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November 4, 2017

Message from the District Governor

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)