Notes of an Itinerant Policeman

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Author: Josiah Flynt
Published: 1900
Language: English
Wordcount: 46,365 / 134 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60.1
LoC Category: HV
Downloads: 333
Added to site: 2011.06.30
mnybks.net#: 30282
Genre: Science
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the last shred of hope of ever amounting to anything in decent society. Every plan that he made to "get on" pertained exclusively to his narrow tramp world, and I cannot recall hearing him even envy any one in a respected position. I tried several times to sound him concerning a possible return to respectable living, and tentatively suggested work which I thought he could do, but I might as well have proposed a flying trip. "It's over with me," was his invariable reply. His fits of drunkenness--they came, he told me, every six weeks or so--had incapacitated him for steady employment, and he did not intend to give any more employers the privilege of discharging him. He had no particular grudge against society, he admitted that he was his own worst enemy; but, as it was impossible for him to live in society respectably, he deemed it not unwise to get all he could out of it as a tramp. "I'm goin' to hell anyhow," he said, "and I might as well go in style as in rags." Being considerably younger than he, he once b

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