July 26, 1899: “‘Newsies’ Standing Fast”




There was no let up, apparently, in the newsboys’ strike yesterday, although the advice of the leader at the mass meeting, against violence, was generally followed. With the prolonging of the strike the boys seem to be gaining confidence in teh issue, and they declared yesterday that the opposition to their demands could not continue much longer.

“Say, dem fellers ain’t printen’ papes fer der healt’,” said one of the urchins, “an’ I guess dey sees now dat wot we says goes. All t’ings comes to de blokes wot waits, an’ say, we’s good waiters, all right. I guess we’ll get wot we wants.”

“Kid” Blink was in a pacific frame of mind yesterday, and he was busy most of the day impressing is peaceful doctrines on some of the more riotously inclined strikers.

“I’m t’inkin’ erbout callin’ a peace confrance,” he said, “same like what de boss what runs Rusher done. Say, how’s dat fer a skeme, hey? We’ll decide just how many uv de little fellers has er right to tackle one uv dem big scabs, an’ we’ll guff a lot erbout de use uv sticks an’ stones in de strike. Dat kind o’ t’ing don’t go no more in dis here strike. Dat’s wot I tol ’em at de meetin’, an’ it goes!”


The rain yesterday dampened the ardor of the hired men somewhat, and their efforts to sell were by no means marked with exertion. There is one feature incident in the strike for which a long suffering public ought to be thankful. The babel of leather voiced sellers of the latest sensation is no longer heard and in Park Row, Nassau-st. and other sections, where day and night have been made hideous by the cries of “Uxtra,” the quiet at times is such that one can almost hear one’sself think. Some of the men who were engaged to sell papers at $2 a day, with 40 cents additional for each hundred sold, hit on a plan yesterday by means of which they could earn the greatest amount of compensation with the least amount of labor. A man would take fifty papers, go up a side street and throw half of them where they would not be seen. Then he would sit on the remaining papers until an inspector came, when he would explain that he had sold twenty-five papers, and was on his way to get more.

The man would soon succeed in throwing away about nintey papers and selling ten. When evening came the “newsboy” handed in 60 cents to pay for the hundred papers he had rid himself of and collected $2.

“Say, dis is easy,” said one of them; “it’s a reg’lar cinch. But don’t give it away. I wouldn’t be doin’ it but I needs de money.”

A number of the strikers who were away from the jurisdiction of their lynx eyed leaders saw an “Evening Journal” wagon on its way to South Ferry last night. They swooped down on it with a warwhoop, and the driver was powerless to resist them. The papers were taken from the wagon and thrown in the river.

“Kid” Blink called at The Tribune office late last night and gave the particulars of an interview which he had with Mr. Carvalho, of “The Journal.” This is what he said:

“He called me in and he said: ‘Is dis ting right wot you’se is doin’? Don’t you know it costs two times as much to print our papes with all dem nice picters as it does fer other papers? We lost 20,000 papers to-day. Now, suppose you went into a grocery and de man wanted 30 cents fer coffee. Could you make him sell it to yer for 20 cents?’

“I told him we wussn’t talkin’ about no coffee. Wot we wuz after was papes. Scabbooch, he seen Mr. Hearst gettin’ into a coupy, and he went up and asked him wot he wuz goin’ to do about it. He sez he’ll go outen business and close up de shop before he’ll give in to us. I guess dat’s wot he’ll have to do. Anyhow, he’s goin’ to see de commeitt, wot’s me and ‘Jimmie’ Scabooch and ‘Dave’ Simon, to-morrow.”


Mr. Blink also brought information that Charles Bacigalupi, who is known in the IId Assembly District as “the poor man’s friend,” has given $50 to the fund, and has offered to the boys, free of charge, a four horse coach and four landaus for use in the parade which is to take place tonight.

Source: “‘Newsies’ Standing Fast.” New-York Daily Tribune, 26 July 1899, p. 2.