A man named Haley, in San Francisco, invented and patented a fire extinguisher.
Captain Hale, owner of the steam boat “Sonora,” became interested in it, and to
demonstrate its utility, allowed his steamboat, anchored in San Francisco Bay,
to be set on fire and a large number of citizens were invited to witness, from
shore and on the boat, the efficiency of the patent. Haley had his whiskers
singed before he had to make an escape as the extinguisher did not work as
expected, and the boat was burned to the water’s edge.