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NEWSBOYS OF SAN FRANCISCO SAY "THE CALL" SELLS WELL.
Strong Testimony of the Growing Popularity of the Paper — All the People Like It — Increasing Sales of the Sunday
Edition in Every Part of the Town and Country— ln Demand by All Classes of Citizens.
"How many Caws do I sell everyday?
Well, if I said about eighty I might be
lying, because to-morrow I might sell
ninety or a hundred. Ever since The
Call took a boom on I have had to order
more every week. That's the way it seems
to go. and'as long as the demand keeps up
I am ready to do the supplying. Last
Sunday we'had sold out long before noon
and 1 had to lay in a fresh supply. On the
dead square all the kids who work for me
made money on that issue, and people
wlo never bought it before ask for it now.
I never saw a San Francisco vmper take
euch a spurt. That's straight."
"Dey's nutin' de matter wid De Call.
I sells 'em in de niornin' for a few hours
and in de afternoon I works up in de town
in a mattress factory. See?"
"How many Calls do you sell while you
are at it?"
"'Bout twenty. Dats as many as most
of de utter kid? sells of de morning papers.
Tree monts ago dey wasn't anybody calling
for it, but now a mug can get out and make
a good tine of it widout rustlin'. Dats
what I do. see, McCann stays here all
day and scoops in de dough wid a steady
pull. You can bet on De Call."
"So you are the youngster who sells
nothing but The Call on Sunday. How
many can you carry?"
"What'er you givin' us? I don't take
the whole bundle out at onot. When I sell
one armful I come back and get more.
Don't I, Tap? I can't get away from the
school in the weekdays, so I only work on
Sunday. Saturday I have fun. When
people go out of town Sunday they take
The Call with them and read the stories.
My mother reads them to me sometimes.
Last Sunday I sold over eighty Calls, and
this coming Sunday I am going to take
out a hundred."
"Me and two other fellows have got a
dead cinch on the trade of the men-of-war
in the harbor now, and every morning we
[ get on the ships' tugs and go aboard. All
the officers like The Call, and say it gets
all there is a-going. I sold 150 in one week
and the other two kids sold almost as
many. Why, say, when I first began to go
out to the warships I didn't take The Call
with me, but since I heard everybody call
ing for it I lays in a stock, and now 1 don't
sell nothing else. When I gets my hands
on a good thing I am a great stayer. I
read The Call myself."
HERMAN PIFFERO, ALIAS "THE
"I'm one of the fellows who goes out to
the ships in the morning and gets my work
in on the sailors. Me and Brown is pals,
and the sailors and otficers we don't know
ain't worth knowin'. I'll tell you how we
does it. As soon as a new ship comes in
we get aboard of her, and the cap'n says.
'Boys, give me the paper with the news.'
Weil, we hands him TnE Call, and the
next day when we gets on board again he
says. 'Give me The Call.' That's the way
we works it. and the man is always satis
fied. I get rid of about thirty papers every
day, and that's wages for a kid."
"Well, you see, it's^ust this way. I'm a
kind of a boss here, and don't have much
time to sell papers. I have too many kids
to look after. Ido a little work during the
day, and sell about twenty Calls of the
daily edition, but when Sunday comes I
hop in and knock out about 125 or 130.
The demand for the daily Call has in
creased about double, and of the Sunday
paper I sell almost three times as many.
I'd sell more if I had time, but a fellow
can't be a boss and a laboring man too. I
have one kid who sells nothing but The
Call on Sunday. Here he is."
"I've been selling papers right here on
the corner of Montgomery and Market
streets for the past few years, and as the
cable-cars go by I jump on and go through.
Of course I see all kinds of people and sell
to everybody. I used to take out only the
papers which were called for the most.
There was two of them, but since The Call
began to print the news from all over the
eartn I find that people who never paid
any attention to it in the past take it regu
larly now. I have a regular run of certain
people and I am adding to the list every
day. There's money in it, too."
"When I want to sell The Call I get a
big batch and climb on board the cable
cars and yell, 'Call, Call, Morning Call,'
a few times, and by the time I have passed
through the car they are gone. I have
sold as high as eighteen and twenty copies
in a few hours that way. The working
people who come into town in the morning
from the outside parts of the City ask for
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, THURSDAY, JULY 11, 1895.
The Call more than they do for any other
paper. You know what kind of people I
mean. Them fellows who dresses pretty
decent and has to work for a living to pay
for the togs they wear. I sell lots to them.
"How long have you been selling papers,
"About five years, ever since I was able
to take care of myself. I know what I'm
doing when it comes down to selling
"How does The Call go among the
"Say. Now y'er talking. All the kids
handle The Call now. They used to take
out three or four, and after they had sold
them they thought it was about time to
quit buying for that day. Now, we get in
early in the morning and grab more. You
bet when the newspapers get in and try to
beat each other the newsboys make money
"Spud, how many Calls do you sell
Spud was rather reluctant about giving
Tip any information at first, but finally
"On weekdays, misier, I sell about fif
teen in the morning, and then I go home.
