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I.lttle Joey was nodding by the
Ktovo. Ills toweled head drooped
lower and lower over his colored
i' picture book, ills fat. tubby little
boily slouched with weariness,
brought on by content find a it
latod feeling Inwardly.
Ills eya closed and the word
"Twas the night before
Christmas and all through the
boue not a creature was stlr-
rlns. not even a mouse."
caine to him with pictures of San
ta "'laus and the shMuh. the rein
deer nxu the chlmnles which danced
up and down ?ind blurred and be-
V.Line clear and f ded awaj if itn.
An old black crow napped across
the book and rflsa'i peared. Then
came a witch riding on her broom,
with a big hlack cat tearing m.idlv
behind. Little P.o-Peop and all her
Bhecp marched n-mrt, and the King
p of France, with his army, bands
playing and colors riving, strode
rally right on into Hie stove.
And thn out there .lumped right
before Joey's eyes, the strangest
looking person! That Is. he wai
zirange at first. Put when Joey
nibbed his blue eyes nnd stretched
Ji, and looked again, ho saw the flow-
h lncr white whiskers, the red coat and
trousers and the high boots and
then he knew' It was Sandy
"Santa Plans." he saluted, quite
self-possessed. Mo wasn't surprised!
Vj he knew there Is a Smta Clans an )
f 41 1 thai
I him. Su he
"Santa Claus." he said again, and
F he began to caper around madly.
R "Oh. goody, goody! I knew you'd
3 come!" White whiskers look at him
9, "It'i a long time since anyone
S Cajled me that." be paid. "I used to
R bo Santa Claws, but nowadays peo-
HB- ''''' don't believe In mo any more..
tney aay I em a myth, well, they re
Hi- not far wrong, for I'm nearly one.
.v I'm Just a messenger hoy; a spy."
9 has to m i rtn :-
fl& "A what?" gasped Joey.
Sota "A messenger hoy and a spy. You
W. tsjL. ree. I have to run the errands for
i'vj boys on the earth for him to see
Wjfni that they deserve (heir presents.
is'' 'nt" un 'here at the Korth Pole they
"a? don't allow nic to he called Santa
1 "Why?" queried Joey, all bowil-
I 'dered, for the old man talked fast.
aa If hi I ir a
I jjft lone time.
I f "Oh, because I have to hop
I .S around and do the bidding of oth-
x ers. They put me down on a level
I With my servants. They even took
my rclndepr and made them Into
f aata and steaks and chops and
I '-Js. atewj and other things for the new
, i i .
I '" "Oh, yea. Didn't yoiK"know It?
I Years ago it started In and It wasn't
B cry many years before he had me
j& beaten and made me what I am 1
' j Aa.iiK.T.'t. do anythlti ralnsl hi i;
J - v "V t"' II...
S& a l--Ju 1 bid 1 1 rive in.
i that's allwuld you like in see
' "Yes, sir." said Joey, politely Ha
was awfully curiou--. but was a good
J mannered boy and always had been
taught that It war the proper thing
to keep quiet a possible '.n the
- presence of his Ciders.
! "Come on. then," and Joey felt
' hlmxolf whisked through the wall
anJ up a chimney to the roof of the
' house before he had time to think!
p "Lot s time sine- I've had n
chance to do that." chuckled the obi
il man , dusting he soot from his
cloth. 5. "Makes me feel
acaln Now climb In here, young-
Before hlrrt Joey raw a wonder-
ful monster, with wheels for lege.
1 with a long wh,t, tatl ,ind lnS
F White wings and Its Insldes all ex
Posed to the air- He gapped with
a "onder and fear, but u touch of
P ,ert u' -Id rmn's hand reassured him
fnfot So h, climbed upon the monster a
1 -Wfc W300w$
b a k The old man climbed after 1 ffSEffl wBSaV OBWBMtsssaea
him, patted the huge bird, and it I '-'.'' J .; i
soared Into the air with a horrlule i ,,r;"'") T.
coughing noise. 1 i'V;:'f'l .
