,-_-\.v>- DflRlNG?i r 4tf I "HIVERSLEPI t»-2 -l flow many miles rj to Babylon?" jhree score miles and ten!" Can /get there bu candle liyht?" ~%et^~\ y-lue! And back again.'" Jjl^ CHRISTMAS WITH MOTHER GOOSE. No. 126— PUBLISHED 8Y DELL PUBLISHING CO., INC. 149 ■•- -'.<." Aft., '-■- toA. IC, H. Y. ^ . , . r i ■ t. uu, :; . .'.. ,- l . ■ . ■. . ' . ' la UA.A. (9*z, Zi£& ftSaAf. 75?- Jhe lady bug and the burnie bee Caught a ride upon the hare. 'aob be nimble Jack be guich. Went bouncing along ow a pogo stick. "sos'* 46 " (&t> Zfi& tiby. zS t&. Christmas Pair /Tfnd the wee UUle mouse u from, the hickory clock Scurried along with an empty sock. Litile 3oy Blue rode on a sleigh With an elephant pulling him all the may. •He the dame and hep' children in the shoe llknl skating along and got there •too! CJ/ie folks of Mother Goose Town all were ihere. Laughing and singing at the Christmas Fair 'Q/d King Cole and his fiddlers three Had trimmed a giant Chris/mas tree L pkinny Jack Spratl. who would eat no /at. 9/ad a rabbit trick hidden away in his hat. ■o Tucker sang and the cat played /he fiddle. Careen of Hearts brought a cake with jam in the middle far/one brought her beavtlilul see saw. /he lax brought the crow and the crow went "Caw!" •g Cole's pa/ace was agleam with light, ft was indeed a most splendid sight. /he Pied Piper tootled away on his llute And the mice came running wilh cookies and Iruit ^m ~//ie barber who would shave a pig XlJenl prancing about \ and lost his ivig I "~ J ^-Jom Tinker's Utile dog grabbed it on the run- All the animals followed to share the lun I looked in my cupboard. She finally said, And I finally found it And here il in -look! My wonderful, marvelous Riddling book!" "And down in this well-house And under the bed. % Ok please let me vend 'one. 'Peter Piper said And here is the riddle Peter Piper read. "As 1 went through the garden gap. Who should 1 meet but Dick Redcap. A slick m ►r^ his hand- ^ stone in his throat- "If you'll tell me this riddle I'll give 1/014 a groat!" Jul all of the child yen Said theu'd rather look At the answers hidden In the back of the book. ^Listen to the riddle that I read. loo. Laughed lillle houncina Betty Blue "Little Nancy Elticoat. In a white petticoat - And a red wose— •e longer she standi The shorter she grows!' ~What is it? 'everybody cried. "I can't, tell.'" Betty Blue replied JE£> "But it rhymes with handle ^^[ Though its not a sandal'' met a man with seven wives Every wife had seven sacks. \ Qvery wile Had seven sacks , And every sack had seven cats. 0v& 'ry sack had seven cats. Every cat had seven kits. ^V(pw kits, cats, sacks and wives— How manu were qoinq to St. Ives?" "[other Hubbard laughed as the children worked And said. "Now we will see what scholars shirked Their lessons all throughout the year — Come, 1 have one last riddle here!' Jtvo legs sits on three legs With one leg in his lap. four legs grabs up one leg And dashes lor the door. Two legs grabs up three legs And throws it after /our. four legs drops one leg When three legs hits him crack And two legs picks up one leg And comes quite proudly back'" ^vhen with a shout and a quick turn about 7Tte children grab the riddling book. And Hipping the pages in a. flash Theu turn up the answer page for a look. AMSmrrs art oh lu>t pay* 'he door opened wide and the children flocked together For in strode an old man dressed all in leather He sal htmsell down nnth the children round his knee Laughing and giggling and squealing with glee "Tell us a sloru." cried Saucu Susie, very bold /1e gave a wink and a grin and here's the tale thai he told was the night bvfort Christmas And all through the house Not a creature ivu-. . x . stirring. Not even a mouse 'From 'A Vi"it frvm £f MirliPias' lilt Clrmenl f Mew Jhe stockings were hung by _ the Chimney with care M hopes thai St. Nicholas soon would be there s* ?he children were nestled all snug in their beds. ^S While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads. Snd Mamma in her kerchief and I in my cap ffad/usl settled down for a long winter's nap; U/hen out on the lawn /here arose suck a clatler. I sprang out of bed lo see what was the matter IP -twau to the window I Hew like a Hash. Tone open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow Oave the luster of midday lo objects below when, what to mi/ wondering eyes should appear Bui a miniature sleigh and eight ttnu reindeer '. on Cupid! On. Dunder and Btilzen! *-7o the top ol the porch, to the [op o/ the wall. Dash a waif dash away, dash awau. all.' sy4s dry leaves that he lore the wild hurricane