The Day book., July 24, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 24
About The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917
SKINNING THE HOBO. We
should call it skinning, not robbing,
the hobo. I mean by hoboes the men
who shock and thrash the grain, help
build the railroads and all other con
structions of interest to the public
This useful member of society is
skinned to a fare-you-yell.
Everybody takes a crack at him
and often his hobo brother takes a
hand and skins him just as hard as
any one else.
Those who pride themselves as
being far. superior to the hobo owe
their superiority to the help of the
hobo. Many hoboes do not like to
see a brother hobo with mbre than
they have themselves and scheme as
hard as a fox schemes to steal a
chicken to obtain what he has in his
possession. That’s anarchy?
The merchant, the hotelkeeper
and such like pat the good-natured
hobo on the back when he is flush,
with a “How are you? Where have
you been so long? Gee, but you are
looking fine. Come have a drink!”
But after he is broke it’s “Good
by, Charley! Go make .another
stake, but don’t forget the number!”
That’s called business.
There is quite a difference between
business and anarchy.
Many a man does a certain
amount of manual labor for exercise
which he wouldn’t do if he were in a
condition that would force him to do
Many a poor old man is striving to
get a bit of manual labor which he is
willing to do for his living, but few
want him because there is not enough
profit in his labor.
Do not call it robbing the hobo;
call it skinning. It’s more appro
priate. Frank Smith.