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n DrSETtET JiVr.XIXa NEWS: SATTTnnAY; Al'ItlL, 20. 1800.
B, Jonilhaa Wlldet's Wltrd Story of
H the Earth's Insldes.
Ktf) How II Clot There, What lid Nxh,
ffiji 1 and How lie Uol Awnr.
I j X Ldllortal l.sniiieiil..
H 'I The following, to which allusion la
IB i'I iride on the editorial page of tblt
I I 1 1 papsr, I reproduced by request, from
III I tho DrjslKKT Hull or Felruary Slsl,
V if 1652l
n t ,' news froh rim iNTKit.vAt. iirmovs.
lllInT 1 '" '"' uu""' rilmlHrM Wl
I 11 ' Borne montha brou Uauadlen, of Ilia
I '( je i Rocky Mountain erty,to whom I lid
Ijiw' rendered lome services, brought to rue
II? m J a bundle of papers, of which lie gave
II m' me the following singular account:
I E. n lie laid lint beyond the mountains he
1 J n fell In with a ratty ol tho lludton lly
I lib ooinpanj. With Ihli petty he found a
I If r brother that he had not seen fof many
III years. Hlsbrotbergavohlm lliu I nu
ll o die of topers, and Informed him that
IB i about two years before, hohad lienon
II i' a bunting party, att of M'Keuzle'a
III rlrer, while fell In with a tribe of
II t llsgulmnul Indians, from one oi
If i whom he received the bundle Infi
ll i change fr a knife. Tlio Indian told
II i blm that a lonK time ago, Mi baud wai
R i encamedon ttieseastiore, aKroat rils
1 1 i tancetolhenorthtast; that one day a
R I strange man was seen on the (Ice, coin-
IS I log toward them; tlialiheetrangerwss
f I greatly exhausted from huniier nud
'I ( cold; that be took him to llli tent and
W, I gave blm food, but bo died the next
O) i day, and left the bundle of paperi,
1 securely wraped up In eklne.
k If my curiosity wai excited at this
i slngulsr history of these a era. It was
I, . much more ao when, on examination,
mV they proved to be a nairatlvuof tb
MSl travelaand extraordinary adventuna
f nf an American by the name of
if " Jonathan Wilder. Ihe papirs are In
' It grtatly deranged atate, and appeared
' , to have suffered from the rude hands
m through whloli they had passed. The
- narrative le written partly on common
' "I ., )dier, and partly on rude parohnienl,
' M and what appiara to be the balk of n
I JUI tree.
.Hi 1' npiears that Mr. Wilder waa
IM ' many yean pro, wrecked on Iho coaat
w) p of Afrloa; waa taken prisoner by the
? native', and was carried Into the In-
'y' -,' turlor of the country; that he parted
J through many nations of Afrlra, aa a
J ' i alavu to a black morcbant; that he
j , eventually fell lu with, and wai ran
li ' aomed by the celebrated Mungol'ark,
H l vliotn lie afterwards accompanied on
Ills travels, lie atates thatMr.l'ark,
lilmselfand threeiiatlvcs,weredeacen .
lug a large river, (Ibo name of which
t If rubtod out In the manuscript, but
presumed to be Ihu Niger), they came
, to n large city, at which they prooied
to land, hut were diverted from It by
Iho lioatllo attitude of the natlvea,who
H uppeared on the bank lu Immense
' numbers. They passed the city, lol-
lowed by the natlrra on the banke,
' halloluK and ualnR alngular gestures,
' which udded to tlitlrapprehenslon that
mischief waa Intended. In a abort
distance, the river became (contracted,
hud the current greatly Increased,
H which Induced them to attemt a
landing at all iiatarda, but It waa now
too late; the river lecauie a perfect
rapid; rockaand whlrliools beset them
on nil aides, and they aoon loit nil con
trol over the direction of the boat.
A large mouutalu appeared directly
ahead, with a chaam In Ha hair, gap
Ins to rrcelve Hum. rhethreena
Uvea had lumped overboard on the
first alarm. 1'Jik anl WHJer clung
to Ihe boat, and awaited thell file,
which they saw waa Inevitable. 1 hey
ejon loat all etme of their iltuMlon,
and eventually found them
aelvra thrown upon n imall
Inland within the bowela of the
mountain. Here they remained aome
tlme.aubilallngon dead anlraala and
llih, which they found In abundance,
cailupoiithelamul. Their uyiahad,
lu n little time, booomo nccuitomed
to thelrdark abwle, and they wero en.
allwltoaroandtofeel the norrora of
their altuatlon. The rock roae wi
ppudlcular from either ahorr, und
formed an arth nvclhead, which
eflectually pticludeU all Uia'ofan
lacapr. tlrowndeijieraU', In a tllua
Hon which doilroyed all hopu Oliver
again aeelug Ihe light of Heaven, and
featlng ton, that Ihe next rlie of water
would aep them even from that
desolate Island, they determined t?
embark In their boat, which had alls
talned no great Injury, nud aulnnlt
Ihrmtelvce to providence, believing
that no fato could be mire horrible
than that which awaltol tlitm In their
present abode.
