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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 57 pages of information about A Reversible Santa Claus.

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A
reversible
Santa Claus

By
Meredith Nicholson

With illustrations by
Florence H. Minard

Boston and new York
Houghton Mifflin company

The Riverside Press, Cambridge

1917

COPYRIGHT, 1917, BY MEREDITH NICHOLSON

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Published October 1917

By Meredeth Nicholson

    A reversible Santa Claus.  Illustrated. 
    The proof of the pudding.  Illustrated. 
    The Poet.  Illustrated. 
    Otherwise Phyllis.  With frontispiece in color. 
    The provincial American and other papers. 
    A Hoosier chronicle.  With illustrations. 
    The siege of the seven suitors.  With illustrations.

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY

BOSTON AND NEW YORK

A Reversible Santa Claus

[Illustration:  “Do you mind telling me just why you read that note?” (Page 78)]

Illustrations

Do you mind telling me just why you read that note?” Frontispiece

The hopper grinned, proud of his success,
  which Mary and humpy viewed with grudging admiration 44

THE FAINT CLICK OF A LATCH MARKED THE PROWLER’S PROXIMITY TO A HEDGE 116

THE THREE MEN GATHERED ROUND THEM, STARING DULLY 150

From Drawings by F. Minard

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[Illustration]

A Reversible Santa Claus

I

Mr. William B. Aikins, alias “Softy” Hubbard, alias Billy The Hopper, paused for breath behind a hedge that bordered a quiet lane and peered out into the highway at a roadster whose tail light advertised its presence to his felonious gaze.  It was Christmas Eve, and after a day of unseasonable warmth a slow, drizzling rain was whimsically changing to snow.

The Hopper was blowing from two hours’ hard travel over rough country.  He had stumbled through woodlands, flattened himself in fence corners to avoid the eyes of curious motorists speeding homeward or flying about distributing Christmas gifts, and he was now bent upon committing himself to an inter-urban trolley line that would afford comfortable transportation for the remainder of his journey.  Twenty miles, he estimated, still lay between him and his domicile.

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