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The rest of his features, however, remained hidden behind his most obvious and abundant physical characteristic, his hair.  A near neighbor who used to pass by his house every day remembered seeing him standing by the front gate, his foot propped on a stump, looking like a big hairy animal reading the Galveston News.  A man who placed personal comfort at the top of his list of priorities, he Page 36 often, according to the stories, conducted his home affairs dressed in his shirttail.  At any rate, their length and what he wore under them (if anything) became, like the question of the Scotsman's kilts, subjects for heated family speculation throughout the years.

Occasionally it got a little hot.  From the Hooks point of view, it was purely a case of other people's poaching on their prerogatives. One of the families at political odds with ours—over prohibition, I believe—was the Dies family, a situation made somewhat awkward by the fact that my father's sister Elm was married to Tom Dies, who, at one time, was Hardin County attorney.  She was in the middle of making mayhaw jelly.  The same blood stirred in the veins of my Aunt Elm.  Then, according to all accounts, he bowed to her and, taking up his hat, left the courtroom.

Each generation seems to produce a few fledglings of the same unruffled feather.  He could have been more accurate than he imagined. After all, no one gains immortality without being transformed.  W.  The rest of his features, however, remained hidden behind his most obvious and abundant physical characteristic, his hair.  A near neighbor who used to pass by his house every day remembered seeing him standing by the front gate, his foot propped on a stump, looking like a big hairy animal reading the Galveston News.

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