Very good association, FD.
This short story (I looked it up) was the last Twilight Zone episode produced.
Here is another excerpt in an attempt to drag your cluttered mind into the now of 2013...

[He unclosed his eyes and saw again the water below him. "If I could free my hands," he thought, "I might throw off the noose and spring into the stream. By diving I could evade the bullets and, swimming vigorously, reach the bank, take to the woods and get away home. My home, thank God, is as yet outside their lines; my wife and little ones are still beyond the invader's farthest advance."
As these thoughts, which have here to be set down in words, were flashed into the doomed man's brain rather than evolved from it the captain nodded to the sergeant. The sergeant stepped aside.]

I call TIME on this one. GEEZ! frown
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce