follov/ed by a presentation of folk dances 
by the girl students of the Farragut High School, including our "Besed" 
Ja popular square dance/. The school principal thanked the Bohemian 
newspapers for keeping the public inforraed about the work of the Social 
Center, and Reverend V. Vanek asked the audience to rise as a token of 
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keeping: the school open I'or the Center's eveninc gatherings. 
Thanks were also expressed to n.r. J, 3. Dibel.-ca, a meiuber of the Board, 
for his efforts in founainc the Farragut Hirh School, and to the School 
principal, i'..r, i..orse, j'or his raost helpful co-cperation. 

Considering; all circnrr>stances, the activities oi the Social Center viere a 
f^reat success. .U.1 the lectures v;ere very interestinr -^nd useful, and all 
of then v;ere v;ell attended. After the sur.imer vof.uticn the Center "/ill 
resume its vrork v-'ith redoubled energy. 

Anonr those in attenc^.ance v.'as l.r. J. B. Dibelka, v;ho expressed his pleasure 
or the ctchievonents of the Social Center and extended his ,-ood vishes for 
success in the future. 

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A joint r.ieetinc of the sinfjinG section of oolroi Chicago an^i the Dalibor 
oinnin:: .-jociety v;a3 held i:i the hall oi' Joliol Guica. :o on Kediiie ..venue, 
last Tuesday, ..t this Meoti;-;:; it v;/ ■• decided to unite these t.o societies 
into one organiz^itlon under the ntaie leveclzy Cdbor Jc!:ol Chic-^'^.o (oi:i.ang 
Jection oi' Solcol Ohicaco). :.-Mny :.-e:i:bers of Dalibor failed to attend the 
ir.estins. '■^'hey are hereby notified of uhe chance and are rocuestoa to 
attor^d the Meeting on ne:;t Tueoday, in the iohol Ghici. :o I'all. By this 
miification, oho oia;;in,3 section of Jo!:ol Ghica o has becone one of the 
most po-erfui sin.jinr-: organizations, aau our onlj- hope is that v;ith its 
nev; vocal .Material it v;ill continue vo prof:r::-ss successfully tov;ard its 
goal, to the! honor of Bohcnian sinriers. 

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The meeting to organize the Bohemian Art Club, the need for which has 
been felt, and the creation of ytich will aid in carrying out many v/orth-while 
projects, took place in Chicago on December 27. 

It was unanimously agreed upon by all who were present that this new society, 
which In no way competes with any existing Czech society, because Czech 
artists of Chicago have thus far been without any sort of an association, will 
develop into a desirable, friendly community in our city devoted to Czech art. 
It will be able to perform very important services for our cultural development. 

The following individuals participated in a discussion dealing with the problem 
of organizing the Club: representing the musicisms were Messrs. Adolph H. Capek, 
Vaclav Machek, and Jiri Hrusa — requests to be excused were received from 
Joseph Vilim, Stepan Erst, A. Novak, liario J. Korbel and Rudolph F. Ingerle; 
the creative artists. Professor Antonin Sterba, August Petrtyl, Joseph Patek; 




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III B 2 the architects, f.fessrs. A. Charvat arxd Janes B. Rezny; the stage, 
I? Mr. F. Horlivy; and the literary men, Messrs, Enrique S. Vraz, 

Dr. Jaroslav E. S, Vojan, J, Tvrzicky-Kramer and Bretislav Jonas 
— requests to be excused were received from I&ssrs. R, J, Psenka and Bartos 
Bittner, Temporary officers, who are to serve until the regular election ^ 
will be held on January 10, 1912 were elected. They are: Dr. Jaroslav E. S. 5 
Vojan, president, and Jiri Hrusa, secretary. V^ith the unanimous consent of p 
those present, the president annoxinced the establishment of the new society. C 
It will be called the "Bohemian Arts Club". On a motion of Mr. E. S. Vraz -^ 
it was unanimously agreed that the Club will also be known as "The Art and ^ 
Literary Department of the Cesko-Americka Narodni Rada (Bohemian-American oj 
National Council) of Chicago", The president and secretary, therefore, will i:^ 
serve on the executive committee of the Cesko-Americka Narodni Rada. The 
Arts Club, however, will be a self-governing independent body. 

It was then decided that the Club be divided into five departments: music, 
creative painting and sculpture, architecture, drama and literature. The 


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Club conmittee v/ill consist of the five representatives fron these 
departments, and the president and secretary v/ho will be elected by 
the members. The committee for the preparation of the bylaws 
elected was composed of IJessrs, Charvat, Petrtyl, Capek and Vojan. The next 
meeting v/ill be held on V/ednesday, January 10, 1912 in LIr. V/elky's place. 
After the constitution and bylav/s have been accepted, the public will be 
furnished v/ith detailed information regarding the purposes of the Club. In 
many ways its program will be much the same as that follov/ed by the Prague 
Arts Club; but, of course, many adjustments will be made to suit our own 
Bohemian-American conditions. On a motion of Mr, F. Horlivy one^of the bylaws 
will provide that great care be taken by the Arts Club to preserve its 
genuine Czech characteristics — a purpose naturally desired by the Bohemian 
Arts Club. 






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The Reverend Vaclav Vanek has talcen up the idea of arranging popular con- 
certs from time to time, at lov; prices. The proceeds v/ould be used to 
pay the salaries of hired musicians, and v;hatev3r surplus that might remain 
would be donated to some noble cause. 

The first of such concerts v:as given yesterday in the Bohemian Home on 
Central Park .-x.venue. The concert was under the direction of Prof, Joseph 
Vilim, v;ell known in musical circles, and consisted of five numbers of a 
selected program: 


Sonata for piano and violin, opus 30, 
Mark Vilfm and Joseph Yilim 

Trio. ••• ... Mendelssohn 

Mark Vilim, Joseph Vilim, and ili^s Zdenlca Cerny. 

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Concert kazurlica, violin solo,  ^lUsina 

Professor Joseph Vilin 

Violoncello solo i-etzdorf 

ii.iss 2idenka Cerny, assisted by a trio 

Slavonic Dances • Dvorak 

Internezso Cibuka 

Mark VilLn, Josspii Vilira, and Liss lixienka Cerny 

The program v/as played faultlessly, and the artists v»'ere revrarded v;ith 
a storm of applause for their artistic accomplisrinient. Prof. Jaroslav 
J. Zmrhal spoke on the significance of Thanksgiving Day and his master- 
ful speech was received v;ith appreciation by all. The attendance at 

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the concert vvaa very fair. The occasionul scheduling of such 
low-priced concerts, v;hich offer the iublic an oix^ort unity to attend, is 
ia good idea and its acceptance ould brine luuch good. 

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Demii Hlasatel , Nov. 26, 1911« 

From all indications, the Ceska Ustfedni Pevecka Jednota (Central Bohemian 
Singing oociety) is hastening to a long desired goal. Saturday's entertain- 
ment by the Lyra Singing Society, the second of a series of entertainments 
arranged by the singing societies, was a big step forv/ard, because the 
participation of singing societies v/as ouite large and the singers and their 
friends enjoyed an evening such as can only be spent among singers. 

There v/ere ladies and £:entlerien from Lyra, Bendl, members of the Bohemian 
■(Vorkin{5nen's Singing Society, Lumir, Volnost, Fourth Ward, Ivlarx, and finally, 
as guests, brothers of the Croatian Singing Society Zora, who came in such 
large numbers that they could really serve as an example to all singing 
societies. It was very lively Saturday in Dousek*s cozy place, at 
Eedzie Avenue and 24th Street, and song resounded until the early morning 
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II B 1 a (Croatian) Dr. Leopold V.edeles, to v^hom fell the honorable function 

of v;elcociing the guests, discharged his duties like a 
true songster. VJelcoming the guests, he said, among other things, that it 
was the jealousy of the choirmasters, especially toward the central society, 
which in former days retarded the work of the singing societies, and that 
this hate and jealousy extended even to the members of the choruses who often 
were strangers to each other. Ke rejoiced because today everything is being 
done in a friendly way to reach a common goal, which will only be to the 
advantage of all groups and the whole society. 

After the greeting, the Singing Society Zora sang a beautiful Croatian song 
which was received v;ith a storrii of applause, altogether deserved. In the 
course of the evening, the Zora chorus sang several very fine songs and we 
can say without fear that the Central Bohemian Singing Society will have in 
Zora one of the best of organized choruses, whose singers cling with real 
affection to that beloved song. 

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The president of the Central Society, ilr. Anton Vanek, 
who explained the purpose of these gatherings before 
several singing societies, was called upon to say a few words. He laid 
stress upon the fact that singers must,__in the fi,rst place, depend upon 
themselves and through mutual support /they must/ insure moral and financial 
success for themselves. Choirmaster Jan Kalas, having been invited to say 
a fev; words, complained of hov/ difficult the work is in our singing societies, 
v;here the majority of the members changes year after year thereby making 
possible only mediocre success. He called upon the older members to remain 
active in their societies and asked the singers to be helpful to the directors 
of the Central Bohemian dinging Society, since the success of the singers is 
important above all else. 

Several vocal selections were rendered by the singers during the course of 
the evening, and, needless to say, the jovial innkeeper Mister Dousek, with 
clam chowder, excellent ham, frankfurters, and beer ingratiated himself with 
the guests. The entertainment was a success in every respect, and the singerg. ., 


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(Croatian) and their friends hope to enjoy themselves at the third 
entertainment which will be given on Saturday, December 
19, 1911, by the Bohemian V<orkingmen*s Singing Society in Mister Radovs* 
hall at 18th and Laflin Streets. 


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Dennl ELasatel . June 15, 1911. 

A musical recital v;as given last night in the Pilsen Sokol hall by the 
pupils of Miss Marie Bartos* School of Music. Although the success was 
not so great materially, it was eclipsed by the moral success. The con- 
cert was distinguished by a remarkable program, which provided enjoyment 
even for musical artists. The performance of all numbers was remarkable. 

Among the pupils who took part in the concert were; Misses Agnes Sach, 
Annie Kudma, Elsie Baumayer, Rose Kudma, Boh. Peitsch, and Emily Fitzak. 
The success which the pupils of Miss Bartos achieved, will serve her in 
the future as the best recommendation. 

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The nnisical production which was held Saturday evening in Sokol Pilsen 
hall was a genuine public examination of the pupils of the foremost 
Bohemian conservatory of music which is under the direction of our famous 
teacher of music. Professor A. V, Cemy, Nevertheless, we call it an 
artistic entertainment, because in addition to the program presented by 
the pupils, several enthusiastic artists appeared also. Those attending 
Saturday's concert had an opportunity to convince themselves that Professor 
Cemy is really in earnest when he wants to make a musician of someone 
whom he recognizes as capable. 

At the concert, which drew a remarkably large attendance considering this 
time of the year, we had em opportunity to listen to beginners as well as 
trained artists who received certificates, and who, by their performances, 
really proved that they were entitled to them. In the graduates, we 

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recognize enthusiastic artists, who will spread the good reputation of 
the Bohemian musical art among other people. In the pupils, even the , 
youngest ones, we saw talents well on the road to achievement* If they 
remain under the direction of their enthusiastic teacher, they will surely 
have a successful career in the field of music. Saturday's concert was 
so interesting that the audience remained till the end, past midnight, 
listening with great interest. 

The artists, of whom there were many present, were agreed that this was 
one of the most successful commencement concerts ever given. The partic- 
pants in the exercises were showered with flowers, and the praise which 
they received will surely be an encouragement to them to continue to work 
zealously, because under the direction of their distinguished teacher, they 
have open before thean a grand career in the musical world. 

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A recital was given last night in the hall of Pilsen Sokol by the 
pupils of liiT, and Mrs. I^Iachek. V/e can say without exaggeration 
that the Machek*s should be proud of their pupils. They all endeavored 
to their utmost, and some of the accomplishments aroused marked 
attention and stormy applause. 

Among those participating in the recital were: John Gregor, Charles 
Jiran, Rudolph Fiala, Josephine Kryl, Edward Baxa, Minnie Polacek, 
John Klecka, Otto ..'iedersberg, Libby Ilovak,. Albie I-Iambersky, Joseph 
Roda and Helen ./einer. The accoirrpariimerit was by lira, B. "Lestina-rllaCheic* 
The young musicians proved that, under the supervision of a good 
teacher, remarkable t: lents can be developed. 

The attendance Vv-as quite satisfactory, despite the almost unbearable 
heat of the day. iCach of the participants received a bouquet of 
flov;ers, some of them received two. 

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Deniii laasatel . .^pr. 24, I ill. 

The concert ':iven yesterday by Erousek'a .'.iiitary band, lie ..d in the - ilsen Park 
pavilion, met '.;it:x all around success. I J?. Br^usek's bund i.i justly fajr.ous, 
and .side fror.i thutj it perforiried Tor benefit of tne Vojta ITaprstek school, 
therefore, it v/as not strange th-t the public filled t„e pavilion. 

The band is composed of about t .irty-f ive excellent nusicians, an it is only 
natural tiiat the ;-erfor:iance of ti.e b^md v.'a^ received ;vith thunderous applause, 
and the musicians v/ere forced to render encore after encore. 

The concert vras a complete success from both a moral and financial viev/i^oint, 
so that quite a n8_t su:i of money v.-ill accrue for the benefit of the sc.iool. 
After the concert, a lively, hearty dancing entertainiaent took place. 

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p. 2, Col.l — ^'.Vith a concert in the Bohemian- American Hall and a banquet in 
Libuse Hall in the evening the Lyra singing 5;ociety, one of the oldest or- 
ganizations of its kind, celebrated the fortieth anniversary of its exis- 
tence in a dignified manner. Lyra, as every one interested in Bohemian- 
American life well knov/s, has had some sad days in its four decades of life. 
However, people have appeared who by their activity and generosity have 
placed the society firmly upon its feet and have brought it to the fore- 
front of national life, so that it may continue to provide enjoyment for 
us all. 

The sacrifices of these people have been reaarded with success, and it was 
a happy celebration which was held yesterday afternoon and evening. The 
afternoon was given over to a jubilee concert in the Bohemian- American Hall. 
The attendance was fairly good. The participants in this concert, compre- 
hending the festive spirit of the occasion, rendered their numbers fault- 
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more proved that it occupies first place not only among Bohemian singing 
societies but among those of all nationalities. 

