APPRECIATION OF THE EDITOR- (NIT.)
By the Organizer.
By the way you say that you are starving. Just think the Editor of the “Hobo News” is kicking about a little thing like that.
I realize that as official scribe for the organization he must be an all round man; for instance, he must be a master of satire, sarcasm, poetry and rhyme. He has to be acquainted with the English vocabulary, the slang of the streets and especially the vernacular of the “Boes.”
Moreover, it is his duty to represent the members of the organization as angels from above and their opponents as devils from below.
Everything he writes about the doings of the organization must be pictured in the rosiest of colors.
He must suit the literary taste of all the members. This, however, is hard to accomplish, for the members of the Hobo Union are born kickers, and when not able to kick at some one else, they proceed to kick themselves.
The secretaries of the different Locals are also kicking for an increase of salary. They claim that their work is so complicated and requires so much Brain Food that they are exhausted mentally and physically.
And the troubles of the Editor are as nothing compared to those of the general organizer.
There is the matter of contributing to the “Jungle Fund.” This is an awful drain upon his finances; yet he has to contribute to keep the local machine going, if he wants to be reelected to office. To refuse a floater the price of a meal or slop is the surest way for an official to lose his sinecure.
A “Piker” will not be tolerated as Gen. Org. for the Hoboes. You know the rest “ALWAYS BROKE.”
I hope you will continue to knock without mercy the evils of our Great, Glorious and Patriotic Institutions, Jails above all. Let us pray that you be rewarded, if not in this world, then in the next.
BLESSED ARE THEY WHO ARE HUNGRY AND COLD FOR WHEN THEY DIE THEY SHALL GO TO A WARM CLIMATE. Selah.