"This bird Is what they made me 1 sV
use Instead of my reindeer," cx- I tt t w
1 hi i j . r "It's one of. the I f 'SStJB'- jn
Claus of today. I can't say but that
It's a great Improvement for speed
over the old team, but It Isn't the
same. No. It Isn't the same." lie
ahook his bead sadly.
I lil 1 1 III'll
They flrw on, and" on, and on.
Beneath them they saw the earth
oil white with snow. gleaming
where the moonlight shone on some
broad Held of ice.
They passed oer the sea. where
they saw the smoke coming up
from the big steamers, then every
thing alive passed from view, and
they saw only snow, and ice. and
more snow. Suddenly there rose
before them a Kreat wall of Ice.
"Beyond that's the workshops."
I. ne, the major. 'There - been
some change here since the man
who wrote the books about Santa
Claus visited. We'll be there in a
Anil ho deftly guided the mon
ster through a big passage In the
wall which opened suddenly In
front of them, and came upon the
most wonderful view Joey ever had
There will be miles nnd miles of
huge brick and steel buildings, all
belching smoke, nnd ringing with
the most awful clashing and clang
ing. Sparks flew up Into the air
and around them, but the monster
soared on and on, over endless
rowa of the bulldlnKs. endless lines
Of little black dots scurrlng arcund
"That's what It Is now." the old
men i-ald, pointing below. "H used
to be so a man could think, and ct
time to do something and do It
right, nnd put a little love In with
everything he made, but nowadays
all they think of Is getting out the
"They're hustling in double shifts
right now. for It's almost t'hrUtmae.
and they're always talking about
'Just simply got to Rot that stuff out.'
Put what can I do?
"I can't get away from here, and
they did glee me an easy Job which
keeps me out of this hurly-burly
most of the time, to I can't com
plain, 1 guess."
Why, who did all that?" asked
"The new Santa Claus. You'll see
him presently. There's whore ho
lives." The Major printer! io a Ijttle
house with a tall chimney. "I'm
going to go down right there."
(Jo down they did, In the midst of
a throng of grimy-faced workers,
and next lo a pile of coal, with oil
and grease and ashes all scattered
around. They passed on and Into
the house, and Johnny felt that he
was in the hottest place ho ever had
XOlsv X1- BEDLAM.
Muse tires were there, all gleam
ing white, and men feeding them
with coal. The furnace doors
clanged, and the shovels rattled, and
slice bars clashed, and altogether It
They passed through, and In the
next room they saw a huge throne,
made like a desk. And here was
seated the weirdest thing Imagin
able. For a head It had a dynamo,
whirring round and round. Its eyes
were brightly sparkling electric
lights. Mid Its ears were telephone
receivers. Its neck was a telegraph
pole, and Its body was a huge boiler,
with a tire box for n stomach.
From Its shoulders long, clawlike
things reached out. waving and
wriggling as Ihey swiftly plucked
from big baskets, looked 'hem over
and wrote something on them.
The upper part of his legs were
steam cylinders, nnd the lower pis
ton rods. The right foot looked like
a locomotive and the left like a
steamer. ills mouth was a com
bination of a steam whistle and
electric bell, and when he opened
It steam and'sparks Sputtered out.
"Well, what do you want here?"
he roared, und whistled and rang,
all at once.
Tf you please. Santa Qjaus."
whimpered the old man, "the 100
years nre up."
What l'i0 year are you talking
"Why, Just 100 years, you know.
Q let me send out these perfectly
9 good sleds, and everyone knows
1 , there hasn't been a sled In years
-afc. ' tn;,t would beet the ones '.hey had
ijJ5j In the old days.
a i'Sfff N. Aml t.iey passed out of that
Tggr " building and saw over the doors
vi .-',4J5f''5, Hr reindeer heads marked "Dunder"
fr$yr 4r and 'Blltxen" and other name, ill
st6i(uiJ3Bt' "Think.-- thv r n men tal."
said the old Sand "Sa a he put
B BL. them up there ns souvenirs of the
1 dead past. That's all that's left of
o SjfSBBsatt m"V r' ln'',,-r- '
1Wp view in tov fgc-
tories, some of the
wonderful machines thai
aid Santa Claus and two
mechanical toys to delight
1 ain't like what they used to be. No.
sir." He wagged his head again.