The afternoon concert began v/ith a mixed chorus under the direction of Mr, 
Kalas, which rendered the finale of the first act of the operetta "Bells 
of Corneville, " and when the applause subsided, I!iss Slsa Nicolini, pianist, 
played Chopin's Polonaise and proved that she is a virtuoso. Her tempera- 
mental playing fascinated the audience, and hearty applause followed. 

However, we need not add that there was no lack of applause and apprecia- 
tion for both the participants in the concert and the arrangements committee, 
which was composed of Misses 3m. Bilek, Kat. Radous, and Josephine Zarobsky 
and Messrs. pr. Mayer, Rud. Srp, and Charles Lukes. These persons deserve 
most of the credit for the beautifully arranged banquet, v/hich was held in 
Libuse Hall on Twelfth Street. The singers were delighted v.lth the rich- 
ness and variety of the feast and at parting exchanged congratulations on 
the success of their celebration of Lyra's fortieth anniversary. 





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?.l, Col.6--Cur report of yesterday's successful concert, needs supplemen- 
ting, and so it behooves us, to rnention the solo, by Helen Lipert, v/hich 
wac one of the best nunbers on the program. 


Medals for zeal and talent v/ere avmrded to Antonia ?'aly, first gold medal, 
to '.'ary Cstrovskjs second, and to Josephine Petrzelka, third. 

The silver medals v/ere av/arded to Bessie Kolar, first, to Mamie Horky, 
second, and to Florence Dill, third. 






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p* 1, col* 3 - The Bohemian \7orkingmen'3 Singing Society's school of singing ~ 

and violin playing arranged a concert for their pupils last night at Sokol -r 

Chicago Hall on K«dsie Avenue and 24th Street. The purpose of this concert -^ 

was to show the public that the Bohemian parents are proud of having their ^ 

children attend this school. The pupils likewiae are proud of this school and § 

of their parents iriio pay the tuition. 

The concert started at 8 o'clock and lasted two hours after which the hall was 
given over to the public for dancing, iriiich continued till midnight. Ur. Kalasy 
the director of the violin class, ennounced that there will be held another 
concert in the near future; we therefore will be looking forward to the next 
concert, as this one was certainly enjoyed by all. Ur. Kalas was congratulated 
for his violin class. 

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?.2, Col .l--Brousek' s Army Band, celebrtited it£ triumph lact ni£ht. The 
concert held at the pavilion of "ilsen park, located at 26th ?t. and 
Albany Ave. Y/ithout any dcubt it yan be classed among the best and most 
enjoyable evenings which the music-loving public has v/itnessed this sea- 

The finest selections were played, and executed in perfect harmony, to 
the satisfaction of all those pr<:;Eent. The pavilion was filled to capac- 
ity with music-lovers, many of whom, v;ere prominent musiciaiis. ".Ve can 
safely state that, even the most severe critics of music vvcre pleased with 
the excellent performance of the band. 




}.'r. Brousek, the young conductor, is a very talented musician. Me plays 
the cornet tts well as any of the finest musicians, ( cornetists) of Chicago, 
and proved this in his perfornunce. His baton is in full control of his 
band of 25 men, composed of all instruments required for a good band. He 
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an easy'task. 

The first number on this wealthy program was Rossini's, "?emira..iide. " It 
is a composition which is unusually hard for perfect harmony. But this 
time it was executed by musicians, v;ho are individually, masters of their 
own instruments, together with the expert conducting; resulting in a per- 
formance of perfecticii and precision never previously attained. 

Before the echoes of the great applause died dov/n, the band began the 
second number, which v/as very familiar to the Bohemian and Slovak people, 
insomuch as it contained Plovak dance tunes v/ritten by the famous Bohemian 
composer Dvorak. Following this, selections from Faust were played, which 
won the approval of the audience. 



Next came the overture, "Libuse," wTitten by Smetana, another well-knovm 
Bohemian composer. The Bohemian musicians like to include an overture 
into every concert, otherwise they believe the concert v/ould lack some- 
thing very essential toward its success. This practice has proved the 
Bohemians' ability to play an overture better than any other nationality. 

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After a short intermisi;ion, the band played several r.ilitary narches, by 
Beyer. Thexi the concert proceeded successfully v/ith several solos by a 
cornet, a double bass and as an added feature u £pv:-cial solo by the harp. 


The last number on the program consisted of compositions by, rtraus an:: 
Dalberg, in which there are many varieties of difficult hari.iony, but since 
these compositions ..ere v.-ell rehearsed and perfectly conducted, they were 
played excellently. At the conclusion of the concert, a storm of applause 
brought on many encores. The conductor Mr. Brousek, -.vas presented with 
many boutjuets of flowers and v.-ai; requester by all those present, to con- 
duct more concerts of this nature. 



It -.vas also suggested for the band to hold several concerts in the park 
during the suinmer months to acq.uaint other nationalities v/ith Bohemian 
music and with the achievements of Bohemians in the musical v/orld. 


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Dennl Hla^atel , I'ar. 7, I9IO. 

P.2--A large attendance participated in a rendezvous at the Pokol Cnicago 
Hall, yesterday afternoon. 

The Ladies Benevolent Circle held -fhis social affair for the benefit of 
the Old peoples' Home and the Orphanage. The arranfjenients committee, pro- 
vided such a prograLi ae would satisfy ever.' popular concert. The nar^es 
of the forenost people of our artistic v/orld were on the prograii. The pur- 
pose of tais undertaking and its execution, v/ere pov/erful magnates for our 
art loving and charitaoly inolineu public. 

The ladies of the benevolent circles are .orkin^ quietly, it is true, but 
energetically and their work is meeting v/ith best results. 

Thus, yesterday afternoon, the hall v:as filled to capacity, the guests en- 
Joyed themi^elves immensely and our charitable and national institutions 
v/ill be enriched '\:)ir a considerable amount. The program started, with the 
march from the "Bartere d Bride, " by Bedrich Cmetana, v/hich was very well 

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played "by E. Brabec's orchestra. After that, Vr. Otto Fuerst, spoke of 
the significance of the Cld Peoples' Home and the Orphanage aj.d the applause 
which interrupted his spejCxi and the long continued applause at the con- 
clusion, v;as proof, that his words reached their heartt. Then, the Bohem- 
ian American "^.uartet appeared, namely, L'essrs, Richard Klas, Charles !'alik, 
Joseph RadouE and Anton Vanek. 

Hardly had the applause died a-.vay, when :;iss "enrictta Zajicek, appeared 
on the stag:e and sang an aria from the "Bartered Bride." :.!iss Zajicek, has 
a "beautifull, sweet and in every respect, pure soprano voice. The control 
she shov/ed yesterday over her silvery tones surprised everyone. 'liss Za^- 
icek, v/as prompted to give an encore. Then our unsurpassed violin master, 
Mr. Frank Hladky, replaced Miss Za^icek. He played the Cavatina from Lau- 
terbach and Humoresque by Dvorak. 

Messrs, B. Sulc and Albert llovak, then sang a comic duet and they .vere suc- 
cessfull in causing ihe entire audience to lau^^h. fuch was also, the suc- 
cess of ?'rs» Ludmila Priedl. With the close of the proi;ram the audience 
partooic of coffee and indulged in friendly conversion. 

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Yesterdays affair, v/hich v/i.s sponsored by the Ladies Benevolent Circle, will 
remain in the memory of the participants for a long tir.e, ;. and we are convin- 
ced, that there is no one, who does not look forv/t^rd with expectancy .to an- 
other such affair, in the future. 

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P.1--A large attendance gathered Saturday evening at the Chicago Sokol 

Hall on Kedzie, for the fourth annual concert given, by the pupils of Tuma's 

School of Music. 

The concert proved such a success, that in the opinion of the audience 
Tuma's School of Music raust be considered one of the best. 




In addition to the pupils, all of v/ho.i shov/ed talent which under the cap- 
able direction of an enthusiastic teacher must lead to accomplishment, the 
following well knovm musicians took part; Messers. Joseph Dolista, Joseph 
Knakal, Joseph Dykas, Charles Bovman, Anton Bohdan, Frank "Tagner, James 
Hurt, Bohumil Zima, F. Ciraera, Ferd. Sindelar, Joseph Adamek. 

The program was carefully arranged and afforded the audience three riours 
of artistic enjoyment. The pupils v/ere rewarded with applause and bouquets 
and yj*. Tuma, v/as congratulated by all present. 

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p. 2.. £von at that time ^an little Mil&da surprised us with her accoo^lJLsh- 
fflsnt, ve prophesied eJLrsady a brilliant future for her« Proof enough of the 
correctness of our presage ie the ^^iiada of today, though very young yet, an 
artiste of great significance, as we have not yet met another who with her 
reure art has won laurels for herself and praise for Bohemian art abz*oad* We 
have been following the triumphal journeys of our Milada • we Chicago Bohem- 
ians have a right to express ourselves thus, enthiasiastically, for she is a 
product of this city, she lives here, and, we hope will remain in this city. 



She took her place at the piano, and the fir at chords from Chopin's Sonata 
Op. 58 hushed the wildly welcoming audience into revarent silence. The first 
number was followed by the "Sketch** by Bedrich Smeteuia as an encore. Other 
numbers were: Chopin's Etude Op. 25 and Polonaise A Flat Op. 53^ ''New Ballade" 
by Vitezslav Novak. Six other numbers with encores followed; the ax>tistic 
execution of each of irtiich brought the house to its feet and yielded peals of 
applause • 

The audience was of good size, yet it could have been larger; it is, alas, the 
fate of our artists that while they live suaong us, and everyone can easily 

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hear them they are not properly recognized, and their art is not sufficiently ^ 

apin*eciated euid financially supported. They have first to go into strange ^ 

lands, then cone back and iriien their arrival is accompemiad by bombastic pub- -n 

licity, then, and not until then, we become amenable to reason* r* 


Among the audience there were several ladies from Chicago's cream of society o 

who congregated around the young artist. One of them especially enthusiastic, ^ 

exclaimedt '*Can one imagine that this girl, nhose admirable play we have now ^3 

enjoyed, was once in danger of losing her eyesight!" And she pressed the '^ 
young eurtiste*8 hemd affectionately. 

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p. 3— Students of Professor J. H. Capeh's Violin School, gave a successful 
concert last Friday evening, April 19, 1907. 

It took place at the large Grand Boulevard Hall, on the south side of Chicago, 

The concert program was very well performed and pleased the large audience 
iinniensely. All numbers on the program were v/ell practised and rehearsed, thus 
assuring a perfect performance. Girls as well as boy students took part in 
the program. They played solos, duets and other various combinations so as to 
make the concert more interesting. Several difficult compositions were played 
by the more advanced students who played to the accompaniment of Urs. J. H, Capek 
on Che piano* 

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Students of Frofespor J. H. Capek are constantly requested to play at other 
concerts and at various social gatherings. This proves that he is an excellent 
teacher of the violin. 

Professor Capek *s Violin School is well known in Chicago, It has done a great 
deal toward the cultivation of talent and the production of violin artists among 
our people. 

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p. 12— The First Bohemian-American Bando — Concertina Club has been active among 
us for many years. The concerts and the activity of this club are well known and 
appreciated by the public, so there is no need to make any lengthy, elaborate 
announcement of its concert which will be given tonight at the Pilsen Sokol Hall. 

A special program was arranged for this concert that will be even better than ^ 
those given previously. •** 

V/e know that everybody will take this opportunity to hear the wonderful music 
which this concertina club produces. 


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p. 1, col. 2.. Tho sdoond successful presentation of Hall's operetta **G«lsha,** 
was given by the Bohemian singing society Delibor. The society «as requested 
to make thia second appearance because of the great number of people that 
could not be aecoBDodated in its premiers. The premiere should have been held 
at the Auditorium Theater vhich is much larger than the Sokol Chicago HeQ.1 
iriiere the light opera was staged* 



Everything turned out brilliantly . The choirs and orchestra were excellent, ^^ 
and the acting and singing vas splendid. The attendance was large and ^ 
responded vith a great ovation at the close of the operetta* ^ 

Oalibor, the singing society, is very active in Chicago. Among its members 
are maz^ prominent Bohemian Chieagoans* 


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Dennl lUasatel , !.!ar. 19, 1907. 

Art and charity joined hands last evening at the music festival for the bene- 
fit of the poor in the Pilsen Sokol Hall. 

Several gatherings of this type will not only assure the survival of our 
^ohemian/ charitabl 
groups of Bohemians, 

/^ohemian/ charitable institutions but villi also gain the interest of select ^ 




A large hall was used for this occasion in anticipation of a large attendance, l^ 
but even this proved far too small for the crowd. 

The hall was filled to capacity, but more and more kept arriving, causing a 
problem for the reception comnittee, which was trying hard to accommodate 

All previous records of attendance at festivals of this nature were shattered. 

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Dennl Illasatel , I^ar. 19, 1907. 

This was due partly to the rich prof?ram in store but nore to the presence of ^ 

Marie Ziegler, a visiting Bohemian opera star from Prague, Czechoslovakia, who -p* 

participated in the program. Her presence made possible the success and the ^ 

drawing power of this festival, which could not be duplicated or equalled by C 

any one in any way, I,!rae, Ziegler nust also receive the credit for the finan- ^ 

cial success of this festival, the profit of which will be given to the chari- S 
table institutions. The proceeds plus the contributions added by clubs and oi, 
•orivate individuals amounted to several hundred dollars, !:j 

The program was very well conducted and held the attention of the audience 
from start to finish. The majority of the numbers wore nerfortned by artists 
who know how to attract and to please their audiences. They all contributed 
their time and talent to this worthy cause. 

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Deimi Hlasatel, Mar. 11, 1907. 



The students of F. J. Kolbaby»s violin school introduced themselves to the 
public for the first time yesterday in their first annual concert. 

Boys and girls of farious ages participated in this event. They all played 
very well, proving that Mr. F. J. Kolbaby is really a good teacher. 

