Thanks Doc....It is kind of difficult to argue with a Death Certificate, even one that has a confusion factor. The time posted is clearly l:30, but the ll7 written below it makes one wonder.
I know that Ron Cartlidge had several references to the time of Houdini's death and finally elected to use 1:26 p.m., based on several books and articles which used that time.
Here is Ron's account of Houdini's last struggles with the problem that killed Houdini:
"Houdini completed his tour of Montreal in severe pain. His next stop was Detroit. Finally, while en route to Detroit, word was sent ahead, asking for a doctor to meet the train. The doctor made a quick examination of Houdini and determined that he had appendicitis. Still, Houdini felt incluned to perform that evening. After the show, he collapsed, and that night at the Statler Hotel Houdini was examined by the chief surgeon from Grace Hospital in Detroit. He urged Houdini to accompany him to the hospital, but Houdini refused until he conferred with his private physician in New York. He finally agreed to go to the hospital and was operated on the next afternoon. His appendix was removed. Unfortunately, infection had set in and had spread in Houdini's body. Houdini continued to hang on, despite deteriorating conditions. His final words were, "I can't fight any more." He died at Grace Hospital on Halloween, October 31, at 1:26 p.m."
(From: Houdini's Texas Tours: 1916 & 1923, p. 92, by Ron Cartlidge (Edited by Opie R. Houston), Austin: Ron Cartlidge Pubs, 2002).
Hope that sheds some light..........opie