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PRAISED BE JESUS CHRIST!
must tell you about my journey from Russia
rode from Moscow to Libau, Latvia.
There we had to change cars and had to wait about an hour. I was
the depot and spied an agent of the North Lloyd Co. I asked him if I
the American consul. He gave us his address. Mrs. Rak and I went there.
our papers and asked us if we were farmers. We told him yes and that
recorded us as farmers. He said that the affidavit which my brother
has him signed as a smith, and on that he could not enter America.
said if you are farmers and Mrs. Rak’s husband is in America
and a farmer so let him send you an affidavit then you can still come
good news and we thanked him and returned to the depot. Our train had
time ago and we were obligated to take the next train. This however got
trouble. Our papers were examined and we were told we had no right on
nand would have to be sent back. We were afraid and I took heart and
police if he would let us through we would gladly pay him for it. And
happened now when we arrived in Berlin
to the American consul and showed him all our papers and we told him we
to go to America
and he told
we too that my affidavit would not allow me to go America. We wrote to Mrs.
husband and my brother in-law and they sent me an affidavit. Upon
this I again handed in our names for America. “Yes” he said I’ll
know when to come. Now that wasn’t so bad. I worked and we had a place
and this was across the street from St Michael’s church. A large statue
Michael stood at the top. My wife and I prayed and prayed that our
would be granted. So I worked all summer on the streets, but autumn and
came and the cold was severe and we could no longer work on the street.
asked one of the men of the Caritas Society and he drove me to the Good
convent and asked the superior for a job for me. The convent was
outside of Berlin
and so I went to
work Monday and came back home on Saturdays. It was nice to work and
Sisters helped us a great deal. Already a whole year had passed and
had no answer from the council. We were on the verge of giving up all
ever getting to America.
I wrote to my brother in-law he should collect the money for the fare
cannot come. While we were still waiting my wife received a letter from
sister in Russia,
a young girl who had married a rich Mohammedan. This was a terrible
wife told me to write her a letter and tell her how she had disgraced
and had committed a mortal sin. She answered that her sister and
had done what they wanted to do and so did she. Again I answered the
asked her if she did not love her father and mother and if they could
not have done
what she did. Again we received a letter
and she wrote that she was sorry for what she had done and had also
man. Now she is working by a farmer. Later on we heard that she had
and she thanked me for the letters I had written and that she had again
returned the God she had so basely forsaken, so that lost sheep was
again. We were about a year in Berlin When Mrs. Rak received word from
American Consul that she could go to America. We rejoiced with
wished her happy journey. We had received no notice. But a long wait
happy ending may yet come true.
Your dear Parents,
Michael and Katherina Lang
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