AN army of 500,000 tramps1____________________
The number of trespassers killed annually on American railroads exceeds the combined total of passengers and trainmen killed annually.
Major Pangborn, representing President Murray of the Baltimore & Ohio, at the National Conference of Charities and Corrections, Minneapolis, June, 1907 ( Charities and the Commons, p.342) stated with deliberation that railroads frequently maintain private graveyards along their right-of-way, in which to bury vagrants killed by trains while trespassing. Twenty-five million dollars would be a conservative estimate, according to Major Pangborn, of the direct and indirect annual financial losses to railroads in the United States through railway vagrancy.
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Publication information: Book title: The Elimination of the Tramp by the Introduction into America of the Labour Colony System Already Proved Effective in Holland, Belgium, and Switzerland, with the Modifications Thereof Necessary to Adapt This System to American Conditions. Contributors: Edmond Kelly - Author. Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1908. Page number: 1.