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LITERARY MAGAZINE MAGAZINEr MAGAZINEWhat
Wh What tOfte f One VJJLC r liHi a > Man jLid jLidThe Did TT I 1tf rl i For Newsies NewsiesThe
The Story of a Unique Club House at Toledo Ohio Ohiol
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By B y F M HOPKINS HOP KIN S
AY GuncU < do you really mean that this swim swimming swimmlng swimring ¬
SAY S ming pool is for UB kids That wo cnn go div diving diving diving ¬
ing and splashin 81 > lnshln around in the water there therewithout thorowithout thornowithout
without any clothes on and not havo any copper coppercome co coppercoins 1 > lHU lHUcamo
come along and pinch us That wo can fool around aroundthorn aloU1ulthem aroundthorn
thorn circus performance things all wo want to and andclimb DndcUmb andclimb
climb up 11 on tho trapeze tru > oo nnd skin the cut cutThroe oatThroe 1 1Throe
Throe cheers for Gunck and all thq rest of ther therrollers thoItollors thertailors
rollers who put up tho coin to glvo us kids all this thisstuff thisstuff thisstuff
stuff stuffSuch stuffSuch stuffSuch
Such was tho conversation heard not loss than
000 times by John E Gunckol tho fathor of ofnewsboys or110wsbors ofnewsboys
newsboys at tho timo of tho recent dedication of oftho ortho oftho
tho newsboys nowsbo s 100000 club building in Toledo the theonly theolll theonly
only olll p one of Its kind in the entire ontll country countryThat countr countr1hat countryThat
That tho lIttlo street merchants appreciate nl > loclnto their theirnow tholrnow theirnew
now homo is shown plainly lnlnly in tho fact that when whentho whontho whenthe
tho little fellows many of them orphans nnd some someof Bomoof sumoof
of them worse than orphans owing to tho squalor squalorof Iq squalorof unJor unJorot
of their homos aro not soiling papers allOlS on tho street streetthey strootthoy streetthey
they can bo found reading in tho club library lIbrm play playing plu pluiug playing ¬
ing games In tho entertainment room room swimming swimmingin
in tho pool or engaged onn od in tho numerous other di diversions divorslono dlvorsions ¬
versions provided Ioldod for their pleasure and better betterment bottormonl bettoriltOut ¬
ment monlA iltOutA1
A A1 A1LL LL this began at Christmas time 1802 when whonCommOdOIQ whenConunoduro
Commodore John ID Gunokol Ounol ol then an ofllolal I ofthe of oftho oftho
tho Lake Shore l1orca Michigan Southern railroad railroadgathered rnlholulgaUlolod railroadgathered
gathered together a company of 102 newsboys the theworst thtW018t theworst
worst typos that could bo found and with the as assistance a aslstanoe assistanoo ¬
sistance of several other citizens of Toledo lolo o treated treatedthem trontfldthom treatedtltoro
them to a Christmas ChlJ tmns dinner dinnerIt dinn01It linnorIt
It was an unruly crowd that gathered gathor d around tho thotables thotables thetables
tables History records roc 1ds that seven policemen wore worepresent worQlo worepresent
present lo ont to try to keep order There wore throe throefights thloOfights throefights
fights and several nearscrimmages and before tho thoassemblage thoRssomblngo theeassemblage
assemblage was dispersed finally ono of tho police policemen policemen ¬
men was thrown bodily out of tho hall by a bunon bunonof bunonot buncnof
of tho newsies who seriously objected to the thebluocoat thubluocont thebluocoat
bluocoat interfering with them them in tho settlement of oftheir ottholr oftheir
their differences differencesIn
In splto ltO of the belligerency tho Toledo News Newsboys Kowaboya Newsboys ¬
boys Association A sociution was formed then nnd there lho Thoassociation lhoaOBoolatfon lhoassociation
association numbors 04S19 members of whom 2100 2100aro 2100are 100 100aro
aro active Onco a member always alwa a member memberIn 1110mborIn hnomberIn
In interesting contrast to that 1802 dinner it is isworthy Isw isworthy
worthy w linthy to note that whoa tho annual field day and andouting ntulouting andouting
outing was hold last August 2000 newsboys at
1t k rlJ
These illustrations show John E Gunckcl of Toledo 0 and the club house hOU8 he was wasinstrumental wasinstrumcntl wasinstrumental
instrumental in building for or the newsboys of that city also the famous newsboys band bandof bandof bandof
of Toledo and a Croup of newsboys at the dedication of the building recently r
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tomlod and there wasnt u upoliceman IIlQH apolicornnn
policeman lQH omtn within seventeen seventeenmiles sovonteonmiles
miles 111 11 os In all that big crowd crowdthora crowdthoro crpwdthere
there was no fighting no noswearing noswoarlng noswoarhhg
swearing no ungontlomnnly ungontlomnnlyconduct ungontlomnnlycouduot mgontlemmulyconduct
conduct and some of tho of offloors orflcors ofIicors
