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1920 – Christmas Cactus Theft Epidemic (Footnote)

(This Footnote to History article was printed on page 1 of the October 30, 1920, publication of the Santa Ana Register, and is reprinted word-for-word below.)

CHRISTMAS CACTUS THEFT EPIDEMIC ON

With an epidemic on for stealing Christmas cactus, owners of such potted plants are advised by City Marshal Jernigan to take them in at night.

A number of complaints have been made recently to the police depart­ment of the theft of cactus plans from porches. The most recent com­plaints are from Mrs. A. J. Wellegemuth, 207 North Van Ness, and Mrs. J. E. Leibig, 820 Spurgeon.

Officers have no clue and are at a loss to determine whether the thieving is by “kids” or by someone who is attempting to accumulate a number of the plants.

Original article as it appeared in the Santa Ana Register.
Original article as it appeared in the Santa Ana Register.
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