Many of us have seen old newspaper obituaries that contained a note for another newspaper to "please copy." But, have you ever wondered about the completeness of obituaries published by the copying newspaper?
Well, here's the original text from a "home" paper.
"Mr. Larkin Turner, aged 110 years, died February 23, 1878. He, like the patriarch of old, waited for death 'having set his house in order'. When he felt the approach of death he settled himself firmly in his chair (refusing to lie down), and died sitting erect and without a struggle. He retained his senses to the last moment and died from no disease - nature exhausted. During his long life he had but one short attack of fever, having never taken a dose of medicine until that time, which was about the time he was at 100 years of age; - This he told us himself."
Now here's the other newspaper's edited version of the original obituary.
"Mr. Larkin Turner died in Meriwether county recently, aged one hundred and ten years.Until he was one hundred years old he hadnever taken a dose of medicine. This is probably the reason he died. People should always take medicine."
Sounds like something from the "Dilbert" comic strip, but it is a good reason for at least attempting to identify and cite the original source.