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The Tramp Nuisance

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Parent Issue
Day
18
Month
June
Year
1897
Copyright
Public Domain
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Something Should Be Done to Abate It at Once. GETTING MORE BOLD They Robbed the Ann Arbor Railroad Work Train The Other Night. - They Are Also a Constant Source of Annoyance to Ladies Who Like Sketching From Nature. The sleeping cars of the work train on the Ann Arbor railroad were broken into by a lot of tramps Friday night as they stood in the yard near Miller ave. Every valise in the car had the sides cut out of it and the trunks were broken into. Whatever was valuable in the shape of clothing was stolen and one or two revolvers were taken. The hobos seemed to be particularly in need of fire arms and clothes and they took both. The workmen were all left in pretty poor shape so far as clothes were concerned, even their working clothes being taken in some instances. It is high time that some organized and concerted effort was made by the authorities both city and county, to rid Ann Arbor of this tramp nuisance. The railroad yards are fairly infested with them, it being no unusual thing for the trainmen and employees to see 13 or 14 come in or go out on one freight train, and they dare not say anything to them as their lives would positively be in danger if they did. Several ladies have spoken to the editor of the Argus about this tramp nuisance, particularly the ladies who belong to the Ann Arbor Art Club. The ladies say that it used to be a pleasure for them to go out into the pretty spots around the city and sketch and paint the beautiful scenery, but now it is more of a pain than a pleasure on account of the number of loafing hobos that they meet and who annoy them by the ill-mannered and very often coarse and unseemly remarks that they make. So far nothing more than this has occurred, but there is no telling the time when these fellows might take it into their heads to do worse, and repetition of the vicious assaults we hear of in other places be repeated in our midst. It is high time that this state of affairs was remedied. If all tramps were arrested and thrown in the county jail, the criminal expenses of the county would be more than tripled and the taxpayers would kick. Yet the great majority of "hobos" are of the criminal class and are a menace to the cormmunity. What is needed is a city lockup into which these fellows could be thrown without an expense of $5 per tramp, to which some kind of labor should lie attached, actual hard labor, for which the genus tramp has such an aversion. A mere incarceration of two or three days in a jail has absolutely no terror for the tramp. It gives him a chance to rest up, while having his food brought to him. For a day or two he would just as leave have this done rather than be put to the trouble of begging or stealing his food. The tramp is given altogether too much freedom and is responsible for a large share of the crimes which menace law abiding citizens. He should be taken in hand in a vigorous manner by the officers of the law so that word may pass out to the tramp fraternity that Ann Arbor is a good place to keep away from.