Newsboys had a hard life in the early 1900s NYC. They appear in Book Two, Annie's Stories. www.cindyswriting.com The Bowery Boys: New York City History: Before 'Newsies': The Brooklyn Newsboys Strike of 1886
August 1908. "Indianapolis Newsboys buying brass checks in a newspaper office. These checks cost at the rate of one-half the selling price of the newspaper and are exchanged at another window for the number of papers they call for."