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•rv AT he First Fratcnialisl FRATERNALISM. like Americanism, con of him, that if any A E iCAH p! wr.ftuwJffcis "ZAJEDNIČAR" 4 4 4 4 George Mikesic ancJ our Turkish Ichok Yilara! 1 Records of The Mu- Famous Picture Hvala Yam Lifepo! AMI'S a s s o a S \n\n National Home Office# CROATIAN FRATERNAL IMON Pittsburgh, renn»Tlvanl» that time: There went forth a de cree from Caesar Augustus that a census of the whole world should be taken. This first census took place while Cyrinus vas governor of Syria. And ill were going, each to his nvn town, to register. L^|mI lea to the town of David, which is called Bethlehem SajUH —because he was of the nouse and family of David to register, together with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child. And as Christ lavished His love and forgiveness on mankind, so the Frater nalists of today maintain institutions for the aged, and for orphaned and depen dent children sanatorium* for those af flicted with a dread disease and hospi tals equipped with the most modern ap pliances for the diagnosis and cure of man's physical ailments. That too is love for fellow man. No, Fraternalists do not do these things for the sake of publicity. They do them because they believe in Him and what He taught in the Sermon on The Mount because they believe in the Golden Rule and the American Way of Life. Fraternalists have always been among the first to stress and carry out the ma terial side of life in accordance with the highest preccpts of humanitarianism. In their relatively short history in the United States, the Fraternals have paid out untold billions in benefits to millions caught suddenly in the treacherous maelstrom that is life on this earth. God only knows how many American and Canadian homes the Fraternals have kept together after the passing of the family breadwinner. And God only knows how many other millions the Fraternals spent outside the four walls of their membership at large money poured- into all that is humanitari anism without desire for fanfare. Spiritually and materially, Fraternalism is the very essence of Americanism itself. And both arc based, in the end, on the Prin ciples of Brotherhood. Neither could exist otherwise. That, in itself, is the very best adver 4itenient for Fraternalism's virtues. It needs no other public relations. Merry Christmas to you and yours. May it be a blessed, happy one. The Last Word IT WAS ALWAYS SAID WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1935 Tfie Nativity BIRTH OF THE FIRST FRATERN A LIST GOSPEL. LUKE 2, 1-14 And Joseph also went I'rom Galilee out of the own of Nazareth into Ju- And it came to pass while they were there, that the days for her to be de livered were fulfilled. And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in tinues to represent something nebulous in the minds of the public. At least, people are forever asking ••What is Fraternalism?" and going away either dissatisfied with the an swer they get or back to where they started from in the first place in the dark. Perhaps, in our own way, we can throw some light on this great subject. Especially on this, the threshold of the Christmas Season of 1955. the international observance of the birth of the Greatest Man who ever lived, Jesus Christ. To begin with, Fraternalism in America was established many, many years ago in accordance with the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Man of Galilee, who fed the hungry, healed the sick, forgave the sinner. He was the first Fraternalist. knew how to keep Christmas well man alive possessed the knowledge. Uiarijft Dickens ENGLISH SECTION Matablxahea November 6, i9tf. Published weekly By The Croatian Fraternal Union Of America STEPHEN F. BKKICH, Editor-in-Chief Edltortal Office«, S441 Forbes St., Pittsburgh IS, Pa. Telephones: ML'seum 2-4470 2-4471 a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were Shepherds in the same district living in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them and the glory of God shone round about them, and they feared ex ceedingly. And the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, 1 bring you good news of great joy which shall be to all the people for there has been born to you today in the town of Da vid a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign to you you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth to men of good will." The American Way