Several adult students also participated in this concert to make it more 
appealing to the public. They were more advanced violinists who played 
pieces especially chosen for this occasion. Several of these students were 
forced to play encores to appease the great outbursts of applause vrtiich 
followed each number. These numbers consisted of solos and various arrsmge- 




The best part of the program was the last number, which v;as played by 

Mr. F. J. Kolbaby, the teacher, who is a violin virtuoso. He played "Adagio 

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from Berrio," and "Canzonetta from Ambrose," both numbers receiving an 
enoirmous ovation. 

In general the concert was a huge success. It proved vdiat can be done under -^ 

able leadership, Mr. F, J. Kolbaby's violin school is among the best Bohemian 'f 

violin schools in the City of Chicago. Bohemian people, for the most part, C 

are violin enthusiasts. ^ 



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Denni Hlasatel « Jan. 28, 1907. 


Famous Bohemian Pianist and Conposer. 

p.l-Col.l — Yesterday evening Hr, R. Friml gave a recital at the Pilsen Sokol 
Hall. This was his first public concert, and to judge by the enthusiasm of 
the audience, it was very successful. All who attended this concert wonder 
why Mr. R. Friml has not given them such a treat long before this. His se- 
lections were some of the most difficult compositions, which only a few 
pianists in the world can play. 

Mr. R. Friml has attained great fame and can by no means be compared with an 
ordinary pianist. He is considered one of the finest concert pianists in the 
world. Many of his compositions are also gaining him fame. 

His interpretation of the songs which he played was so sympathetic that the 
audience was tense and spell-bound through the greater part of the recital. 
Mr. Friml is an artist when it comes to concert or classical music which re- 
quires sound effects. 






Denni Hlasatel , Jan. 28, 1907. 

In one of his numbers he reproduced the sounds of rippling water, rolling thunder, 
and the lightning-stroke. Into each nuiubdr|in fact he introduced tone-color to 
make it realistic, thereby rendering his perforoance pleasing to the ear and easily 

Mr. Friml's recital was one of the finest which the public has ever had the good :g 

fortune to hear. The audience included many prominent Bohemian persons, critics 2 

of music, and talented musicians who marveled at the pianist's technique and -^ 

thoroughly enjoyed his performance. r" 

Mr. Friml played not only with the music touch of the trained virtuoso, but also o 
with his soul, putting deep feeling into his interpretation. \^ 


This feeling was what made his performance distinguished and fascinating. 

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Dermi Hlasatel « Jan. 28, 1907. 

Those who attended last evening's recital hope that this is not the only 
concert which Mr. Friml has planned to give. They want to hear more recitals 
like it and their enthusiasm was displayed in the tremendous applause which 
they accorded to the artist. ^ 

The Bohemian people of Chicago are very proud of Mr. R. Friml *8 achievements. ?= 





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p. 1, col* 3». Yesterday belonged to oitr popular and, veil knovn to our Boheffi-> 
ian public, Bohemian Workingmen'a Singing Society, i^ich held a festive meet* 
ingf in its quarters for its deserving active members and particularly for the 
ladies division **Hlahol'* and '*lfetj,'* in celebration of the fifteenth anniver- 
sary of its organization. 


This festive meeting nas brt>ught to order by the chairman, Mr* Jos. Rands, ^ 

i^o velcomed all of the participcmts with a few sincere words, at the earn* 2 

time pointing out the significance of the occasion, following which the men*s 
chorus sang '*Ce8ky Lev*** Mite Julia Vokoun recited with great success B* 
Bittner's poem about the fifteen years* existence of the Bohemian V/orkingmen's 
Singing Society. 

The old ranger and co-founder, Ur, Joseph Hrusa, gave a minute sketch of the 
history, activities and financial standing of the society, after which the 
members of the women's bremches '*Hlahol'* emd '*Maj'* rendered the delightful 
song '*Na Nebi Uesic s Hvezdami** (The Moon and Stars in Heaven); this number 

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vas generously applauded. 

Prof. J. J. Yral*B festive speech «as really the pearl of the celebration. He 
took for his theme '*The spirit of national songs'* and in his humor laden speech^ 
quoted texts and melodies of individual Bohemian songs, first he referred to 
what our national Bohemian songs meeui to us Bohemians, those songs, which were 
the only solace of the Bohemian people when they found themselves in subjuga- 
tion) in them is pictured the life of the whole Bohemian nation and this 
national gem of ours, this priceless possession was fostered in this foreign 
land by our Bohemian Workingmen's Singing Society for the past fifteen years* 

This society is deserving of recognition for the work it has done« This society 
was th« first to found a singing school for children. This school under the 
direction of the successful choir-master, Ur. Kalas, continues to grow to this 
day. It is hardly necessary to enter into detail about the activities of the 
society, for the Bohemian public is sufficiently informed that the Bohemian 
Workingmen's Singing Society, from the date of its organization haa always stood 
at the forefront of the national life of Chicago Bohemians, appeared and took 
part willingly on every occassion free of charge, even if at times it received 
for its generosity and effort only ingratitude. In spite of many hardships emd 
deficiencies, iriiich the society had to overcome in the beginning, its ranks are 



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,  Denni Hlasatel , Jan. 8, 1906* 

growing constemtly, and there remains nothing for us except to wish the 
Bohemian Workingmen's Singing Society 'well in their further meritorious acti* ^ 
vities. ^ 






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p. 1, col. 6.. The Bohsnian Workingmen * s Singing Society celebrated the fif- 
teenth anniversary of its existence last Sunday with a concert. The Pllsen 
Sokol hall on Ashlemd Avenue, where the concert was bold, entertained many 
invited guests^ who let it be seen how warmly they were in sympathy with the 
society, how they understand its work, and how they appreciate the artistic 
selections iriiich were prepared for the public. 

Svery nuniber on the program was a genuine pearl, the lustre of ^ichwas 
enhaziced by the performing artists. The Bohemian Workingmen* s Singing Society 
can be proud of its success* 




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Denni Hlasatel , June ?, 19C5. 


?.l — Vivid and lasting impressions were received by music-lovers at the 
great concert recently presented in Kimball Hall "by the American School 
of Violin, under tho directorship of the well-known artist and teacher 
:.'r. Joseph Vilim. The concert was well attended, a fact which attests 
the popularity and presti£-e of the school, which has functioned for many 

The program Viras arran^red in such a manner that it was hound to fill with 
enthusiam even the most fastidious epicure in music. The performers, the 
pupils, the graduating students, and the artists outdid one another in 
accompli shraent . 

The gem of the performance v/as saved for the end of the program. It iras 
the overture to Rossini's opera, V.llliam Tell, in the rendition of which 
string-orchestra, flute, organ, and piano took part. Here the greatness 
of the creative genius of Rossini was shovm in its full glory, and the 
highly developed technique of the artist-pupils of the American School of 
Violin as v/ell. 

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Dennl Hlasatel, Jan. 16, 1905, 


The Bohemian Workingmen* s Singing Society has been active among us for fifteen 
years. It saved and added penny to penny, dollar to dollar, for fifteen years, 
until it fineuLly accumulated enough money to acquire its oun home. Today it is 
quartered there. The desire which was prevalent among its members from the very 
beginning of its organization has been satisfied. 

T5ie society inaugurated activities in its new home yesterday, Tliat it was some- 
what of a holiday for its members is not surprising, for every one felt a sort 
of holiday spirit. There was also another reason for this — the society was at 
the same time strengthened by the induction of about forty members of the Hlahol 
Society into membership in the Bohemian Workingmen' s Singing Society, The in- 
duction was performed by the president, Mr, F, Hruby, who then made a report 
on the acquisition of the building at 804 Ashland Avenue, which was formerly 






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the headquarters of the Pllsen Bicylists. He announced at the same time that "^ 

according to the Society's resolution, the male members of the lUahol Society -^ 

will become members of the Bohemian V/orkin^men*s Singing Society, whereas the ~^ 

women members will form a separate branch vjhich v;ill continue to beer the name I^ 

of Hlahol, coming within the scope of the Societys' jurisdiction although having o 

its own internal government. After the induction ceremonies had been completed, ^ 

Messrs. Vanek, Kalas, and Hruska spoke a fev/ sincere words in behalf of the g 

Society, and an unrestrained holiday entertainment ensued, for which the new t?! 
headquarters offer abundant opportunity. 

Although the Bohemian 7/orkingmen' s Singing Society has its own headquarters now, 
it has not yet reached its goal, for it still needs a suitable place for its 
singing and violin school. At first the Society had intended to have the build- 
ing altered, but since it realized that this would cost too much, it is working 
on a new idea — to build a new school building on its property, where there is 
a large and suitable space, . In that way their prop arty would increase 


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Dennl HLasatel , Jan. 16, 1905. 

considerably in value, ?4iereas money put into alterations would, in this res- 
pect, be in no way profitable. This is a good idea "wdiich will no doubt be ^ 
carried out soon. Ihe building is to have a spacious hall upstairs, Kdiore 
rehearsals will be held. On the first and second floors are club rooms arranged 
for the comfort and anusanent of members. 




•Bie Workingmen's Singing Society was organized August 14, 1890, and began ^ 
to sing in January, 1891, with eighteen members. Mr. Simonek was its first 
instructor. The Society now has 165 members, of whom 35 are active. Mr. Kalas 
is the present instructor. The Society maintains a singing school of four 
grades, the graduates of ?)hich are admitted to the MaJ Club, which is composed 
of young candidates for membership. The Society also maintains a violin 
school in which Messrs. Halamicek and Fribyl teach fotir days a week. Ibe 
activity of the Bohemian Workingmen's Singing Society is such that every member 
may be proud that he belongs to an organization preoccupied with activities so 



Dennl HLasatel , Mar. 28, 1901. 


The Bohemian Club of Grand Crossing is progressing satisfactorily. The purpose 
of this club is to speak, by means of music, to the youth of this small Bohemian 
community, at the Crossin^^;, and save them or our nationality. This noble v;ork 
is meeting with successful results. The pupils of the singing school attend 
classes cheerfully and are making fine progress. 

The Bohemian Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month at the club 
hall, 7755 Cottage Grove Avenue. The singing classes are also held there. 

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The Chicago Daily Tribune. Dec. I9t 1P92, 3:3, 

TO GIV^ .^ JCNCaRT this EVu'lNING 


The Bohemian-Anerican Singing Society has arranged to > ive a concert to-morrov/ 
evening at Bethlehem Chapel, No» 711 Loomis Stree-c, Tiie proceeds v;ili be for tne 
benefit of the Society, which was organized sone tirae a^o for tue purpose of ac- 
quainting the young people of Bohemian parentage v-ita American lun, ue^e and history 
and Imbuing them with the spirit of patriotism. 

The Society has grown steadily until it now has 20C voices in its chorus. The 
entertainment will be under the direction of the officers - Capt. 3- R. Levds, 
President, Miss Mary Kraln-^ec, First Vice-President: !.!iss Pauline Blecha, Treasurer;] 
Otto Steiskal, Second Vlce-Preeident j Otto V. Klanha, Secretary. 


Svornost, 'lay 28th, 1885. 



We have in Chicago* two Bohemian bands directed by two very able 

and noted musicians. One is the Slavonian Orchestra existing in S 

Chicago for many years under the leadership of Triner; the other 

is the Bohemian Falcou Orchestra, organized not so long ago. Its 

conductor is V, Clzek. 




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Svornost. Oct. ', 1S79 


PerforTiances such ps ell V:e participants in yasterday? con?ert "b/ the 
singers of "Lyra" pnd "L.^ds" Clubr, were so euccessfnl in, wil"^ caM?e a 
clenor of the public for frequent concerts pnd. pl^v's of this character. 

Everyone knows that yesterday's concert was the first of this kind in 
Chic^^go Bohe-iia ar^d ve must admit thot itV perfornrnce in rll respects 
surprised not onl.y us, "ont over^^r'".-^ even tVe men;.' doti'!:tfu'' ones wlio 
rere arnon^ the select audience in an overflowing; audi toriujn. 

The first numher of the mixed choir "Vlasti vzdalene" (Far From Home) v/rs 
so touching pnd crjrri^d out in such a manner .-^ to hrin^ forth thxmderous 

The women's choir of "Ladr:" t'^an appeared in a p'^rformpnce nf "Pochodu" 
(Progress) for which they were enthusir.stic; lly applauded. '*nt less ^as 
the applaure accorded to '^r. Jiil.H. Vevra for his "bass solo. 



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"Rozrnarny niislc/ sbor" (-^is satisfied ken's Club) perforned "by the club, 
"L/rp", met with apprecietion a" do all tueir. efforts. 

The Trio "-.'ore Bourlive" (Storny Sep) sung by-'Iiss L, Procha^^'a, -'r. 
Pitt and ^'r. Ot. Kubina did honor to all the perfomers. 

ivlr. Pitt's tenor solo was received with so much ap;)lause that an encore 
was necessary. - . 

It is hoped thrt the public will soon again be given the op^oortunity to 
enjoy a like performance. 


SVOHIJOST, January 27th. 1379. 


The first concert apopnrance of the Girls Singing Society "Lada" eiven 1-^?;^ 
right in the "Cesko Americkeho Sokola" (Bohemian Ain^^rican Sokol) Hall was a complete 
success, end testifies to the ardent diligence of the director and the entire cast. 
The entire program was enjoyed. 

The comic quarter "Professor's Household," the waltz "Na l>maj," and the comic 
songs were reoeated. The closing comedy "Neray aneb Zkouska Lasky" (Dumh or Love's 
Tribulations) was well played. 


Svornost. Chicago. October 22th, 1273, ( -■ -A 

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The Concert given yesterday in "Tel. Jed. Sokol" (Gymnastic Society Sdirol; 
Hall was a "brilliant success, though it was worthy of a larger audience. It 
probably is the hard times we are having that causes the small attendance we 
have had the past year. 

The concert opened with a girl Trio singing "Dobrou Noe" (Goodnight.) 
Later there were two more trios composed of the Misses Bernhard, Miller, Vrbieka, 
Kolar, Zajicek and Dusek, Mr, Rajndl rendpred two national songs. 

During the repetition of this comedy the entire audience was in a constant 
uproar so that even the actors who took the animal "Darts were owercome with 
laughter, Mr. Pitt, Piskacek, Zajlcek and Staetenka played the animal quartet. 