They entered a little low budding
It's always the custom here that
every 100 years some little boy or
girl could come here and look things
over. That's how old Mrs. Goose
learned all the things she wroio
"Well! What's that got to do
with If " The long arms worked
Incessantly but the cruel eyes fast
ened themselves on Joey and the
wicked mouth looked as If It were
ready to cat hliri.
"Tonight I picked out this boy,
the beat of all the children I know,
and brought him hero to look the
place over, according to tho cus
tom." Well, take him through, but bo
quick about It! I can't have littlo
things like custom interfering with
the system. If they do. stamp 'cm
out! Stop 'cm! Thai's what I say.
This is an Important business, old
man. and I'm running it. Don't
forpct that. Hurry up."
"Yes sir, yes sir," quavered the
Major, nnd ho bowed himself out,
with Joey, behind him. as If he
feared Instant death. When he
reached the open air he gasped with
l it - NTA'8 XOOl -
'Thank heaven he won't be like
that much longer!" he said "He's
always that way around this time of
the year. He doea so much. He's
ready a hard worker, but thlnga
all hung round with curious looking
implements. There wero hammerH
and HVI and pots of gle and chis
els made out of wood and stone and
bones and Iron, but all of them lit
tlo and all quite old. The dual of
j ears was on them.
"Thais what I used to work
with," pointed out the old man.
"That's vhvrt I used to know Just
what went In each toy, and who
got each toy, and why. They don't
do that now.
"Tho children want so much,
and there arc So many children
that they don't have time for that
They Just turn them out all allk-.
thousand: at a time, and stamp
them and tie them up and smd
them away. It's tierce!"
sr. m; rnoi OLD SAXD1 !
They parsed on and reached a
room all piled with rocking horw I
and wood and nig dolls and wood-
ii guns. bOWS and arrowa and
other thlnrs roughly madn In Iron
and paper and wood.
There's what I used to mak,"
said the old man. "I had a whole
sax's supply when this other fel
low came here. Ho wouldn't let
mo send them off; said they
weren't up to date, and were old
fogey, and all that sort of thing.
And so they've been shut ur
Ueie ever since. He even wouldn't
1 hey got to a group of old peo
ple In quaint old-fashioned clothes.
Sitting about quite disconsolate
and doing nothing They bowed
deeply as the major approached,
and kept silence as he passed be
yond. sl It rv w I ILL KEPT.
"Those are my old people," he
explained. "I bf ought them here
a few at a time when things got
too busy, for me and set them to
woik. According to the Inexorable
law of this place ono who cornea
here never run go away. They fear
he may betray the secrets to the
children, so they have to stay.
"Hut they haven't anv work to do,
and he makes them Sit around all
day and talk, lie won't let tnem In
the shops; says they're old-fashioned
and Tinly In the way. They're lucky
to eat." he declares.
"Who?" queried Joey.
S 'Why. the new Santa Clau. Fun
ny thing about him: No one-seems
to know hla name. Tho first wo
heard of him was ages ago, when wo
heard of some strange giant named
"He didn't bother us much, how
ever, and when we met him wo
easily conquered him. Then he came
back, calling himself stcum. Ho
began to push In on us then. Then
ho called himself electricity and
gasolene and steel and many other
things, but ho always has tho samu
purpose drive us out.
"Finally ne appeared one day as
you see him now and declared that
he was a compound of all his names.
e . ouldn't do anything about It.
and he told us that if we didn't give
up he'd tell all the children that we
were frauds and show them Just
how we worked and did ever) thing.
