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Former mayor breaking rocks on a bread and water diet

Breaking rocks on a bread and water diet

August 17, 2016

Today, the former mayor may be found breaking rocks on a bread and water diet. Wed. Aug. 17, 2016

According to an article, “The Tramp Problem in Cities” in Vol. 4, No. 3 edition of “City Government - Municipal Journal and Public Works,”

The article begins by explaining, “An inquiry from Hon. Peter J. Carolus, judge of the police court of St. Joseph, Mo., to the League of American Municipalities, in regard to the tramp problem, has brought forth he following information and suggestions:


Mayor Robert J. Saltsman, Erie, Pa. reports “Every city ought to have a work-house or stone pile for tramps or vagrants; we have mothing of the sort, but work our tramps in summer cleaning the streets. If we could get our county commissioners to join us we would build a work-house at once.”

F. G. Pierce, the mayor of Marshalltown, Ia. says, “We consider the tramp a good thing… We give any person who applies to any of the police officers one night’s lodging in the station house, and if the tramp is found in the city the next night he is run and given five days on bread and water.

“In the summer time we work the tramps on a small city park under way to completion. We find, however, that there is only one way to deal with this question, and it is a very good solution to the question, and that is the bread and water diet. Just as long as cities give tramps a good lodging and good meals they will be troubled, and just as soon as they begin to give them bread the bread and water diet they will give that city a wide berth. I assure you.”

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