Pastimes and Vices: Messengers absorbed in their usual game of poker in the "Den of the
terrible nine" (the waiting room for Western Union Messengers, Hartford,
Connecticut). They play for money. Some lose a whole month's wages in a day and
then are afraid to go home. The boy on the right has been a messenger for
4 years. Began at 12 years of age. He works all night now. During an evening's
conversation he told me stories about his experiences with prostitutes to
whom he carries messages frequently.