hoeboy (?)

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Sun Dec 23 12:03:56 UTC 2007

How bout "hobo'?


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>Poster:       George Thompson <george.thompson at NYU.EDU>
>Subject:      hoeboy (?)
>An unprincipled scoundrel, named Conrad Sweidenmeyer, or some such
>outlandish name, has long been in the habit of making sausages and
>Bologna puddings out of dead rats, cats, dogs, and even horses, by
>which abominable villainy he has realized a considerable fortune.
>***  People can not be too cautious how they even touch sausages --
>even when made properly and by Christians, there is something
>disgusting about them; but as they are now made, by hoeboys, and out
>of putrid dogs and rats, they are truly horrifying.  The sale of
>them ought to be interdicted by law.
>         Subterranean, June 28, 1845, p. 2, col. 3
>Is this perhaps "hoe-boy", i. e., farmer?   Sweidenmeyer seems like
>a typical city guy, though.  But perhaps other sausage vendors at
>the time were from the country.  Otherwise, I'm baffled.
>Bon appetit.
>George A. Thompson
>Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre",
>Northwestern Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.
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Dennis R. Preston
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