The Mother of the Hoboes and Other Stories
A-No. 1 (Leon Ray Livingston).
Erie: A-No.1 Publishing Company, 1918. Octavo. Perfect-bound brown pictorial wraps, very light creases on the front and some mild rubbing at the spine ends. 128 pages. Sixth edition. Very good.
The ninth installment in A-No.1's hoboe series. A-No.1, also known as Leon Ray Livingston, was the original "King of the Hoboes," preceding the reign of Jeff Davis. This volume is comprise of five stories by "the lovable tramp," including"Mother Delcassee of the Hoboes," which centers on a woman who runs a hobo flophouse in the French Quarter. Given the age of the book, its cheap binding, and its subject matter, the condition is a marvel.
"DO NOT Jump on Moving Trains or Street Cars, even if only to ride to the next street crossing, because this might arouse the "Wanderlust," besides endangering needlessly your life and limbs. Wandering, once it becomes a habit, is almost incurable so NEVER RUN AWAY, but STAY AT HOME, as a roving lad usually ends in becoming a confirmed tramp. There is a dark side to the Tramp's life: for every mile stolen on trains, there is one escape from a horrible death . . . "