We are hopeful that we shall have the pleasure of again hearing the fin« 
voice of Mr. Rajndl while he is in Chicago. 

B. Avocational and Intellectual 
1. Aesthetic 

b. Painting and Sculpture 

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Dennf Hlasatel. Feb, 18, 1920. 


The Chicago Artists Society, composed of painters and sculptors, gained 
the recognition of Chicago Czechoslovaks, in connection with the annual 
exposition of painters and sculptors from Chicago and vicinity, which 
v;as held in the Chicago Art Institute. They arranged a "Czecho-Slavonic 
artistic entertainment" which v/as attended by members and invited guests. 
The entertainment was held in the club rooms of the Chicago Art Institute, 
apparently for the reason that some of our Czech-American artists partic- 
ipated in the Art Institute exhibition with some of their remarkable works. 
About the exhibition and about the Czech artists who participated, we 
referred some time ago. Today, we shall write only about the program, 
and we gladly do it because it is in the interest of Czech-American Art, / ;■' 
thus in the interest of the uppermost good cause. ' ^V 

Our countryman, Antonln Sterba, who was a member of the arrangement ccci- 
mittee, and also in charge of the musical program, met with success in the 

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discharge of his duties. The Cesky Delnicky Pevecky 3bor (Bohemian IVorlc- 
raen*s Singing Society), under the dirsction of Lir, Joseph Houdek, who also 
is a nember of the Chicago oymphonic Orchestra, co-operated and sang the 
i^ierican national hjnnn, also the Czechoslovak hyiiin. Then follov/ed a 
number of our Czechoslovak folk songs. The individual numbers stirred 
the audience, and were so loudly applauded that the singers were forced 
to add a fev; more nu'ibers. Following these numbers on the program was the 
Dvofakovo Trio, (Dvorak's Trio) played by Inessrs, Jldward Freund, Louis 
Cernusak and Rudolph Fiala. The duet from the "Frodana Nevesta" (Bartered 
Bride) v;as sung by I.lrs. Louis Topinka and ijc, Joseph Hurt, with the piano 
accompaniment of Lliss ilenie ".ieicher, v;hich was applauded heartily, n 
beautiful number on the program was the poem "Logendy" by Ivlrs. i.Iabel Sterba, 
wife of Ivlr. Antonin oterba, who comprehensively touched upon the Czecho- 
slovakian arts, and v/ho presented it successfully. 

The entertainment v;as really nice and lively, and aided remarkably in ac- 


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q^uainting other nationalities with Czechoslovak vocal and musical arts 
with v/hich they seemed to be enthused. 

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Denni Hlasatel , Sept, 26, 1918, 


The Chicago Evening Post , vrtilch prints the Czechosloyak cause of liberation, 
had in last Tuesday's issue an article headed "Czechoslovak Art", Several 
items appear on the page devoted to art. They all deal with Czechoslovak 
artists, •••• 


Leslie's Weekly r eproduced a picture by the Czech- American, Sarka, It shovs 
a Czechoslovak warrior with sword in hand and one foot resting upon a German 
helmet. It symbolizes the "Rebirth of a Nation**,,,,  



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I!r. Ignaz IL, Sahula, of 1255 South Konensky Avenue, Novy Tabor, a Chicago 
suburb, was one of the students of the Art Institute who competed for a 
prize for the best posters to be used by the United States recruiting 
service. He received a very flattering letter only a few days ago which 
v/as signed by Captain ?. R. Kenney, chief of the United States recruiting 
service for the Chicago district. The message informed him that he via.3 
at the top of the list of those who received honorable mention in the 
competition, Iiis poster depicts the Statue of Liberty, before whom lies 
a tovm in flames. A young soldier v/ith his bugle calling others to their 
duty stands in the foreground. There is an appropriate inscription 

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As we have mentioned briefly before, the amateur-photof^rapher members of the 
Ceske Narodni Sdruzeni are organizing a gala night which will be held some- 
time next month and at which the distribution of prizes of a photographic 
contest will take place. It will be the first night of its kind in Bohemian 
America, and the prizes awarded will be well worth preserving by all their 

There will be an entertaining program arranged for the evening, and the whole 
affair will be a social event of the first order, perhaps the red-letter day 
of our social season 

Following are the rules of the contest. All our photographers should clip 
them out and save 



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Rules of the Contest of Bohemian Amateur Photographers 

The contest will take place in the second half of the month of November. 

The prizes that will be awarded to the exhibitors of the best amateur photo- ^ 
graphs are: '^ 


1) A silver cup and the title of champion of Chicago Bohemian amateur photog- 
raphers. The cup will be the winner* s property. c 


2) Travel camera, value, at least |15. ^ 


3) Bronze trophy. 

4) Field glass. 

5) Enlargement and framing of the photograph awarded this prize 

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Photographs to be submitted must be the work of countrymen from Chicago and 
vicinity who have never been professional photographers.,.., 

■Hie prizes will be awarded by a jury consisting of Bohemian professional photog,r^' 
raphers and members of the building arts committee of the Cesky Umelecky Klub ri. 
( Bohemian Arts Club ),.... ^^ 


The net profit of the contest and the whole evening at which the prize distri- r- 
bution will take place will go to the Ceske Narodni Sdruzeni (Bohemian National^ 
Alliance) as a cift of Bohemian amateur photographers and of those countrymen j^^ 
who are donating the nrizes 

All communications should be directed to the Ceske Narodni Sdruzeni at 3639 
West 26th Street, at the corner of Millard Avenue 



Denni Hlasatel. Sept. 11, 1911. 


The ranks of Czech artists in America have been increased oy one of oiir 
cotintrymen whose handling of brushes is a real art. We had the opportunity 
to make the acquaintance of this artist in the atelier of i-ir. Vladimir 
Shamberk (Vladimir Samberk) located in Kimball Hall in the person of Mr* 
Joseph Tomanek. Mr. Tomanek was schooled in the art of interior decorating 
in the old country. This trade did not satisfy Mr. Tomanek. For that 
reason, he began to train himself in his art with water colors. 

Mr. Tomanek came to America about a year ago, and made his living by hard 
work such as almost every intelligent immigrant finds to be almost a necessity. 
He visited the atelier of Mr. Shamoerk and asked to be allowed to complete 
his education in painting and to receive instruction so that he could make 
use of his talents. He showed wr. Sheimberk some of his water colors. Mr. 
Shamberk examined the work, and finding that he had real ability, accepted 
him into his atelier where he completed his training in jointing. It can 


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Denni Hlasatel , Sept. 11, 1911. 

now be said of Mr. Tomanek that he is a real artist. 

.¥e saw some of his paint in^^s, outstanding of which are his "Othello and 
Desdemono," "Tarantela," a portrait of "Tolstoy," and many picturesque 
landscapes from the vicinity of Brookfield 

Mr. Joseph Toinanek is tvrenty-two years of age, and 7ras born in Straznice, 
Hodonina, i-^oravia. 

He cane to /America from Praha, v;here he vias employed before coming to this 

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Denni Hlasatel . July 23, 1911. 


Without any flattery, we must recognize that seventeen year old country- 
man, Karel .7eiss, of 4511 South .<ood Street, is gifted with an unusual 
talent for painting. He is the oldest of five children of Mr. Leopold 
rt'eiss, who owns and operates a variety store and barber shop at that 

Young Karel has had an unusual liking for painting ever since the age 
of five, and he has saved some paintings from the period during which 
he attended public school. Up to this time, he had not yet received any 
training in the art which merits recognition. Later, after he had 
graduated from public school, he entered the Art Institute, where he 
studied for one year. At present, he works in his ovm atelier, in the 
home of his faoher. He is working to complete a scene taken from nature. 
The young artist especially excels in landscape paint ing. 

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Denni Klasatel . July 23, 1911. 

I'iT, Weiss has his paintings on exhibition in his father* s place of 
business, some of .hich are offered for sale, .Ve wish our young coun- 
tryman much success. 

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I K Deani Hlasa tel, Dec. 20, 1903. 


No doubt the report of the organization of a Bohemian Artists Society, bearing 
the name of one of the greatest living Bohemian masters, will interest our public 
in the greatest degree. The n^lmber of artists in our midst continues to grow 
and become more powerful, in this respect we can boast that we have far surpassed 
many other nationalities, '^"he number of creative artists is increasing xinusually 
rapidly and of these, painters decisively occupy first place. These young artists 
finally came to the realization that it will be f(^r better for them, and for 
art in particular, if they are ;inited in one strong organization. The work of ,^ 
orgajiizing the Bohemian artists had been going on for a long time until finally 5 

on the 22nd of Sep, the Mikulas Ales society of Bohemian artists was organized. -^^ 


The society will meet every Sunday morning between 8:00 and 11; 30 A.M. in the ^ 

Bohemian-Americsin Hall at 588 West 18th street. At these meetings, lectures willg 

be given about art and at the same time drawings from models will be done. For •" 

the membership this will be not only entertainment but excellent practice. As ?^ 

we are informed, it is the goal of this society to hold exoositions twice each ?^ 

year, in spring and fall. 



I K . Denni Hlasatel, Dec. 20, 1903. 

Every Bohonian painter may become a member of this society by merely paying 
fifty cents a month dues, no initiation fee is required. At the time of the 
organization of this society the foil wing officers were elected: Jan Jirse, 
Chairman. Ladies are also accepted in the society and many of them applied. 
This is a welcome revelation, because it convinces us that our Bohemian ladies are 
in novise remaining behind, going forwar' with exemplary determination in every- 
thing, also in art. 





B. Avocational and Intellectual 
1. Aesthetic 
c. Theatrical 
(1) Drama 

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ill E Dernii Hlasatel, Dec. 12, 1922. ^ 


Those v/ho attended the play j-iveu last Sunday in tho Sokol Karel Jonas of 
Cicero, Illinois, had no cause to feel disappointed. The drai:iatic depart- 
ment of the Sokol prepared a really v/orth-;.'hile entertainment by producing 
Earel I-iskor's cci.'icdy, "i'rozatinni )!ia:;:',elstA'i" (Toiroorary Llari-iage) » The 
stage v;as managed by Lr, Sr.irick^'-, and the amateur actors proved that they 
studied and rehearsed their roles x;ell. There v.-as a full measure of ^ood 

comedy attested to by repeated storms of applause The stagecraft, too, 

was excellent, and the music played betv/een the acts satisfactory. The 
drai-iatic department is nov; studyinf^ the French play, "IJadam X," v;hich v/ill 
be given near Christmas. 


II B 1 c (1) BOHEMIAN 

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Denni Hlasatel , Oct. 17, 1922. 



The dramatic association of the Earel Jonas Sokol of Cicero, Illinois, has * 

a great many reasons to feel elated over the results of its activity for F 

the past season. Every one of its theatrical performances was a huge success. ^ 

Moreover, the theater-going public was highly satisfied with these dramatic ^ 

productions, thus ever widening the circle of friends and votaries who support S 

that well-known Cicero organization. ^ 


To open the autumn season the Karel Jonas Sokol produced an operetta titled 
"Almo, Kfle bydlis?" (Alma, V/here Dost Thou Live?) Every single seat in 
the house was sold, and people had to be turned away by the box office. The 
performance did honor to the amateurs. The play was smooth, and the songs 


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well sung. Everybody was enthusiastic about the play and manifested his 
delight by long and almost continuous applause, which often shook the 
building to its foundations. 

The role of "Alma" was sung by the popular soprano Mrs, Louisa Topinka, whose 
guest appearance on the Cicero stage was hailed and acclaimed by the local 
theater-going public. The rest of the players were: Mrs. John Sedlacek, 
Mrs, Smiricky, and Mrs. Mrazek; Mr, Smiricky, Mr, Novak, Mr, Stefl, Mr, Sverak, 
Mr, Kukla, Mr, Huml, and Mr, Hromadko, Each one of the actors tried to do 
his best by close attention to the role assigned to him or her. The whole 
of the play was therefore harmonious. The production itself was good from 
a technical point of view. The reaction of the audience will no doubt en- 
courage the players to continue their good efforts. 



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Denni Hlasatel . Sept. 7, 1922. 


The very industrious drama departnent of the Sokol Earel Jonas is in the ^ 
midst of rehearsing for an operetta to be given on Sunday, September 10, 1922. 5 
For this perfoiraance the Ludvikovo Divadlo (Ludvik Dramatic Association) has ex 
kindly loaned the services of its member, ISr, Tony Wagner [~ 


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Denni Illasatel , June 17, 1922, 


A pleasant evening of entertainment awaits those of our countrjnien who \vill 
attend a recital to be given by the pupils of tiie Ceska ovoborayslna Skola 
Jan Neruda (Jan ileruda Bohenian rree Thouglit School) in the hall of the Sokol 
Havlicek-'Tyrs, Lavmdale Avenue betv;een 26th and 27th Streets. 

Two charming and huniorous draiaatic plays will be given. The costumes and speech 
of the amateur actors will be characteristic of both the Slovak and Hanak peoples. 
There will be songs. Tlie plays will portray love for the native villages and 
its old customs. The little players have been well rehearsed by their teacher, 
IJr, Frantisek Veverka, in whose honor the theatrical performance is given. 


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Denni Hlasatel , May 13, 1922, 


Had Svatopluk Cech, who is one of the greatest poets of Bohemia, written only 
his one epic poem, Losetinsky Kovar (The Blacksmith of Lesetin) , that alone 
would have assured him of immortality. One proof of that is the great 
popularity which this v;ork enjoys among all strata of our society. One may 
say that it became a part of us. Its popularity became so great that it led r^ 
to its dramatization, r~ 

It is this play, then, which at present is being diligently rehearsed by the o 
foremost amateur actors of our Bohemian settlements, under the direction of ^ 
the well-known countryman LIr, J, Kukal, The play is to be given to-morrow at 
8 P» M. by the Bohemian Branch of the Sdruzeni Katolickych Lesniku (Catholic 
Order of Foresters) in the assembly hall of the Svata Ludmila (Saint Ludraila) 
School, Albany Avenue West 24th Street, The play is essentially Bohemian and 
nationalistic, and those who desire to became acquainted with it should attend. 


