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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 22, 1912, Image 9

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Ever since the newsboys' union,
partly in sympathy with the lock
ed out pressmen, and partly to re
dress their own wrongs, went on
strike, they have been hounded
and harried on all sides. '
Their stands were taken from,
"them by the police. They were,
denied the privilege, of crying
their wares. They were kept con
stantly on the move lest custom
ers should come to expect and
look for them at some particular
place. When the City Council
tried to give them a square deal,
Mayor Andy Lawrence Harrison
promptly vetoed their order.
And now a further outrage is
.contemplated against them.
The newsboys who hold the
news stands in the elevated sta
tions are being threatened with
revocation of their leases unless
they sell non-union trust news
papers. ' '
The newsboys lease their
stands from the elevated rail
roads. The elevated railroads are
not Supposed to have anything to
do with the present trouble.
They are not supposed' to but
they have, of course.
The newspapers have been
thick, with the elevated, railroads
of Chicago for long, and have
been scrupulous in helping the
elevated roads to go through the
pockets of the people. of Chicago.
Whenever the elevated roads
wanted to "put one over" on the
people, they saw to it that the
newspapers got a little bit of ex
tra advertising, and then the
newspapers hollared about Ldri
mer, or Hinky Dink, or the price
of pate de foie gras, while the ele
vated roads were "putting it
Now the elevated railroads are
returning these little favors. They
are turning upon the newsboys
who have been paying them good
rent all these years, and threaten
ing to kick them out, at the com
mand of the outraged trust pub
lishers, who seem to think that all
newsboys were created for was to
further the sales of their papers.
There doesn't seem to be any
good reason why a newsboy
should sell any paper he doesn't
feel like selling, although doubt
less some of the smart attorneys
of the trust papers discover some
thing in the Constitution which
would "make it law that the news
boys should sell trust papers, and
trust papers only.
Yet the newsboys of Chicago
have been persecuted, and hound
ed, and harried, and slugged be
cause1 they do not want to sell
non-union newspapers.
And now thev are going to
have their leases revoked, which'
means that the elevated railroads
are preparing to break a few of
those sacred contracts the trust
papers have been howling about
so much lately.
It is ohly tight that the elevat
ed roads should pay back some of
the debt they owe the newsp'apers
for allowing them to graft, but it
does seem hard on the newsies.
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