In the Shadow of Liberty: The Chronicle of Ellis Island

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CHAPTER V
STORMS OF THE PRESENT AND PAST

I
AUGUST KOSUTIC
THE CROATIAN PATRIOT

OCCASIONAL figures out of the caravan of immigration have provided international amusement; others have evoked protests which rang around the world. One case which aroused a great deal of international discussion was that of August Kosutic, son-in-law of the assassinated statesman Radic of Jugo-Slavia and the leader of the Croatian peasant party. His case was finally closed during my own administration at the Island.

Kosutic really wanted a very simple thing--only to be granted a few months' stay in America in order that he might speak to the Croatian population of this country, and collect from them what hard-earned dollars they could give for the benefit of their oppressed race at home. He had come because of the appeal of a group of Americanized Croats in Chicago, who wished to give their people an opportunity to learn the clear facts about the political situation under the military dictatorship in Jugo-Slavia.

When, in accordance with the Treaty of Versailles, the Serbian monarchical dictatorship had been set up and the order had gone forth that the Croatian flag should never be displayed and no Croatian should be spoken in the schools, the patriotic Kosutic had cir

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Introduction v
  • Author's Note vi
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Part I 1
  • Chapter I I Behold America 3
  • Chapter II The Abruzzi 8
  • Chapter III Exile 11
  • Chapter IV A Career Ends in Glory 17
  • Chapter V The Migration 19
  • Chapter VI Pathways of a Youthful Immigrant 22
  • Chapter VII Life on the East Side 25
  • Chapter VIII A Summons to the White House 30
  • Part II 33
  • Chapter I Before Becoming Guardian of the Gate 35
  • Chapter II Great Sectors of the Caravan 39
  • Chapter III America Closes the Gate 47
  • Chapter IV Ellis Island's Romantic Background 57
  • Chapter V I Return to the Island 62
  • Part III 69
  • Chapter I A Picture of 1907 71
  • Chapter II Depression Turns the Tide 93
  • Chapter III America's Last Long Mile 96
  • Chapter IV Listening to Reminiscences 113
  • Chapter V Racketeers and Human Contraband 129
  • Part IV 149
  • Chapter I Vignettes Out of the Long Ago 151
  • Chapter II Matching Wits with John Chinaman 159
  • Chapter III Those "Bad, Bad Radicals"! 177
  • Chapter IV Royalty and Fakers in the Caravan 201
  • Chapter V Storms of the Present and Past 224
  • Part V 259
  • Chapter I Little Tales of Flood-Tide Days 261
  • Chapter II The Caravan's Most Amazing Character 268
  • Chapter III Who Shall Apologize? 281
  • Chapter IV The New Deal 296
  • Index 317
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