The Czechoslovak Review/Volume 2/With the Slovak League


A meeting was held in Pittsburgh on October 30th to make preparations on behalf of the Slovak League to have their case properly presented at the coming peace conference and to take some action with reference to reconstruction in Slovakia after the war. The committee in charge of this work was appointed by the Slovak League and consists of the following gentlemen: Albert Mamatej, president of the League, Jan Janček, secretary of the League, Joseph Hušek, of Middletown, Pa., Milan Getting, of Perth-Amboy, N. J., Ivan Bielek and Paul Sochaň of Pittsburgh, and Joza Žák of Washington.

The most important practical action decided upon by the committee was to organize immediately in this country large supplies of clothing, shoes, agricultural and industrial tools, machinery and other supplies and to export them to Slovakia as soon as practicable after hostilities cease. The goods will be sold to the people at cost price and on easy terms so that even the poorest Slovak farmer or laborer might be enabled to purchase the necessaries of life and of his calling. lt is planned to secure a capital of $15,000,000 and Mr. Ivan Bielek was charged with the organization of this company.

The committee decided further to undertake the publication of popular booklets on agriculture and industry for distribution to the poor people in the old country.

The Million-Dollar Fund which is being collected by the Slovak League for the political fight on behalf of Czecho-slovak independence will soon be completed. For a long time the money was coming slowly by the first big impulse was given by the Slovak Bazaar held in Chicago which netted $30,000. Then came Scranton, where the Slovaks under the leadership of Michael Bosak collected $33,000. Then the Slovaks of Bridgeport. Conn., decided to beat the record of Scranton and in one week they gathered in $60,000; much of the credit for Bridgeport’s great showing is due to S. Ambrose. This put it up to Pittsburgh, which has always been the centre of Slovak life in this country. Mr. Mamatej and Mr. Bielek hope to make Pittsburgh’s contribution to the Million-Dollar Fund a full hundred thousand dollars.

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