1893, "boy who travels with a tramp and begs for him," of unknown origin; his protector/owner was a jocker.
I was never a prushun, for I did not take kindly to possession.
It was the tenderest good-by I have ever seen between a prushun and his jocker.
On the road the lad is called a "prushun," and his protector a "jocker."
The majority of them prefer a prushun to a woman, and nothing is more severely judged than rape.
As a rule, the prushun is freed when he is able to protect himself.
Until they get it there is still something of the prushun about them which makes them unwelcome in the old stager class.