Mr. Dooley type of thing, rather than Clarence Day, though it is aimed at the Day market, I imagine. Damon Runyan's father hailed from the Southwest (Pueblo?) and his opinions on many things, -- matrimony, children, old age, snobs, partnerships, hates, pensions, bankers, wives, literature, parents and so on reveal a frontier facet of the American character. There's a homely philosophy and reasoning, there's the horse sense so popular with the man-in-the-street. It's not deliberately a ""funny book"" but there is plenty to amuse the men who read it.