Some facts about the death of the deceased have come
to the knowledge of his brothers which have not as yet been published.
About 23 days before the survivors were rescued, word came to the dying
men from the watchers that a polar bear was seen. Kislingbury rallied his
fast failing strength and led the way, with two others following. The bear
was shot, and it furnished food enough for the remnant of the party to
pull through. They had been living on strips of clothing. When Kislingbury
had brought the bear in he said to Greely: "That bear was sent by Providence."
Kislingbury had before this--last Fall--sustained a rupture by the falling
of an iceberg. He now failed fast and said: "Boys, it's all up with me.
When I am dead bury me with my comrades in
the arctic regions." A few days before he died he would crawl out of the hut and lie with his face to the sun. He died singing the solomn words of the Doxology. While sinking into a peaceful slumber he whispered these last words: "Aggie! Aggie! Aggie!" meaning his first wife.
J. P. Kislingbury states that from all inquiries made he believes his brother did not leave a will, and that the only document left probably was the letter he left here, before going North, with Mr. Clark, naming him the guardian of two of his children. J. P. Kislingbury desires to express his gratitude to Gen. Hancock and staff and Lieut. Emory, who showed his regard by placing a flag which had lain on his father's remains on the casket of Lieut. Kislingbury yesterday. The funeral to-morrow afternoon will be a very large one, nearly all the military and civic organizations having expressed an intention of taking part in the procession.