flu When they meet tvi/k an obstacle, mount, to the sky. So up- to the housetop the coursers they flew. With the sleigh full of toys and St Nicholas too. o4nd then, in a twinkling f heard on the roof The prancing and pawing of each /my hoof ~lHs I drew m my head and was turning around Down the chimney Saml Nicholas came with a bound ne was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot. And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot. C A/ bundle al toys he had lining on his back. And he looked like a peddlerjust opening his pack. rtis eues. how tkeu twinkled! His dimples, how merri/l His cheeks were like roses. his nose like a cherry. His droll little mouth was drawn up in a bom And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow v /he stump o/ a pipe . held tight m his teeth. And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath 7e had a broad lace and and a round Utile belly Thai shook, when he laughed. like a bowl full of jelly rfe was chubby and plump. a right jollu old elf. And I laughed when I saw him in spite of mifsell W wink ol his eue and a twist of his head JSoon gave me to know f had nothing lo dread. fie spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk. 1e sprang to his sleigh, to his learn gave a whistle. And away they all (lew like /he down of a thistle; l£ i IPut. I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight. "Merry Chris/mas to all and lo all a good night!' R3MP& m an elf who works and works On Santa Clans' toys c We paint dolls for little a iris And sleds for little boys. C^k nd sometimes when we're hungry Simple Simon, he will bring 'A pie that's big enough for all. And %y diddle, diddle. The cal and the liddle The cow jumped over the moon The hi lie dog laughed lo see such sport. And the dish ran awau with the spoon,. jmd JLir -ley. diddle. diddle!" cried bright little Jack. "How can I eat my pie? The dish and the spoon wont, be back. And I'm hungry enough to cru!" Q (Jo little Jack Horner Sat m the corner Holding his Chris/mas pie He stuck in his thumb And pulled out a plum And said. "What a good boy am I 1 " S O/d King Cole was a merry old soul And a merry old. soul was he. He called for his pipe and he called lor his bowl And he called for the whole compannee. Tie seated all Ike J Utile folks In a ring around the tree. Then «a called for a cheer for old Santa Claus With a hip. hip/ Three times three. We'll have a limerick game When I call if on bi/ i/sur name. Stand up and recite bu the Christmas tree light' Said Old King Cole with a jollif old grin, "Come on, Tom Tucker, uou may begin!" *cy. Tucker stood up, took his hat from his head. And in a firm voice ^~ this is what he said: ere was a uounq ladu whose nose Was so long that 11 reached to her toes. Jo she hired an old ladu whose conduct was steadu Ueorgie Porgte. hat in hand. Slowly rose and took the stand jhe exclaimed What of thai? Jhts courageous i/ou lady of Norway. '"!\ [0hen Marjorie Daw heard her name, She jumped to her feet to exclaim. ere was an old man who said 'Hush.' Jom, Tom. the piper's son. jumped to his feet Ana his late was bepun: "Qhere was an old person of Ware Li/ho rode on the back of a bear. "When they said. 'Does he trot?' Ohe cried. 'Certainly not.' <e's a flopstkkon. moppsikon bear!' " Jotnmy Snooks and Betsy Brooks Who'd walked in every weather, they got and here is what They happily sang together. here was an old man. in a tree Whose whiskers were lovely to see. i ''Put Ihe birds of the air Plucked them perfectly bare Vo make themselves nests in that tree. " /fit last Humply Dumptu. " With a smile very droll. Stood up and recited To his friends and King Cole /here was an old man- on the border o lived in the utmost disorder. He danced with the cat •^/L^t. ~*, /„„ ™ u.^ i,„i Which vexed all the /oiks ■yfnd made tea m his hat. m (he ^^^ ., Jo market, to market, to buy a tat pig. ^Home again, home again, iiqqity liq! C hktt take it! Well bake it! We'll eat the Fat hog! Home again, home again, jigqityjog! ^2_ ~ind when he had run down again What do you think that he did then? He Cell into a J Christmas stocking. Hanging high upon the wall. rind m the morning it was shocking! He was the best surprise of all. 'ickoru, dickortf. dock The mouse ran up the' clock. The clock struck one And down he run. Hickory, dickorif dock! m '^H 1 ' AffffMl &t tlb© c5 aid the Crooked Man to Old King Cole. 