They accordingly once more launch
id themielvn Into the fuamliu cur
rent, and weiocariM ulong with 111
concelvabto raldlly, until becoming
entangled lu an eddy, nud lauded ou
another small tsUud, vrhcro to their
great ailonlihment they found an old
negro, who by elgni gave them to
undeiatand that ho hail been forreil
down the river and thrown on the
Island when but a boy, whiro lio hal
ever alnce remained Itsaolllary tenant
They again emtatkud aoouiii anted
by the old lugro, who gladlyunlled
lua fate with hla new ncpialimnces.
Thii cuirent gradually beiamo Iris
rapid, and liny ocoailonally landed
forrepoie. Our Aily now began to
entertain aome faint ho;ea that the
river, after lunnlnir unler the moun
tain, would carry them aaftly out on
the other aide, After a voyage of
conalderablo duration, to their great
oyandnilonlshment, they wero auj.
denly launched Into daylight, In view
of ano;nua, I tit In what uniler of
the ulobo Ihey were at a loai to couleo
The parly now landed tnacokropoie,
congratulated tacli other on their nilra
culouaesoai,andyet they could scarce
ly aatlif theraselvea that all linj not
been a dream. The party remained
hire several daya, viewing the sur
rounding country, and endeavoring to
find out on whal I art of tho globe
Ihey were casl; lut aa no sun. mouu or
ataia liad apH ared, Mr. l'atk'a Instru.
uenta wero of no avail; neither rould
hla ina and cbarta throw any light
ltitlectlug on their late extraordi
nary adveuturta, and their present
singular rltuatlou, Mr. l'ailt waa In
duced to examine a book which ho had
with him, lontaliilng some rhlloso-
hlcal teculatloiia on the organltallon
of the globe. Thle Ivook appeared
about the lBthcentury,and liaupnosid
to have been written by n I'renohmau,
under trio till of Tcllcmeld, an llut
Iudlan lilloaopher, Tho writer had
aivanced thu alugular Idia that the
water bid once covered Ihe globe, that
by aomo convulsion of nature the
earth appeared, that minklnd sprang
fiom the eea, and originally had tails,
which lu time dropped oO, Ilka Ihe
tall of a tadpole, and that the globe
wai hollow within, and made up of
cnncentllo shells, At another time
our ally would have laughed at the
speculation of Mils phlhsoi her, as tho
visionary ill'usloni of a crued Imag
ination; but, looking ba.k to tlulr late
eventful voyage, and tbelr present
situation, In a jure, ckar almost here,
and seeing neither sun, mocu noratara,
the truth flaihed on tbelr minds, Ih it
they had penetrated the globe, aud
wire then In thu Internal Iteglons.
I- ull of this ldo our p irty embarked
and coasted along the ahoru aome dnvs,
nudnt lastramo t-ia large, well built,
populous city. The astonishment rf
our adventurers waa not greator than
that of thu Inhabitants, who lljcked
round them In Immense number), con
versing In a language, lo Wilder un
known, Lulnoocnlied by I'ark, aa the
Hebrew tongue; nnd the r eople prov il
to be a colony of Jowa. Mr, Wilder
gives a long and fain Iful description of
tlin city and Hi Inhabitants, nn 1 enters
nilntuely Inti a history of their man
ner, liatilta and customs, which d'i u t
ui ir lo have undergone any ma
turul n'teratlou from thn manners nn 1
customs cf their nt.crslors.aa recorded
lu Holy Writ. Thoait of printing Is
unknown l litis, people; but they hive
written ricords of the great events,
from tho creation of the world, down
to the aacklilg of Jirusalrm by the
king of lltbylon, on I their king and
peolo carried away ca live. I'hey
have a tra Milan tnat when their
King Xedeklah Hid from tho ell) of
Jerusalem lo the plains uf Jericho,
where hlimilf and Ills army were
ninJo I rlsoturs, an angel nt-xared to
those who remained in the city, am
aflir having solected all the virtuous
nnd faithful led them forth by night
and lonductol them through many
uatlins, and for mmy days, until
they came to n cave or hole lu the
earth, which they inlered, an 1 which
was elosid hehlnl them; and tint they
I aased through tho earth to the world
they now Inhabit, as a place of refuge,
where they are to remain until the
coming of the Miralah, who they be
lieve la to lea I them hack to the Hnl
of their forefithors; nnl as a reward
fur their sullirlngs und their con
stancy, will mako them a great aud
mighty nation, to whom all the other
nallona of tho erlh s'latl be subjeot.
