Boy Scout Law Compared to the Hobo Law of Ethics
Trustworthy – If in hobo court with a testimony, give it whether for or against the accused. Your voice counts.
Loyal – Always try to nd work, even if temporary, and always seek out jobs nobody wants.
Helpful – By doing so you help business along and ensure employment if you return to that town again.
Friend – Help runaway children and try to encourage them to return home.
Courteous – Help your fellow hobos whenever and wherever needed, you may need their help someday.
Kind – Don’t take advantage of someone in a vulnerable situation.
Obedient – When in town always obey the local law and of cials, and try to be a gentleman at all times.
Cheerful – Do not allow yourself to become stupid. You would set a bad example for other hobos in town.
Thrifty – When no employment is available, make your own work by using your added talents at crafts.
Brave – Decide your own life, don’t let another person run or rule you.
Clean – Try to stay clean. Boil up whenever you can. Do not leave garbage where you jingle.
Reverent – When traveling, ride the train respectfully…cause no problems… Act like an extra crewman.
(Paraphrased from notes of Melvin Jones Letters in 1917)