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Copyright, 1908, by M. E. Anderson

The Goblins' Christmas


Elizabeth Anderson


Illustrated by Alexander Sharp

Los Angeles Segnogram Publishing Co. 1908



Once upon a time I visited Fairy land and spent a day in Goblin town. The people there are much like ourselves, only they are very, very small and roguish. They play pranks on one another and have great fun. They are good natured and jolly, and rarely get angry. But if one does get angry, he quickly recovers his good nature and joins again in the sport.

If a Goblin should continue angry he would take on some visible form. Perhaps he would become a toad or a squirrel, or some other little animal, and would have to live here on the Earth plane forevermore. But, if he keeps good natured, he can come here and have his fun, and not be seen by any one except a Seer, or very wise person.

The Goblins are gracious to the wise people now, but they were not always so. A long, long time ago, on a Christmas eve, the Fairy folk were having great sport. All the little people of the Unseen world had gathered together in the Earth realm. There were Brownies, and Gnomes, and Elves; even some little Cherubs had joined them. They were having a wild dance and a gay time when who should appear but Kris Kringle! Now the Fairies did not know that he was a Magician, or Seer, and so they tried to make sport of him. But Kris by his wonderful magic, changed them into the most beautiful toys. They became straight little jumping jacks, and dolls in bright dresses, and the dearest little rabbit with white, soft fur. And somewhere in the bottom of the sleigh one was turned into a cute little Teddy bear. Then old Kris tucked all these toys into his roomy sleigh, and shook the reins of his waiting steed. "Go on!" he said, "For I've many, many a chimney to reach tonight."

Now this is the tale of "The Goblins' Christmas" that the moonbeams told, as they heard it from the Fairy Queen, who declares that every word of it is perfectly true.

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"Down the Milky way" 17

"The big black caldron" 21

"As through the air they flew" 25

"They climbed the sleigh" 27

"'Playthings rare,' he said" 31

"For his Christmas treat" 41

Preface 6

Presentation 9

Fairy Queen 12

Sprite and Toadstool 18

Boy and Rabbit 35

Witch with Broom 37

Elf and Spider 38

[Illustration: Fairy Queen]


The little Man, and tiny Maid, Who love the Fairies in the glade, Who see them in the tangled grass The Gnomes and Brownies, as they pass, Who hear the Sprites from Elf land call Go, frolic with these Brownies small, And join these merry sporting Elves, But ever be your own sweet selves.





The big bright Moon hung high and round, In a densely darkened sky; The tall pines swayed, and mocked, and groaned; The mountains grew so high That the Man in the Moon came out and said, "Ho! Spooks, for a merry dance." The winds blow hard, the caverns roar, While o'er the earth they prance.



A Witch and a Goblin led the sprites; Out from the sky they sprung; And down the milky way they slid, And over a chasm swung. The streams around ran witches' broth, The fumes were strong and rank. These Elfin creatures all were wroth, While of the stuff they drank.


[Illustration: Down the Milky way]

[Illustration: Sprite and Toadstool]



The cunning Moon looked on and laughed With a shrill and sneering jibe; Her soul grew fat to see them chaffed, This mad and elfish tribe... Continue reading book >>

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