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May 5, 1908


Startling Interruption of Plans for a
Funeral Wake.

While the relatives and friends of Harvey Skinner, 166 North Valley street, Kansas City, Kas., were discussing preparations for his wake yesterday afternoon about 2 o'clock, thinking he was dead, Skinner roused suddenly and asked his son, who was standing near the bedside, for a drink of water. Naturally the men and women in the room were startled when the supposedly dead man came back to life. The son brought a glass of water and Mr. Skinner seemed to grow better. Although low, he was still alive at a late hour last night and the physicians attending him say he may live for several days.

Mr. Skinner is a printer and has been working for the Franklin Hudson Company. He has been ill with Bright's disease for about three weeks, and yesterday afternoon grew much worse, and about 1 o'clock, apparently died. All signs of live had vanished, and the body began to grow cold. Mr's. Skinner and the eldest son began preparations for the funeral. About twenty relatives and friends had assembled, and the programme for the night was being discussed at length when Mr. Skinner sat up and called for a drink.

Harvey Skinner is 58 years of age and has lived in Kansas City for about twenty-five years. He owns his home there and has a wife and two children. He was very low last night and is not expected to live long, but preparation for the wake has been postponed.

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