Corsicana Daily Sun (Corsicana Texas) 7 JUN 57 P. 7
'Taps' History Again Folio wed By Ripley Death By BOB CONSIDINE NEW YORK, June 1—(INS)— Bob Ripley's last "Believe It Or Not" TV show was screened on the Tuesday before Memorial Day, 1949. He died within the week. It had featured the haunting origin of Taps, the saddest sweetest music music ever written. After the battle of Harrison's Landing, Va., in 1862, a young and badly wounded Conference soldier lay moaning through the night— squarely between the entrenched lines. Finally, Capt, Jams Ellicombe. in command of Union forces along that line, could no longer bear the sobs of the wounded man. He crawled out at great personal danger and dragged the boy back to the Federal lines. He began administering administering to him, and ordered a lamp in order to see better; The feeble light fell on the boy's face as he rested in the Captain's lap It was his son. The war had caught the boy at a southern school, and he had enlisted with his friends. The boy died. In his pocket was found a short musical composition for the bugle. And thus it was here at this burial of a Confederate by the Federals, that Taps was first .formally heard. Its plalntiveness had found a proper role. On May 30, 1957, Douglas Storer, president of "Believe It Or Not," reproduced for the first time since 3947 this part of Rip's last broadcast, broadcast, on NBC's "Nightline," conducted conducted by Walter O'Keefe. Within the week, Ripley's surviving brother brother died. Believe it or not!