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B . Jonathan Wlldet's WIerd Story of
B the Earth's Insldts.
Hrt) How ! Uel lliare, Uliat He Nun,
)and How Ho Vol Assay,
Ldlloslal aeiunieuts.
' The following, to which allusion la
made on the celllorlal page of thla
' papar, ' rsproduceil by request, from
theDncHET Ntwa of February list,
f. 1 1682!
I Ifln f rrvm lit UUtmrl r'pvltkan cf MO 1
I (f lot Home months anon Uauadlan, of tho
I'je Itocky Mountain arlr.to whom I had
ww rendered some services, brought to me
ml nl a bundle, or papers, of which he Ravi,
II mo the following singular accounti
I 11 lie said that bsyond the mountalne ho
I it fell In with party of the Hudson Hay
lib company. With this patty he found a
If r brother that he had nolaern for many
La year. lIlsbrotberKavohlni Iholun
IB g dleof ners, nd Informed him that
II i about two year before, hu had lorn till
It u a hunting lrly, tail of M'Jtriifle'a
III river, where fell In with alllboof
II i oUsijutmaux Indiana, from one ol
II i whom he received the bundle In ex-
I i change for a knife. Tho Indian told
i him that a long time ago, hl band wai
ml t. encamedontlioeaahoro, agreatdli
J j tance to the nortbiaii; that one day n
H 8 ttrange man wai teen on the loo, com-
8 log toward them; thatlhealranger was
gteatly exhausted Ironi hunger and
I cold; that he took htm to hla tent and
HI gave him food, hut ho died tho next
KM day, and left the bundle of papert,
V securely wra ped up In skins,
it If my cunoilly wai excited at thla
, alngularhlttory of these psiers. It win
J much more ao when, on examination,
I they proved to be anairatlvoof thu
Iravelaand extraordinary adventures
J nf an Amerlcau by the nanio of
am f Jonathan Wilder, 'lhe papers are In
'I greatly deranged stale, and appeared
I to have auflered from the rude hands
l through avnlch they had lasted. Thu
' ki narrative Is written partly on common
I 'I later, and partly on rude parchment,
II 1 and what appeara to be tho bark of n
1 1 J) tree.
M II appears that Mr. Wilder waa
? many years ago, wrecked on tho coast
1 of Africa; waa taken prisoner by the
5 native,, and was carrlud into the lu-
terlor of the country; that he pasted
H j M ' through many nations of Africa, at a
i P slave to a black merchant; that he
' Si eventually fell lu with, and was ran-
fc somed by the celebrated Mungo I'atk,
H'jfl whom he afterwards accoraanlet on
n hit travels, lie states that Mr. l'ark,
himself aDd three latlvee,weredeicen:-
lug a large river, (the name of which
It rublod out In tho manuscript, but
J i presumed to be tho Niger), Ihey came
, I to a large city, at which they pro) oied
- to land, but were diverted from It by
H the liottllo attitude of the nallvet,who
B , oppeartd on thu bank lu Inimonte
i numbers. They passed the city, lol-
' lownl by the natives on tbt bankt,
halloing and using singular geeluret,
which added to thelrapprehemlon that
H lnlicbltf was Intended. In a short
H distance, the river became contracted,
H . and the current greatly Incriaied,
H which Induced them to atlemt a
H landing at allhaiardt, but It waa now
too late; the tlver Lecame a perfect
rapid; rocks and whirlpools besot llieui
ou all sides, and they soon loit all con
trol over tho direction of the boat,
A large mountain appeared directly
ahead, with a chasm lulls base1, gap
Inj to receive them. Die 111 roe na
tives had lumped overboard on tho
first alarm. lMrk and WllJer clung
to the boat, and awaited their file,
which they saw waa Inevitable. 1 hey
soon lost all tense of their situation,
and eventually found them
telvea thrown upon a mall
island within the bowel of the
mountain. Here they remained some
tlme.aubilillngon dead animals and
fish, which they found In abunJanoe,
caitupculheliiAUI. Their uyethad,
In n Jlttlo tlin-, become! accuttomed
to tlielr dark abode, and Ihey wero en
ailed to tee and to fool the uorrors of
thtlr situation. The rocks rote wi
prndlcular from either thore, nnd
formed an aruh overhead, which
effectually precluded all llca'uf an
escape, Urown deaperato, In a sllua
Hon which doittoyed all hoo ol ever
again seeing the light of Heaven, and
fearing ton, that thu next rite of water
would twiep them even from that
desolate Island, Ihey determined to
embatk In their boat, which had tut
lalned no great Injury, nnd submit
themselves to provldcuco, believing
that no fato could be nine horrible
than that which awaltod them III their
preseut atodc.
