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A Small Order

From The Topeka State Journal, December 21, 1912.

 This is all that I expect
     Santa Claus to bring to me:
 One large boat—my old one’s wrecked;
     One large, lovely Christmas tree;
 Then I need a larger drum,
 That says “boom” instead of “tum”;
 And I want a nice long whip
 That will make our tomcat skip;
 Then I hope to get a ball
 That will dent the hardest wall,
 And a bat that will not split
 Every time that it is hit;
 Next I’d choose a pair of skates
 Just as nice as sister Kate’s,
 And a bright large monoplane
 That will carry rag-doll Jane;
 Then I’d like a lot of things
 That are run by hidden springs—
 Rats and spiders, and the like;
 And I need a brand new bike
 With a coaster-brake that will
 Make work easy down a hill.
 There! That’s all I asked him for.
     Still, I’m hoping (since he’s Dutch)
 That he’ll bring a few things more—
     As I have not asked for much!

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