Josiah Flynt's "The Little Brother: A Story of Tramp Life"

Josiah Flynt's "The Little Brother: A Story of Tramp Life"

Author: 
Josiah Flynt

This is Flynt's only novel which tells the story of a young restless boy called Benny and his encounters with tramps and vagabonds.

Book Excerpt: 
"So you want to go to a place where everybody travels, do you ? " he asked the boy at last. "You want to keep moving about — is that it, Kid?" "Yep, I want to keep movin' about," the lad replied enthusiastically, delighted to find some one who understood his desire. " Course I want to come back sometimes and see sister, — when it gets cold, p'r'aps,— but I want to keep goin' as long as I can. P'r'aps I'll write sister an' tell her where I am, an' then she won't worry so much. I skun out durin' recess, an' she don't know where I've gone. She teaches the school, you know, an' she couldn't run after me, 'cause she had to take care o' the other children. "I wish she 'd come with me sometimes, an' then I wouldn't get so homesick. I 'm goin' to try an' not get homesick this time, though, 'cause I want to do a lot of travelin'. After I get to Denver I want to go on to that lake where you can't sink when you go swimmin'. I can't swim very well, an' I could learn there, couldn't I ? I been readin' 'bout the lake, an' I tried to get Jimmy Ryerson to run away with me this afternoon, but he would n't go 'cause he said his father told him 't if your head goes under in the lake you can't get it up again, an' your legs stick out o' the water the way your head ought to. I told him 't I 'd pull his legs down if they went up, but he said 't I would n't be strong enough. He thinks that 'cause he can throw me wrestlin'; but I can beat him boxin'—I can get his cap off ev'ry time." The tramp walked to the other end of the car, ostensibly to get an old newspaper that was lying there, but really to repress his laughter. The boy was a tenderfoot such as he had not seen in many a moon.
Year of Publication: 
Sat, 1902-03-01
Rights Information: 
Publisher: The Century Co.
City of Publication: 
New York
Book Publisher: 
The Century Co.