I know lots of ladies who take Ihe Call
every morning at the ferry, and many old
men sit down in the cable-cirs and read it
while they go uptown. If they wasn't so
many sold on the trains I would sell more,
but the ladies nnd old men who buy from
me always wait until they get in the City."
"Lemme tell you something about The
Call, mister. One day last week I went up
in the Mills building and welked into the
lawyers' offices and around among them
men who sit down all diiy and don't do
nothin'. Them fellers who smoke good
cigars ana spits on the floor. In one office
they was three men. One feller says Tmt
Call wasn't sensational enough, but the
two other fellers says, 'Give us The Call
then, and we'll take it home.' Now I sells
about twenty papers among the lawyers to
take home with 'em. I made $8 last week
selline The Call. That ain't bad, is it
"How many Calls have you this morn
"Thirteen. I always sell right here by
the fountain where I am sure to meet the
same people every day. Lots of men get
off and on the cars here and I know most
all of them. All I have to do is to shove a
Call at them and get the cash. Sunday
is the boss day, though. Everybody bnys
The Call, and a fellow can make enough
money in the morning to have lots of fun
the rest of the day. Forty or fifty is noth-
ing, and if the Dovs wasn't lazy they could
sell a hundred. Last Sunday I sold sixty
five by 3 o'clock."
"I'm onto de boss snap wid De Call.
Dis is de way I does it. In de mornin'
about 10 o'clock I gets me twenty papers,
ye sec, and sneaks off down to Front street
and Battery street and Sansome street, and
slides into de merchants' offices wid de
paper. Well, dey buys it, ye see, and
keeps on a-buvin' it. ye see, until de first
ting I knows de bookkeepers and de clerks
all over de shop is buyin' it, ana conse
kemly I does a whackin' business among
de merchants. Now. dat's what I call a
great graft, one showin' a lot of sense. De
rirst ting de boys know I'll be havin' de
cream trade of de City."
"I haven't sold papers very long, but since
I have been in the business I have seen
The Call go up like the dickens. I sell
papers out in the Western Addition in the
morning and have to come downtown to
get them. When I get back the people are
getting up and poke their heads out of the
windows to tell me that they want a Call.
I sell more Calls to families than I do any
other paper, so I will keep on selling it.
Nobody ever stops The Call when they
once start in to take it. A great many peo
ple have stopped the other papers and buy
for The Call from me."
"You see I have got a sort of separate
business all by myself and sell papers along
the seawall, above Broadway. All the
workingmen along the wharves and the
mngs who work in the storehouses buy
The Call and read it at noon. I generally
take out about thirty in the morning and
they are gone by noon. I am the only
newsboy who goes up that far and 1 find it
pays. All the time the demand is in
creasing and in a few weeks I will have one
of the best routes in the City. If The Call
increases as it has done in the last three
months it will be ahead of them all."
"I don't know how it is that people talk
hard times so much in this town. I am
making plenty of money to suit me and
it only takes a few hours in the morning.
I go down to the wharf and stand at the
Oakland mole with a dozen papers and sell
them all. I used to take about five Calls,
but it wasn't enough and I took more every
day, until now I sell twelve or fifteen a
day. That may not sound big, but it is as
good a record as any other kia as young as
I am. One day last week i sold twenty
seven copies of The Call during the mid
dle of the week. That's good enough for
one day, isn't it?"
"Thirty Calls daily is about the regular
thing for me. It used to be ten, but the
people kept calling for it and I had to lay
in a new stock. All the boys are surprised
at the way it is climbing up. No other
paper ever did that in this City before.
Three to one ahead of itself compared to a
month or two ago. I know what I'm talk
ing about. Why, say, mister, I've been sell
ing papers on the water front ever since
horse-racing started and I say that I saw
The Call at its worst, but now I see it at
its best and still climbing. Ask any kid
here and he'll tell the same as I tell you."
"It doesn't make any difference if a fel
low is crippled. Now, I can always make
a s;ood living by selling papers. A good
many men who are injured less than I am
sit around on beer kegs and talk about mis
fortune and hard luck. Makes me tired.
That's what. You want to know how The
Call sells? Well, I'm about as well posted
on that question as the next man, and I
tell you it's going fine. If it wasn't you
can bet we wouldn't handle it. Just think,
nix months ago we used to get a copy of
The Call only where it was asked of us, but
now we have calls from all hands, and we
keep a good supply with us."
