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Fischer, "I think a movie actress'
gowns should be so far in advance of
the styles that they act as a fashion
ARMY OF DESPAIR
Teamster and Sec'y Hoboes' Union.
PICKING BUTTS. "Have you got
the makings, pal?"
"No, just bummed this pill from a
guy who was next to me at the flop,"
replied the man to the question, tak
ing a couple of whiffs at a cigarette
almost consumed. '
"Let me have the butt. I'm dying
for a smoke and snipes are getting
kind of scarce nowadays," urged the
first man with a look of envy directed
at the other's cigarette.
"Here, have it if you want it so
"Say, pard, things are pretty rot
ten when a man can't even get a
lousy nickel to get a pack of Bull
Durham," answered the man while
placing the remnant of the cigarette
to his mouth and with the skill born
of long practice taking a few whiffs
at the short butt without burning his
"You bet your life, old man, and
Since I have nothing else to do be
fore it's, time to bum my next feed
I'll take a mope around and 'shoot a
snipe' or two. You know tobacco is
the hardest thing to bum."
A man who has acquired the habit
of smoking will often go hungry and
spend his last nickel for a smoke and
deprive himself of coffee and rolls.
Many men will not complain and will
even forget the pangs of hunger if
they can get a chew or tobacco.
Like other men in more fortunate
circumstances, members of the Army
of Despair seem to find consolation
and rest while watching the smoke
pouring from their old corncob or
clay pipe. To be deprived of the joys
of smoking makes them feel their
misery more keenly and generally
plunges them into deep melancholy.
No money, no tobacco, no chance,
of getting any on credit at the store,
there remains but one way to get it.
Simply to pick it or "raise" it on the
street. And while roaming the thor
oughfares the down-and-out never
overlooks an opportunity to pick all
the "juicy" butts and snipes that hap
pen to come within the range of his
vision. After returning to his "hang
out" he generally gets out of his coat
pocket a complete selection of rem
nants of cigarettes and cigars and
proceeds to sort them with all the
care possible. The worst-looking
butts will fill a pipe or two. The half
consumed cigars will be smoked as
they are or else chewed. The "snipes"
may be dirty or full of dust and may
be infested with germs of disease
no matter, the second-hand smoke
will be relished with all the enjoy
ment experienced by the man who
but one or two hours previous bought
at the store by the corner a fine-looking
Very likely the man who had the
cigar first never gave a thought of
what would become of it after it hit
the gutter, and no doubt would be
astonished to learn that the very
thing that delighted his taste made
another less fortunate than himself
happy for a few moments. But such
is life in our free country.
The unemployed have had to learn
through bitter experience not to
waste anything, even snipes and
butts; and yet some of our men of
affairs have the temerity to tell us
.that the American workingmen are
too extravagant. What's the use?
(Next "The Bread Line and Rufus
Dawes Bed Line.")
A dispatch from Vienna says that
the Austrian emperor's diet is "spare
and very simple." Thus we see that
the sole difference between Francis
Josef and an increasing number of '
his subjects is that the emperor's diet .
is spare and simple from choice.
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