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A Defective Santa Claus

James Whitcomb Riley

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .An' Uncle wave' his hands an' yells

"Yer old horse ort to have on bells!"

But Pa yell back an' laugh an' say

"I 'spect when Santy come this way

It's time enough fer sleighbells nen!"

An' holler back "Good-by!" again,

An' reach out with the driver's whip

An' cut behind an' drive back Trip.

An' so all day it snowed an' snowed!

An' Lee-Bob he ist watched the road,




In his high-chair; an' Etty she

U'd play with Uncle Sid an' me—

Like she wuz he'ppin' fetch in wood

An' keepin' old fire goin' good,


Where Ma she wuz a. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This book was published in 1904, and is a poem that tells a Christmastime story. It was good, and I enjoyed it.


The deep south down long long ago with grammar you'd think from kids with no education but still look forward to Santa.