Now and Then Volume 1-3

Now and Then Volume 1-3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1868 edition. Excerpt: all requirements. The mortuary vaults are to be composed of vitrified, imperishable fire-brick, and each one will be hermetically sealed by a transparent pane. A single sepulchre will contain and preserve for all time from ten thousand to one million of the dead. We have not space to notice here all the remarkable features and attractions mentioned. The pamphlet reads like a most visionary yet apparently scientific romance. Does the reader wonder if it is all true and correct? We are not prepared so to depose. It is all new and l very strange to us. But if it is true, we can truthfully say it is only another proof of the oft-i told truth that "truth is stranger than fiction." l And what is equally wonderful, the cost of interment of a body with all these advantages is to be less proportionately than common earth burial costs now. A single mortuary receptacle l in a sanitary sepulchre, it is stated, need not cost i more than fifteen to twenty dollars. This is' explained by the "impregnable array of letters patent, issued, allowed and pending." Some of. the various inventions relate to the "automatic cutting, sculpturing, coloring and polishing of stone," by means of which, to quote again the exact words of the pamphlet, "the hardest and most enduring varieties of granite and marble' may be automatically cut, sculptured and polished 1 in the most perfect and artistic manner, for a fraction of the cost that is now required when it ' is done in the usual manner by manual labor." l Other discoveries relate to the production of, brick, terra cotta, and all kiln-burnt vitrified material, which are to be produced for less than one-third of the present cost. Another more

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  • Paperback | 438 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 776g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236924487
  • 9781236924483