I-"Exploring the World of the Urban Derelict" - Neil Henry - Washington Post

I-"Exploring the World of the Urban Derelict" - Neil Henry - Washington Post

by: Neil Henry | publication date: April 27, 1980 | Publication: The Washington Post | pages: 1

Old Louie was a little guy with a gaunt, pink face and a bushy mass of white hair that stood straight up on his head. He was a bum and, like other Baltimore bums, he insisted he was leading a secret life. Whenever pressed or drunk, Old Louie declared that he was not truly down and out but rather a descendant of Manchu royalty traipsing incognito from flophouse to flophouse recruiting an army to overthrow Mao.

In this first installment of Neil Henry's series "Down & Out" where he lived as a bum in Baltimore and Washington, he reports on the people he met at Baltimore's Helping-Up Mission.