I have a copy of Damon Runyon's 'On Broadway'. The book comprises three sets of stories viz. 'More Than Somewhat', 'Furthermore' and 'Take It Easy'.
In his introduction, E. C. Bentley writes as follows:
'In all the Runyon stories, as published in America, I have found only one single instance of a verb in the past tense. It occurs in one of those (stories) included in this book'.
I have read these stories many times, but never specifically to check this assertion. I am curious to know whether any Runyon reader has come across the item in question.