An 8 year-old runaway, child laborer, or early media cynic? We’ll never know the truth about this virtual cousin of Huck Finn.
HERE’S A LAD WHO “AINT GOT NO NAME”
“I ain’t got no name,” said an eight year old lad who fell almost to his death from a schooner into Petaluma creek on Monday and who was rescued from a watery grave by a brave young fellow who dived in after him. When asked his name the rescued boy, after a reminder from an older brother that “you don’t want no newspaper notoriety,” replied, “I aint got no name.” And he stuck to it too.– Press Democrat, August 23, 1905