August 2, 1899: “Newsboys’ Boycott Over”

Newsboys’ Boycott Over

The newsboys’ boycott against “The Evening World” and “The Evening Journal” seems to be at an end. Nearly every boy downtown is now handling the newspapers that were boycotted. The rank and file of the boys charge that the officers of the recently organized Newsellers’ Union, immediately on leaving the meeting last Sunday night, obtained a complete line of papers, barring none, and went to work and are at present not discriminating against any newspaper. The reason for the change, the boys say, is that they are permitted to make full returns.

A gang of fifty or more newsboys last night attacked a newspaper wagon which was distributing “Evening Journals” at Fourteenth-st. and Sixth-ave., and the man in charge, Perry Walton, was seriously cut on the head by a flying brick.He was taken to the New-York Hospital, where his wound was sewed up, and then he went home. The police dispersed the mob, arresting Sebastian Delo, sixteen years old, of No. 141 Sullivan-st.,; Charles Bervino, fourteen years old, of No. 531 Broome-st., and Almo Bavitharo, fourteen years old, of No. 339 East Eleventh-st. The two youngest boys were sent to the rooms of the Gerry society.

The crowd had not been long gone when a second mob was attracted by a wagon distributing “Evening Worlds.” Another small riot followed, but the police were quicker this time, and the arrest of the seeming leader caused the mob to subside. The prisoner said he was Tony Missaro, eighteen years old, of No. 140 Sullivan-st.

Source: “Newsboys’ Boycott Over.” New-York Daily Tribune, 2 Aug. 1899, p. 3.