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HEARST NEWSBOYS STRIKE
AND ARE SLUGGED
After a fight in the alley in the rear
of the Hearst bldg. last night, in
which a large number of boys were
slugged, forty "boot jackers" boys
who sell the early edition of the Ex
aminer walked out on a strike.
Late yesterday afternoon they held
a meeting in the Sheet Metal Work
ers' hall, 136 W. Washington sL, and
organized a union which they named
the Midnight Newsboys' ass'n. They
voted to strike immediately in an ef
fort to obtain their demands, which
are a $3 a week minimum wage and
that they be allowed to return papers
they did not sell.
They attempted to present their de
mands to Fred Lawrence, managing
editor of the Examiner, last night
He was not in his office. Neither was
his brother, Andy, who publishes the
paper for Hearst Hearing this they
decided to postpone the strike and
want down in the alley to work. A
gang of wagon drivers and sluggers
met them. Several had attended the
meeting in the afternoon and they
pointed out the boys who were pres
In the fight which followed several
boys were badly beaten up. The boys
are all young, few being older than
20. All of the sluggers are huskies
and several had brass knuckles.
The boys work from 10 p. m. on up
to 3 or 4 a. m.
While waiting for the papers to
come out the boys sit in Everybody's
restaurant, on the first floor of the
Hearst bldg. Few of them have
homes. If they earn enough they
sleep in 5-cent "flops" and eat "cof
fee and." Every night some of them
fall asleep in the restaurant. Tues
day night George Nash, circulation
manager and brother of the defeated
alderman, threatened to arrest any
boy he found sleeping there again.
Those who were asleep at the time he
awoxe uy pounng coia water uown
their necks, . . 1
The Examiner once paid the boys
50 cents a night. They stopped do
ing this when the other papers agreed
not to publish early editions.
CITY OFFICIAL IN ATTACK ON
STREET CAR COMPANIES
"They want to steal the streets.
The nerve of a brass monkey is noth
ing when you look at the nerve of
the men who control the street rail
ways of Chicago. I am pleased with
the decision of Judge Hopkins."
George L. Reker, assistant cor
poration counsel, thus commented on
a $1,000 fine Judge Hopkins placed
on the street car companies. The
case now goes to the supreme court
Reker argued: City council a year
ago ordered more cars put on Kedzie
av., south of 47th st Hundreds of
people delayed because many cars
stop at 47th and turn back. Figures
of R. F. Kelker, public service de
partment traction expert, showed it
would cost companies 19 cents a
pile or $5.20 a day to give service
For companies Att'y B. F. Richol
son said council order had no pentlay
tacked on and so not "proper." Re
ker replied 1907 traction ordinances
give city power to penalize.
Nine more cases like this one are
being pushed by Reker.
Better routing, more cars and more
seats in cars asked in petition of Cook
County Real Estate Board to state
utilities commission. Want commis
sion to order companies to bring in
plans in 30 days.
A comprehensive subway would
cost a billion dollars and need 9,000,
000 people living in Chicago to make
it pay. A dinky subway would be "an
unjust discrimination in favor of the
districts served at the expense of
those not served," it is stated.
Bucharest Danube is rising at
alarming rate in departments of Fob--raila
and Tulcea. Entire villages have
been submerged. Feared there hag
been loss of life.