Norwegian-Swedish Fraternity

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Swedes and Norwegians Form Organization to Promote In- districts, in which 400.000 unfortunates are still struggling to keep body and soul together with ooarse bread as their sole arti-. cle of food. Accompanied by Gilson Willets, a New York correspondent, Dr. Klopsch made the long trip across the snow barrens of Finland on sleds, sleeping at posthouses, visiting the famine-stricken homes and studying the methods of relief employed by the Finnish committee that handles the money and does the practical work. "I cannot overdraw the picture of Finr land's misery," said the doctor. The famine is in practically every home, but that is oniy half, the smaller half, of the woe that" fills the country. "Russian oppression is even harder to bear than hunger, and wherever I went half famished Finns cried to me in their suffering 'Better to starve than to live as Russian serfs.' "Since last October no man, woman or child In the famine district has tasted meat, fish, or anything save bread. Until a few weeks ago they managed to live in some miraculous fashion upon hunger breada tasteless, crusty substance made of chopped straw and pine bark scrappings mixed with a little rye flour. Now the Finnish relief committee of Helsingfors, armed with American money, has placed good flour in every home. Enough to last thru the black days right at hand. "In another week the snow will begin to melt and the Finns in their isolated homes will for two months be practically cut off from communication with the outer world. "The Finns are a wonderfully hardy people, and they live on under crushing conditions that would mean certain death to their southern brethren. "In even little snow-bound villages the school children turned out to greet me. singing the national air of Finland in voices weakened by hunger. American charity never won a larger return of genuine gratitude." THE BROTHER PEOPLE An Organization Formed to Promote Norwegian, Swedish Fraternity. In Christiania there was recently established the Brother People's Welfare, an organization of Swedes and Norwegians to promote more friendly relations between the two countries. The organizations will encourage the foundation of branches all over the United Kingdom and arrange for union meetings of young people's SOT cieties, athletic and singing societies, etc. The Norwegian branch has about 600 members and the Swedish members are of about the same number. About sixty delegates from Stockholm attended the Christiania meeting and the new organization, "Brodrafolkens Val,'.' in Swedish and "Broderfolkenfes Veji'^in Norwegian was auspiciously launched. The proceedings were conducted . under the greatest enthusiasm. Among those elected to the executive board were the following Norwegians: Attorney Thome of Drammen LieutenantColonel Knoff, General Secretary Martens, Bjorn Bjornson, Hr. Ldvenskjold, Editor Gjertoff Professor Jaeger, Mrs. Gjertsen, Dr. J. C. Holm, General Thaulow, Mfss Jorstad, Colonel Vogt and Mrs. Kjaer. To the Swedish section, Candidate Aurelius, Consul General Berenkreutz, Professor E. W. Cronquist, Editor Henrik Hedhuid, Professor Franz L-und,. Captain Festin, Messrs. Beckman and Krbnlund of the Swedish Riksdag, Captain C. A. Wulff, Justice Staaf, Miss Baath-Holmberg and President Olsson of the labor council in Stockholm. The next general meeting will be held a year hence in Stockholm. The meeting broke up in a three times three, cheers for the organization. an ternational Fraternity. Heartrending stories pf. destitution and distress are told by Dr. Louis Klopsch of the Christian Herald* who has returned from his good Samaritan work in Finland and Sweden. Dr, Klopsch represented the Finnish famine relief fund, to which charitable Americans contributedthclose to $150,000. and his tour included e famine-stricke n ' a

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  1. The Minneapolis Journal,
  2. 01 May 1903, Fri,
  3. Page 16

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