floors of tho association who whoworo whowore whowore
wore present rOHont and assisted inntnintaining in inmaintaining Inmalnlnlnlng
maintaining order wore of oftho ortho oftim
tho original 102All 102 102All 102All
All of this has boon ac accomplished accaml1sholl fucoalplisho1 ¬
complished through tho hon honor hanOI ¬
OI or system s slom installed by b p John JohnE JolniB
13 Gunckol GunckolIn
In order to becomo a n mom mainbar mombar mom1JtI
bar a newsboy signs a card cardspecifying 001 001Bpoclf cardspecifying
specifying Bpoclf lng that ho will TRY TRYto Tltyto TIYto
to abstain from swearing
taulinj stoalln lying cheating and smoking cigarettes cigarettesHo
Ho Is then given a badgt which is numbered numberedand llumbQretlnn1 numberedand
and his namo placod > IILcod in tho roll book bookMr bookMr
Mr Guncltolo lieutenants who are newsboys newsboysthen nowsboysthon newsboysthouh
then do tho rest restShould rOltShould restShould
Should that member just enrolled bo found doing doingany doingnny doingany
any of tho thing ho says ha will try to overcome overcomeho ovorcomohe overcomeho
ho is cautioned by ono of tho helpers if it occurs occursagain oocursagain occursagain
again ho is reported and his btidio tho pride of ofthe urthe ofthe
the nowsleu 11ow lotJ is taken ttll on away a way from him and ho is put puton puton
on probation his comrades see that ho Is hold tip tipto 11 11to hp hpto >
to scorn and records prove that It is not long beford be before boforo ¬
fore an effort is made by tho suspended member to tobecome tobocomo tobecome
become a member again in good standing standingYJTORK standingWOIU standingScTORI
WOIU YJTORK Is dono almost entirely through newsboys nowsboysthomsolvos newsboysthemselves
vv themselves nnd Mr Qunckol tho
president ll1OKl ont of oftho ofthA ofthe
the association Is called rarely into play other otherthan otholthan otherthan
than to advise his lieutenants lieutenantsThere lIoutenantillho1o lloutonantsThere
There is 1 not a nationality that is not represented representedin
in tho association and it is a ease of equal rightsfor rights rightsfor 1IghtfJfa
for fa I all regardless of creed or 01 color colorTho COl0lrho colorThe
The building bull hlK Just recently dedipatod dodl atod was erected erectedas
as a monument to tho good work of John IS ISQunokel mGunoleol ICGunokel
Qunokel and was made possible through tho volun voluntary voluntary voluntary ¬
tary contributions of thousands of citizens School Schoolchildren Sc11001children Schoolchildren
children contributed contllbu tod their mite and tho newsboys newsboysthemselves noWabO8th011Bolvol newsboysthemselves
themselves worked overtime to secure a few cents centsto contsto centsto
to add n < 1cl to tho fund fundTho fundThe
The structure has ha a frontage of 76 foot with a adepth nd adepth
depth d J > th of 105 6 foot it is virtually throe stories high highalthough I1lghulthaugh highalthough
although the front elevation shows but two What Whatis VhRtIs VhatIs
is regarded as the crowning feature is tho beauti beautiful bClauttnl bsnutIful ¬
ful auditorium which affords space for 1137 opera operachairs operachoirs operachairs
chairs a completed and handsomely equipped stage stageand 8tagoand stageand
and dressing rooms In this auditorium much is isdono Iiidono isdone
dono to plant good seed develop selfcontrol and andto undto andto
to mould character characterSunday chnraotorSundu characterSunday
Sunday Sundu is tho day of days for the newsies and andthe uncItho andthe
the building swarms with them them On this day tho thoweeks thowoelts theweeks
weeks big entertainment is given givenTho gIvenTho givenThe
Tho principal body ia divided into five auxiliaries auxiliariesmade uuxutarlosmado auxiliariesmade
made up UI > of boys bO living in various sections ot tho thocity thocity thecity
city Each auxiliary takes turn In furnishing tho thoprogram thoprogllun thoprogram
program for tho Sunday afternoon porformanco performanceand
and ouch h tries to outclass all the rest restTwo roatTwo restTwo
Two numbers on tho program can bo filled by byoutsiders byoutsldorswhoovar byoutsidorswhoever
outsiders outsldorswhoovar whoever tho bays desire < to have address addressthem nJdro fJ fJtbOl i ithou
them tbOl 1 The rest of tho dozen turns must Ijo 1 > 0 fur furnished furniahod ur urntsbod ¬
nished by members of tho organisation orgallizotionrooittl racitu
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tions musical numbers of all kinds clog dances danceswhistling dnnodwhistling dnnoOwhistling
whistling stunts acrobatic performances drills drillsmonologues trillsmonologuos UIII UIIImonolo
monologues monolo uo8 und almost every other kind or n t turn turnthat tUUthnt turnlint
that lint Is known to tho theatrical profession profossion1lhe professionTho 1 1lho
Tho addresses a < by b the outsiders as a rule 1ul < I are aroheart nrohoort areheart