They said It was foretold them, that
about tho year of Ihe world 6n!U n
great rohe! would apjiear ou the
surlaceof theglobe, who would build
a city of refuge, and gather together
Iho remnants of the scattered trine of
Israel, preparatory to the restoration,
Tula pvopltf have Immense wealth In
all the preilous ruetals, nul an abund
ance of iljmeitlo nnluuls, thu most
remiikablo of which Is an animal
much larger than Ihe elephant of the
old world, and supjoird by Mr. Wll ler
to bo the mammoth, whose bones are
ociaslonally found on the American
continent. They have neither sun,
moon nor star, but receive light and
beat from the rellectlon of thu sin on
an Immense luminous liody pltced op
I nillo two holes or npeiilugs.one at the
North and the other at the rt mill l'ole,
and tho light anl tho reti'oua nro
regulated by Iho ruvolvlug of the
i arth. The Inhabitants have spread
over the moat part of tho Interhr
wort I, but reside principally In iltloi.
Though govetuo 1 by the aame law,
wure nnd rrhelllonv arc viry frequent.
Their chief city ant their aeat of
government, whero the Ho res ins,
la called the oily of Noah. Whilst
Wilder waa there, several e Ilea to
boiled against Mordecal, their klmr.but
were subdiitd, and heavy contributions
levied on them, Dre-armi li" Ion
alnce been klijtvn lotham.anl they
have largo nniattnes of arms and
military stores; These magailnej
sometimes blow up arid do great
damage to Uvea and projerly. Mr.
Wilder entera Into some speculations
na lo the probable ellecl aurh cncua
elona have on the eiternal surface of
the globe, and arrive! at thn conclu
sion that our earthquakee are caused
by the blowing up of theso powder
Tark aud Wilder traveled over the
gnater I art of tho Internal worll, and
visited both the poles. The Uoulh
l'ole Is surrounded by the sea; but at
the North, a rim of land surrounds
Iho openln-r, except a narrow strait
connecting thu external with the In
ternal eeas. riila people tay that about
two thounsd years ago a pall of the
nations rebelled and determined to re
Urn to Jeruialem. They Journeyed
northward, and went out et Hi" north
hole, and weru never seou ur heard of
afterwards. This fact led 1'ark and
Wilder lo unlortaln a hope of being
able to return to the r own country by
the same route, Wilier makes umu
lentncnt remarks and suigostloaa us
to the probable crlgln of tho Indiana
of the American coutluo.it,
I'ark aril Wilier having finished
their exploration of the country, be
same anxious to return to the olJ
worlJ, and having provided them
solves with uooesiatlea for laelr Jour
ney, tame out at the North poll.
They traveled iiexrly round Ihe polar
opening, whloli they lulled lobe two
or three hundred miles lu diameter,
and made many attempts to penetrate
to Iho south, tail aullered so much from
coll and fatigue, that Ihey gave up all
hopes of aucceudlug, anJ r. 'tolled lo
return and ond thslr daya with the
new found people. -Notliliu, how.
iver, could subdue the desire In tho
breaitof Wilder lo revisit hla native
land; and alter aome time, he deli r
mined tj make another attempt, lio
alerted nlaue, traversed tho regtona
around the pole, the cllmato of which
ho doscrlbds ns quite mild, growing
colder as he progressed ejuth. After
Innumerable hardship-, he peuetratid
thu Mil lorueii, and arrived ntthe open
sua. He Journeyed eastward, along
the sea shore, until he nmo to n
tongue of land, atretchlngaway to thu
south. This ho rlglitl) loncludid,
adjoined or anproaobel the American
continent, lie liowjonrn yid south
east fnrly-tlvo days, an I arrive I at thu
extnme point of laud In view of the
American continent, from which he
was separated by a strait twenty. live
ur thirty miles. He glvea a glowing
description of hla feollugs, on arrlvlug
In sight of hla native continent, and
the hope of once moro scolng his
country and his home. It was mil
eummor, the strait was frozen over,
but appeared open further smth. Ho
here makes hla last entry on his
lourual. He reiolvid to attempt the
passage of the strait, and If he suc
ceeded, endeavor tn find Ills way to
aome Indian nation, or rhape some
of the llrltlsh pott i. It apeara he
lived to st foot oh Ills natlro shore,
and till J, or was murdered by the
In several parts of Mr. Wilder'
narrative he touctua on the subfsmt of
oinvertlngto C'hrllttinlly the Jews of
Iho lulerlor world, nnd In a note lo
one of his last chapters, he nppeara to
havo formed tbe doiUn, If ho should
llvo lo reach his native town of Dor
ian, to preparo himself as a missionary,
and return lo the peofls ho had tell.