'Someone is missing, a jolly old soul' Tie's always around at this time of the year I'm really surprised thai he isn't here!" know who you mean, you mean Santa Clous Now watch the tire place over there, because •e's coming soon with a great big surprise, ybu wont be able to believe your eyes!" ■Ind then there was scarcely a sound. As down the chimney with a bound Came a. tiny elf tugging a sack. And king Cole was the one taken aback. 'f/y sakes alive!" cried Old King Cote. . "you're mot much, bigger than a mole! Where is Santa? And who are you? You've dropped like Stardust from the blue!" Vfyou want Santa don't look far!' i For I'm not dust I of any star, I I'm Santa Claus I and no disguise.'\ And if you doubt ? , me use your \ hy, so you.are! But how can it be?" l ^4ye!Tis the strangest thing a man could see!" vlL'said Santa, with a smile, yust-tisten to my tale awhile!" /he sky was like crystal, the air was like wine. i castle, agleam in the clear morning light. Was the scene of bustle, to make ready mu flight. ~ti)hile Winky and Pinky. ' ellin helpers. Tinkle ond~ftools. with many a quip Were shining with care my Were trying out my new tall leather boots. licorice whip. 7f> opened Ike latch, and /hen what a scene' With a cri/ in ran the excited Queen • o, • , , ^ 7he Snow Queen locked me Slack Giants raging about again! pale and ill He's alter you with the strength often!' s frightened was she her voice was shrill'. Vfever fear' f said. 'He can't hurt me.' "Ha! she cried. He's lying in wait. For I'll be away long before tea!' He vows to get. you.sure as fate? He wants the key to the gumdmp mine'l'he candy is lor the cluldrvn.suref He sivears to eat it all by nine!' Bui none goes to thai greedy boorf I '■■*t2o 88! "•"A growl like thunder! A 'i S i Cr T'r"" mia/ r/i S T- The/Zf^erT&lin We heard a hammering al me door. upon the floor. Where, like an idiot tree ol wood. The evil.grinyiintj ijiont stood. 7/is hand made a grab like a Hash. There was a blinding light — a crash! i- /he next thing I knew Wflu head m a whit I was running in the hall. I was very, very small! c "U/hat happened? 7 asked the fairy Snow Queen. f/agic.' 'she answered. It's plain to be seen!' /winkle's voice broke out 'What's worse, I'll wage/: He's taken awau gour golden ledger. 1 ' J hen in a frenzy we rushed off to look. And, sure enough, he had stolen the book. yt contains the names of the ~7Qs we ran to mtf sleigh I girls and the bogs! bewailed tug new size Without it I cannot deliver And mg reindeer beheld me the loifs!' with doubt in their eges. We rose like a duck hawk swift in the air- To see giant tracks leading straight to his lair /hen very carelulli/ we sneaked '/he blackhearted rogue was in the door — asleep tike a log And instantly heard an Ah' Now was our chance tn earth shaking snore beluddle the dog! Lare/ullu. breath less I if. closer we crept. Near to the spot where the wicked one slept L OJndlhett with die ledger j£ just in our grasp The snoring voice slopped' Arid I gave a gasp- u/e suddenly saw the evil one waken. ** we Snow Queen, however, proved I con assure you our courage was she was bt*avp. shaken. With the speed of tight she Jumped at the knave. Ms she Sprang to the edge of the giant's couch She ripped open the cord on his /pother pouch /here fell front within a peculiar dust. A soft, gleaming powder Iho color of rust. j4nd then while I stood there. dumb with surprise. The Snow Queen flung hand- fuls into his eyes. 'ince again I saw the lightning flash. Then a long rumbling.' thundering crash. , • Jhe giant cried out with an angry roar— I pulled the fairy Snow Queen to the Hook 'a! It was magicfThe giant grew small. In a Hash he was hardly three feet tall! Lz/fr^l^m~**^^ m ^^' Jhc big book of names must u/e roped him and tied him quickly be found good and light. For soon I must start on And I noticed then it would my annual round, soon be night. puaaenly I found it.' And wp ran lo the sleiqh. And in scarcely a moment we we were off and away! /he spell will wear oil soon.' said my friend, 'And all will turn out well in the end!' (Wndnow. though I've finished my work for /he night. / wonder if maybe the Snow 'j£. Queen was right?" jt as Santa finished he could tell started to grow- 'twas the end of the spell. Ql 'lie children all laughed— King Cole gave a cheer. "Mer ry Christm as t o all, and a H appy New Year!" y B»NOTB> 7l«UMf8.C*» - KwoCoct UMtPICK QMC *M TOM ECWABP LEflg'S WORKS. — C H^eter Piper says that Dick Redcap is nothing more than a cherry! 'nd little, Betty i says tP. Nancy Etticoat is, of course, a candle.. JHnd Tommy Stout says, "How many were going to St. Ives? Count me!" -And Mother Hubbard says. "Two legs is a man, one leg is a leg, of meat, three legs is a stool, and (bur legs is a dog."