the service of the city government, engaged in. almost 
every department. 
Since 1874 there has been a Bohemian department in 
the Public Library, which now numbers four thousand 
The Bohemian Republican League publishes a very 
good politico-economic journal called the American Citi- 
zen ; and many of the younger politicians are men of 
culture, who take vital interest in social and economic 
questions, and are thoroughly Americanized. This is 
very cheering, and promises better things for the future. 
The Bohemian people in _Chicago are called "clan- 
nish." They may deserve that epithet ; but who is to 
be blamed for that ? In the early days it was natural 
that they should settle near their kinsmen or relations. 
Their language, being Slavonic, was unlike any other 
about them ; and they were at a disadvantage as com- 
pared with the Germans, whose native tongue is so 
closely allied to the English that they learn the latter 
readily, and thus appear superior to their Bohemian 
brethren. Then, too, the Germans, being their tradi- 
tional enemies, took no pains to enlighten the Ameri- 
can in regard to them, but rather tried to disparage 
them in every way, until the poor inoffensive Bohemian 
was insulted by all around him ; so that in time he 
began to regard every one non-Bohemian as his enemy. 
As was said before, a goodly portion of the blame for 
this rests upon the American press; for in times of po- 
litical campaigns it heaps insult or flattery without dis- 
crimination. We ought not to cater to the foreigners 
at the cost of truth, any more than we would do so to 
our own children; yet we should not allow our own pre-