I have given but nakilch of aome of
Ihe lomlnent puts of tills wondrous
narrative. The pawra are greatly dis
ordered, and as soon as my leisure
will permit, I Intend preparing tbetn
for Ihe prisi. Tho work, Including
maps and drawings, will probably
occupy avolamo of some three huu
dred pagis lu tin meantime the
curious may have an opportunity of
examining the singular manui rlpt
by calling on me.
As wonderful as tho narratlrs ap
pears to Im, to me It has thu stamp of
CullNI I.IU3 1'. llll'JADXAd,
I.'o.noN'orihtJHiroetrit. l.juli.
Un another pago of tho same Iisue
la which the foregoing appeared
(D.-shif-t Kkwu, 1'eb. list, 1642) Dr.
Wlllard Illchnrdt. editor nnd I ubllsher
uf the Nuv'8. made tho following com
ment i:
INtrilfAL IILaiOtD.
Wo glvo thu "News from the In
ternal lleglous," ns wo do other
stories, Just ns we rccelvnl, nnd for
what It li-woUtl. Hjino uirljilllii In
Wlldet's nsrratlva suggest n few
(merits, concerning some of whlo I
we havo not the historical facts before
ua. Does tho history of Mungn 1'ark
give any more doflulte account of his
death by drownln,;, than the narrative
of Jonathan Wilder? If II does, who
knows tint WllJar's statements are
falseT Who knew that l'lolemj's
syitsm of astronomy was false, buiure
Cupimlcua arm? And If Copernicus
has proved l'lolemy'i system fall.',
Is It not po-slblo that aome lito phliojo
pher may yet provu somo orilona of
If thouirtlilansolll holy, growing
more and mora douse lo Its
oeutor, of what use la that center?
Has Uol formal anything lu vain?
Ir, niaoiuesuppjst), the eartii la a liv
ing animal, wuy dooa she not beget Iter
like? men, If tho earth weru solid,
nud more aulld lows rda Its center than
lusurfaco, would not animals on the
uattli ba more solid nt their center than
their clrcumlerince; Instead of being
strongly ribbed ueir the surface, s) as
to support the greatest pruiaurv, leav
Inga cavity lu the center eatable of
active operallouf Might not oven tho
opossum understand llils? l)j notour
globe makers understand that n hollow
globe la pnferallo ton solid? If not,
why do Ihey makulhem hollow? And
shall mlnlaiure globes, the wuiks of
men's hands, bsmaloonn wiser plan
than the gleat original globil
If It Is contended that the sarlb must
besolld,tosecureandmakefsst the north
uudsiutli poles, that are stloMug out
at opposite sides, like an ailelne, or
I Ivot, on wlikli the earth turns rouu I,
on what boxes or hooka tlo these poloi
or plvota hang ur rt? la It the aaiie
hook the phllo-opber hung Ills acalos
on to weigh thu ami? Ifau, whero
shall we got the othir hook?
If the oarlli la hollow, woulj not
that deitr-y gravitation? What Is
gravltitlou? Who will ba so klud as
tl define lis causiliiy? Until the
causality of gravltitlon Is defined, who
knows lut tuat gMViuilou flxtd nt
Ihu center of a crust, JO or lOd mllus
thick, compalujHiivarih, wuuljhave
Just as good untitle!, for nil practical
purposes, Mr those living on llssur
face, ns tl havo It fixed at thu center of
n solid? And with a hollow earth, nud
gravity nt tbo center tf Iho crusr,
might not tbe Inner Inhabitants enjoy
nil tho grivlttln b,tsslnga of the
otitel? It not, why uol? Hut If their
ahould, how could they get light.
How did Iho brother of Jared get light
luulitiarKfi? Might not the Internal
Inhabitants get light In the samo way,
or according lo Wlldet's atorj? And
If the Internal Inhabitants don't like
pular gravitation, why may they
not me thi pattern of Jarsd's plat
form? An ancient prophet suggests that a
portion of ancient Israel went oil Into
tho north lountry, and the Isord shut
them In: Into what? Was uot Cain to
bo a fugitive and vagabon I m Ihe
larlh? We have heard of woudirlul
tilings In tho Isnd of Ham, and terri
ble things by tbo lied Hen; aro these
some ol them, or whence originated
tho projhecy or tradition In Wlldei's
narrative, that lu 69.9 ) ear of creation,
a croat prophet shall arise on the
t ar III, Aa, wlilch wai literally fulfilled
III tbe mission of Jose h Hnilth7 Wo
are willing to confess our Ignorinoe;
will somu able historian ur philoso
pher, or astronomer aniwer tho above
(merits In na I Met a apace as joasl-
'' ....
Ilea Mr. llroadmg over pull shed
Wllder'a narrative as he proposed? If
so, whtro can It bo hal? Will simo
friend send ua a CO J? Has Hlr Jchn
Franklin passed In at thu North l'olt?
la ho uow ixplonng the Internal
ltealnm? If sj, when will he c line
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