December 23 in San Antonio history…
Moses Austin arrives in San Antonio where he will meet with Mexican authorities to ask permission for 300 Anglo families to settle in Texas.
The Hot Wells Hotel is consumed by fire. (It will burn three more times over the next 90 years.)
San Antonio Police Officer Montez arrests Captain Jacobson of the Salvation Army for “appearing on the streets in disguise” as Santa Claus. Captain Jacobson explained that he meant no disrespect to Santa but merely dressed like him to call attention to the fact that the Salvation Army is going to make a whole lot of poor people happy with a warm dinner on Christmas Day. Capt. Jacobson was taken to the police station, however, and gave bond of $50 to appear before Recorder Shardein tomorrow morning.