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tion, directing operations over
Every boy who came to the
meeting was questioned. If tb,e
police thought they could not in
timidate him, he was refused ad
mittance to the hall.
Scores of thugs and sluggers,
brought here by the.trust publish
ers from other cities, were ad
mitted. Wm. Cunnea, attorney for the
Newsboys' union, was refused ad
mittance. When he demanded he
either be admitted or arrested, the
poliec laughed at him, and pushed
George Haight, president of
the Pressmen's- union, was refus
ed admittance. Haight rented
the hall fo rthe newsboys last
When the packed meeting
pleased the police, they ordered it
called to order. Then Paddy La
vin made a speech.
Lavin said he did not represent
the publishers. (Lavin is the
creature of Andy Lawrence, who
has saved his skin several times
when Lavin was due to be fired
from the force.) He said he
wanted the boys to call the strike
off, that he would see they were
treated right, and asked for a
Tony Ross called for a vote,
and' it was taken. The vote al
most unanimous against a return
to work until the publishers rec
ognized the union, and redressed
Lavin wasn't satisfied. He de
manded a secret ballot Ross
said he sould take all the secrel
ballots he wanted.
There wasn't a "ballot box in th
hall. A boy said he would get one "
from the Daily News, which ap7
parently was holding one in read'
iness. He left, saying he would
be back in 10 minutes.
The boy was gone 35 minutes.
The meeting grew restless. SomeV
one moved adjournment. , The
motion carried unanimously. The
boys started for the door.
Then the police showed why
they were there. Dripping foul
oaths, Paddy Lavin sprang to his
feet, and ordered his men to pre
vent anyone leaving the hall.
"You don't get out of here un
til you vote," he yelled.
Mike Gargano, union newsboy,
was the first at the door.
"The meeting's adjourned," he
saiti t othe policeman who barred
his way," "Let me out."
"Get back, you dago
-," said the policeman.
Jim Page, Hearst thug, push
ed through the crowd.
"Give him to me," he yelled,
and when the police did so,
struck Gargano full in the mouth,
rolling him into the gutter out
side. Lavin, his uniformed men and
the trust sluggers, held the meet
ing in session b yforce until 11
o'clock. Only 100 of the union
newsboys escaped. They climbed
down the fire escape.
And after all, the trust pub
lishers hurt anlv themselves. The
union Newsboys union is more
determined than ever to hold out
against the trust to the-bitter end
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