Old Newspaper Collections Project

By Clayton, Deb, & Holice

Hartford Times, 8/24/1840

Alligator in the Shop!


Extra special thanks to Holice B. Young for being such a trooper and typing a ton of old news articles! Without her this project wouldn't be here!


Hartford Times 1840/Aug 24

A FINE STATE OF SOCIETY.--An alligator lately entered a confectioner's shop in Galveston; the weather being uncommonly sultry, probably suggested the idea of an ice cream. Having helped himself to half a dozen oranges, several jumbles, and other nick-nacks, and showing no disposition to pay the damages, the young lady who stood behind the counter, called for assistance. His unusual capacity of jaw, however, enabled him to dispose of the stolen articles securely before assistance arrived. The scaly fellow was captured soon after, and was treated rather more harshly than many fellows are who decline paying for what they obtain. Previously to his entering the shop, he had seized and devoured a fat pig in the street. His visit to the confectioner's was, perhaps, in search of a desert, he got his deserts sure enough.--Philad. Ledger.

Copyright Clayton Betzing, 2001

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