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  • "Oh, not at all! I was shown it all in a vision years before I ever heard of
  • him. It was more than thirty-eight years ago. I was only a twelve-year-old
  • boy. I was greatly afraid when I saw it; it was so terrible to me. I really
  • think, from what I saw, that the earth was all in a sort of mist or fog once.
  • I felt that I must go to sea and try to find out what I could about it as a
  • poor man; so as a sailor I went for years, always thinking about it and
  • inquiring when I could of them that might have had a chance to know something.
  • About two years ago I went South and tried to establish myself there, and then
  • I saw the vision again, not so terrible as before, and I could understand it
  • better. It came to me like a globe, about two feet through, and a hole through
  • it one third of its diameter in bigness. I told it to people there and they
  • said I was crazy. I told it to two men I was working for—brothers they were
  • and Frenchmen. I built an extension table and raised the roof of their house
  • for them, and they said, 'How can it be that you do our work so well and yet
  • are not in your right mind?' So I quit saying anything about it. This is a
  • model of like what I saw in the vision."
  • The model of the vision as produced is a ball of black walnut wood, four and a
  • half inches in diameter, traversed by a round aperture whose diameter seemed
  • to be about one third the diameter of the ball or globe. Around the exterior,
  • lines have been traced by a lathe tool, the spaces between them representing
  • ten degrees each. A chalk mark on one side represents New York. This ball is
  • mounted between the points of an inverted U of strong wire, so based upon a
  • little board as to admit of being tipped to change the angle at which the ball
  • is poised. The points of the wire are fastened near the edges of the ends of
  • the hole at opposite sides of the little globe, so as to admit of its turning,
  • and thus alternately raising and depressing, with reference to the false
  • poles, the ends of the hole. As the thing stood on a little stand, where he
  • placed it very carefully, the sunlight poured through the hole, and as he
  • turned it the area covered in the interior of the ball by the sun's direct
  • rays was gradually narrowed, shortened, and finally so diminished as to extend
  • inward only a very little way; then, as he continued turning it, the patch of
  • light once more widened and lengthened until the sun again shone all the way
  • through.