July 26, 1899: “Strikers in Cincinnati”

STRIKERS IN CINCINNATI

MESSENGERS AND NEWSBOYS BOTH OUT—CROWDS INTERFERE WITH THE NEW BOYS

Cincinnati, July 25—The strike of the messenger boys, that began on Saturday, has reached serious conditions. Hoodlums and idlers surrounded the telegraph and district offices to-day and intercepted the new messengers in different parts of the city. The messengers were sent out in cabs, with a policeman accompanying each driver, but stones and missiles were thrown at the vehicles. Many of the messengers have been seriously hurt. Two have been stabbed, several hurt by missiles, and many have been badly beaten.

The newsboys have joined the strike to-day. Mobs of hoodlums surrounded the newspaper offices and refused to let the new boys go out with papers. The papers were torn up and destroyed
as fast as they were turned over to the new boys. At noon the hoodlums from all parts of the city had gathered in such large numbers that the police seemed unable to disperse them with clubs and the use of more effective weapons was contemplated.

Wilkesbarre, Penn., July 25—The strike of messenger boys ended this evening, the Western Union and Postal Telegraph companies agreeing to take the boys back, but making no other concessions.

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