July 26, 1899: “Newsboys Still Hold Out”

Newsboys Still Hold Out

Strikers Pass a More Quiet Day and Few Fights Are Reported.

The newsboys’ strike against The Evening World and Journal was of a less bellicose nature yesterday than it had been on Monday, and the men and big boys who had been hired to sell the papers were attacked in only a few instances.

Five men went to sell the papers at One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Street and Third Avenue, and were surrounded by a mob of strikers. The opposing factions held a parley, which ended in a conditional truce for the day. The men were allowed to sell their papers to whoever asked for them, but they were not to call their wares nor to thrust them under the noses of passers-by. Thes two privileges of the trade the strikers reserved for themselves exclusively.

At Eighth Avenue and One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Street several men were found selling the papers, and they defied the strikers when ordered to desist. Just as the boys were about to attack the men several policemen swooped down on them and scattered them by a few light blows of their clubs. The boys hid around the corners, and as soon as the policemen were out of sight they attacked the men and took away their papers and tore them up.

Source: “Newsboys Still Hold Out.” The New York Times, 26 July 1899, p. 3.