heart to heart talks with the boys boy spoken in awny awnythat IL way wnythnt waythat
that tho boys can understand untl lstul1d in such a way that thatjust tl1ntjust thatjust
just a kernel or two may 111 a find fertile soil 1C tho thospeaker thespoakor 1 1ponltor
speaker is able to use a little of tho street talk in inhis inhis i ihla
his address ho is assured n1ro < 1 of a friendly spot in tho thoboys thoboys < f fboys
boys hearts hoartsApplause hORltsAI heartsAl1lause
Applause AI > l > lnuKo is tho long suit of tho boys providing providinga
a thing suits them them and if it doosnt woo bo unto untoth uutotho untothe
th the performer l > orforn1or for ho must Mitts be content with retir retiring rotlrIng retlrlug ¬
ing to tho background with but a faint ripple of ofapplause ornpllauso ofapplause
applause applauseThere applauseCIICN IIIt IIItWHEN
WHEN Guncl apIHals1h thou there Is order orderThere 01 < 101 1011horo
There was a time whon there was not All that thatis thntIs thatfa
is necessary to secure absolute nl > llOl1t quiet is the appearauhee appear appearance 1JomIU1CQ ¬
ance of their Quack at one of thoir meetings his hisloft hislott hisloft
loft hand hnn half raised lRl od For they honor Gunok re revor 10vorti yeore
vor vorti ore him and aUt respect his wishes and never has ho hoboon hoboon hoboon
boon known to havo received an unkind word from fromhis fromhis fromhis
his thousands of newsboys newsboysCut nOWhoY8Cut newsboysCut
Cut that out or Ill toll Chmclc on you 011 is the re retort 10tort retort ¬
tort often made by b ono newsy now p to another who may maybo mayho mayho
ho trespassing close to tho forbidden lino That Thu t IB IBsuftlcient lasuntclont issufficient
sufficient and nnt it Is cut out outTho ontTho outThe
Tho ofllccs and nnt well stocked library of the buildin build buildins1 buildIng
ins1 in have been arranged with all duo regard to tho thoconvenience thooonvonlonco theconvenience
convenience of President Gunckol who a year and anda
a half ago was induced to give up his position positionwith positionwith positionwith
with the Lake Shore railroad lnllro l and devote his entire entiretime onthoUmo entiretime
time to the Newsboys association Fifty l1lrt of the tholoading UtO10dlng theloading
loading citizens pledged themselves tholl1 olvoa to give a cur curtwin certain efrtaln ¬
twin amount a1110Ull t each year toward Gunckols salary and andafter I1Hlnrt01 11111after
after much h protestation proto tnUon on tho part p rt of the ml 1lLlIlOld ralliosdcompany Iron < 1 1company
company Mr Ii Gunokol resigned and nn < 1 is h now devot devoting lavotIn lovotlag ¬ II
lag In his entire time to tho upbuilding of the attic aitisons oltlon atticyens
sons on of tomorrow tomorrowIRNITUUE tomorrowF tomorrowp
F p IRNITUUE that no boy can break that of the thenhisslon thomission thuminion
mission style tyIQ predominates throughout the en entiro cantlro entire
tire building As ono little newsy expressed it when whenhis whonlls whenhis
his lls eyes O OH first feasted on it Look kids heres herestables hOlo8tabl01 herestables
tables and things made out of straight trnlht wood and andnone tuHlnono andnone
none uv it has any nn bowlegs bowlogsBut bowlogBut t tBut
But after all it Is in the basement whore tho thostreet thoIItroat thestreet
street merchants seem to enjoy themselves Urn Urnmost tit thomost 8 8mOHt
most for it is there that tho swimming pool gym gymnasium iymI1lslum gynnnatsium ¬
nasium and dining room aro located locatedTho 100atodTho locatedThe
Tho ymnaslum has a complete sot of wall and andfloor nn an1floor < l if iffloor
floor apparatus donated by tho wife of ono of 01 tho thotrustees thotllIstOOB thetrustees
trustees Back of tho gymnasium g nl11aYlum IB tho natator natatorium nntat01hll11 natatorfur
fur and shower baths whore tho lads aro frao fraofrom frQoflom froofrom
from tho clutches of the law and can stay tar in as aslong onlong aslong
long as they like 111 co clothed in natures own garb garbStatistics salbstatlfJUos garbStatistics
Statistics compiled by b city cl tP authorities in years yearsgone yoarRgono yearsgone
gone by show how that most of tho drownlngs In tltnllaumoo tho thoMaumoo UH1tl1umoo
Maumoo river at this point have boon newsboys newsboyuwho nowsoyuwho newsboyswho
who havo undertaken to faco the strong current 11IOUt In Intho inthe I Itho
tho river It is expected that fatalities will ho do tlOoioased docreased ttooroused
creased and tho lives of many of tho nowsion will willbo willbo willho
bo saved this summer summerIn summorIn summerIn
In tho basement also is located tho kitchen with withan wItJLan whitan
an eightfoot oight foot range steam table cooking utonsllaContinued utensils utensilsContinued ulonallaContinued
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