Articles we found in the newspapers which raised our eyebrows in wonder!
Louisiana Journal – January 1874
A Nuisance – A Man by the name of Brown, said to be partially crazy from the inordinate use of strong drink, and one of the most homely specimens of the genus homo, we have seen in a long while, has been making himself a very disagreeable nuisance in our city for some days past, and should be abated. His extreme ugliness is, of itself, sufficient to terrify any one of ordinary courage, but this, probably being no fault of his, could be tolerated, if his conduct was ordinarily civil. But he goes about in a threatening manner, using language not proper to be used, and demeaning himself like one intent upon harm; and conducts himself so grossly improper as to frighten ladies and drive them from the streets. He has been put in the calaboose several times but without effect. If he has any friends we suggest they take charge of him. If he is crazy he should be sent to the Asylum. It is not right that he should be allowed the free use of our streets for the display of his whisky lunacy.
Louisiana Journal – January 1, 1891
Viola Dixon, the notorious prostitute and general disturber of the peace, was again up before the recorder on Tuesday for fighting, and was at first fined $5, which was afterwards increased to $10 for using insolent language to his honor. With costs added, amounting in round numbers to $18.15, the Dixon woman was unable to liquidate and she languished in the lockup feeding on cold bread and still colder water until bailed out by her followers.
(We noted they did not mention who her followers were!)
Louisiana Journal – Competing advertisements which ran in January 1874. We particularly like the changes in the man’s face. He looks twenty years younger in 30 days!!
Louisiana Journal – December 14, 1882
Somebody stole all the clothes from Doctor Birkhead’s clothes line Monday night. All the Baby’s wardrobe was appropriated. His own underwear also disappeared, The thief is respectfully requested to come back and get the clothesline. It is but a naked reminiscence.