"The Tramp and the Railroads" - Josiah Flynt - The Century

"The Tramp and the Railroads" - Josiah Flynt - The Century

by: Josiah Flynt | publication date: June 1, 1899 | Publication: The Century | volume: 58 | journal issue: 2 | pages: 258-266

... It was my fate, a few days after setting foot in my native land again, to be asked by the general manager of one of our railroads to make a report to him on the tramp situation on the lines under his control. For three years he had been hard at work organizing a police force which was to rid the lines under his control of the tramp nuisance, and he believed that he was gradually succeeding in his task, but he wanted me to go over his property to give him an independent opinion of what needed to be done.

This article by Flynt concentrates on a tramp's primary means of transportation: the railroads. Flynt gives an account of a conversation he had with a railroad executive about the tramp problem. He also goes into detail about the centrality of rail-riding in a tramp's day-to-day life.

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