[Santa Claus
laying a finger aside of his nose] SANTA HOLMES AND SHERLOCK CLAUS



by Donald A. Redmond, 1989

It was a beautiful moonlight night... — COPP

... a sharp frost had set in, and the windows were thick with the ice crystals. — BLUE

The snow of the day before still lay deep upon the ground. — BERY

He rushed down, just as he was, in his bare feet, opened the window... — BERY

... on the roof, and I could see him like an enormous glow-worm ... along the ridge. I lost sight of him behind a stack of chimneys ... — SIGN

“How came he then?” I reiterated. “Ihe door is locked; the window is inaccessible. Was it through the chimney?” “The grate is much too small,” he answered. — SIGN

... whence he slipped down upon the floor, and there was that majestic figure ... upon our bearskin hearthrug- — PRIO

... hedged in with evergreens ... — VALL

His cheeks were red, his brow was all crinkled ... He ... hurried past me without a word or a look. — COPP

His eyes twinkled — TWIS, BERY

“Children, my dear boy, children.” — GREE

There is a rattle, which shows that one of them is very young. ... the fact that he has a picture-book under his arm shows that there is another child to be thought of. — GREE

... with a cry, she sprang at a small deal box which lay upon the table and tore the lid from it. Out there fell a cascade of chi1dren's bricks. — TWIS

He caught it up, devoured it with his eyes, and then danced madly about the room, pressing it to his bosom and shrieking out in his delight. — NAVA

... inspecting a bicycle which had been drawn out from a clump of evergreens in which it had been concealed. — VALL

“Good night, Mr. Sherlock Holmes!” — SCAN