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THE DAY BOOK
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Vol. l,No.;ill Chicago, Saturday, Feb. 3, 1912 One Cen
HOBOES HAVE PASSWORDS--BUT REPORTERS CAN
GET IN THEY'RE UNDESIRABLE CITIZENS, TOO '
Convention of "Casual and Migratory Workers" Condemn Aldrich
Bank Plan Panic When Work, Is Mentioned.
Cincinnati, O;, Feb. 3. There
is a certain amount of mystery
surrounding the National Con
vention of -Hoboes beg pardon,
National Convention of the Cas
ual and Migratory Workers' As
sociation, now in session here.
The writer blew up to the main
entrance of the hall which the
hoboes-haye rented to shelter
their 1,000 delegates. A brawny
hobo, wearing a Joseph's coat of
many patches, a badge which de
clared he was an undesirable citi
zen, and a suspicious look, block
ed the way.
"Who are you?" he demanded.
The .writer taking no thought
of such thing as passwords, bold
ly declared he was a delegate.
"Flapjack, flapjack, California
handout," remarked the brawny,
one, and inclined his ear to listen
for the answer. .
The writer knew" of no answer,
so meekly replied :
t "I'm not really a delegate. I'm
3?'Why didn't you say so at
firjt?" demanded the brawny one
indignantly. "That lets you in.
All undesirable citizens are wel
. -.r-i.aA, jk mi
While the writer still was wonX
dering if he had been insulted, or
only told the truth, he was drag
ged into the hall. All the dele
gates were there. Some of them
hadn't got up yet; some were
just making their toilets.
But presently the meeting was
called to order by James Eads
How, of St. Louis, the millionaire
"King of Hoboes."
"I want to" resign," said How.
A delegate, evidently moved
by deep emotion, arose in a far
corner, and clamored to be heard.
The chair recognized him.
"I move that the king canJt re
sign," said the deelgate. "Orie
king, always king. And, besides,
he's the only millionaire w've
got, and we need his money."
The delegate mopped his eyes
with a large red bandana "hand
kerchief, and sat down.
"But it isn't fair to the other
delegates that I always should be
elected," protested How.
"Move this convention pass a
resolution of confidence in ouc
ruler, Hobo How," said a voice.
The resolution was passed up
roariously, and then the conven
tion broke up into confusioa'i