"So, sooner than disappoint the
children we made a treaty of peace
and gave him everything.
"All the time he Is turning out
SOme'thlng new with which he
works, and makes toys to send out
to the children. There hardly Is a
ij but he hos some 'Invention,' aa
he calls th things, to set up in a
shop. lie makes bis men and worn
en work hard, and gives them little
peace In return.
THOUSAND TO UNF.
"But I must say that what he
does Is wonderful. Where we used
to turn out one toy he turns out a
thousand. Where we used to have
the reindeer he has strange car- IH
rlages thai runs without anything to
draw them, and huge birds like the
one we fly on, which do not breatho
and never eat, as far as we can see.
"Where I used to send my men
out for a whole year to watch th
boys and girls, and never would H
hi SI from them until they came
baok, why, ho can talk to them
every night and know Just what la
"He sets n down in a hook and 11
there isn't any chance of missing
anything. It's what he calls sys
tern, but It ain't human, that's what
"Now over here. Looklt this big
machine that make's toy soldiers.
See! It Just reaches out, takes a
big piece of lead, cuts It up, runa
the pieces through a slide and turns
them out packed in boxes ready to
ship to earth.
"And here's another machine,
brand new this year, which makes
wood furniture Just cuts It out like
the soldiers, out of blocks of wood.
Doesn't cost much, and works
Quickly, and turns 'em out by the IH
"In my day we worked over each
piece with a j.i. l knife for an hour Hj
before it was done. Yet here they
come out. all packed in boxes and
ready to bo sent. HJ
' Here's ono machine that cuts HI
out a full set of furniture all at HI
oner table tops, chair backs, legs
and everything. Just one stroke it
takes. Then they're dumped into
this box and get sorted out.
"They're rushed over to this sand
ing machine which smooths them
down and polishes them, and takes
off tho burr whJeh doesn't look well.
Then the'rn glued together and HJ
come out all ready for their boxes. HJ
They're packed up, and whizz', off
DOES TEX mars WORK.
"Furniture Isn't all It make. It
fixes up Noah's arks and animals
and guns ami sword handles and HI
picture frames and almost every- HJ
thing. Where there used to be ten HJ
men working them there s Just tlila
Then this fellow says we've got HJ
to have modern things, as he calls HJ
'em, and so he won't let us send out
picture puzzles, and lire engines that
won t go, and things like that. No Hj
sir. Everything's got to be real and Hj
in working order.
"Here he makes animals that
walk around and make noises Just
like real ones. And he has automo
biles that run with gasollno and
springs, and he's gut what he calls HJ
aeroplanes. Just like that bird we
flew In. only smaller, and real ships HJ
that run In the bathtub, and wholo
railroad syatema, from tho cars and M M
tracks to tunnels, and telegraph A ' IHl
poles and signal blocks. HHJ
"If lie gives an army he has a 9t I
whole army, artillery, cavalry, in- j I
fantry, signal corps, medical corps. I
work tliera all BJ
"He has real big games made
small, like billiards and polo and
tennis and golf, and everything so
they can be played lu the house
when it's too stormy for children
to go out.
"It all makes me sick! 1 don't
like it. but the children don't seem
to mind. They don't know the dif
fi n n e He calls it instructive, but
I don t. Glut then, everything today
for the children is Just like what
the grown-ups have, only smaller,
ii iid perhaps they do learn more.
I don't know. Put we'd better get
buck, for your day's most up."
JOEY WAS ONL1 DREAMING. H
They turned back Into the big hall
where tho real Santa Claus was.
The monster glared at Joey and
"reached out his hand to grab him.
He opened one of the furnace doors,
took Joey by tho neck and ahook
him? Joey smelted something burn
He rubbed his eyes and Jumped
up. His book had fallen into the
grate lire and was smoking merrily N
away. His mother was shaking
him soundly by the arm.
"Come, young man." said she.
'It's time you were In bed. You
ate loo much turkey It's a good
thin- Christmas comes only ouce a