Thursday’s column told the story of actor Charles Coughlan, who died in 1899 during a performance in Galveston, Texas. Before his death, a fortuneteller forewarned he would die in a Southern city at the height of his career.
As noted in a previous column, immediately after his burial, the Hurricane of 1899 hit Galveston, sending his casket into the Gulf of Mexico and later the Gulf Stream’s Loop Current, forwarding the box along the Atlantic Seaboard.
Eight years later, fishermen discovered the casket on Prince Edward Island, Canada, where Coughlan once lived. There’s another twist to this saga: The popular actor was estranged from his wife, but desired to return one day to a lover on Prince Edward Island.
Sunny, with a high near 85. Northerly winds 5 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low about 58. Northerly winds 5 mph.