From The Topeka State Journal, December 21, 1912. This is all that I expect Santa Claus to bring to me: One large boat—my old one’s wrecked; One large, lovely Christmas tree; Then I need a larger drum, That says “boom” instead of “tum”; And I want a nice long whip That will make our tomcat skip; Then I hope to get a ball That will dent the hardest wall, And a bat that will not split Every time that it is hit; Next I’d choose a pair of skates Just as nice as sister Kate’s, And a bright large monoplane That will carry rag-doll Jane; Then I’d like a lot of things That are run by hidden springs— Rats and spiders, and the like; And I need a brand new bike With a coaster-brake that will Make work easy down a hill. There! That’s all I asked him for. Still, I’m hoping (since he’s Dutch) That he’ll bring a few things more— As I have not asked for much!