The Czechoslovak Review/Volume 1/Being a Member of a Small Nation

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Among the newspaper clippings received by the Bohemian National Alliance there was one from a small town in the State of New York; it possesses considerable human interest. Two Bohemian musicians who came originally from Prague, had been making a living in this up state town for about two years by giving music lessons. A Bohemian in this neighborhood was a sight more rare than a hippopotamus. When war broke out, suspicion was turned against the poor musicians who were known to have come from Austria and therefore were presumably German emissaries. What were the Bohemians to do, if they did not want to lose their pupils and their only means of livelihood? They called on three of the most prominent local celebrities, submitted to them copies of the Bohemian Review and pamphlets published by the Bohemian National Alliance and convinced them that they were far less likely to favor Germany than the most patriotic Yankee. And then the three great men published a certificate of loyalty to the Bohemian musicians in the local paper, and thus the story in due course through the medium of a clipping bureau reached the offices of the Bohemian National Alliance.



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