A Pathetic Coincidence
A woman and her little boy went to St. John’s Hospital in Long Island City, New York, recently about half past eleven o’clock in the morning to have the boy vaccinated preparatory to sending him to school next September. When she gave her name and address, the clerk looked up at her in amazement and then asked her to take a seat. The clerk hurried to the emergency ward and confided in Dr. Harry M. Archer of the Fire Department that a woman giving the same name and address of the fireman who had died but a few minutes before was at the office having her boy vaccinated.
She was Mrs. Edward Knapp. She was a widow and didn’t know it. Her husband had passed on in the line of duty from the effects of a fire in the Manhattan Steam Bakery in Purvis street. Dr. Archer broke the news to her gently. She swooned and had to be comforted. That morning, on leaving home, Fireman Knapp’s parting words were to be sure to take the boy to the clinic at St. John’s for vaccination.