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Etidorhpa; Or, the End of Earth. the Strange History of a Mysterious Being and the Account of a Remarkable Journey


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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...and had taxed my mental organization beyond endurance. In the midst of events of the most startling description, I had abruptly passed into what was at its com-, mencement the sweetest sleep of my recollection, but which came to a horrible termination. In my dream I was transported once more to my native land, and roamed in freedom throughout the streets of my lost home. I lived over again my early life in Virginia, and I seemed to have lost all recollection of the weird journey which I had lately taken. My subsequent connection with the brotherhood of alchemists, and the unfortunate letter that led to my present condition, were forgotten.

There came no thought suggestive of the train of events that are here chronicled, and as. a child I tasted again the pleasures of innocence, the joys of boyhood. Then my dream of childhood vanished, and the scenes of later days spread themselves before me. I saw, after a time, the scenes of my later life, as though I viewed them from a distance, and was impressed with the idea that they.were not real, but only the fragments of a dream. I shuddered in my childish dreamland, and trembled as a child would at confronting events of the real life that I had passed through on earth, and that gradually assuming the shape of man approached and stood before me, a hideous specter seemingly ready to absorb me. The peaceful child in which I existed shrunk back, and recoiled from the approaching living man. "Away, away," I cried, "yon shall not grasp me, I do not wish to become a man; this can not, must not be the horrible end to a sweet existence." Gradually the Man Life approached, seized and enveloped me, closing around me as a jelly fish surrounds its living victim, while the horrors of a nightmare came over my...