feet, tired with balancing that squat body for many years upon the decks of small coasters, and made sore by miles of tramping upon the flagstones of the dock side, had hurried up in time to avert a ridiculous catastrophe.
His bond with his grandfather comes through in every story: "The Old Man cornered me one drizzly day after dinner--I mean the meal we ate in the middle of the day--and he said that he had an awful crick in his back and that he reckoned he was getting old and rheumaticky
and that one of these days he was just going to say to hell with it and then lay down and die.
Vainly, he hopes his rheumaticky
nag will defy God, science and age by romping to the winning post at odds of 200 to one against.