"Died in the Wool"

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Fri May 19 15:04:36 UTC 2006

 Newspaperarchive sends out daily "on this date in history" emails, to
entice you to look them up.  I thought I had found an eggcorn today:

"Col. T.E. Lawrence 'Lawrence of Arabia' of undying historic fame died
in the Wool military hospital here today after an amazing battle for
life. "  Winnipeg Free Press reported on May 20, 1935.

Turns out it was proper usage.  But it sure jumped off the page at me.

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