They accordingly once more hunch
ed themselves luto the fuaiulno; cur
rent, and welocanlrd along with In
conceivable rapidity, until becoming
entanglod In an eddy, nnd landed ou
another small IsUud, whera to their
great ailonlihment they found on old
negro, who by slgut gave them to
understand that hu had been forced
down the river and thrown on tho
Island when but a boy, whi re ho had
ever since remained Us solitary tenant.
They again embarked accompanied
by thu old lugro, who Kladly uultcd
hit fale with hla new ociiialunnces.
'I ho current gradually Iwcamo less
rald, and they occasionally landed
for repoie. Our arty now began to
entertain tome faint hot es that lhe
river, after running unlur tho inoiiu
tain, would carry them safily out on
the other tide, After a voyage of
contlderablo duration, to their great
oy and astonishment, they were sul
denly launched Into daylight, In view
of an 0n tea, I ut In what uuiler of
the globo they were at a lost to conjec
Tho arty now landed to took repoie,
after their long and arduoua voynge,and
cougralulatid each other on thelriulra
culousrPoai,aiid yet they could tcatco
ly tatlify theratelvea that nil lm not
belli a dream. The party remained
here several days, viewing the sur
rounding country, and endeavoring to
Unit out on what ait of tho globe
they were cast; Lut as no sun. moon or
start had appeared, Mr. Talk's Initru
luenta were of no avail; neither could
hla mat and charts throw any light
Itttlectlug on tlielr lato extraordi
nary adventure", and their present
lingular situation, Mr. l'aik was lu
duced to tximlne a book which ho haJ
with him, containing some phllot)
I hlcal speculations on the urbanization
of the globe. This book appeitro t
about the 18th cenlury,aud It suppoeed
tohavobeen written by a I'renohmaii,
under thutllle of Telleniold, an lint
Indian philosopher. Thu writer had
advanced thu singular Idea that the
water bid once covered the globe; that
by somo convulilon of nature the
earlli appeared; that mankind sprang
from theses, and originally had tallt,
which In time dropped off, like the
tall of a taipolu, aud that the globe
waa hollow wlihln, and made up of
cnncentrlo shells. At another time
our patty would have laughed at the
speculation of this phlhwpher, as tho
vltlonary effusions of a crued linag.
Inatlon; but, looking ba.k to their late
eventful voyage, and their present
situation, In a ure, clear almost here,
and teeing neither tun, moon norttars,
thu truth flatbed on their mlndu, that
they had wnctrettd the globe, aud
wero then In tho Internal Iteglons.
ull of thla Idei our parly embarked
and coasted along the shorn somo davs,
nnd at last came ti a large, well built,
populous city. Th attonUhmenl if
our adventurers wai not greater than
that of the Inhabitants, who linked
round them In Immenioiiuinters, con
vening In a language, to Wilder un
known, tut reoognlied by l'arlr, aa the
Hebrew tongue; and the people prov d
to be a colony of Juwt. Mr, Wilder
give a long and fam Iful description of
tint city and It! Inhabitants, nnd enters
mlntuely Intia hlilory of their man
ner, habits and diatoms, which Uo u t
a) ir to have undergone nuynta
turidln'teratlon from the mannera an I
ruttoma cf their nncedtort, aa recorded
III Holy Writ. The ait of rlntlng It
unknown to thla people; but they Inve
wrlttun ricordt of thu great event,,
from tho creation of the world, down
to the sacklilg of Jcruaalem by the
king of llnoyhn.onl their king and
icole carried away caftlve. Ihey
have a tralltlou tnnt when their
King Zedeklah lied from tho city of
Jeriitilcm lo tho plnlni nf Jericho,
whero hlmailf and his nrmy were
made llaouers, an angel ajiKared to
those who remained in the city, an!
after having seleotcd all the vlituous
nnd faithful led them forth by night
and conducted them through many
nattins, and for many dat, until
they came to a civo or hole In the
earth, which they entered, an 1 which
waa oloaed behln 1 them; and that they
I ataed through tho earth lo the world
they now Inhabit, ai n place of refuge,
where they are to remain until the
coming ol the Messiah, who Ihey le
llnvo Is to leal them hack to the Ian I
of tlielr forefithers; ant ai a reward
for their sullerlngt an I tlielr con
ttancy, will mako them a great aud
mighty nation, towhni all the other
natlona of the earth t'lall be tubjeot.
They said II wai foretold them, that
about the year of the world 6i:'J a
great pro het woul I apjiear on the
aurlace of the globe, who would build
a olty of refuge, and gather together
the rcmnantaof thetoatlered trices of
Iirael, preparatory to the nitoratioti.