CAPITALISM in recent years has been characterized by a tendency toward concentration of wealth, and, in its later phase, by the growth of great corporations across this land of ours. This tendency has been exploited by politicians, by labor leaders, by rabble rou sers, and by "our friends" overseas who hate everything American and denounce the United States at every turn. No doubt the capitalistic system has earned some of the brickbats heaved in its direction. On the other hand, some of the criticism aimed at it was unwarranted. Yet be that as it may, capitalism is here to stay. Those who believe otherwise should brush up on their American history. Gr admit that they no longer have faith in a system which has helped make this the most powerful country on earth. Which brings us to the gigantic Ford Motor Company Foundation of Detroit. Last week, December 12 to be exact, the Ford Foundation gave away half a bil lion dollars to American colleges and hos pitals a sum said to be equal to $3.00 for every man, woman and child residing throughout the United States. Representing the largest single appro priation in the history of philanthropy, the grant calls for the giving of *210 mil lions of dollars to (»15 regionally accredi ted, privately supported colleges and universities to enable them to raise the salaries of their teachers. Another 200 millions of dollars will go to 3.500 privately supported hospitals to help such institutions improve and extend their services to the public. And 90 millions of dollars will go to pri vately supported medical schools to help them strengthen their instruction methods in a field which is of great importance to our national welfare. Wo wonder what the anti-capitalists think about this amazing decision of the Ford Foundation this Christmas gift of half a billion dollars to America. We think it's wonderful. Now, who can remember when the late John D. Rockefeller made national head lines by passing out shiny new dime pieces? In Passing Christianity takes as its motto, "Either Christ or nobody." The last thing Jesus ever tried to do was force people to accept His teachings. He recognized the fact that ma ny would disagree with Him. He told them to go right ahead in their opposition. But what He warned them never to do was to straddle the issue. He was tolerant of other points of view, but He was never tolerant of compromise. "No man can serve two masters, for either he will love the one and hate the other or else he will cleave to the one and despise the other." j— JLail L. Douglas George Mikesic, Noted Fraternalist Dies In Johnstown At Age Of 82 Years Widely Known, Popular Lodge 5 Member Affiliated With Society For 61 Years Johnstown, Pa. Death! On the 60th Anniversary cast a shadow of gloom over.of their organization, the the CFU Lodge 5 membership members of Lodge 5 honored when it removed from their him as their oldest member, ranks their oldest member In a brief message to his fel and the dean of the Flood low members bro. Mikesic City's fraternalists, George said: "I am mighty proud to Mikesic. After a brief illness broth er Mikesic passed away quiet ly during the night of Novem ber 20, 1955, in the Con maugh Valley Memorial Hos pital at the age of 82. In his passing, Lodge 5 lost its last remaining Charter Member. Bro. Mikesic joined the ranks of the Lodge August, 1893, a few months after its organization, whii the charter still remain« i open. Came To City In 1889 I Brother Mikesic was born in Croatia in 1873 and cani to this country as a young man, making his home in Joining the Croatian Fra ternal Union 61 years ago, bro. Mikesic fully realized the value of what a good Cro atian fraternal organization meant to the immigrant Cro atians in this country and re mained a loyal member all his life. A Great Fraternalist Brother Mikesic was a fra ternalist from the old school. He, like the other founders of Lodge 5, believed that in brotherhood and fraternalism lies the salvation of mankind. Johnstown since 1889. He lived in this historic Valley during the great catastrophe I Union. God give it strength of the Johnstown Flood. 