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07 IJ13. ;jt?o:tij cjtzsni:. 


0\ir great, active, and inclef at i enable club -vorlcer, llrs. /mtonie Gervonlca, 
ivas honorerl last V/ednesday evening. Mrs, Cerveolca is a vrortliy theatrical 
amteur, a-d the public rreeted her on this occasion with great enthusiasn. 
She v;as literally snowed under with the many flov/ers brourjht by her faithful 
fans, This benefit perforiiiance vris, as usual, r;;iven for purely charitable 

purposes. The play was "Lydie," a rojnance of a Russian nihilist ;vDnan 

and I.Irs, Oervenlca v--as civen the title role, v;hicu she played beautifully, 
giving stress to certain emotional characteristics of the heroine 

The difficult role of Lydia's fatlier was played by lir, Janous, viho endeavored 

to do justice to it The sta;;e i:ianaf:ei.ient was in the able hands of 

Mr, Jindrich .eidnur, and the success of the ■lay vms partly due to his talent 
and Zeal 


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Dennl Hlasatel . Mar. 7, 1922. 


This Young and zealous Club has had several opportunities to appear before our 
wider public, and its dramatic performemces are always well attended. Its 
rehearsals and stage technique lead to exemplary theatrical productions. The 
Club at present is rehearsing "Diblik, Sotek Z Hor" (Little Devil or the 
Mountain Goblin) which is to be given tomorrow in the hall of the Cesko-Slovanske 
Podporujici Spolky (Czecho-Slavonic Benevolent Societies), 18th and May Streets. 
We hope that the attendance will be large enou^ to warrant the zeal of the 
members of the Club. Particularly should our young people attend this per- 
formance which begins sharply at 8 P. M The proceeds will go to the Sdruzeni 

Ceskych Svobodnych Skol (Federation of Bohemian Free 'Riought Schools). 

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■nrsATiaCiU, ;;oiiiv oi?' iiu sokcl i^sl joiias 



•Hie sincere effort of the amateurs of the drai-^.atic section of the Jolcol I^rel 
"Jonas provides a pleasant entertainment to our couiitryi.ien in Cicero, Illinois, 
and. laeets v;ith j.iuch succgsg. Jurin;; tlie v.'intor season several plays v;ere 
presented and everyone of them v;as characterized by a real effort to improve 
whatever draraatic talent these ar.iatcurs possess. 

Last ounday, for iustanco, tho co::ied;/ "ICdyz Ilocour ;.eni iJona' {'.<hen the Cat 

is Av;ay) by oliva, caused creat merriment amonG the people v;ho attended it 

Tlie sta;;e mana-ement was headed by Li*. J, Stefl; the management ani"" the cast 

took sreat pains to produce a perfect play l.r. J. Cemy's orchestra played 

several classical -oieces bet'veen the act.j 

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Deiini iaas:^tel , Jan. 17, 1922. 


The afternoon rerfonnancs ';:iven lust Sunday by the Ceslco-Slovanske Podporajici ^ 

Spollcy (Gzecho-Slavonic Benevolent Societies) in the hall of the Cesko- r= 

Slovanslce Podporujici Spolky v/as v/ell attended. T:iis proves' that our people -^ 
appreciate the value and efforts of our araateur actors. Fort's "7 3esken i^ji" ^ 

(In the Bohenia:i Garden of Uden) v;as very successful The Gzech stage here 2 

nay boast of talented ar:ateurc who are real devotees of the art. Tlie in- 
dividual roles v;ere carefidly studied and played 


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The SdniSenl Ceskych Svobodoirysln^'ch Skol (Fsclerutiou of Boheniar. ?roe Thoucht 
Schools) is vievjed vdth iindiscuised interest by raanjr people. For this reason 
we note v;ith intere.t that a theatrical production by the Delnicica Drariaticka 
Jednota {'.;ork'inci:ien's JrLi.iatic ..ssociuticn) will be staj^ed on Januarj-- 15 at 
two o'clock in tlie afternoon, in the hall of Sokol Gaica,:'©.. ..The s\:bject 
of th'- play is particularly siiitable and ti.niely for the needs of our schools. 
It deals with the conflict betveen the old and nev; generations, the latter 

beinf: the victor The audience \.'ill surely be pleased v.'ith the outeone of 

the play. g 

Tickets nay be obtained fror.i the secretary of the subcoim.iittee of the Sdruzenf " 
Ceskych rJvobodo.Tyslnych Skol, or from the instructors in the Boner.iian Free 
Thou^^t schools. They ray also be obtained at the box office on the day of 
the play. Our v;. sh is tliat this play v;ill :r.eet with moral and material 
success, since the schools deserve such success for their useful work in 
educating our Bohemian people. 


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An original comedy called the Krai Liliputansky (King of Lilliput) was pre- 
sented last night by the iPatronat (Board of trustees) of the Jan Neruda 
Bohemian Free Thought School at Sokol Havlicek Tyrs Hall. The theatrical 
performances of this school are very popular with our people, and the hall, 
as usual, was filled to capacity. The presentation of the play proceeded 
smoothly and it was a treat to note how well the little ones presented their 
respective roles and how fluently and beautifully they spoke the Bohemian 
language. This children's theater is a great school of the Bohemian lan- 
guage for our Bohemian youth, and in this respect, Ur. Frantisek Veverka, 
under whose direction the performance was given, is the children's consci- 
entious teacher and patient stage manager. 


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Deimi Klasatel . May 23, 1921. 


A theatrical perforriiance by the children attending oxir Free Thought schools ^^ 
vras given yesterday afternoon at the Sokol Chicago Hall, and in spite of the '3 
fact that hot weather prevailed, the attendance vreis large. Those 7;ho attended .-^ 
were entirely satisfied, for they enjoyed a beautiful children's play that was rZ 
excellently presented, and had the satisfaction of knowing that they had finan- ^ 
cially helped our schools. g 

The young amateurs, under the direction of one of their teachers, llrs. Eli ska 
Racek, presented a great scenic play called "Konza" (Johnny), with songs and 
dances; nan;/ of the school children participated. The play was snoothly 
presented. There was a number of girls chariaingly dressed as fireflies, large 
groups of court ladies and gentleraen, nany little dancers dressed in national 
costume, picturesque groups of villagers — this entire variegated group of 



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children created a deep impression upon the audience. The dances and the 
songs v;ere taught and drilled by lliss B. Duda, teacher; the stage manaser 
was ilr. Ilanus ?arsk:', teacher; the excellent children orchestra y;as conducted 

by lip. /Jjfred Kovar. The audience enjoyed a pleasant afternoon by witnessing ^ 

a fine perforiiiance of the young armteurs. The people v;ere pleased by the -S 

accoraplishnent of the school children, and it is only to be v;ished that they -^ 

support every project of our Free Thought schools and thereby encourage them r^ 

to a further activity. -a 




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Dennl Illanatel , Apr. 15, 1921. 

TH2..TRIC.^ ri^R^OHI-lillC:: OF 

The peojjle v;lio filled the spacious audi tor iui of the Sokol Havlioek-Tyrs 
Kail to capacity last './ednesday evening: viere pleasantly surprised and 
enjoyed an a{;-reoable perfomiance prepared for then by the Dorostovy Klub ^ 

Vojta Ilaprstek (Vojta Ilaprstel: Junior Club). This orijinisation of 2 

enlightened and patriotic /^irls and boys is well knoxm to our people, and c: 

its reputation is still grovan^ by every ne;7 perforiiiance. Last Jesnesday, r* 

this popular Club introduced itself to its patrons again in a great enchanting ^ 
comedy witli songs and dances, "IJLjm na Zen::" (Hill of Youth) vias presented o 

and the result vm.s really brilliant. The production of this comedy is very ^.^ 

difficult, but thanks to the clever laanageiient of Li*. iTrantisek Tlach, a r"? 

teacher, all those who participated in this comedj'' succeeded in overcoming <^' 

all the obstacles. The audience ivitnessed a perforr.iance which is an honor 

to the arrangers The brilliant success of this perforiiiance will 

surely be a c^eat encouragement to the Dotosto\'y Klub Vojta Naprstek in its 
future activity. 

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Deniix ID .u sat3l . Jan. 21, 1921. 

A TiE:.;!rRic.j. pjii?o;?:.:j^c:: wf Tin: soicc]. st. yitt^s ' 

The St. Vitus Sokol Ko. 40 of the ^Cutolicka Jednota Sokolslca v /jnerica (Union 
of Catholic Soicols of iiiierica) arranr^ed a tlieatrical perfoririance last '. Wednesday 
eveniu{^ at the 3o>:ol Chica.'-o hall. The ceii®r::il success attained by this ^ 

perforriance v.'ill siirely encourage the amateurs to fiirther activity, 5 

Ad. effective picture frcen life called the "ovutojansl-cy Dvur" (Court of Zt, John) ^ 

was -oresented on the stare under the direction of Joset)h Loner. The siiiooth -- 

ensenble and accurate characterization of individual parts .'^ave proof of the o 

intellirjsnt study and attention rjiven* to the ierfornance by all those v/ho ca> 

participated C:^ 


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Denni Hlasatel , Dec. 28, 192dO. 

soiiOL ghig.j:jo h;xl 

Theatrical performances in the English lancuage upon the Bohemian stage is ^ 
the nev;est step in omp histrionic life. The credit for this nev; acquisition 'Ci 
must be given to the Three Links Dramatic Cociety, headed by I.Irs. Jaroslava r^ 
Kasalicky Holzinger. This body is an association of youn:^ and talented -o 
Bohemian actors v/ho have appeared before our public several times, presenting o 
Snglish plays. 

Last Saturday, on Christnas Day, the young apprentices in histrionic art pre- 
sented an English play, "The Real Thing .^fter .J.l"» The action of the play is 
very reriiarkable, for it deals v;ith the post-belliun period. The play was di- 
rected by l.lrs. nolzinger, -md it must be admitted that it v;as a surprisingly 
polished porforjaance. SJ.1 the actors knew their parts perfectly, ..'e regret 
that the attendance v/as not as large as it should have been. The follov;ing 
amateurs appeared in the play: I.'rs. Jc.roslava ICasalicky Holzinger, 

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r.iss Zdenka Borovicka Sulc, Miss Helena I^rj'ch, Kr. Joseph Llartin, 
Lliss SrnelynQ 31cala, Llr. Jaroslav Kubat, Lliss Otilie Slechta-, l.Ir. Jaroslav 
Jahoda, I.Iiss Jifina Cerr/lc, I'r. Louis anrz,, Joseph P. Jllsnic, l.:iss Jirina 
Drska, l.iss Ella Vlk, l.'r. Stanislav Barton, and two unusually talented girls, 
Virginia Bambas and ilildred Linhart, who, in spite of their youth, performed =3 
their p-.rts in a very manner. i— 

An orchestra under the leadership of Lr. Jan Jurena furnished the music. j^ 



Dennl Hlasatel . Sept. 14, 1920. 


The customary annual theatrical performance of the alliance of the Bohemian 
lodges of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, held last Sunday at the Sokol 

Chicago Hall, was successful in every respect. A large audience watched the ^ 

performance and was kept in an enthusiastic and humorous mood by members of j» 

the Three Link Draonatic Society, who, in Stolba*s comedy ^♦Ach ta laska!" (Oh, = 

That Lovel), presented their first large-scale performance in the Bohemian rj 

language, 1-irs. Holzinger, who rehearsed and directed this charming comedy, :^ 

induced all those who participated to follow the example of the American o 

stage and play without a prompter, which is interesting news to the Bohemian c» 

stage § 

The absence of a prompter in no way affected the production, and considering 
the fact that all those v;ho participated are either American-born or have 
been in this country since childhood, the performance was very remarkable. 

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This fact should be acknowledged by our people by continued support of the 
Bohemian performances of the Three Links Dramatic Society in future. 





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Demil PUasatcl . Jan. 19, 1920, 


Complaints of otir second rjeneration, claiming that our young boys and girls 
have no opportunity to prove their histrionic abilities and talents on the 
Bohemian stages, x;ere heard quite often. This circumstance probably aided 
considerably tovvard the organization of a society of fift3'^ members under 
the name of "The Three Links Dramatic Society," composed of the youngest 
members of the Praha Lodge of the I.O.C.F. and Libuse Lodge of the 
Rebeccas. This society intends to present in the hall of Soicol Chicago 
a series of dramatic plays in the Zn^lish language as often as the time 
necessary to study and leam the play will permit. 

This nevi organization is ass\ired of the support of the members of the 
Independent Order of Odd Fellows lodges, and also the members of the 
Masonic lodges and the Eastern Stars. Due to the fact that many of our 
younger and older countrymen are attending the English theatrical pro- 

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ductions — frequently to listen and hear the correct English — there is a 
possibility that this enterprise will be an outstanding success, iips. 
Eolzinger, a dramatic artist, vihose experience in rehearsals and 
arrangement of theatrical perfomances is well known, v/as elected as 

The officials of the Three Links Dramatic bociety are: Jos, i-acek Jr., 
president; Helen Kanzel, vice-president; Bozena Kasalicky, secretary; 
Louis Fiorak, treasurer; James Barton, business manager; Vaclav Hnatek, 
publicity agent; A. Barton, electro-technician; and Joseph Smrz and F, 
Valis, property adiainistrators. 

The first performance u-ill be held in Chicago the latter part of Feb- 
ruary, or the first part of IJarch, at the latest. It is to be a musical 
comedy called "A Couple of Millions." It vras produced v;ith great success 
in Nev/ York. 

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Denni Hlasatel . Apr. 21, 1918. 


Male and female members of the Club Zobak (Beak) gave a performance last night 
in which they were supported by some of the best actors from the "Czech California" 
district. The entertainment was given for the benefit of the Sokol Chicago build-^ 
ing, where the event took place. ^ 

"Deti Vltavy" (Children of the Moldau) , a picture of Czech life by Joseph Svab, F 
popular humorist, emd Jos. Wanderer, we]J.-known cabaret singer, both of Prague, 70 
Bohemia, was on the program. o 

The acting was not eztraordineury, and so it is understandable that the "Children 
of the Moldau" showed certain defects. Nevertheless, the piece has sound humor 
as well as scenes which touch the more tender side of emotional life. ....Among 
the players there were several who are well-known frooi the stage, such as Mr. 
Rausar, Mr. Placek, Mrs. Frydl, Mrs. Slavka Svoboda, and Mr» and Mrs. Suva. 


