Cheerful Scene on a death bed.
--According to the New York Tribune
, Capt. John Gleason
, of Md.
, who died in the Libby prison
, "shone out brightly in the beauty of his noble spirit" on his death bed. This shining out was in reply to a kind remark from a "rebel surgeon." The following is an extract of the letter describing his death:
The rebel Surgeon
said to him one day: "I sincerely regret it is not in my power to send you home to suffer and die among jour friends, who could minister to your wants and sooth your dying pillow!" "Thank you, sir," replied the noble Captain
; "thank you, sir, for your sympathy.
It would indeed be a satisfaction to have ministering friends around one's dying bed; but if by the utterance of one single word in deprecation of my country's cause, or in yielding to the claims of the traitors in arms against my country, I could be transported to my beloved home, I should never utter that single word.
I die a deaths in your loathsome persons rather then one one of the dignity of my Government to the insolence of your pretended concera!" And his eye crashed with fire, as, rising on his elbow, he gave utterance to these patriotic sentiments.