'n years to come. be a Croatian and a member of the Croatian Fraternal As a young man he work ed in the local factories and later worked in the steel mills of the Bethlehem Steel Com-' j0iln Saylor joined in pay pany, from where he was jn„ tribute to bro. Mikesic and pensioned a few years ago. Solon Paid Him Tribute It was on this occasion that the Honorable Congressman in his address stated: "It was the sweat, the tears, and self sacrifices of men like Mr. Mikesic that moulded to gether the pillars for the foundation on which your rjreat organization, the Cro atian Fraternal Union of America, stands today. They faced the future without fear, with faith in God and their fellow man. With this cour age they kept building your o a n i z a i o n w i o a y stands as a living monument to their memory." With the passing of bro. He loved the liberty and! Mikesic, Johnstown lost a dignity of free men. Despite good member, a real fraterna his advancing age, he never i list and a fine citizen. lost interest in his fellow man His passing leaves behind a and was a constant visitor at beautiful picture of fraterna the Croatian Home, where he lism, brotherly love and would chat with his old unity. friends and yesteryear. swap tales of May he Rest in Peace. Frank M. Sopcieh, Pres. President Of CFU Board Of Trustees Will Be Honored By Lodge 185 Members Campbell. Ohio C. F. U. Jurisic, delegates to the 9th Lodge 185 is planning a Ban- Convention, who helped bro. quct and Dance to be held Skrtic attain this position. New Year's Eve, December! Following the banquet, mu 31, in honor of bro. Milan sic for dancing will be provi Skrtic, newly elected Presi- ded by the Škrbina Tambur dent of the CFU Board of itza Orchestra of Struthcrs. Trustees. We invite the members and As our guest speakers for friends of our lodge and the the banquet we will have bro.'neighboring lodges to attend Martin Krasic, Supreme Trea- surer of the CFU and the Hon. Michael Kovach. Mayor **c's achievement, of Campbell and a member of our lodge. Also present at the banquet Roman Empire on December will be members Janko vie and 25 of the year 800 A. D. I IT'S STILL "MERRY CHRISTMAS!" WORLD OVER Americana Merry Christmas! I Bohemian Vesele Vanoce! I Chinese Tin Hao Nian! Croatian Sretan Bozic! Czech Vesela Vanoce! Danish Glaedelig Jul! I Dutch Frolijke Kerstmis! Egyptian Eid Said! French Joyeux Noel! Gaelic Nodlag Sona Duit! German Froehliche Weihnachten! Greek Chrystovnja! Hawaiian Mcle Kalikimaka! Hungarian Boldog Karacsonyi Unncscket! Italian Buon Natale! I Japanese Kingc Shinnen! I Norwegian Gledelig Jul! Polish Wesolych Swiat! Portugese Feliz Natal! I Romanian Sarbatori Fericite! 5 Russian Vesyoloye Rojdyestvo! z Serbian Hristos Se Rodi! Slovak Vesele Vianocc! Slovenian Srecen Bozic! I Spanish Felices Pascuas! I Swedish Glad Julen! thus prove recognition of bro. bkr- Charlemagne was crown- Mr steuer is a member of ed as emperor of the Holy he Museum's National Com mittee and publishei of the "New Yorker Staats-Zeitung und Herold," oldest German language newspaper in Amer iea. and accepted for The i Museum. MAY IT BE THE MERRIEST OF YOUR IIFF On Christmas Eve- December 24th The old English custom of welcoming Christmas on the preceding eve by singing ca rols was early introduced in America, especial ly in those parts of the country in which the rigid simplicities of Pu ritanism were not insisted upon by the community. When the observance of the Christmas Festival be came general in Massachu setts the occupants of the houses on Beacon Hill in Boston placed candles in the front windows on Christmas Eve, and the people going about the city singing carols Blessed Lord Jesus. would pause before these homes and sing their songs. The Boston custom of plac ing lights in the windows on Christmas Eve soon spread to other cities. With the use of electricity, wreaths with electric lights in them took the place of candles. Carol singing is common in many American communi ties. Many church choirs now go about town singing carols on Christmas Eve and there is a special Christmas Eve service in numerous churches. Christmas Eve is known in the Roman and Anglican churches as the Vigil of Our American Museum Of Immigration Gets Support Of Croatian Fraternal Union World's Largest Croatian Organization Supports President In Endorsing Project New York, N. Y. Robert F. Wagner, Mayor of the City of New York, on December 8, 1955, presented a check for $1,000 to The American Museum of Immigration in i honor of his father, who rose from a German immigrant to become a renowned Senator of the United States. The check will be used to help build The Museum at the foot of the Statue of Liberty as a national shrine honor the contributions immi-"* mg grants have made to the be appropriately listed