"Tramp Boys" - Josiah Flynt - The Independent

"Tramp Boys" - Josiah Flynt - The Independent

by: Josiah Flynt | publication date: March 9, 1899 | Publication: The Independent | pages: 673-675

There are about seven thousand boys in the United States who live, from one end of the year to the other, exclusively in tramp life. It is impossible to take an exact census of all - they are too migratory, but I base my estimate on over ten years' acquaintance with American tramp life, and on travels with tramps which have taken me into thirty states. In winter, there are easily five hundred tramp boys in New York City alone.

Here, Flynt talks about the large number of adolescent boys that adopt tramp-life.

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