Tills iwoplo have Immenie wealth In
all the precloua metalt, mil an nbund
ance of ilomeillo anlmale-, thu moat
remirkablo of which la an animal
much larger than the elephant of tho
old world, aud supioicd by Mr. WII ler
tobulhe mammoth, whoso bonis are
occasionally lound on the American
continent. They have neither tun,
moon nor start, hut receive light aud
heat from the reflection of tho sjh on
an ImuioiKoltiniluouibody placed op
itulte two holes or npenlngs.one at the
North and the other at thu rliulh 1'ole,
and tho light and tho reasons nro
regulated by tho revolving of lhe
earlli. lhe Inhabitants havo tpread
over the moat part of tho Inter! r
worl I, but reilJn principally In title
Though goveruol by thu same law,
wars and relrelllnna nro Tcry frequent.
Their chief city an I their seat of
government, where the king test lee.
Is callsd the city of Noah. Whilst
Wilder was there, several clllea re
belled agalnat Mordecal, their klntr.but
were subduiil, aud heavy contributions
levied on them. I'lre-arolt have long
sinco been known to them, and they
have large tiiiatlnes of atnn and
military stores. Tbeae luagaalnca
sometimes blow up and do great
damage to Uvea anJ property. Mr.
Wilder enters luto some speculations
aa t j the probable eei.t iui h cjneut
slons have uu the eilernal surface of
the globe, and arrives at tboconclu
alon that our earthquakes arecauied
by the blowing up of theio powder
l'ark aud Wilder traveled over the
greater pan of tho Internal worl J, and
vltlted Imtli thu poleh Tho Bouth
I'oielaaurroundud by the sea; hut at
the North, a rim of land surrounds
tho openltiir, exce t a narrow strait
connecting tho external with the In
ternal aeas. Hits people iy that about
two thousand years ag a part of the
nations rebelled and determined to re
Urn lo Jeruialsm. They Journeyed
northward, aud went out t tho north
hole, nnd wero noverteou or hoard of
afterward!. Thlt fact led Park and
Wilder to ontertalu a hopoof being
able to return to their own country by
the time route. WllJer makei tome
lertluent ramal'.a and adlgettlous na
to the probable crlgln of the IuJUns
of the American coutlaeut.
l'ark aril Wilder haling flnlthtd
their exploration of the country, be
came anxious to return to the old
worlJ, aud havln provided them
aclvea with uocesiarlet for their Jour
ney, came out at tho North pole.
They traveled nearly round the polar
opening, which they lu Jed to be two
or three hundred miles lu diameter,
nnd made many attempt! to penetrate
to the touth, but tullereJ so much from
coll and fatigue, that Ihoy gave up all
hopet of succeeding, and rotolved to
return and end their days with the
new fouuJ people. Xotliliu, how
tver, could subdue the dotlro In tho
brentof Wilder to roviall hla native
land; and alter some time, he deter,
mined t j mako another attempt, ltu
started alane, IraverteJ the regions
around the pole, tho cllmato of which
hu descrlbta aa quite mild, growing
colder as he progre-ied south. After
Innumerable hardship,, he penetrated
thu WII lernen, and arrived atthe open
sua. He Journeyed eastward, along
the sea shore, until iio came to n
longuool land, stretching away to tho
south. This he right!) concluded,
adjoined or apnroacbel tho American
continent, lie now Jouru- td south
east fnrly.flvo days, an 1 arrive I at tho
extreme point of land In view of the
American continent, from which he
waa separated by a strait twenty. live
nr thirty miles. He gives a glowing
description of Ills feeltugs, on arriving
In sight of his native continent, and
the hope of once moro seeing his
country and hla home. It waa mid
summer, the strait was frozen over,
but appeared open further south. Ho
hero makes his Isat entry on hit
lournal. Hu resolved to attempt the
luusijo of tho strait, and If he suc
ceeded, endeavor to llnd his way to
some Indian nation, or rhaps some
of the Ilrltltli KMti. It appears he
llvel to tat foot oh his lull vo shore,
and died, or was murdered by the
In several parte of Mr. Wllder's
narrative lie touches on the subjeot of
enlivening ioC'hrllt'aiilly the Jews of
the Interior world, nnd In a nolo to
ono of hla last obaptcrt, he appears to
havo formed the design, If ho ihr.ulj
live to reach hla naiivetownof Hot
ton, topreiiarehlmielfasa missionary,
nnd return to tho peoIahohad loll.
