Monday, December 3, 2012

Piedmont Past: Santa's Whiskers Catch Fire

From California-

From the San Francisco Call, Volume 87, Number 27, 27 December 1900

Fire in the Saint's Whiskers.

OAKLAND, Dec 26.— While impersonating Santa Claus at the Piedmont Episcopal Church Sunday School Christmas celebration, Harold Haven's long cotton beard came in contact with a lighted candle and the inflammable stuff blazed up fiercely. Tne young man's face was badly scorched and but for his quick action in tearing the burning mass away he would have been fatally injured. The accident created a great sensation, but after the interruption the exercises were continued.

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