Source: That Reminds Me
Source type: book
Document type: essay
Document title: ďA PostscriptĒ
Author(s): anonymous [essay]; anonymous [book]
Publisher: George W. Jacobs and Co.
Place of publication: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Year of publication: 1905
|ďA Postscript.Ē That Reminds Me. Philadelphia: George W. Jacobs, 1905: p. 10.|
|full text of essay; excerpt of book|
|William McKinley (official bulletins); McKinley assassination (news coverage: personal response); McKinley assassination (related tragedies).|
The identity of Jones (below) cannot be verified. Presumably Jones is not the actual personís name (assuming the anecdote is not a fictitious one).
From title page: That Reminds Me: A Collection of Tales Worth Telling.
The editor of a rural paper visited a large city just after the shooting of Mr. McKinley and took great interest in the newspaper bulletins informing the public of the presidentís condition. Shortly after the editorís return home, Deacon Jones was taken seriously ill, and the following bulletins were promptly posted:
10.00. .óDeacon Jones no better.
11.00 . .óDeacon Jones has relapse.
12.30 . .óDeacon Jones weaker. Pulse failing.
12.15 . .óDeacon Jonesís family summoned.
13.10 . .óDeacon Jones has died and gone to Heaven.
Later in the afternoon a traveling salesman happened by, stopped to read the bulletins, and, going to the board, added:
14.10. .óGreat excitement in Heaven; Deacon Jones
has not yet arrived. The worst is feared.