From Alien to Citizen: The Story of My Life in America

From Alien to Citizen: The Story of My Life in America

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From Alien to Citizen: The Story of My Life in America

From Alien to Citizen: The Story of My Life in America

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Some time ago, I met a distinguished visitor to this country -- His Excellency the Minister of Public Instruction of Hungary and had the pleasure of being his Ciceronewhen he visited the schools and settlements of Chicago.

Passing through the business section of that city, he saw its sky-scrapers, erected without rhyme or reason, and his ears were assaulted by the thunderous noise of the elevated railroad. As his eyes involuntarily focussed upon the headlines of a newspaper which some one was reading about a block ahead, he said something in his native language, which, when mildly translated, means: beastly vulgar.

His polite reserve once broken, he let loose a tirade against the United States in general, and Chicago in particular. He asked me to compare the city of Buda-Pesth with its harmonious and distinctive architecture, its centres of civic beauty, its magnificent and ceaselessly busy river banks, spanned by monumental bridges, -- with Chicago's congested mass of heterogeneous, inharmonious . . .

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