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2014 Reprint of 1961 version. specified facsimile of the unique version, no longer reproduced with Optical attractiveness software program. this can be an account, written with perception and sympathy, of the lifetime of the hobo, lifestyles in "Hobohemia," a frontier that used to be already commencing to vanish whilst this research initially seemed in 1923. the writer, drawing from his personal event as a hobo, photos lifestyles within the "main stem" of Halsted and kingdom Streets in Chicago. listed here are the customs and sophistication differences, language, songs, morals and highbrow lifetime of this physique of guys who, for largely various purposes, selected the migratory lifestyles. a brand new creation through the writer areas the hobo in historic standpoint and explains his disappearance from the yankee scene.

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THE HOBO 30 The term "room" is a misnomer when applied to a sleeping apartment in a cheap hotel. " A cubicle is usually from 6 to 8 feet in width and from 8 to 12 feet in length. The thin walls, composed of steel or matched lumber, are usually about & feet in height. A wire netting over the top admits air and prevents the guests climbing from one cubicle to another. The furnishings are simple; sometimes only a bed, sometimes a bed and a chair, and in more expensive places a stand. They are not constructed either for comfort or convenience; lighting and ventilation are usually bad.

The 63 hotels visited by investigators in this study h

The result is that distant jobs are in demand while good, paying, local jobs usually go begging. West Madison, being a port of homeless men, has its own characteristic institutions and professions. The bootlegger is at home here; the dope peddler hunts and finds here his victims; here the professional gambler plies his trade and the "jack roller," as he is commonly called, the man who robs his fellows, while they are drunk or asleep; these and others of their kind find in the anonymity of this changing population the freedom and security that only the crowded city offers.

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