in its building and strengthening of Hall of Records. America A gift of the Platt Deutsche Yolksfest Verein, a social and charitable or ganization e n compassing 58 e rman-A i a n groups, the SI,000.00 was passed on by Major Wag ner to August Steuer. I American Who Made Good As a result of the gift, the seum. Mr. Steuer praised the late Senator from New York State, who came to America as a young boy and worked his way thru I high school, college and I law school. I Wagner was elected to the I Senate in 1926 and served II for 25 years before his retire i$! ment from public life. He I' gained fame as sponsor of I i the National Industrial Re i: covery Act, which has been I called the "Magna Carta" of I labor legislation. Project Widely Backed I The names of all Builders, A s s o i a e s o u n e s a n i sponsors of Tiifi Muafium will Builderships arc created by donations of $10 Associates are designated by contribu tions of $100 Founderships are established through gifts of $2,500, and Sponsprships are instituted by grants of $50,000. Among the AMTs fore most supporters is the Cro atian Fraternal Union of America, with national e a u a e s a i s burgli, Pa. It is the largest such organization in the world. Individual Americans, na tionality groups and business, civic, fraternal, labor, service, and veterans organizations name of Robert F. Wagner, ., Sr., will be enshrined in theihave Jomed resident E«en Hall of December 21, 1955. Head Of Christ $ Rembrandt's Work Attracts Crowds New York, N. Y. Rem brandt's Head of Christ, of ten called "The Christ of The Beatitudes," will probably be studied by more people dur ing the next two months than at any time since it was paint ed in the 17th Century. It appears on the cover of "The Upper V.r'v n .inih* devotional guide with more than 3 million in circulation. The painting, shown herein, is in the world famous Metro politan Museum in New York City. Compassion And Love Dr. J. Manning Potts, eiH tor of "The Upper Room," points out that in this picture Rembrandt was seeking to show the compassionate Christ friend of the lone ly, the poor and the suffer ing. Rembrandt painted the pic ture after he had himself ex perienced great personal sor row, lost his fortune and his popularity. The great artist felt wor shippers of wealth and power brush Him aside, but that the poor and suffering see com passion and deep love in His eyes. When the SNF (Serb Na tional Federation) powers-to be get around to discussing aspects for the 1956 mem bership campaign, they'd better come prepared with a load of inducements. They'll need them in the face of the fact that a neigh boring Slav Society has just made an offer of an expense paid trip to Yugoslavia (by plane) with one-day stop overs in Paris and Vienna. If that isn't the ultimate by way of recruiter rewards, we don't know what is. 11 's common knowledge that every immigrant has dreamed, one day, of seeing the old homeland again. So, too, many, many of his Ame rican and Canadian born children. They've heard so much of the country's na tural grandeur that their cu riosity is piqued no end. Coming as it does, in so fertile a field of interest, the Society's offer is like "man na from heaven." The mem bership results promise to be nothing short of terrific. hower in endorsing high objectives. AMI National Committee headquarters is located at 270 Park Avenue, New York 17, N. Y. Glassport Members In Vital Meet January 8th John's" CFU Lodge 719 will hold an important meeting, Sunday, January 8, 1956, at the Polish Hall. It is of the utmost impor tance that all members at tend this meeting, as an elec tion of officers will take place and a discussion, in regard to the annual picnic, will be held. Irene 31arui to. Ses'y. American "Srbobran" Dec. 14, 1955, Issue (Note: The "neighbor ing Slav Society" referred to above is the Croatian Frater nal Union of America, the largest organization of its kind in the world.) Divine love always has met and always will meet every human need. Mary Baker Eddy All-Nations Pageant Embassies from 52 coun tries will help present the pa geant which began last Sun day, December 18, in connec tion with the annual lighting of the White House Christmas Tree. Called the "Pageant of Peace," it is being staged in the President's Park behind the White House. More than 500,000 Americans from all parts of the Nation are ex ipected to see the daily pro grams which highlight the Yuletide Season in Wash ington.