The smallest newsboy on the water
front was not altogether communicative
about the occupation of selling The Mobn
ing Call to any and all comers, but finally
admitted, at the solicitation of the "boss, '
that he was surprising his folks by the re
turns he brought home nightly.
"I sell more papers now than I ever sold
before. Lots of ladies stop me and ask me
for The Call, and two little girls, who live
in Alameda, come and get one from me
every morning. They read it and then
take it home with them in the afternoon.
I see them every day. They call me the
Midget, but I make as'much money as the
William was not inclined to talk at
length or enter into details about The
Call, but when asked whether or not he
sold it, he replied : "Cert. If I didn't make
money at it though I wouldn't be seen dead
alongside de paper-selling business. You
bet when dere is money in anyting I'm
right around lookin' fer a chance to get in,
and you can put up on it De Call is a
money-makin' concern. I'm onto dat.
Didn't use to 'mount to much, but she's a
nailer now and we're pullin' in de doueh
all along de street. I can sell dat paper
anywhere now, but dere was a time when
you couldn't give it away as a gift."
This youngster sells papers around the
vicinity of Powell street, and was born in
"I been sellin 1 De Moßnqr 1 Call now foa
mity nhear foa monts, and you hear me I
done make heap o' money some dese days.
I ain't no common stock what don't know
nuffin. Ise dead on, I is. I done sold
forty-eight papers dis mornin', and I done
reach fifty to-morrow. 'Deed I will." Mr.
Green wandered on at great length about
the beauties of a business sense, and when
asked what class of people seemed to pre
fer The Call, answered, "De white peo-
DIPLOMAS FOR DOCTORS
Thirty Graduates of the Call-
fornia College Re
Metropolitan Temple Filled With
Listeners to the Commence
The seventeenth annual commencement
exercises of the California Medical College
were held as Metropolitan Temple last
night. Thirty of the industrious students
of the colleee were about to have conferred
upon them the degree of doctor of medi
cine and the big building was crowded
with their friends, ready to applaud their
success and to make as hearty a response
as possible to their first public bow.
The interior was a dream of summer
dress and millinery, flowers and bunting
when the hour for the opening of the ex
ercises arrived. All around the gallery
the class colors, yellow and white, were
gracefully intertwined and festooned in
folds, caught up here and there with the
stars and stripes enfolding the shield.
Large banks of flowers were visible on
stands near the stage, placed there by
friends of the graduates as tokens of their
The graduates filed in at 8 o'clock and
took the seats provided for them on the
right of the staee and were received with
prolonged applause. A few moments later
the faculty followed, and the exercises
were opened with a selection on the orean
The Rev. W W .Case, pastor of X
Howard - street Methodist Episcopal
Church, delivered the invocation, and Dr
M. E. Van Meter, who acted as master of
the ceremonies, introduced Mrs.Genevieve
Faro, who rendered the solo, "But Yester
day," in splendid style, for which she re
ceived an encore. Little Mildred, the
child actress, sang "I'm a Little Too
Young to know," and was forced by the
continued applause to respond to two en
cores. Mrs. Mary Mann Brown was on
the programme for two solos, but, so well
were her efforts received that she was
compelled to respond with another.
♦». « v Meter addressing the dean of
the faculty, D. D. McLean, on behalf of the
g J a * J a *vu 9 l w , ho wer e standing by this time,
stated that there were thirty young ladies
and gentlemen who asked to be enrolled in
tne meaical profession.
',' The y have been earnest students of the
college,- he sanl, "for the past three years.
They have been weighed in the balance
and found not wanting. I take great
pleasure in presenting them to you now."
it is unnecessary for me,"sa"id Dr. Mc-
Lean, to make a long ceremony of this
matter. You would rather receive these
parchments than any word I might say to
"I must say to the audience that it is less
than a year since we met here before on a
similar occasion, but that is made neces
sary by the fact that we have changed our
terms. 1 make this explanation so you
will not think we are graduating too often.
Beginning in October next the terras at
our college will be four years. I recollect
when 1 came to the State that the term
was of two years and those only of twenty
weeks. Then we advanced it to three
years, and not satisfied with that we have
still advanced to a four years' term, eight
months in the year.
'•Now. I will say that the people of Cali
fornia have advanced medical learning
more than any other part of the country.
There are a great many of the Eastern col
leges to-day that have only two-year terms,
while we, on the shores of the western
ocean, try to keep pace with the procession.
