"A No. 1" is Leon Ray Livingston (1872-1944) one of the most famous hobos who ever lived. He wrote and self-published many books on hobo culture and train travel.
The Mother of the Hoboes
And Other Stories
by A-No. 1
Garrett County Press Digital
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Self-published in 1918, The Mother of the Hoboes is an extremely rare book about the life of train vagabonds culled from the personal experiences of A-No. 1, "the famous tramp." The title story, The Mother of the Hoboes, refers to a famous French Quarter hotel where criminals and hoboes stayed, run by a New Orleans widow. This is a dazzling and wild window into an underground culture that has largely vanished -- although some of the adventures may feel familiar to contemporary train hoppers, squatters and zinesters. Includes many illustrations.
Further reading: Hobo Camp Fire Tales, The Ways of the Hobo, From Coast to Coast with Jack London, The Curse of Tramp Life, The Adventures of a Female Tramp