Publication information

Minneapolis Journal
Source type: newspaper
Document type: poem
Document title: “The Anarchist’s Christmas”
Author(s): Russell, Arthur J.
City of publication: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date of publication: 13 December 1901
Volume number: none
Issue number: none
Pagination: 4

Russell, Arthur J. “The Anarchist’s Christmas.” Minneapolis Journal 13 Dec. 1901: p. 4.
full text
anarchism (poetry).
Named persons
Mrs. Claus; Santa Claus.
The poem (below) appears in a column by Russell titled “The Nonpareil Man.” He is credited as A. J. Russell.

The Anarchist’s Christmas

’Twas the night before Christmas,
     The anarchist’s house
Was dark, and the anarch
     Was still as a mouse;
A sheet-iron bombshell
     Was fixed up with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas
     Soon would be there.
But St. Nick was crafty,
     He knew what would come,
So down the brick chimney
     He dropped a large bomb.
He had told Mrs. Santa
     He thought that he must
Give this anarch the joy
     Of a great Christmas “bust.”
So this capsule exploded
     And blew up the place,
Bringing smiles of good cheer
     To the anarchist’s face.