"The City Tramp" - Josiah Flynt - The Century

"The City Tramp" - Josiah Flynt - The Century

by: Josiah Flynt | publication date: March 1, 1894 | Publication: The Century | volume: 47 | journal issue: 5 | pages: 706-716

Vagabonds specialize nowadays quite as much as other people. The fight for existence makes them do it. Although a few tramps are such all-round men that they can succeed almost anywhere, there are a great many others who find that they must devote their time to one distinct line of beginning in order to succeed. So to-day we have all sorts of hoboes. There are house-beggars, office-beggars, street-beggars, old-clothes-beggars and of late years still another specialization has become popular in vagabondage. It is called "land-squatting," which means that the beggar in question has chosen a particular district for his operations.

In this lengthy article, Flynt describes the diverse and varied ecology of tramping in urban areas. He explains that just like other strata of society, tramps too must differentiate themselves by their methods and locations.

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