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The auditorium of Sokol Chicago v/as reserved for the many friends of the Odd 
Fellov;s LcdgR Prague No. 231 who filled the hall yesterday. "Krejci Lekafeni'' 
(The Tailor in the Role of Physician), a burlesque in four acts by Kaiser, 
was presented aj a novelty for our public. It bristles with humor and forces 
a smile upon the face of even an inveterate sorehead. The acting was almost 
alv;ays excellent. Mr. J. A. Hospodsky played the part of the tailor and also 
directed the stage. :j 




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Denni Hlasatel . Mar. IS, IS 18. 



"Slimovrat , ♦* with the sub-title "A Contest between Tvio Women," was given for 

the first time by the amateur actors in the hall of Sokol Havlfcek-Tyrs last ,^ 

night, Albert J. Havranek, a Chicago Czech nev;s writer, is the author. •*V/e ^ 

regret to state that it v;as not accorded the quality of performance which it r::; 

deserves. Aside from sporadic efforts, the playing was superficial." The [-- 

work is called "a comedy" by the author, although it ends in tragedy and "^ 

fathoms love of life in its profound depth. ^ 

The performance was a disappointment for the author and also for the audience, ^ 
which filled the hall to demonstrate its love for Czech plays. This piece is <>: 
a genuine product of Czech-American dramatic art, and, if performed accordingly, 
would hold its own on any legitimate stage. 

The performance was given for the benefit of Mr. Svejnar, who selected a part 

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which corresponds with his ability, and not one in which other actors can show 
themselves to better advantage 




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The great success of "Prodana Ilevesta" (The Bartered Bride), recently presented,-^ 
by the Bedrich aaettaia Singing Jociety, invites all friends of our draiaa and fH 
sons "to consider the unf avorcible conditions under which our theaters have had "^ 
to exist for several seasonrj. The box office suffers as does the artistic ^ 


quality of our dramas. Because of poor box office receipts, our theaters must "r- 
abandon many plans v;hich they would so gladly make and carry out under more 
propitious circuiiistances. Consequently, their entire repertories are subject 
to compulsory changes. They are governed by the classic question—which 
dominated the "Kecal the IJatclLiialcer, " an outstanding character in the "Bartered 
Bride" — ^Hov; much is in it? 

Yet, not even this question is of importance, for simple reason that our 
perforraances are not conducted for profit and, indeed, do not yield anj''. "Je 



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imist be satisfied if the receipts meet the erq^enses, or at least keep the 
deficit at a bearable f injure. Tlie deficit is the stiiriblinc block for all 
theaters in the .7orld, except for those v/hich drav7 substantial subventions. 
This is v/ell knov.Ti, and has been denionstrated on our Chicago stages anj'' 
number of tines. It may not sound particularly'' flattering for our theater- 
going public. .\.t ani' rato, these circuj-^tances play an important part in the S 
coiTJiercial and artistic reasoninc of our professional and amateur troups. ^ 

V/ill there be enough left to pay for the hall and the music? C3 





Suddenly there appeared a singinc society v/hich produced the "Bartered Bride," 
and saw the hall of Sokol Chicaijo filled to the last seat and remotest corner. 
It is expected tliat the performance v/ill be repeated vath the same success 
a third, a fourth, a fifth time. Not even tiiis sliould appear so astounding;, 
for "3vadlenk2^" (Tlie Little Dressmaker Girls) and other plays proved to be 
remarkable hits. The reason for these successes is that all the lovers of 
Smetana*s music were vri.llin£ to pay the unusual price of tv.-o dollars for 
main floor and best gallerj" seats. The hich prices v;ere necessary becaiise 

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of the extraordinarily heavy expenses incunbent upon anj' production of the ^ 
"Bartered Bride," ovir most popular national opera. 3xiienses should, however, ^ 
be of secondary importance considering the established fact that it vrcis '^ 

possible to fill the hall at an abnornially hish adnission prico and under C 

the prevailing; unfavorable conditions. 5 

The older generation of our theater- loving public reiieinbers how adnission -^ 

prices of fifteen, tv;enty-five, and thirty-five cents v/ere charged in those "^ 
days, and the audience could enjoy dancing after the perfori;iance. They 
v/ere in this v;ay offered a two-fold pleasure, wTien, in later years, the 
admission ;vas raised to fifty cents and, at the sane tine, the bar was 
reinoved, and the dance onitted, people befran to rej^ird this reforiTi as down- 
right dan^^erous, for they felt that they were not retting their money *s 

IJany chanj^es have taken place since those tiiaes, and they v;ere a credit to 
our theaters. Yet, when people thought of having to pay a two-dollar 




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admission, they began to v/onder. Bieir msgivings proved unfounded for most 
people attach less inportiince to the amount paid, than to the question of 
whether they get their money's worth, litoen they got it they x'/ere satisfied. 

The question of hi.^h admissions does not hinge only on the element of 
satisfaction, but also, materially, on the attraction exertod by certain 
vjorlcs upon the public. The "Bartered Bride" certainly does not lack in power of g 
attraction. This was evident v;hen the Ludvikovci theatrical troupe produced it Ir 
in iimerica for the first tine, under the baton of Professor Gapek, and also when 
the work was perfon.ied by the Letropolitan Opera Company in the Auditorium 
Theater, ^t its first performance, it v;as sung in Czech, In the Auditoriam, 
however, there were Gemian v;ords to Czech music. Nevertheless, our people paid a 
still higher admission, and did it joyfully. Our ai.iateur sti^ge cannot, of course, 
be compared with the I.Ietropolitan upera but, thou;-/i our people feel at home 
when they hear Czech music sung to Czech words, they are not loath to hear it 
sung in German. In Czech, however, Czech music sounds different, warraer, and 



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penetrates to the Czech heart. 

To produce an opera is, under our circijr.stances, no small undertakinc. It 
demands untirin-- vrork, and involves serious financial risks. For two dollars -^^ 


our public had everythinc it could ask for — music, soloists, chorus, and rj 

artistic dancing. i.:orcovor, thej^ leerned to value the high qualities of an tj 
opera overture. o 

Vfe have f;ained an additional c::periencc in seein^- that in order to succeed ^ 

witli the play, v;e did not liave to produce it dov.iatown. Ealls located in our *^ 
Czech cor.jinunity answer the purpose very v;ell. The larf:e halls dovmtovm have 
a more spacious sta^e, but they liave less scenic implements. Cur public also 
feels more at home in our lialls. Ltist but not least, our halls need the 
financial support of our people. 

In sett in?:: off the success of "The IJarterod Bride" against that of other vjorks 

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played in our theaters, i^ '.vill suTfice to point to the fact that there is 
only one "Bartered Bride". TliiJ explains everythin,^. Our theater does not 
poGsess another endeavor so close to Czech national sentiiient, and v;hich 
so powerfully attracts not only the uusic-lovin^ public, but also the lar.-^e 
riaso of our people, filling a theater to capacity despite hi^h adnission =5 



Our theatrical literature possesses sone .grandiose v/orks that could rival 
the succe33 of the "Bartered Dride," for instance, Jirasek*s "Jan Zizlca", 
They require elaborate scenic display, and can be produced on].;/ by big 
theatrical combinations, ^i performance such as this was accojaplished by 
the Czechs of ITev; York, .ie in Chicago seen to be in a different position. 
It appears that our public is not veiy particular in selecting its theatrical 
repertory to suit these portentous tiinoG. It even happens that at Czech 
patriotic occasions, Gerraan burlesques are giveii, as if we could not get along 
without thenl 


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A porfor.^iunce, the TTOceedG of v;;.iCii v:ill be uoed to 3:a7 off ."lort^-ces on the 5 

buildiac of the Sol:ol lltwlico^cz-l^rvs , v.-as riven last ni *ht by the .ircuiatic sec- .-^ 

tion of th .t Solcol -roup, "^enska Yojna" (.1 V/onen's ..:ir), a co.nedy by ^ 

IQicpera, v;as well played before a v.ell-filled houue, 'flie production v/as u:idor ^ 

the direction of the fe.Male 3o:Col nor.bers, g 

The comedy presents a cli^'-P-^e into a v/orld in which v/or.ien v;ear ran'^s .and r.on o 

v;ear petticoats. It is full of unexpectod tur^-o* D^ 

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Lir. ii.. J, Zima has been active for a considerable time in the dramatic 
section of Sokol Havlicek-Tyrs, knovm as the Jdruzeni Ochotnici (United 

^aiateur ^^ctors), and at last night's perfor.aance the public took advantage ^ 

of the opportunity to show its gratitude to hii-ri. It v;as a benefit evening g 

for Ziraa, and the auditoriuri v;as almost completely filled, a large number .-^ 

of visitors came from the ranks of the Sokols, jH 

"The Galley Prisoner," a very sentimental play, civen. It offered the ^ 
actors a wide field for the display of their specific talents, :.:r. .3ima 
played "Jean Kenaud," sergeant in the French army. Lirs. .-oiton Cervenka 
appeared in tv.o roles: the sergeant's wife and a duchess' ward, ohe gave 
ample proof of her histrionic ability. 

The acting of the entire cast was good throughout the performance, I'x, Zelina 
conducted the misic. 


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The amateur actors of the dramatic section of 3okol Karel Jonas in Cicero, 
Illinois, made a lucky strike in selecting "The Countess frcn Podskali" 
for their performance last Sunday. This is a play vshich interests the pub- 
lic by offering historical, sentimental, and humorous scenes. It never 
fails to please, no matter hov; often it appears on our stages. It deals 
with everyday life in an atmosphere v/hich is indip;enous to Podskali, a 
suburb of Prague, and does not, therefore, lack picturesque and droll 

All of the characters were very skillfully portrayed by the Cicero players 
under the direction of !.:r. Hildebrandt. The stage management v;as also 
perfect. I't, Cerny conducted the incidental music. 


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Preparations for the production of "Prodana Nevesta" (The Bartered Bride), ^ 

an operri by Bedrich (Frederick) Saetana, ure in fioll svang. The v/ork, with ^ 

its beautiful nelodiea, vjlll be given by the Ghicaco Czech singing society ,^ 

v;hose na::e is "Bedrich aietuna". The dute is February 24, 1918; the place, p 
Sokol Chicaf;o auditorium, South Kedzie .^venue near 24th Street. 

There v/ere rehearsals throughout last v/eek in v;:ach soloists, chorus, 
orchestra, and dancers, the latter girls frora our Sokol societies, took part. 

For us Czechs, the "Bartered Bride" is infinitely j.iore than mere opera, more 
than a perfect operatic coi.iposition. It is "our ovm" in the deepest sense of 
the v/ord. It has grovm into the soul of the Czech people, .jiyone in v;hose 
veins Czech blood surges v;ill feel overcome by an emotion not to be found 
among non-Czechs upon hearing the melodies from this irmiortal v;ork» 

/J. though the "Bartered Bride" nay be liked ever so much in foreign lands. 







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it can only be loved passionately by us Czechs* '.Vh;-? Because its nusic 
v;hispers into the remotest recesses of our hearts and noves us so deeply that 
hot tears spring into our eyes. 

All our Czech sentiment speaks to us through Snietana's :r.usic — that Czech r= 
consciousness v;hich our ncition has been defending against the assaults of -^ 
enemies for fifteen hundred years. Tliat Czech feeling v/hich v/e v.-ere able to 5 
preserve during the dark and sad tii.ies after the battle on the Blla Hora !— 
(Viliite I..ountain) and keep alive under the ashes of a destruction not compar- 
able even xvith the present horrors in BelGii:im and Serbia; that Czech spirit 
v;hich our patriots roused to nev/ life — all this cannot be described by words. 
'*Vhat tho heritage of centuries has made part of ou:r souls speaks to us through 
Smetana*s music. 

Six hundred and fifty productions of the "Bartered Bride" in the Czech National 
ITieater in Prague, others in various Czech cities, such as Plzen (Pilsen) 
Vinohrady, Brno, and others, as well as in /iraerican cities, such as I3ew York, 


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Cleveland, and Chicago — all these are living proof that the Czech people here 
and across the ocean hold a.ietana dear to their hearts. 

ITev; evidence for this attachr.ient to 3rietana*£ nusic v;ill be furnished hj the 
production of the Czech singing society Bedfich Sinetana, 


One perfomance vri.ll take place on February 24, another on I.Iarch 3. There are 
still some tickets available for the first perfomance. They are obtainable 
at the follov/inc places: Cafe Slavia; Felikan'3 drugstore, 24th Street and 
Kedzie .ivonue; Placek*s place at the hone of Sokol Chicago; Honsik's drugstore. 
Turner ivenue and 25th Street; Dr. Lach, Lavmdale Avenue and 26th Street. 
Tickets for the second ijerfonaance will be placed on sale later. 





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Last Sunday the weather was not favorable for the theater in general, particu- 
larly in places where transi)ortation Is poor. In Cicero, also, many had to 
relinquish the pleasure prepared for them by the amateur actors of the Sokol 
Karel Jonas. The attendance was smaller than usual, but we hope that the 
public will be able to do better at the next performance. 

"Jina KreV* (Different Blood), a pictxire tram life, was cai the repertoire. 
Its milieu is the life of a factory hand. Its Talue as a drama is not high, 
but there are several effective scenes and passages that made an obvious 

Mr. Jos. Mikulas, a very popular amateur, played the part of the workingman 
'Tlora". The workingman' s daughter, "Mary," was portrayed by Mrs. Radvan; 
and Mr. Hildebrandt, director of the theatrical group, appeared in the role 
of "Karel Simek," a youthful workman. Mr. Cemy's band supplied the music. 









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The auditorium of the Sokol Chicago presented a much more pleasant aspect last 
night than a v.^eek ago when, due to a blizzard, the actors played before an 
almost empty house. 


