LEON RAY LIVINGSTON_
THE TRAIL OF THE TRAMP_
"It is my turn tonight to relate for your entertainment a story of my past, and I shall repeat to you the most pathetic happening that I have ever experienced in all my life. I have never been able to eradicate its details from my memory, as I witnessed its beginning with my own eyes, and its ending, many years later, was told to me by one of the principal participants."
"I shall not repeat to you one of the same, old, time-worn tales of how slick hoboes beat trains, nor fabled romance concerning harmless wanderlusters, nor jokes at the expense of the poor but honest man in search of legitimate employment, but I shall relate to you a rarely strange story that will stir your hearts to their innermost depths and will cause you to shudder at the villainy of certain human beings, who, like vultures seeking carrion, hunt for other people's sons with the intention of turning them into tramps, beggars, drunkards and criminals—into despised outcasts."
The man who spoke was a typical old-time harvester, who was known amongst his acquaintances as "Canada Joe", and the men for whose entertainment he offered to tell this story had, like himself, worked from dawn until nearly dark in the blazing sun and the choking dust of the harvest field, gathering the bounteous wheat crop of one of South Dakota's "Bonanza" farms, and who, now that their day's toil had been accomplished and their suppers partaken of, were lounging upon the velvety lawn in front of the ranch foreman's residence, and while the silvery stars were peacefully twinkling in the heavens overhead, they were repeating stories of their checkered lives, which only too often brought back memories of those long-ago days, before they too had joined the flotsam of that class of the "underworld", who, too proud to degrade themselves to the level of outright vagrancy while yet there was a chance to exchange long and weary hours of the hardest kind of labor for the right to earn an honorable existence, were nevertheless, included by critical society in that large clan of homeless drifters—"The Tramps".
CHAPTER ONE _ The Harvester \ CHAPTER TWO _ The Samaritans \ CHAPTER THREE _ The Wreck \ CHAPTER FOUR _ The Drifter \ CHAPTER FIVE _ The Call of the City \ CHAPTER SIX _ The Golden Rule Hotel \ CHAPTER SEVEN _ False Friends \ CHAPTER EIGHT _ Busting a Broncho \ CHAPTER NINE _ The Abyss \ CHAPTER TEN _ Slippery, the Yegg \ CHAPTER ELEVEN _ The Wages of Sin is Death \ CHAPTER TWELVE _ Scattered to the Winds \ CHAPTER THIRTEEN _ Where is my Brother James \ CHAPTER FOURTEEN _ The Noble Work of the Salvation Army \ CHAPTER FIFTEEN _ Forgive and Forget \ CHAPTER SIXTEEN _ All is Well that Ends Well -
...every tramp gives his kid a nickname, a name that will distinguish him from all other members of the craft. You have been a good lad while you have been with me, in fact been always 'A-No. 1' in everything you had to do, and, Kid, take my advice, if you have to be anything in life, even if a tramp, try to be 'A-No. 1' all the time and in everything you undertake...
LEON RAY LIVINGSTON _
THE A-NO. 1 PUBLISHING COMPANY _
Where to Obtain Our Books_
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Dealers should furnish a fair display to our books and explain to customers that their text is not only good reading but also that the stories are based on actual experiences of the author who wasted thirty years on the Road.
Do not bury the "A-No. 1 Books" on shelves or in train boxes, but give them a chance to prove their great selling merit. One copy sold is sure to bring a sale of the complete set to the reader, so entertaining are the stories which cover every interesting phase of tramp life.
The A-No. 1 Publishing Company
Erie, Pa., U.S.A.