|The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)|
Friday, December 19, 2003
Andrew Sullivan publishes a letter from a reader who cites the experience of her grandfather to explain that hobos are not bums:
During the Depression my grandfather travelled Appalachia doing itinerant work (he supported his family as his father died young). Often he would find a place to sleep by going to jail. He didn't need to get arrested; he would seek out the local police station and ask if he could sleep in a cell, and they were happy to oblige him. Grandpa never referred to himself as a "hobo" though.