July 28, 1899: “Newsboys’ Strike Must End”

Newsboys’ Strike Must End

Chief Devery Realizes It Is Serious, and Outlines a Plan of Action.

Boycotted Papers Protested.

The city of New York has officially recognized the newsboys’ strike. From the level of a grievance the boycotting of the Evening World and Evening Journal has now risen in importance until it has at last become a subject of official correspondence, and must be recognized as a great labor movement to be dealt with by the police.

Last night Chief Devery sent out orders to the captains of all the precincts calling attention to the strike and outlining a course of action.

Yesterday afternoon the managers of the two boycotted papers, disheartened at seeing their papers torn up by the thousands and their vendors chased from place to place, united and sent a protest to Chief Devery, complaining that they had not been given a fair show.

The managers claimed that the majority of policemen were in open sympathy with the newsboys. They had refused to make any arrests and had failed to break up their meetings and to interfere with them when they held up the wagons containing the objectionable papers.

Papers Blamed the Police.

The managers of the two papers said the police had actually aided the newsboys, and that such outspoken sympathy was a grievous fault on the part of the police.

In answer, Chief Devery considered the matter and decided to send out instructions regarding the attitude the police were to take. Devery sent out orders to every captain in the city, instructing them to inform their men that they were to deal with the strikers without favor, and when any lawlessness was shown they were to make arrests.

Six thousand striking newsboys formed in line last night and paraded the streets of the city. They were received with cheers by thousands of persons assembled to see them pass. Their position is growing steadily stronger, and the newsboys say they are making as much as ever. The strike shows no signs of “petering out.”