Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

The Sciopticon Manual, Explaining Lantern Projections in General and the Sciopticon Apparatus in Particular Including Magic Lantern Attachments, Experiments, Novelties, Colored and Photo-Transparencies, Mechanical Movements, etc.
Marcy, L. J.
The Valley of Jehoshaphat.—The Valley of Jehosh- 
aphat was the favorite burying-place of the Jews from 
the earliest times; accordingly we find in it a number of 
remarkable tombs. The monolith of Zachariah is a 
cubical block of about twenty feet every way, and sur¬ 
mounted by a flattened pyramid of at least ten feet 
elevation. It is one solid mass hewn out of the moun¬ 
tain, the adjacent rock being cut away, so that it stands 
entirely detached ; there is no known entrance. The 
tomb of St. James shows a fine front to the west. The 
cave extends forty or fifty feet back into the mountain. 
Some two hundred feet north of this is the tomb of 
Absalom. The entire height of this very striking “pil¬ 
lar” cannot be less than forty feet. Believing it to be 
Absalom's tomb, the natives throw stones against it, 
and spit at it as they pass by. Close to this monument, 
on the northeast, is the reputed tomb of Jehoshaphat. 
“The Dead Sea,” says Dr. Thomson, “without any 
reference to what others have said, I can testify to the 
following facts : The water is perfectly clear and trans¬ 
parent. The taste is bitter and salt, far beyond that of 
the ocean. It acts upon the tongue and mouth like 
alum, smarts in the eyes like camphor, produces a burn¬ 
ing, pricking sensation, and it stiffens the hair of the 
head much like pomatum. The water has a much 
greater specific gravity than the human body, and 
hence I did not sink lower than to the arms when 
standing perpendicularly in it. We saw no fish nor 
living animals in the water, though birds were flying 
over it unharmed. All of us noticed an unnatural 
gloom, not upon the sea only, hut also over the whole 
plain below Jericho. It had the appearance of Indian 
summer in America, and like a vast funeral pall let


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