Last night's performance was for the benefit of Llr. Hudolph Suva and his wife, 
Mrs. Kanila Suva, who are, v/ithout contradiction, two of the best-liked members 
of our "Czech Calif omia" stage. The house was sold out. This and the nuner- 5° 
ous gifts bestov/ed upon the artist pair proved their popularity. 



A frolicsone burlesque, Duru*s "Mr. Darimon's Tv;o V/eddings," translated by S 
J. Horn, was on the program. Upon our Czech stage it was introduced under the c?! 
naie "Nevesta V iUmafe" (The Bride in the Clothes Closet). The light humor 
abounding in the piece was perfectly sufficient to create a merry atmosphere 
which was interspersed by frequent outbursts of laughter. The play is very easy 

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The Sdruzenl Ochotnlci (Associated Amateur Actors), who give regular perform- 
ances in the hall of Sokol Havllcek-Tyrs, are wont to furnish new proof of 
their zeal with every new appearance. Their laudable efforts converge upon 
one aim, i. e,, to provide performances at reasonable prices, and at the same 
time to give the public an opportunity to aid a deserving, patriotic cause by 
buying tickets* 

The Amateurs made another step in this direction last night. Unfortunately, 
it was not appreciated by our fellow citizens as far as attendance is concerned. 
The audience was small — far below expectations — though a really entertaining 
piece was on the bill, namely. Nest roy's burlesque, •'The Evil ^irit — Lumpacius 



The proceeds from the evening were destined to go for the Czechoslovak Army. 

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The slight attendance did not dampen the spirit of the actors. They 
gave their best, and the result was correspondingly gratifying. The public 
showed ample evidence of having a good time. The three j ourneymen— one a 
carpenter, one a tailor, and one a shoemaker — who were the centers of S 
attention, were played by Ifeies. Antonie Cervenka, Slivka Krejcf , and "• 

Anna Stoces respectively. The ladies not only acted very well, but ex- 'f 
temporizing frequently, interpolated jokes in true style, as sinyone who knows C 
their former achievements in this field will easily believe. ^ 


They were, however, not the only ones in the foreground. Others in the cast 

also took ftill advantage of the manifold traits and tints with which the 

author colored a number of other cheiracters in the play. "^ 

Mr. Krejc£ takes the lion's sheire for the success of the evening, for his was 
the directing mind, translator's note: There folloiirs a long list of indi- 
viduals who were responsible for the success of the play^ 


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Daimi Illasatol, J .n. 

"?:T^:i.rY.\ c:Lj.cifp:-i" 

Last nif^ht Sokol J]'.icar;o celebratad the t/ent^-first a-iniversary of the foun- 
dation of the Voita rnrirste'-: school, in its hall on .^outh Kod:j;ie -.vonus :.oar 
.;4th ^trj3t. '-"Ii3 pro-'ra". coiisistoJ of thry-s parts: J, Jrp, a ^upil in the 
fourth ^rade of tho scliool, r3cit>3d a prolojuo; ! iss . I.Iartinsk rocited a 
poen, ""ar:ic .aistl::s"; a.-d the fair;' talo 'Tornikova Chalouplia' ('Jin-je -.-bread 
Hut) v/as presented in dra."iatisod for.i .^.nd in verses. .Jbart J. llavranok /nov/s 
■.vritorT", ■.v'lo has interpol :ted nanorous Czech folk son^s, r.rL-unced the fairj'" 

The tale tells about t.vo brocnstickr.ialcers' children, v;ho, having broken a pot 
of nil!:, v;ere sent to the forest to gather strav.'uorrios as a kind of punish- 
iTient, The;/ lose their v.-ay, and are Gau."iit and hold b:'' a v/itch in a fVin^erbread 







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II B 3 house, v/ho wants to roast and oat them. Th3 children savo thonselves 

by their .;its: they sliove the v/itch into the oven. 


The school children who lade up the cast performed cor^iendably, A chorus of '=i. 

130 children, all pupils of the school, sanr the folic son'^s. Dances v^ere also r~ 

■oresentod b""- the children under the direction of Lliss LI. llrametbaur. -o 


The teachers ox" the sciiool deserve to be singled out for praise for their tasic '^ 

of traininfj the children, for the performance vas not an easy one. I,:r. ?. S 

Vlcich, one of the staff, bore the brunt of the hard work. '^ 

The house v;as sold out, fmd the oerfornierG were rewarded v.dth heart-felt ap- 

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The auditorium ol' Sokol Havlicek-Tyrs, South Lawndale Avenue near West 

22nd Street, was the scene of two separate patriotic events. The first 

of them Das the big reception for our guests, the two delegates of the 

French Government. It was held yesterday afternoon and is reviewed in 

another page of this paper. The second was a perfornance by the theatrical . 

group of the amateur actors of Sokol Havlicek-Tyrs, These two events were 

similar in purpose and differed only in that at the reception, the hall was 

packed with people, whereas only a handful attended the theater. This lat- § 

ter fact points to a glaring and woeful neglect of our plucky amateurs who 

are doing everything within their power to help the cause of patriotism and 

charity. Their performance last night was given for the benefit of Czech t? 

soldiers in France, This circumstance alone should have been reason enough 

for our people to fill the hall to capacity. We hope that this will be done 

at the next performance* 



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"Roztomila Baruska V Zakopech Franc ie^^ovely Barbara in the Trenches 
of France7» a burlesque prepared for the Czech stage after the pattern of a 
French comedy by Xaver, v&j given by the aaateur actors. The piece is full 
of wit and lovely tunes, Mra. Slavka Krejcl played the title role, that of 
a graduate of a finishing school for daughters of exclusive society people. 
She engaged in charitable war activity — cooking for soldiers in the trenches, 
She is wooed by officers and rookies alike, among them a volunteer of the 
Czechoslovak Army in France, 





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"Two Little Tramps," a picture from American life, was produced by members 
of the dramatic section of Sokol Chicago in their auditorium last night. It 
is a work of a .iiore serious nature, and it created a welcome diversion after 
numerous comedies which preceded it during the past few weeks. Mr. J, Weidner, 
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The .Jiatour ..ctors, neribers of Jo]:ol IL.vliccl: r^Ts, are constantly vadcnins 
the circle of tJioir friends and patrons anrl continuing their patriotic and 
benevolent activities v;ith the saiie iioal and conscientiousness that characterizes 
ever/ one of their theatrical perforiuancos. They devote their ti::ie to and bond 
their efforts toward the rood cause, sclectinc successful plays and doin^; their 
best ;ath incrcasinc cnthusias];:. They ai-e becoiiinc av; of the fact that 
their endeavor is slowly but surely c-aiiiins recognition cuiong our people. The 
proceeds fron their pei^om-'inces are alv/ays turned over for soj;:e hui:ianitarian 
or patriotic purpose, .^t one tir.e it i-iay be the soldiers in the United States 
Aimy, at another our boys in the recently created Czechosloval; .imi;/, v;ho benefit 
by the .iriateur Actors' activities. 

They are v/holeheartedly sup;.'orted by the Vcolhy (Bees), a •;;o]r..:n's auxiliaiy 
reci-uiteC froj:i jaembers of tho Gnech I.' .tional .U.liance. These patriotic 7;o:;ien 


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Demii :!li;saoOl. I'ov. 26, 1917. 

hold sewing parties at ■.vhicli socks, under.'oar, s\;eatGr3, and other 
useful ;iiad :iuch-ne-;dcd articles .a'Q nade for G^och aoldiers v;iiO have 
enlisted for soinrico in the .JLliod ar^.iieG. 

I'he latest perfomance by the .u.-ateur .'^ctors v;as Given for the support of the 
activities of the '."jees, .:. co:..ed:' b;- IP, I'lavaty, "I.ostsha Ttada IJa irariluvacli" 
('The City Council Goes A-'.;ooinc) , v;as riven last niclit in the auditoriu:,i. 
This play f^ave a. .pie opportunit- to the actors to portray the various characters 
and to Iceop the ci-ov;d in a Idlarious nood throu hout tlic evening. 

The plriy deals -.vith the .::iyor and aldenaen of a s:.iall tovm v;ho v.-ent out "for a 
cood". Their efx'urtc in this direction 7;ere, hovjevcr, thv;arted in;y' 
Yjays, so that they v;ere finally ftl^d to be at hone a^ain, I.j?3. .,.. Oervenh:^ in 
the role of i sin.^er and l^rs. 3, Jlrojci as a student v.'ere especi .lly ^ood. 
Lr. ICrejci nanafcd tiie sta;',o production and I.Ir. -Glina conducted the iiusic. 




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Denni Illasatel . Nov. 20, 1917. 


Friends of amateur theatricals were given real pleasure by the dramatic 
group of Sokol Earel Jonas of Cicero, Illinois, last Sunday. I.Ioser's 
comedy '♦I.trzout , " known to American playgoers as "The Hypochondriac", was 
on the bill, and pleased the audience in spite of its clumsiness, for it 
was well acted, Alois Hildebrandt was the directing spirit and did honor 
to his reputation as an untiring worker in this field. 




I.!rs, Radvanovska and Mr, Hildebrandt played the main parts, and Ivj, Cerny, 
with his orchestra, supplied the incidental music, ^ 


The attendance was rather small, which is to be regretted, in view of the 
sincere efforts of the amateurs. 

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"Spaiieljk-i i.ius'ca'' (Tlie Blister Beetle), a comedy by ?. /irnold ^-ind 3. Beach, 
arraii^ed for the Czech scene by J. I'evole, was prai-ented in the auditoriuia 
of 3okol Chic-.r*o lar.t airht. i.iembers of the Chicago Caech Odd JB'ellov^s' 
lodses v;ere the perfomers, mider the direction of ..r. Jos. 2, iCrejci, 

The actors luide a G^eat hit, althouch the pl.iy 'itr^elf is not nev; to our 
audiences. It is one of the scores of standard co!aOdi3.> that ai-pear on all 
stages, ;;ith co;.r.:.onpl iCe hui;Or dispensed in a multitude of variations, and 
coiiiplications of an old vintaije, and v.lth a plot ■.:.-ich deals v/ith a;,orous 
blunders coi.iiittod by elderl;'- ;;entle:ion and fathers of fajnilies. 



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^J.ITZ'D ^UT2UH3 P?JS^:T "1:..5I x^TJRI-J'TI^^ 

The United /u;iateur .ictors cave a play by Stroupezniclcy in the hall of Sokol 
Havlicek-'iyrG last night entitled "Ilasi Furianti" (Our Blustering j^mers). 
It deals v;ith rural life in Bohemia, 

The .-sTiiateurs are prompted by sheer good v;ill in {giving their tine and talent, 
for the proceeds of each of their performances are devoted to some humanitar- 
ian purpose, '..'e deem it fit to report v;ith regret that the attendance v/as not 
v;hat it should have been. Ilov/ever, the actors did not allov; the audience g 
to notice their disappointment over the comparatively slight response to their 



honest efforts. The play went along briskly and brougxit forth all the cs 


characteristic traits of Czech country'- life, 'w-hich the players knov; from JJ{ 
personal observation. Tlie difference between well-to-do farmers of a small 
village and some less fortunate neighbors, the "dirt far.'aers," forms the 
background of the piece. 

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The auditoriu:.i of Jo;:ol rlavlicelc-Jyrs served the Czech I'aited .jaateur .^ctors "^ 

for the perfornance of a play -jhich is not un-cnov.n to our theater-lovins 3» 

public, "The Convict's Jau_-htor," by ".. i Idebr an dt, translated into the Czech ^ 

lanf;uace by Jan Tisna, was A-iveri lust :;i|^-ht. It is a • ictu..-e fro':i real lix'e U 

and holds the atosntion of tlie audience, for ity characters are delineited I^ 

in ways -.vhich do not fail to touch the SMvctutor. It also offers nuirierous Si 

opportunities x"or the actors to set forth their ovr.: individual traits. It ^ 

is considered a --ood drav/inr c.rd b-; the box office. -j 

'ilie United Ai.iateurs nade a Moral and financial success of the play, for they 
combined ent3rtai::xient v;ith a .-^ood cau3e. The proceeds v.-ill be used for the 
benefit of Czech soldiers serving; in the .^i-hty- third Division, .io >;onder 

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The acting of the individual players done very conscientiously and 
reflected the quality of the entire cast. The main roles v;ere in the hcoids 
of our best amateurs, such as oitonia Cervenka, Llr, Joseph liikolas, 
a guest-perfon.ier, I-rs. ^, I.'.irosovsky, Ilr« Ctto Horucek, and '.v, Krejci, 
The latter played the role of i'abricius, and I'rs. Cervenica played the part 
of his dau.^ter. I.Ir. ICrcjcf managed the 3ta£"inc, ^^nd Kr, Zelina directed 
the rauyic. 

This report would not be complete if it failed to com. end the laudable effort 
of the Deir.ocratic Cl-^b of Czech Citizens of the Thirty-fourth .-ard. This 
organization has boosted the cale of tickets with untirin •, zeal — and so ;.as 
the ai:ixiliar3'- committee r'or the 2i?-hty-third Heci'uiting Districto 




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"The ambitious amateur actors of the theatrical group of ookol Karel Jonas 
in Cicero, Illinois, gave a fine perforraance of 'Palicova Dcera' (The Char- 
coal Burner's Daughter) by Joseph Kajetan Tyl. It took place in the home 
of that Sokol Society last night. In spite of the fact that it is an old 
piece, it is still very popular, as v;as proved by the large audience v;hich 
rewarded the players v;ith stonay applause." i.Ir, Hildebrandt is the director 
of the amateur group. LIr. Cerny's orchestra supplied the music.,,.. 

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The theatrical {^roup of oolcol Chicaco selected "The ICatakorabs", a four-act 
comedy by Davis, for their first pcrfomance of ^he season, Ltr, './eidner, 
veteran actor, directed the play in the auditorium of the Sokol Chicago, 
South KJedzie Avenue and 24th Street, Lirs, Slavlca Svoboda, Lir, Lhotsl^, and 
Ifr, "Jeidner played the principal roles. 

After the first act, iir, Joseph Placek addressed the audience; he made a 
strong appeal in behalf of the Liberty bond campaign. 



