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There has been a bunch of those who had an impressive residence on North Dearborn highway close to the Park. I met a few them there at a soiree referred to as “Mickey Mouse’s occasion. ” part a dozen of them have been filthy rich ladies. 4 of those have been legally married and of the 4 had youngsters. They have been there ostensibly as sightseers, yet truly that they had greater than a superficial curiosity in those lesbian women. yet they have been regularly being exploited. The lesbians might get their names and addresses and borrow cash by way of announcing, “I met you at Mickey Mouse’s social gathering. ” along with the kings and queens, there have been thousands, no longer dozens, yet 1000's of articulate hoboes who spoke at the sq.. inebriated or sober, ragged, and infrequently not able to talk transparent English, they can continuously get a crowd to hear what they'd to assert. Many speeches began with, “When i used to be in Leavenworth,” or, “When i used to be within the can in Detroit,” or, “When that they had me locked in in ny. ” And, “Fellow staff: I simply got here in from a hobo journey! ” Or, “I haven’t labored for seventeen years. I’m staying down on the look after residence. ” and plenty of of them begun, “For the final 3 weeks I’ve been drowsing in supply Park. ” not just did the hoboes discuss themselves, yet every person else observed the hoboes and approximately unemployment. numerous of the general audio system have been terrific. John Burns, tall, lanky and hatchet-faced, had a robust approach of speaking. He had the style of a political candidate, and that i realized that he usually electioneered for the Republican campaigns. He understood and defined the psychology of the hobo, the gangster and the felony. satisfied Jimmy Rowan, an I. W. W. veteran, informed convincing tales of early hobo hardships. David Tullman, a quick, stocky Jew with horn-rimmed glasses, knew very much approximately historical past, economics, and psychology, and talked on those topics with wit and humor and lots of lengthy phrases. He had a lot to claim approximately hoboes. All this was once an schooling to me. not just at Bughouse sq., yet at many boards, hoboes and vagrancy have been the executive issues of dialogue. constantly after conferences in the street, or on the sq., or on the trojan horse membership in Washington Park, or in any of the boards, a crowd of audio system and initiates could celebration within the Penny Cafeteria, or in the house of 1 of our neighbors. we'd speak for hours, frequently all evening. Few of the audio system have been operating and everyone slept overdue. we girls hoboes frequently slept out at the grass all evening, or we'd sleep anyplace. Ena and that i should have slept in dozen diverse homes or halls that first summer season, even though we consistently had our personal room. frequently i might convey a couple of women domestic with me, and infrequently a guy might come. women and girls of each type looked as if it would continue Chicago as their hobo middle. They got here in bronzed from hitch-hiking, in khaki. They got here in ragged in men’s overalls, having ridden freights, decking mail trains, driving the reefers, or driving the blinds on passenger trains. They got here in riding their very own dilapidated Fords or within the damn side-cars of guys hoboes’ bikes.