July 26, 1899: “Yonkers Boys Form A Union”

YONKERS BOYS FORM A UNION

THEY HOLD A PARADE AND ARE LOUDLY CHEERED—A PUBLIC MEETING TO-NIGHT

The newsboys of Yonkers have been on strike since Monday against “The Evening World,” “The Evening Journal” and “The Daily News.” Yesterday few of these papers were sold. This was done by James O’Neill, the Yonkers agent of one of the papers, who sold a few, and reduced his order from 1,000 a day to 100. These went begging. Public sympathy is wholly with the boys.

The boys formed a union on Monday night with more than 200 members. They have declared war on “The News” because that paper also sells wholesale in Yonkers for sixty cents a hundred.

John Miner, a newsdealer of Riverdale-ave., purchased one hundred copies of “The News” this evening. Fully fifty strikers surrounded his store at once and cried “Scab!” Miner appeared and made a speech in which he apologized for his action, stating that he did not know “The News” had been blacklisted. So saying, he gave all the copies he had bought to the boys. Away went the youngsters down Main-st., strewing the thoroughfare with torn papers.

Delegations of the boys awaited the arrival of all trains from New-York, and any copies of the papers found in the hands of passengers were quickly dragged from their possession and destroyed.

The boys paraded through the city last night and were cheered from all sides. To-night they will hold a public meeting in Y. M. C. A. Hall.