In creating this four-year term we have
been tilled with the idea that we shall
be able to produce the very best class of
physicians that can be turned out in the
"It now becomes myprivilege, undertne
authority in me vested as president of the
Catifornia Medical College," said he, ad
dressing the graduates, "to confer upon
each and every one of you the degree of
doctor of medicine, with all the rights,
privileges and immunities thereunto be
The craduates passed from their places,
received their diplomas from the president,
bowed to the audience and were applauded
as they resumed their places. Those upon
whom the degree was conferred are:
Ella Richardson Baker, Edward C. Love, Ed
ward Bennett, W. F. Millhone, Beecher B. Bol
ton, John A. Moffitt, Albert E. Byron, Flora
Morrison, Benjamin N. Childs, John B. Mitch
ell, Fred A. Childs, George K. Osborn. James
E. Daley, F. Clayton Peirsol, (ieorge 11. Derrick,
David Brandley Plymire, John A. Fritz, Marie
Spiess, Benjamin T. Freshman, Winfield Scott
Hwayze, William S. Groves. Alice M.Swayze,
William T. Hicks, Frnnsiscus A. Swinkels, Wil
liam R. Jamison, Charles E. Taylor, Morne
Sophie Johnson, Lucas L. Van Loenen, Thomas
Francis Kellegan, Frank D. Walsh.
Schumann's ".Novelette in F" was given
on the piano by James Hamilton Howe,
after which S. Homer Henley and Miss
Maud Chapelle rendered vocal solos, which
were loudly encored.
In the absence of General W. H. L.
Barnes, who was announced for the ad
dress, Rev. W. W. Case was called upon to
speak to the students and their friends.
He responded, and his remarks were so
humorous and so full of keen point at the
same time that the audience was convulsed
and convinced at once.
"I belong to that great trinity in every
city," began the reverend gentleman,
"that trinity so necessary to all — the
doctor, the preacher and the undertaker
no single member of which is called in till
The speaker then stated that he took it
upon himself to say that he, too, was a
member of the faculty of the col
lege. He was professor of the the
ory of human nature, without which
he claimed no person, especially no
medical person, could get along in the
world. He gave numerous instances of
the application of the insight into human
nature, fairly taking his hearers by storm.
He wanted to stop, but they made him go
on and he talked in the same strain for
fifteen minutes. When he had concluded
all present sang the National hymn
"America." Rev. W. W. Case pronounced
the benediction and the commencement
exercises were at an end.
LEARNING TO USE ARMS
Workingmen Form the "Na-
tional Labor Army" for
a Strange Purpose.
Propose to Have Drills and Ac
quaint Themselves With Mili
There has been organized in this City
what the members of it call the "National
Labor Army," and a meeting will be held
to-night at 1159 Mission street. Tt is pro
posed to meet every week and do some
thing else than discuss social problems.
The members are to fall into line and learn
the tactics of war.
They have adopted a preamble, constitu
tion and by-laws, enrolled a lone list of
members, elected officers, and are ready
for the rudiments of a martial training.
In their preamble adopted at the last
meeting they recited a list of instances
wherein property rights have seemingly
been placed above the considerations sup
posed to be due to human life in the con
flicts between labor and capital, particu
larly during the Homestead and Pullman
strikes, and they also charge that the
money power has tampered with the bal
lot so much in this country and the free
exercise of the suffrage, as to cause the
great mass of the people to lose confidence
in the efficacy of the elective system of
Ed Marlett, the president of th«? A. R.
IL, has been chosen for its president and
Walter Joyce, the president of. the Wage
workers' Union, its secretary.
Any man who is a wage-worker or a sym
pathizer with labor can be admitted" to
membership whether he belongs to a union
or not, or whether he is actually a work
A doctor connected with one of the local
medical colleges has already enlisted in
the army as a regimental surgeon and he
promises to supply a complete hospital
corps for the first regiment, and besides to
give $500 for the purchase of guns when
the need of guns for drilling purposes be
comes apparent. The army is not organ
ized in connection with any labor union
or system of affiliated or amalgamated
labor organizations, the president ex
plains, and| the fact that Harry A. Knox
of the A. R. U. drew up the preamble, he
says, is not to be taken as indicating any
connection between it and that organiza
GHOST-LIKE BALL PLAYEES.
They Ran Bases So Swiftly That the
Umpire Couldn't See Them.
"Never heard of the old Hot Feets?"
queried the baseball crank, as he laid down
the sporting paper and prepared for a
"No-o. don't remember that I have,"
replied the man who is down on baseball
"Well, they disbanded. Played at
Swishville. Great ball they put up, too."
"But why did they disband?"
"Couldn't get fair treatment from um
"Why, what was the reason?" asked the
man who hates baseball idiocy.
"Tell you how it was. Every man in the
team was a sprinter, and they ran around
the bases so infernally fast that the um
pire had to have 'em whitewashed every
second inning so he could see 'era."
"Do you expect me to believe, sir,"
asked the man who hates baseball idiocy,
sternly, "that the umpires could not see
f;reat, strapping fellows going around that
ittle diamond T"
"Oh, occasionally, replied the crank.
"When one of them would slide the um
pire could see the smoke ?"— Cleveland