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Pat Shingleton: "From Canada With Love"

7 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, September 08 2016 Sep 8, 2016 September 08, 2016 4:15 AM September 08, 2016 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Ace bagpiper, casket and vault peddler, Banjo Bob Cargo mentioned that if I didn't repeat this story, The Baton Rouge Pipe and Drum Corps would not play at my wake... In 1899, and against his family's wishes, classical actor Charles Coughlin, from Prince Edward Island, Canada, relocated to Galveston.  Before pursuing his career he consulted a fortune teller, forewarning that he would die at the height of his fame in a southern city. The fortune teller also insisted that he would not rest-in-peace until he was returned to his place of birth. Performing with an acting troupe in Galveston, he collapsed, died and was buried. Shortly after the burial, the Hurricane of 1899 hit Galveston washing the Charles Coughlin casket into the Gulf of Mexico. Caught up in the Gulf's Loop Current, the casket moved along the Atlantic seaboard. In 1907, eight years after the Galveston Storm, fisherman discovered the casket at Prince Edward Island, Canada, where Coughlan once lived. Banjo Bob Cargo’s story noted another twist to this saga. The fortune teller's prediction came "full-circle" as the popular actor, once estranged from his wife, desired to return one day to a lover on Prince Edward Island. That person was none other than Bob's great-great-aunt, referred to as "Lotsa."

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