COLONEL DAVID HOMER BATES, of New York, who was one of the first four members of the Military Telegraph Corps during the Civil War, in giving his reminiscences of the stormy days of '61, includes a pathetic little story of the death of David Strouse, first superintendent of the Military Corps. Strouse took up his labors in poor health, and the heavy and continuous work soon wrecked his system.
He worked on for five months, however, before he was finally forced to retire to his home at Mexico, Pennsylvania, on the banks of the Juniata River, where he died. Colonel Bates attended the funeral, and while at the Strouse home the mother of the dead superintendent showed him the original of the following stanzas, in Strouse's own handwriting, which were found in his portfolio:
Gentle river, ever flowing,
To that ocean, dark and dreary,
O'er the world I long have wandered;
Calmly on thy bank reposing,