Santa Claus's Partner

Santa Claus's Partner

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Santa Claus's Partner by Thomas Nelson Page

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Mr. Page's Christmas story will appeal to the universal human heart, for it tells how a child transformed the character of a successful business man whose nature had become hard and selfish in the pursuit of wealth, and is told with all the charm of manner and tenderness of feeling of which the author of "Marse Chan" is the master.

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fortune and very prominent, he reflected, but she was really kind; she was just a crank, and, somehow, she appeared really to believe in him. Her husband, Livingstone did not like: a cold, selfish man, who cared for nothing but money-making and his own family.

There was one name down on the book for a small amount which Livingstone could not recall.--Oh yes, he was an assistant preacher at Livingstone's church: the donation was for a Christmas-tree in a Children's Hospital, or something of the kind. This was one of Mrs. Wright's charities too. Livingstone remembered the note the preacher had written him afterwards--it had rather jarred on him, it was so grateful. He hated "gush," he said to himself; he did not want to be bothered with details of yarn-gloves, flannel petticoats, and toys. He took out his pencil and wrote Mrs. Wright's name on the stub. That also should be charged to Mrs. Wright. He carried in his mind the total amount of the contributions, and as he came to the end a half-frown rested on hi

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