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PREFACE
INTRODUCTION-1.1
INTRODUCTION-1.2
INTRODUCTION-1.3
INTRODUCTION-1.4
INTRODUCTION-1.5
INTRODUCTION-1.6
INTRODUCTION-1.7
FOOTNOTES-1
FOOTNOTES-2
THE STUDY OF SEXUAL INVERSION
SEXUAL INVERSION IN MEN-1
SEXUAL INVERSION IN MEN-2
SEXUAL INVERSION IN MEN-3
HISTORY-1-2-3-4
HISTORY-5
HISTORY-6
HISTORY-7-8
HISTORY-9
HISTORY-10-11-12
HISTORY-13-14
HISTORY-15
HISTORY-16-17-18-19
HISTORY-20
HISTORY-21 (begin)
HISTORY-21 (end)
HISTORY-22-23-24
HISTORY-25
HISTORY-26
HISTORY-27
HISTORY-28-29-30-31-32
HISTORY-33
SEXUAL INVERSION IN WOMEN-1
SEXUAL INVERSION IN WOMEN-2
SEXUAL INVERSION IN WOMEN-3
SEXUAL INVERSION IN WOMEN-4
HISTORY-34-35-36-37
HISTORY-38
HISTORY-39.1
HISTORY-39.2
HISTORY-39.3
HISTORY-39.4
FOOTNOTES
THE NATURE OF SEXUAL INVERSION-1
THE NATURE OF SEXUAL INVERSION-2
THE NATURE OF SEXUAL INVERSION-3
THE NATURE OF SEXUAL INVERSION-4
FOOTNOTES
THE THEORY OF SEXUAL INVERSION-1
THE THEORY OF SEXUAL INVERSION-2
THE THEORY OF SEXUAL INVERSION-3
CONCLUSIONS-1
CONCLUSIONS-2
CONCLUSIONS-3
CONCLUSIONS-4
FOOTNOTES
APPENDIX A
APPENDIX B-1
APPENDIX B-2-3-4
INDEX OF AUTHORS

use him as they have been used. Thus hoboland is always sure of recruits. 

 

It is difficult to say how many tramps are sexually inverted. It is not 

even certainly known how many vagabonds there are in the country. I have 

stated in one of my papers on tramps that, counting the boys, there are 

between fifty and sixty thousand genuine hoboes in the United States. A 

vagabond in Texas who saw this statement wrote me that he considered my 

estimate too low. The newspapers have criticised it as too high, but they 

are unable to judge. If my figures are, as I believe, at least 

approximately correct, the sexually perverted tramps may be estimated at 

between five and six thousand; this includes men and boys. 

 

I have been told lately by tramps that the boys are less numerous than 

they were a few years ago. They say that it is now a risky business to be 

seen with a boy, and that it is more profitable, as far as begging is 

concerned, to go without them. Whether this means that the passion is less 

fierce than it used to be, or that the men find sexual satisfaction among 

themselves, I cannot say definitely. But from what I know of their 

disinclination to adopt the latter alternative, I am inclined to think 

that the passion may be dying out somewhat. I am sure that women are not 

more numerous "on the road" than formerly, and that the change, if real, 

has not been caused by them. So much for my finding in the United States. 

 

In England, where I have also lived with tramps for some time, I have 

found very little contrary sexual feeling. In Germany, also, excepting in 

prisons and work-houses, it seems very little known among vagabonds. There 

are a few Jewish wanderers (sometimes peddlers) who are said to have boys 

in their company, and I am told that they use them as the hoboes in the 

United States use their boys, but I cannot prove this from personal 

observation. In England I have met a number of male tramps who had no 

hesitation in declaring their preference for their own sex, and 

particularly for boys, but I am bound to say that I have seldom seen them 

with boys; as a rule, they were quite alone, and they seem to live chiefly 

by themselves. 

 

It is a noteworthy fact that both in England and Germany there are a great 

many women "on the road," or, at all events, so near it that intercourse 

with them is easy and cheap. In Germany almost every town has its quarter 

of "Stadt-Schieze"[278]: women who sell their bodies for a very small sum. 

They seldom ask over thirty or forty pfennigs for a night, which is 

usually spent in the open air. In England it is practically the same 

thing. In all the large cities there are women who are glad to do business 

for three or four pence, and those "on the road" for even less. 

 

The general impression made on me by the sexually perverted men I have met 

in vagabondage is that they are abnormally masculine. In their intercourse 

with boys they always take the active part. The boys have, in some cases, 

seemed to me uncommonly feminine, but not as a rule. In the main, they are 

very much like other lads, and I am unable to say whether their liking for 

the inverted relationship is inborn or acquired. That it is, however, a 

genuine liking, in altogether too many instances, I do not, in the least, 

doubt. As such, and all the more because it is such, it deserves to be 

more thoroughly investigated and more reasonably treated. 

 

"Josiah Flynt" who wrote the foregoing account of tramp-life for the 

second edition of this volume, was well known as author, sociologist, and 

tramp. He was especially, and it would seem by innate temperament, the 

tramp, which part he looked to perfection (he himself referred to his 

"weasoned face and diminutive form") and felt completely at home in. He 

was thus able to throw much light on the psychology of the tramp, and his 

books (such as _Tramping with Tramps_) are valuable from this point of 

view. His real name was F. Willard and he was a nephew of Miss Frances 

Willard. He died in Chicago, in 1907, at the age of 38, shortly after 

writing a frank and remarkable _Autobiography_. I am able to supplement 

his observations on tramps, so far as England is concerned, by the 

following passages from a detailed record sent to me by an English 


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