[Ads-l] Query about "hobo"

Peter Reitan pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 16 00:36:54 UTC 2016

In honor of the Illinois primary, an early example of "hobo" illustrates how old Chicago's tradition of voter fraud is: 

As Warm Weather Approaches the "Hoboes" Prepare to Leave the City for Country Towns.

Tramps Who Fatten on Election Money.

"The hoboes are already on the wing," remarked an observant friend to an attache of the Chicago Herald." . . This winter of their discontent usually has its end on the day of the local electinos.  With the reward for their political prostitution in their grimy pockets, and, the likelihood of genial weather before them they have no further use for Cook County and its institutions.  

Mohave County Miner (Mineral Park, Arizona), July 27, 1889, page 5. (Chronicling America)

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