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On Christmas Day of 1920, the three children of New York Alderman Frank J. Dotzler were caught trying to sneak a peek at Santa while he was delivering their gifts.  

So, Dotzler dressed up as Santa, filled a pack with gifts, and decided to descend their home’s chimney.  Unlike the real Santa, Dotzler’s 340-pound mass got stuck about half-way down the chimney.  

He was forced to yell for help.  A bricklayer was called in to remove the portion of the chimney around Dotzler and the bag of gifts was tossed to the ground.  

The moral of this story:  Leave the work of heading down the chimney to the real Santa.

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