Hadacol health tonic brings big stars to small towns

Hank Williams sings about having “The Love Sick Blues;” Bob Hope delivers his famous one liners; Carmen Miranda shows her samba moves; Jimmy Durante does his signature “Inka Dinka Doo,” and every movie star one can imagine—Lucille Ball, Dorothy Lamour, Cesar Romero, James Cagney, Judy Garland, even boxer Jack Dempsey– comes out on stage to talk live to the regular folks and sign autographs. Is it a big-time Hollywood movie extravaganza? Nope. It’s the Hadacol Caravan! And, it could be stopping in your area really soon! Price of admission? Only one Hadacol box top per person.

First Mississippi River bridge pits North and South

Memphis, Tennessee, April 24, 1856: The first bridge spanning the Mississippi River is now completed-not in Memphis, Vicksburg, or New Orleans – but in the North, connecting Rock Island, Illinois, to Davenport, Iowa. With this new Mississippi River bridge, the North has beaten the South in establishing a means of better trade and commerce directly to the expanding American West.

Bands played and citizens in Rock Island and Davenport cheered Tuesday afternoon as they watched three locomotives pull eight passenger cars across the Rock Island Railroad Bridge.

Ever since US Army surveyor Lt. Robert E. Lee surveyed the bridge site back in 1837, this bridge has been controversial.

Southern Belle hauled to prison for laughing at Union funeral

New Orleans, Louisiana, July 1, 1862: Our current Civil War took a turn for the worse, Monday, for Eugenia Levy Phillips, 42, tart tongued Southern Belle socialite and wife of former Washington DC attorney and former Alabama legislator, Phillip Phillips, as she was hauled away to prison “until the War is over,” confined to the desolate sandbar off the Mississippi coast called Ship Island.

Her crime? She laughed at a funeral procession of a Union officer that was passing in front of her home here in New Orleans over the weekend.

She was banished to the sandy treeless island 11 miles off the Mississippi coast by the commanding officer of the Union occupying forces here, Major General Benjamin F. Butler. General Butler has been in absolute, total control of New Orleans and its 170,000 citizens since April when the city surrendered to the Union forces.

Knife fighter Jim Bowie survives deadly brawl

Natchez, Mississippi: September 20, 1827: Formidable frontier knife fighter Jim Bowie was shot twice, stabbed “many” times, and had a sword impaled in his chest but still managed to stand, fight, and kill in a gentlemen’s duel gone dreadfully wrong.

Since dueling is illegal in Mississippi, it all happened on a sandbar on the Louisiana side of the Mississippi River just west of here, yesterday. Samuel Wells of Natchez faced Louisiana doctor Thomas Maddox in a pistol duel. Each man had a large contingency of witnesses. Both men were allowed two shots at each other. Both missed. So, the actual duel ended with a laugh, with a handshake and with the opening of a bottle of wine, celebrating the dueler’s new found “friendship.”

Bowie was Wells’ second in the duel, and Judge R.A. Crane from Louisiana was Dr. Maddox’s second.

Georgia Tech wins football game – 222 to 0

This college football game came dangerously close to redefining the word “easy.” Georgia Tech easily wrote a new history in college football statistics, here yesterday, easing past the now timid, shy and toothless Cumberland Bulldogs 222-0—placing the Ramblin’ Wrecks comfortably at the top of the Most-Points-Scored-In-A-Single-Game column for centuries to come.

Even the play by play announcing of this game became nonchalant. Every time Tech got the ball, which was most of the game, the stadium announcer simply droned, “Har he comes! Thar he goes!” Tech was totally unrestricted—racking up 978 yards rushing (Another record). The Bulldogs racked up a startling “minus” 28 yards, which really made the game seem closer than it was.