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THE MEN WHO LIVE INSIDE

  • "And what sort of folks do you suppose are in there?"
  • "Ah! I don't know. There may be Irishmen there, and there may be Dutch there,
  • and there may be Malays there, and other kinds of people, and there may be
  • Danes there, too—they were good smart sailor people, too, in their time,
  • always beating about the waters and they might have got drifted in there and
  • couldn't get out."
  • "How do you mean 'couldn't get out'?"
  • "Couldn't find their way. There's no charts of them waters, and maybe the
  • needle won't work the same there, and the place is so big they may go on
  • sailing there and never going straight or finding their way back. Maybe
  • they've been wrecked, and had no means of coming away. Sure there must be
  • mighty storms in there. Great storms come out of that hole in the south.
  • 'Great storms come out of the South,' the Scriptures say. You'll find that in
  • the Book of Job, that and lots more about the earth. He talks about it as if
  • he knew all about it. He knew all about that hole in the inside of the earth,
  • and as he wasn't with the Creator when He made it, he must have seen it to
  • know so much about it as he shows he did.
  • "And yet—" he murmured in a lower voice, meditatively digging off little bits
  • from a piece of chalk with his fingernails, and touching up the spot
  • representing New York on the wooden ball—"you'll find a good many things in
  • the Scriptures if you search them, about the interior of the earth."
  • "Have you ever tried to enlist government or private enterprise to prosecute
  • an investigation of the correctness of your theories?"
  • "No. What could I do? I was always only a poor, hard-working, ignorant man,
  • but I seen it in a vision and I felt it my duty to study on it and make it
  • known. But I think if a good steamship was laid on her course proper from New
  • York, set in the way I know she would have to be, and provided for rightly, in
  • about ten weeks she would get there and into the inside of the earth. Her
  • wheels would never stop until she got there, for there's more than human
  • thought about it. It's Cod's will it should be known, and her machinist
  • couldn't stop her wheels if she was going the right way for it. But she would
  • have to be provided with a good shower bath to keep her wet all the time, for
  • on the rim there, on the narrow part, it will be five times as hot as at the
  • equator. If they get up an expedition to go there, it will have to be well
  • armed, too. If they find them Irish and Danes in there, there will be
  • fighting, for they are hostile people. Yes, and them Malays, too. They know
  • how to navigate ships, too, and they're warlike chaps and they'll give them
  • some trouble. Yes, the expedition will have to be well armed."