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August 31, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(9):780. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530090056012

The need of a national law dealing with tramps or vagrants and of better provisions for dealing with this class in cities is urged by Graham Taylor,1 in commenting on the paper of Orlando F. Lewis on "Vagrancy in the United States," read before the National Conference of Charities and Correction. The vagrant is a well-known means of introducing epidemics, and when he crosses state lines the only effective means of dealing with him is by the national law and a national board of health. The problem of the tramp in the cities has close relations with the public health. Taylor says: "Far better provision for lodging homeless men must be made by cities in municipal lodging houses of their own, such as Chicago effectively conducts, and by far stricter public regulation and supervision of lodging houses must be maintained for profit or by charity. The antituberculosis crusade shows

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