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And Now, A Christmas Case

From Helton v. State, 311 So.2d 381 (Fla.App. 1975)—


‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the jail

Not an inmate was stirring, they couldn’t make bail.

The stockings were hung by the cell door with care

In hopes that St. Nicholas would soon be there:

The inmates were huddled alone in their beds

While visions of freedom danced in their heads

And guards in their uniforms and John in his rack

Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

When up on the roof there arose such a clatter,

John sprang from his bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window he flew like a flash,

Tore open the cell door and threw up the sash.

When what to his wondering eyes should appear

But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick

He knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his courses they came,

And he whistled and shouted, and called them by name:

Now, Macquire, now Bass, now Fillingame, Newman,

On, Ingram, on Suggs, on Crosby, and Helton.

To the top of the porch, to the top of the wall

Now dash away, dash away, dash away all.’


Happy Holidays, all!

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