When Bud goes "on the lam," he mentions another name that fits with John Dillinger and J. Edgar Hoover. He says "I was crouching down, sneaking along the street like Pretty Boy Floyd." Pretty Boy Floyd was another bank robber and gangster in the 1930s. The FBI caught and killed him in 1934. Here's a picture:
In chapter 7 Bud luckily gets into the line at the mission for a free meal when a friendly family pretends he is their son. We learn a lot of what the Great Depression was like from this scene. The line is down the road and around two corners, and all the people are waiting for a free meal because they don't have jobs or money to buy food for their families. Here are some pictures that show scenes described in the chapter.