Connecticut and New York's Wandering Hobo
October 11, 2007 12:08 PM Subscribe
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"Since 1862, many have heard the tale
of a wandering vagrant
who traveled in an endless 365-mile circle between the Connecticut and Hudson rivers. The strange man only spoke with grunts or gestures and dressed in crudely stitched leather from his hat to his shoes."
..."The suit was made of heavy pieces of raw leather estimated to have weighed more than sixty pounds in total. It was a coat of armor the vagrant depended on to protect him from the sometimes harsh New England elements. "Leatherman"
, as he was dubbed by those who encountered him, would only sleep outside year-round ...mostly in caves
around Connecticut and New York." Some speculate that he was Jules Bourglay, a French leatherworker, though mystery
still surrounds his identity.