1907 - Going Back Home

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Thu Aug 30 23:35:46 EDT 2007

Can you imagine a judge today telling three "little boys" to walk out of
town and find their own way home from Roanoke to Durham NC? And the author
states that they "will probably reach home in a few days at the most."

A really different time, huh?

Mike Weeks

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Roanoke Times - August 29, 1907


Three Runaway Boys Arrested for Trespassing

Three little boys, who said their homes were in Durham, N. C.,
were arrested Tuesday night as they were attempting to catch a
freight out of town. Yesterday when they came out of their cell and
faced the judge they had the usual story to tell. It was that of the
allurements of the roving life. The old home had grown irksome and a
red-headed boy, who had deserted them, told them stories of "hoboing"
until the wanderlust seized them and they were ready to go with him.
They had little money and with this and by stealing rides they got as
far as Bluefield. It was then that they found that the life was not
as delightful as it had been pictured to them and a longing for the
paternal roof came over them. They had managed to get this far on
their homeward journey when the were arrested. The kind-hearted
judge, having a tender feeling for the frivolities of youth, turned
them out and told them to walk out of town. They promised to do this
and will probably reach home in a few days at the most.


- Ron Davis, Roger Link

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