Newspapers: The Newsboys' Revolt

The meeting in Reading's dingy, red brick Labor Temple had been postponed for a week because the chief organizer broke out with the measles. But now red-haired Ronald Haan, 17, was back on his feet, dressed in his Sunday best, standing nervously in front of a hand-lettered cardboard sign that read: JOIN THE NEWSBOYS ORGANIZATION NOW. In the audience sat some 100 teen-age carrier boys of Reading, Pennsylvania's two dailies, the jointly owned morning Times and the evening Eagle. In the back of the room lounged a few adult labor leaders, who had come to observe.

"Fellows," said Ronny Haan,...

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