Big John


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Big John

brawny, strapping miner who saves others in mine collapse. [Am. Music: Jimmy Dean, “Big Bad John”]
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Placing the Ancient Mariner in a nook of safety, and setting Big John to unlashing the remaining boat and hooking on the falls, he sent Kwaque into the hold to fill kegs of water from the scant remnant of supply, and Ah Moy to clear out the food in the galley.
Ah Moy found need to get more food from the galley, when Daughtry, Kwaque, and Big John swung their weight on the falls, one at a time, and hoisted the port boat, one end at a time, over the rail and swung her out.
We might almost chance it," Daughtry was debating aloud to Big John, when a new voice entered the discussion.
Shoving clear, they roughly stored the supplies and dunnage out of the way of the thwarts and took their places, Ah Moy pulling bow- oar, next in order Big John and Kwaque, with Daughtry (Cocky still perched on his shoulder) at stroke.
Barely had they rowed a dozen strokes, when an exclamation from Big John led them to follow his gaze to the schooners forecastle- head, where the forecastle cat flashed across in pursuit of a big rat.
Dag Daughtry, who had kept always foot-loose and never married, surveyed the boat-load of his responsibilities to which he was anchored--Kwaque, the Black Papuan monstrosity whom he had saved from the bellies of his fellows; Ah Moy, the little old sea-cook whose age was problematical only by decades; the Ancient Mariner, the dignified, the beloved, and the respected; gangly Big John, the youthful Scandinavian with the inches of a giant and the mind of a child; Killeny Boy, the wonder of dogs; Scraps, the outrageously silly and fat-rolling puppy; Cocky, the white- feathered mite of life, imperious as a steel-blade and wheedlingly seductive as a charming child; and even the forecastle cat, the lithe and tawny slayer of rats, sheltering between the legs of Ah Moy.
As big John flung himself upon him, the archer ducked under the great red hands that clutched for him, and, catching his man round the thighs, hurled him over his shoulder--helped as much by his own mad rush as by the trained strength of the heave.
It was decided that the Big John 90-inch tree spade truck would be the best method for handling the tree.
Also, to Big John McCarthy, I would like to apologize for acting up with you.
In an era of post-war austerity where most players were built like whippets, Big John was an Adonis - 6ft 2in tall and power-packed.
Little John became Big John thanks to Increase Mather's son.
I spoke to big John at last season's final game against Brighton and a true gentleman is how I would describe him.