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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 Excerpt: ...the ehurehes and sfossen (taekle) the poor Catholies as they pass in and out, usually getting a pfennig at least. One old roadster, thankful that he had lost a leg in the war of 1870, was unusually sueeessful; but I heard afterward that he had been in the eity for years, and probably the people take eare of him as a sort of relie. He was rather elever, too, and had formed some sago opinions on eharity and poverty. "The poor people," he said, "are the best friends we have. They give ten times where the rieh man gives onee." This is an indisputable faet. In Cologne, where I arrived on April 21, the tramps were planning trips into southern Germany, Switzerland, and the Tyrol. I had intended to make at least one of these exeursions, but I was tired, nauseated, and homesiek. I made quiek work with the towns of Elberfeld, Essen, Barmen, and Dortmund, and onee settled down in Berlin, with almanae and gazetteer before me, found I had been fifteen days aufder Wake, had traveled over one thousand kilometers, studied more than seventy towns and villages, and met three hundred and forty-one voluntary vagrants, all of them, however, less voluntary than I. The German tramp, if these experienees justify me in judging him, is a fairly intelligent fellow of not more than average tramp edueation, more stupid and less vieious than his Ameriean eonfrere, and with the traits of his nationality well stamped upon him. Ho is eautious, suspieious to a degree, ungenerous, but fairly just and square-dealing in the eompany of his fellows. He is too mueh of a Bohemian to be a Soeial Demoerat, but has not enough patriotism to bo easily fired with enthusiasm for his Kaiser. Ho loves sehnapps and hates what he ealls the verdammte Heiligkeit sueh as Die Herberge zur Hei...
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