The Press: Nimble Necrology

The saddest sin of the obituary writer is to confuse the quick and the dead. Last week such disgrace hovered briefly over newsmen at the New York Herald Tribune, Daily News and World-Telegram and Sun, and then suddenly was wafted away.

All three newspapers said that a Louis Ritter had died in Scarsdale, N.Y., reported that he had been a successful furrier and hotelman. Then the phones began to ring. Next day both the Herald Tribune and World-Telegram shamefacedly admitted that the Louis Ritter who had died in Scarsdale was really a real estate operator and philanthropist, confessed confusing him with a...

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