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There was a perfoxmance by old-time amateurs given under the auspices of the 
Cesko-Slovanska PodpoiMjici Spolecnost (Czecho-Slavonic Aid Society) in their 
hall at 18th and May Streets, "Trebizonda on the Third Floor," a three-act 
burlesque translated by J. Kuchal from the French original, was given under 
the direction of Mr« H. Farsky. Stage management was under the supervision 
of K. Ebpecky, and the music was furnished under the direction of J, 7. 
Soukup. The price of admission ranged from twenty-five cents to fifty cents. 
It was the first performance of this work on our Czech stage, and the even- 
ing was a pronounced success. New stage decorations were supplied by Mr. 
Farsky, who proved to be a skillful painter and an artist of taste. 

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The Sdruzeni Ochotnici (Amateur Actors* Association) gave its first performance 
in the hall of Sokol Havlicek Tyrs, Lawndale Avenue and 26th Street, last night. 
The audience was leirge, and therefore the humanitarian enterprise of the amateurs 
is starting under promising auspices. The proceeds of the evening will be placed 
at the disposal of the Czech National Alliance and the Beseda ^lub^ J. V. Eric, 
to be sent to the battlefields and hospitals in France to alleviate the stiffer- 
ings and wants of wounded Czech volunteers. 

Mr. Jos. Tvrzicky, secretary of the Czech National Alliance, delivered a short 
lecture before the performance. He spoke on the life of Havlicek and his 
patriotic efforts — a fitting introduction to the play itself, "Karel Havlicek 
Borovsky," by the Czech actor and dramatic writer, F. F. Samberk. The drama 
was excellently performed under the direction of our veteran actor, I^Ir. 

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The Dramaticky Krouzek (Dramatic Circle) was formed recently by 
enthusiastic amateurs who wish to help the national cause by their 
talent. The hall of Sokol Havlicek-Tyrs, Lawndale Avenue near 26th Street, 
has been selected for the scene of their activity. The Sokol Havlicek-Tyrs 
has long been accredited as a nationally conscious group, and the amateur 
actors will perform under its immediate sponsorship. 

The Dramatic Circle will pursue bunanitarian and patriotic aims. First 
thoiight is given to the Czech solaiers who were wounded on the French and 
the Russian fronts. The proceeds of the performances are to go to those 
men. This will be accomplished with the aid of the Beseda (club) J. V. 
Fric, a patriotic group which has won the praise and gratitude of the 
Czech public for having taken excellent care of Czech prisoners. 

The first play to be given is F. F. Samberk»s "Karel Havlicek-Borovsky". 

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The best amateiir talent available in the Chicago Czech community 
has been procured for the enterprise, iir. Albert Cada, president of the 
"California" district of the Czech National Alliance will take charge of 
the accounting and disposal of routine business. 

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Chicago Czech amateur actors have united into a group which proposes to 
open a permanent stage in the hall of the Solcol Havlicek Tyxs gymnastic 
association, Laivndale Avenue near West 26th Street. The proceeds from 
the performances will be placed at the disposal of the Czech National 
Alliance for the cause of liberating of the old homeland, Mr. Krejcl, 
a full-fledged actor, will be in charge of the artistic endeavors.,,.. 

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Denni Hlasatel. May 8, 1917, 


The theatre season is at an end, the footlights blazed on oiir stages for 
the last time oimday. It cannot be contended that this season was a 
particularly successful one, either productively or financially, 

Nev.'s about the theatre is natxirally limited to those from the old home- 
land but under the conditions prevailing there, not much is being written 
now. Consequently, our ovm stages did not offer any novelties. For this 
reason, unquestionably, the audiences were lagging behind those of former 
years. There are still other causes: the depressed economic conditions, 
the chronic insecurity, a none too hopeful outlook, and finally, the keen 
competition of the photoplay theatres. 

Notv;ithstanding these handicaps we had two stages, on v;hich performances 
were given at regular intervals. Besides this, there were numerous inci-^ 

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dental theatrical affairs. In general, the resiilts of the season may be 
termed fairly satisfactory, and that is something of which fev,r immigrant 
nationalities can boast. There are, for instance, the Germans in Chicago 
who are unable to maintain a single permanent stage, though their numbers 
are incomparably larger than ours. i£very effort on their part of arrive 
on a more stable basis failed almost invariably. — Even the fact that Czech 
audiences were small, this season has one brighter side, our theatrical 
groups deserve full credit for having held out in the face of adverse 

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Denni Hlasatel. May 7, 1917. 


The Ludv£k*s Bohemian Dramatic Association ^lovm as Ludvikovci^ concluded 
its activity for this season by presenting ♦♦Jam! Vody" (Springtime V/aters) 
in its hall on 18th and Allport Streets last night. This three act drama, 
the v;ork of Albert Jaroslav Havranek, has never before been presented on 
our Czech stage in Chicago, although it met with success when it went across 
the footlights of several theatres in the old homeland a number of years 
ago. It certainly was entitled to a presentation more than many other 
plays which appear annually in our theatres, lie, Havranek depicts in it 
Czech student life very impressively. 

The performance was given for the benefit of Mr. Anton Wagner, that able 
and assiduous yoiing actor, to whose popularity the audience testified by 
its frequent and enthusiastic applause, an abundance of floral offerings, 
and many other tokens of approval. The beneficiary appeared in one of the 

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main parts, that of "Bohua Bfezlna." He^ played with genuine amotion and 
romarkab-le skill, Messrs, Prokop and Dvorak played "flemlk'* and "Bfza," 
the two students, rivals for the love of "Boza," this part being rendered 
by Mrs, Horlivy, who proved again that she is an adornment for the troupe* 
Mr, and Mrs, Ludvfk, li&ies, Splavec, and Kozlansky, as well as Messrs. 
Sverak and Horlivy, gave an excellent account of their ability in the 
other parts. The staging wqs i)erfect. 

No small credit for the success of the evening is due to Professor J. H. 
Capek, conductor of the theatre orchestra, which furnished the music 
between acts. The troupe is going to leave in a few days for a number 
of performances in Nebraska, 

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Deniil Hlasatel . Ilay 7, 1917. 


The last word in this season of Chicaco's Czech theatrical activities 
was reserved for I'r. Jindrich (Henry) V.'eidner. It was an occasion of 
particular significance in that the artist celebrated the tv;entieth 
anniversary of his first appearance as an actor, and the fifth year as 
director of the ookol Chicago Theatre, These tv;o jubilees, each of 
which has a deep neaning tct the jelfare of our theatre, caused -the 
public to participate in throngs v;hich filled the auditoriuia of the 
Sokol Chicago to its capacity. The nany friends and adrairers of his 
art paid a fine tribute to I'.t. ..'eidner's popularity, ri.ey iianifested 
their sentiiuents in peals of applause and also by a deluge of useful 

" ':onte Gristo ,** Alexander Duinas' renovmed novel, adapted for the stage, 
was given last night. It is a riost suitable vehicle for I.'r. 'Jeidner's 

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histrionic s' ill. Tlie riain part v;hich ia very difficult, took on 
rdf-hty proportions in the artist's hands. The cast of the play is 
lar£e. It required the assistance of almost all of our actors. Hie __ 
Sclcol Gl.icaj-c Theatre /kno\'m also under the Czech ITational Theatre/ 
thus concluded this year's season. 

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Last night a tale, adapted from the English version and given a backgroimd 
of music and dancing, was presented before Chicago Czechs in the C, S, P, S, 
(Czech benevolent society) Hall, on 18th Street. Miss llary S, Zeman, in revis- 
ing and staging the story, intended it as a gift to our young people. Members 
of the club Jaro (Springtime), and pupils of the Matice (Czech School), on 
Yeaton Street, made up the cast of the delightful play, which went across the 
footlights under the name "Zakleta Princezna" (The Snchanted Princess). As it 
was rendered cleverly and smoothly, it filled the large audience with genuine 


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Denni Hlasatel . Apr. 16, 1917. 


The Czech National Theatre presented '•Fedora," a four-act drama by the 
famous French playwright, Victorien Sardou, last night. The highly 
emotional subject of the play never fails to exert a strong attraction 
upon the public. The execution and the staging were really splendid, 
'^e latter was in the able hands of Mr. Henry V/eidner. 



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Dennl Hlasatel . !'ar. 26, 1917, 


It vreis a ^reat occasion for I.!r, Klapka, popular comedian of the '*Ludvi 
KoTCi"(Ludvik Theatrical Gor.ipany) , an evening of triximphal success, v;hen 
Samb9rk*s conedy "Rodinna Vojna" (Fartilly Squabble) v/as ^resented. Vx, 
Klapka, as a co.iic and a couplet singer, takes the first place on our 
foremost scene, lie a?;;:ain de^^onstrated t is last ni -ht in a comedy, 
sparkling v;ith sterling Sanberkian humoi; in the portrayal of the everyday 
life of our peo )le, iis role was that of the lackey and as such he kept 
the audience in a chronic state of tittering, interrupted by outbursts of 
riotous laughter. His playing is characterized by unusual vivacity 
coLibined v/ith genuine artistic anbition. 

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the splendid rendering of the :.msic by the orchestra under the direction 
of Professor Capek, 

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Denni Hlasatel , liar, 19, 1917. 


The excellent four act comedy, "Palackeho Trida Cis. 27" (Palacky Avenue 
No 27) from the pen of ?. F. Sanberk was given in the Sokol Chicago hall 
under the auspices of the Czech lodges of the 0. 0, F, 0, (Odd Pelloivs) last 
night. Tlie Czech Odd Fellov.'s are not only assiduous v/orlcers for the national ^ 
cause, but count a soodly nunber of talented aiaateur actors among its members. ^. 
The popularity of the Czech Odd Fellov/s lodges as shared by the Czech public cri 
was demonstrated by the large attendance at the performance v/hich was directed r; 
by J. R, Krejci, with seasoned players, and v;as an unqualified success, -z) 


The play itself does not need any special recommendation. It is one of the 
best works of Samberc, the actor playxvright. The attraction created by 
Saraberg*s plays does not decrease, as all the works are imbued with genuine 
humor. The play as performed gave every actor an excellent opportunity to dis- 
play his artistic virtues. The gratitude of the audience manifested itself in 
generous applause, LIr, J. Jurena*s orchestra played pieces of accredited 
musical quality in academic style. 

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One of the most successful Mew Year's Day celebrations -.^as held at Sokol 
Chicago Hall on Kedzie Avenue, where the parentu and friends of the pupils 
of the Vojta Naprstek ?ree Thought 3chool net to ivitness a stage plaj'' and a 
mass drill dance v;ith sons accoi,ipanii.ient; both v;ere successfull;/ presentod. 

The play is called '^King of the Lilliputians,'' and v/as written by Frantisek 
Pravda . 

It is very intereatin:^, and is instrumental in pivin^ those ^vho take part 
in it a good opportunil.y to speak Bohemian. It also points out the simple 
trijths which are easily understood by children. 

The first act shaws the accords anl disconTc of children v/hen at play. The 
second act takes us to the land of the Lilliputians, 7;here a shoemaker's 

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apprentice is nade a kinc of the Lilliptitians, an'l a carria^";e 
driver, for his nicdeedG, is forced into slavery, 

Tl-'is chanting of the social station of the pla^'er;- in this fairy tale ^ives * 
the children a lesson in tiie neoesoity for sociability and equ^ility. The ^ 
children in this play were drilled and directed by their teacher, Llr. B. HladkyC 



The next number on the prof^ram vras a dance, during which the dancers sang r^. 

T/hile in an oriental whirl. The younc ladies danced with a grace quite -^ 

natural to young r.irls. 


iVfter the c^ortain v;ent dov;n on the play, a dance called "Tlie Dance of the 

^riov.-crs" was performei by forty-tv;o younr cirls. This dance v;as directed 

by the girls' teacher, Mrs. Hullca, The performers v:ere civen a v/onderful 

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Both teachers received gil'ts from their pupils, Lliss Dolesal made 
the presentation to her teacher, B. Kladky, and a little presentation -^ 
speech, and kiss II, ICrametbauer made the presentation to her teacher, Lirs. Hulka,*- 

The larpe hall vjas tvell filled v;ith the parents and friends of these pupils, C 

and the manaeement committee deserves praise for this most enjoyable celebration. !g 

The follovauG youue^ ladies took part in tlie second act: Lillie Dolezel, liarie ^ 

Batek, Libuse 2iavrel, Libuse Kanak, Helena Vach, ^mtonia Veprek, Ivlatilda -^ 

lastovicka, Kmilie Nernec , i:Jlla Zoubek, lelena Zid, iCmilie Lupinka, and Sylvia ^ 

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Denni lUasatel . Nov. 14, 1915. 

OUR THfi.-iTSR m>i Ai^ID IK TH.5 PAST 

Lately a great deal is beinp- said and written about first-night performances, 
"premieres," which have been nothinr very rare in every season. But the talk 
concerns only the two or three recent years, as if prior to that time no original 
play had ever stunbled upon our stage. But the fact is that such events, were an 
unfortunate hobby of our theatrical v/orld many years ago, and orif-inal new plays, 
translated ones, and also other-.vise adapted and adopted ones were beinr played 
in our theatrical halls in tines when our theatrical efforts v;ere just learning 
how to walk vdthout stubbing their toes, uven if at that time they were not 
called "premieres" — or, if they were, that word was not in such a general use as 
now — "premieres" they were, under any name, Anyvvay, that makes no difference. 
It will suffice to say that "homemade" new plays ,vere finding their ..'ay up to 
the stage even more frenuently than in the present "premiere" times. Of course, 
they were mostly nothing but translations, 7;hich in those days were being manu- 
factured almost in the short-order ay. 'Phis spirit of enterprise should not be 
lightly discounted, because r:any a .r?ood translated 'olay has appeared on our stage 

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in th:it v/ay, and the interestinf:; part of it is that more than one of the poioular 
"strong" plays had been performed here before it artneared in print in Bohemia; 
in other words it iiad become acclimated in Bohemian Chicaf^o earlier than in the 
old country, thouf^h it may have had its "manuscript nremiere" there rjerhans be- 
fore it was performed here for the first time. As examples let us recall "Dva 
oirotci" (Tivo Orphans) and "Mevinne Odsouzen" (Sentenced, but Innocent), which 
last was played here under the more li