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  • The Influence Of Notaries Public Upon Immigrants (1909)
    The office of notary public is such a common one and the duties appear to be so simple that the average American citizen thinks it one of little consequence. The American business man thinks of the notary public, when he thinks of him at all, as one who demands or protests commercial notes or takes acknowledgments.
  • What's The Problem Of Immigration? (1910)
    I was an interested listener the other evening during a "smoke-talk" on immigration at one of the local clubs. While aware of the cosmopolitan character of the club's membership, I was hardly prepared for the diversity of argument that appeared as the talk gradually drifted into a general engagement.
  • Transportation of Immigrants and Receiption Arrangements 1800s
    It was easier to reach England from Hamburg than from Bremen, and as English ships were subject to far less severe restrictions than those of the German ports, they could afford to transport emigrants at a much lower price. Until the late forties many Germans went by may of Liverpool, but in subsequent years they were deterred from selecting that route by the crowds of "unclean, thievish" Irish who embarked there, and who heartily reciprocated their strong antipathy."
  • The Risk Of White-Slavery For Female Immigrants (1911)
    IN every large city throughout the world, thousands of women are so set aside as outcasts from decent society that it is considered an impropriety to speak the very word that designates them. Lecky calls this type of woman "the most mournful and the most awful figure in history"; he says that "she remains, while creeds and civilizations rise and fall, the eternal sacrifice of humanity, blasted for the sins of the people."
  • Ebb And Flow Of The Immigration Tide (1911)
    LITTLE attention has been given to the fact that, in the course of the year which is just closing, a marked change in the movement of immigration to this country occurred. It is only comparable in the recorded history of American immigration to the similar change which took place in the years 1907-8. There has been a great decrease in immigration coupled with an equally large increase in the number returning to Europe.
  • Necessity Of Passports For Alien Women (1912)
    No, I shall never revisit the United States. I should rather take my chances in Russia;" and the young girl at my elbow laughed bitterly as our steamer glided past the cloud-capped, rainbow-tinted hills of Jamaica, her native island. She was a sedate young person, with ultra-English poise and mannerisms. Our voyage was almost ended—hence perhaps her sudden burst of confidence.
  • The Treatment of Immigrants - A Summary of the Hardships Faced (1913)
    The transportation of emigrants in those early days was attended with such cruel conditions that reviewing them now after a lapse of fifty years, it seems almost incredible that they should have been tolerated by any civilized nation. The ships employed in this service were only too often broken-down freight ships, in which merchants were unwilling to entrust valuable merchandise.
  • Influence of Immigrant Banks and Agencies in America (1913)
    Besides the influence brought directly to bear in Europe, an indirect influence is also exerted by the immigrant banks, ticket agencies and other similar enterprises conducted mainly by immigrants for immigrants in the United States. It is the chief business of these institutions to exchange money, send money abroad, sell steamship tickets, and do other kinds of business that directly concern the immigrant.
  • A Detailed Review of the Book "Immigration: A World Movement And Its American Significance" (1914)
    Professor Fairchild has rendered a service to the student of immigration by having compiled in one handy volume the main facts and opinions scattered in the vast restrictionist literature. His original contribution deals with the relation of immigration to industrial crises, on pp. 348,361, in which he has developed the idea suggested by Professor Commons, viz. that immigration "joins with other causes to stimulate the feverish overproduction, with its inevitable collapse, that has characterized the industry of America more than that of any other country."
  • Too Much For The Melting Pot of Immigrants (1919)
    "There are over 17,500,000 aliens in this country, yet barely 6,000,000 have become citizens" is the statement made at Washington yesterday by Ray F. Cryst, deputy commissioner of naturalization and he declared that "among these millions, comparatively few have any knowledge of or interest in American institutions."
  • Treating Incoming Aliens As Human Beings (1921)
    The stirring and deeply human story of Ellis Island and of the improved methods now used there—What is being done to bar out unfit immigrants and to make the others happier — Pathetic scenes at the gateway of the nation.
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