I have given but n sketch of some of
the prominent parts of thlt wondrous
narrative. Tnepaport are greatly Un
ordered, and as toon aa my leisure
will permit, I Intend preparing tbeui
for tho presr. Tho work, Including
maps and drawings, will probably
occupy a volume of some Ihreo huu
dred pages In tho meantime tho
curious may havo an opportunity of
examining the singular niauus rlpt
by calling on me.
As wouJerful as the narrative np
pears to lie, to me It has tho stamp of
Cunirt.iva 1'. IIiuadxau,
No. 178 North (HireetHt. lioult.
On another pago of tho tamo lnuu
In which tbe foregolDg arpenred
(l)cshnt.T Nkwo, 1'eb. Slit, 1612) Dr.
Wlllard Illchnids, editor and ubllsher
of tho NlwJ, made tho following com.
We giro tho "Newt from the In
ternal lglonr," as wu do other
stories, Just ne we received, nnd for
what It ftwoltl. Home curiosities lu
Wllder's nsrratlvo suggest n lew
queries, couceruluj some ofwhloi
we havo not the historical facta before
tie. Does tho history of Muugo l'aik
give any more definite account uf his
death by drowning, than the narrative
of Jonathan Wilder? It II does, who
knows thlt WllJar'a statements nro
false? Who knew Hint i'tolumj't
eyiWm of aitronomy waa false, leciore
Uopirnlcua arose? And If Copernicus
has provel l'tolemy'4 system fill',
It It not po-alble that aome lato phllooo
nlier may yet prove some xortlons of
If thouirtlilsatolll holy, growing
more and more douse lo In
crutor, of what use Is that center?
Has Uod forme I anything lu vain?
Ir, aa some suppose, the etrUi Is a liv
ing nnlmal, wny doessho not beget her
like? Then, If tho earth woru eollJ,
nnd more solid tows rJs its center than
Its sur.'noe, would not animals on the
earth bo more solid nl their center than
their circumference; Instead of being
atrougly ribbed ueir ihoaurface, ai as
to suppo'l the ejreato.t prersurr, leav
ing a cavity In theccntur cajabluof
actlvo operation; Might not oven tbu
opossum understand thla? Do notour
globe makers understand that it hollow
globo Is (releratlu ton sol hi? If not,
why do they maku them hollow? And
shall miniature globes, thu works of
men's hands, loemaJoonn wiser plan
than the great original globel
If It la oonleiided that the earth must
letollJ.tosecureaud make fast tho north
niidtoulh ijlet, that are sticking out
at opposite sides, llku an axlelree, or
I Ivot, ou whiih the earth turns roun I,
on what boxen or hooks do these oloi
or pivots hang or rest? It It the samu
hook the phllojopher hung Ills scalos
ou to weigh thu tun? Ifao, where
tball we get thu other hook?
If the oaith Is hollow, wouU not
that dtatriy gravitation? What Is
gravitation? Who will he to klud ai
II define lis causality? Until the
i ausallly of gravitation Is defined, who
knows hot mat gravitation "vd nt
the center of a crust, 50 or 100 miles
thick, compulua- nu earth, would have
Just as good an cttect, for all prnotloal
purposes, tor those living on tissue,
face, na to have It fixed at thu center of
n solid? And with a hollow earlb, nnd
gravity nt tbo center cf Iho crust,
might not the Inner Inhabitants enjoy
all tho gnvltallno; bu-aslngs of tho
oiitei? If not, why uoi? Hut If thev
ahould, how could they get llghlf
How dlJ tho brother of Jared get light
lu hit barges? Might not the internal
lnhabltanti get light In the same way,
or accordlug to Wllder's storj? And
If tho Interna! Inhabitants don't like
ular gravitation, Why may they
not me tin pattern of Jared'i plat
form? An ancient prophet tuggeattlhat n
portion of anclont Iirael went oft Into
tho north country, and the Iiord shut
them In: Into what? Wat uot Cain to
bo n fugitive, and vagabon I hi the
earth? We have heard of wonderful
tilings lu the Isnd of Ham, and terri
ble things by thu Heel Ben; nro these
soma ol them, or whence urlxinated
thu prilhecy or tradition In Wllder's
narrative, that In M.9 year of creation,
a ureat prophet shall nrlsn on the
earth, ,Va, which waa literally fulfilled
III thu mission of Jose h Hiiiilh? Wu
are willing to conn is our Ignunncr;
will tome able historian ur phlloio
phor, or astronomer answer the above
queries In at bile! a space as possi
ble? Has Mr. llroadnag over piiUahed
Wllder's narrative as he proiid? If
so, whero can Itbohal? Wlllaime
friend aond us a coy? Has Hlr Jehu
1'raiiklln paiseel In at tbu North l'olt?
la ho now exploring the Internal
Iteglnnt? If so, when will he anno
We Hereby Promise
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