King, a broken down actor, who in former years had been a great star, is willing to take any work that the agent will give. He succeeds in getting a day's work to play "Santa Claus" for a wealthy banker's family. He takes the job, for the five dollars means a Christmas dinner for his little family. At the banker's house he makes up for the part and, thinking of his little one at home, he takes some of the candy from the Christmas tree and conceals it in his pocket. The butler observes this, and, taking advantage of the situation, steals a valuable bracelet and blames the theft on King. King pleads his innocence, and tells them he only stole the candy for his little girl. His pleadings so move the banker that he is forgiven, and the butler, who overhears him through the half-open door, brings the bracelet to the banker, telling him that he found it where it had been mislaid. When King is about to leave, the banker gives him an overcoat, and instead of the five dollars promised, gives ...
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