Tuesday, May 10, 2011

...the rules of the road

THE HOBO RULES: As inscribed in the Annual Convention Congress of the Hobos of America held on Aug. 8, 1894 at the Hotel Alden, 917 Market St., Chicago, Ill.

#1. Decide your own life, don’t let another person run or rule you.

#2. When in town, always respect the local law and officials, and try to be a gentleman at all times.

#3. Don’t take advantage of someone who is in a vulnerable situation, locals or other hobos.


#4. Always try to find work, even if temporary, and always seek out jobs nobody wants. By doing so you not only help a business along, but ensure employment should you return to that town again.

#5. When no employment is available, make your own work by using your added talents at crafts.

#6. Do not allow yourself to become a stupid drunk and set a bad example for locals’ treatment of other hobos.

#7. When jungling in town, respect handouts; do not wear them out, another hobo will be coming along who will need them as bad, if not worse than you.

#8. Always respect nature; do not leave garbage where you are jungling.


#9. Try to stay clean, and boil up wherever possible.

#10. When traveling, ride your train respectfully, take no personal chances, cause no problems with the operating crew or host railroad, act like an extra crewmember.

#11. Do not cause problems in a train yard; another hobo will be coming along who will need passage thru that yard.

#12. Help all runaway children, and try to convince them to return home.

 #13. Help your fellow hobos whenever and wherever needed, you may need their help someday.

Dedicated to all SL hobos, their friends and supporters. Thanks to my ummm....model

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