Young hobo tells life riding steam trains in early days Eagle was kidnapped by killers, faced 40 KKK members, hurricanes, blizzards, tornados, met aging outlaws, famous people as friends, was in floods, lived in a palace with a real duchess, found and lost fabulous treasures, walked on pirate islands where lay ship wrecks. Was in an aging plane that crash landed in sub-zero weather. Was in a mine explosion. And in the civil rights movement even being forced off a bus long before Rosa Parks for not giving up his seat on a public bus. Slept in twenty something weather with nothing but a newspaper for a cover and ate from garbage cans. Was a first mate on sea-going ships and lived in the house of a president even eating with him. Soiled Linen is a series of short stories of what it was like to ride steam driven freight trains in the forties and hitch-hike across America as seen through the eyes of a young boy on in to his thirties. This is the only known book of it's kind that is a historical account of hoboing in America when there were still steam trains and people trusted one another than they do now.