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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