From the December 21, 1903 edition of the New York Sun:
From the December 18, 1903 edition of the New York Sun:
Newsboys’ Home to Reopen.
The Lodging House Has Been Refitted and the Entrance Moved.
From the December 10, 1907 edition of the New York Tribune:
THIRTY DOLLARS will place some homeless child in a carefully selected family home in the country or will enable us at our Farm School to train a homeless street boy for farm life and fit him for an honest living.
ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS will provide nourishing hot meals or furnish shoes and warm clothing for the poor boys in our Newsboys’ Lodging Houses and Temporary Homes. We as for gifts, large or small, to make a merry Christmas for the children of the poor and to maintain the general work of the Society. Checks may be made payable to A. BARTON HEPBURN, Treasurer, 105 East 22nd St., New York.
WM. CHURCH OSBORN, President. C. LORING BRACE, Secretary.
Newsboys Who Wouldn’t Sing
Because the Lodging House Would not Let Them in Before Evening.
Charles Loring Brace, Children's Aid Society, newsboys' house, Pennsylvania Railroad, School for Homeless Boys, West Side Industrial School, West Side Lodging House, West Side Lodging House and School for Homeless Boys
From the November 25, 1903 edition of the The Sun:
Won Fine New Homes.
How the Penns. R. R. Tunnel Project Helped a Worthy Institution for Boys.
Girls Caught Pickpocket.
Some Lively Sprinting Done After a Purse-Snatcher.
From the November 10, 1901 edition of the New York Tribune:
A Newsboy’s Progress.
Goes From This City to Louisville, Where He Organizes a Newsboys’ Club and Becomes A Stenographer.
“About four years ago,” said Superintendent Heig of the Newsboys’ Lodging House yesterday, “a boy named Herman Felten stopped at the lodging house. He became a regular attendant at our night school and at the Sunday evening meetings. As he had friends in Louisville, Ky., he wished to go there, and we sent him. He has since organized a newsboys’ club there of which he is the head.”
Mr. Heig received a letter from Felten a few days ago, which was as follows:
It is so long since I last wrote you that mayhap you think I have forgotten you and the Brace Memorial Lodging House. But, no; the lessons I learned and the kindnesses that I received are indelible impressions on my mind—effaceable only by the tragedy of death.
I am now no more the humble newsboy, shouting “Extree! All about the terrible murder!” but a plain stenographer. With the money I saved from selling papers I took a course in a business college and graduated, and procured a position as stenographer.
Inclosed [sic] is an extract from one of our papers regarding myself which may interest you and the boys in your charge. The personage of whom I spoke is but a second Charles Loring Brace—a man worthy to be emulated and honored, and, being emulated, makes the doer happier and of service to his fellowmen; and being of service to one’s fellowmen is a type of love that uplifts the soul to the pedestal of a better life.
This letter was written by a boy who only four years ago was selling newspapers in this city, and much less than four years ago was pursuing the same occupation in Louisville. The newspaper clipping mentioned is from one of the Louisville newspapers, and states that at the “Thompson memorial services of the Newsboys’ Home, held at the Elks’ Home last evening, many interesting addresses were made, of which the most novel was by Herman Felten, the crippled newsboy who stands at the corner of Fourth and Jefferson sts.” The paper went on to say that the address was considered remarkable from a boy so young, after which it gave the address in full.
Felten’s speech was a tribute to Judge R . H. Thompson, the one to whom he referred in his letter as a “second Charles Loring Brace.” The judge had been friendly to Felten when he was a poor newsboy and in actual want, and had helped him through his difficulties.
Elections are trying times; this year’s presidential election was no different. Tensions were high during the campaign season, and continue to be so over very divisive issues under the campaign slogan “Make America great again.”
Change doesn’t always start from the top. Newsies is a reminder of that. Children and young adults, at the bottom of the totem pole, went up against powerful newspapermen, and while they may not have gotten exactly what they wanted, both sides came to a compromise.
In order to make positive changes in this country over the next four years, it is up to us to work together to reach common goals. The time to start is now. And we have the music and message of Newsies to remind us in the dark times.
From “The World Will Know”:
Everyday we wait,
is a day we lose,
and this ain’t for fun,
and it ain’t for show,
and we’ll fight ’em toe to toe to toe and Joe
your world will feel the fire and finally, finally know!
From “Watch What Happens”:
But all I know is nothing happens if you just give in.
It can’t be any worse than how it’s been.
And it just so happens that we just might win,
so whatever happens! Let’s begin!
And finally, from “Seize the Day”:
Now is the time to seize the day
Stare down the odds and seize the day
Minute by minute that’s how you win it
We will find a way
But let us seize the day
Courage cannot erase our fear
Courage is when we face our fear
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
—Emma Lazarus, 1883
From The Evening World on October 12,1887: