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I could scarcely believe my own senses.

A description of them would appear only ludicrous, so I shall content
myself with saying that they are refined in their manners and highly
educated in all branches of human knowledge, which does not imply that
their studies are identical with ours.

I was surprised at the splendid arrangement of their cities and the
sensible laws governing them. One can scarcely believe that we are
guilty of so much lost labor in the management of our cities, in our own
way of living, and in providing for our families, until he sets his eyes
on a city of another world that has notably distanced us in this
respect.

These people, though small of stature, are endowed with powerful
muscular systems and, through their intelligence, they have become
masters of the seas and of the land, for the forests give away and
savage tribes fall back before the onward march of the God-directed
conqueror, man.

I then appeared in visible form and walked into one of the largest
cities on this world. I had not passed one-fourth of the way toward the
city's center before I was surrounded by a curious crowd which so
blocked my path that I could make no further progress. You may imagine
their surprise to see a giant, as I appeared to them, with a strangely
shaped head and with a soft, flabby skin, for they at first regarded my
clothing as my skin.

No one could conjecture what sort of an animal I was. I remained mute
and watched the rising tide of excitement. Before anyone could venture
to touch me, I saw a band of officers in double-quick march hastening
toward me with their curiously shaped weapons unfolded.

I stood motionless as the soldiers surrounded me. As soon as the circle
was formed the leader of the squad stepped toward me with a show of
bravery, but I saw that he secretly trembled. It was his oath-bound duty
in such a case to lay hands on me and, if necessary, use force to take
me to the central office.

I offered no resistance and went, as I was directed, till I stood in the
odd looking room where all offenders of their law are taken for a
hearing.

[Illustration: Planet of Dubhe.]

The news of my appearance and arrest had by this time spread to all
parts of the city and a motley crowd were gathering, but only a small
portion of the people were able to gain entrance into the building where
I had been taken.

The high officials and educators, hearing of the wonderful giant at the
city hall, hastened thither with all speed. Then I saw an interesting
spectacle. As these higher classes of people arrived, the lower classes
were compelled to leave. The room being full, no laborer was allowed to
remain if a person of nobility wished to occupy his seat. This peculiar
custom or law applies to all public places and assemblies.

In a short time all the lower classes were compelled to leave the hall
to make room for the unprecedented rush of nobility. Nothing so tempted
me to speak as when I saw this partial rule in operation.

During all this gathering the officers stood in a circle around me and
held their weapons ready for instant service. Not hearing what I was or
what I might do, they were ordered to maintain this strict attitude.

Every eye was fastened on me. Some of the nobility were pale with fear;
others were busy inquiring whence I came and where I had been captured.

At length the chief official made a gutteral sound. This must have been
a call for order and the signal for the opening of the court, for at
once the wild confusion gave way to order as much as could be expected
under the circumstances.

The brief formalities of opening the court were ridiculous to me. This
being done, all official attention was given to me. I saw that
everything was under the charge of this presiding official. He first
ordered that I should be bound and, accordingly, my hands and feet were
tied. Then a very heavy chain-like rope was fastened to my body and I
was tied to the criminal's post.

The officers were then released and retired to their special part of the
room.

The chief then stepped toward me and peered into my face with a puzzled
look of great anxiety. I returned his glances calmly, but uttered not a
word.

There was a breathless suspense as the chief lifted up his hands,
touched my face, and felt my mustache and whiskers. The hair was perhaps
the strangest feature of my whole head, since there is nothing on their
human or animal species that resembles hair.

The chief then called for a certain professor who was an expert in
zoology. This intelligent man quickly came to my side and, at the
request of the chief, commenced to examine me carefully.

My manner of breathing confused him most of all. He watched my chest
rising and falling and my sides increasing and decreasing with every
breath, until he was mystified beyond all power of explanation.

When the dignitaries saw that I could be touched with safety, numerous
messages were flying to the chief, each one asking for the privilege of
a closer inspection of me.

The presiding officer was cool-headed and firmly followed his own cause.
He waited until the professor had finished his examination and was
prepared to report, whereupon he announced to the bewildered audience
that heed should now be given to the conclusion of the zoologist.

The professor mounted a throne-like elevation from which all expert
opinion is submitted. A painful silence ensued as this learned man
proceeded with his report.

Of course I pretended that I could not understand their language and
that I was oblivious to all these occurrences, but you may be assured
that I was careful not to miss a word that fell from the lips of this
noted specialist who conducted himself with a dignity both pleasing and
fascinating.

"I pronounce this creature an enigma," commenced the professor as he
pointed his bony finger toward me, "and declare him to be the strangest
problem of my life. How, and whence, and why he came to us are all alike
shrouded in impenetrable mystery."

"This perplexing specimen is totally different from any species of our
animal creation. He resembles a man more closely than any beast.
However, he cannot belong to any family of our world for he is possessed
with bodily functions unknown to us. His clothes are not the result of
any natural growth, and are far beyond our finest manufacture. Each
piece of his apparel gives positive evidence that it was made with
hands more skillful than ours."

"The most pleasing part of this perplexity is the face, which bears
indisputable marks of intelligence. It would be eminently satisfying to
us if we could communicate with him and receive some light on this
living marvel."

He quickly stepped from the throne and the chief then invited four
philosophers to examine me conjointly. They hurriedly responded to the
invitation, for they were delighted at the honor and privilege conferred
upon them.

What a peculiar experience followed! Four men touched my hands and
ankles, my arms and limbs, and more particularly every piece of my
apparel. Accidentally one found my purse, but could not open it. As he
was faithfully pursuing his task, I felt that the time had come for me
to speak.

"Twist at the two knobs," I said in their vernacular.

If lightning had struck into that room, it would not have caused more
consternation. The four philosophers fell to the floor, the chief was
terrified, the audience looked on in abject terror, while the officers
rushed from their post with drawn weapons. All this occurred instantly,
and I realized that my words never before had such an effect. In a
moment the chief was at my side and, looking into my face, exclaimed:

"Who are you and why have you remained silent?"

"I am a human being," I replied.

"From what part of our world?"

"I was not born on this world."

"On what world then?" he further asked with increasing surprise.

"On a world called Earth that revolves around a star called Sun." As I
was answering these questions many wild sensations were sweeping over
the hearts of the assembled nobility.

"How came you to our world?" continued the chief with abated breath.

"On wings invisible."

"For what purpose came you hither?"

"To see your manner of life."

"Will you stay with us forever?"

"I cannot."

"Have you come to harm us?"

"Not in the least."

The chief in a high state of excitement ordered that I should be
unbound.

I smiled and said that I would spare them that trouble. I snapped the
bands with such ease that a new fear possessed all of those around me.

I then gave them positive assurance that I would harm no one and urged
that all should be silent as I wished to speak a few words to them.

Never before had I a more attentive audience. I addressed them in a
natural manner, informing them that I desired to become familiar with a
few of their forms and customs of life. I then proceeded to give them a
description of the world whence I had come. My audience became
enthusiastic and I decided to cease speaking.

The chief, although greatly agitated, still kept his hand on the
throttle of the occasion. He waved the surging crowd back, demanded
order and at once sent his arrowed questions at me again.

"Are you not a god?" cried he.

"I am only human."

"How could you have such power as to reach our world?"

"That I cannot explain."

"How many people live on your world?"

"One and one-half billion," I answered.

"Are they all pure-minded?"

I answered that I was pained to inform them that many of our inhabitants
are wicked.

My listeners were still incredulous as to my identity. They were
positive that I was a visiting spirit on a mission of evil or good, and
they urged that I should disclose the purpose of my commission.

I re-affirmed my past utterances and, turning to the chief more
directly, I informed him that he would see me no more. Then, without
pausing another moment, I vanished. As I went, I looked backward to see
the mystified countenances of all who were in the room, and then
proceeded to visit the surrounding city to examine the system under
which it is governed.

I found that the bulk of the trade is controlled by the city, one class
of goods being kept at one place in suitable store houses. The city owns
a full line of vehicles resembling our automobiles. These are very
spacious. Each one is supplied with certain lines of merchandise and
passes over an unalterable rail route at its own fixed period.

Thus all parts of the city are reached with the necessaries of life.
Those who prefer can go to the trade centers, but no special orders are
delivered except by the regular cars and at the regular time.

For instance, one can go to the trade centers for meats and vegetables,
and purchase what he wishes or give his order. At the time corresponding
to six o'clock of our time in the morning the meat and vegetable cars
start on their respective routes, while the trade centers are open for
personal callers. Marketing goes on at the market center while the cars
are selling throughout the city. At nine o'clock the delivery cars leave
the trade centers.

Similar to the manner of our world, each home is numbered in such a way
that no two houses have the same designation. By this arrangement the
delivery of goods is facilitated.

Everything in this busy metropolis goes like clock work, and everybody
knows the schedule, which is simple enough to be understood almost at a
glance.

All the trade centers lie along the freight and passenger railroad. This
saves a tremendous amount of labor, for the goods are all transferred
directly from the cars to the store-houses.

There is no Fire Department, for there is no need of one. It appears
that only a few worlds in the universe use inflammable materials for
structural purposes, and we are one of them.

There is a Finance Department and a Law Department, although I cannot
give space for their description.

The Sanitary and Police Departments are under systems absolutely
different from any that are known in our world. Their sanitary methods
are no more effective than ours, perhaps less so. But the Police
Department is greatly superior. This is largely due to the fact that
this city has a department gloriously ahead of any city in which I have
ever lived. This department is called the Moral Department. It is
managed by twenty-one men and women, one-third of whom are selected
annually from a list of nominees.

Each church, meeting certain requirements, is entitled to make one
nomination. The seven of these nominees receiving the largest number of
votes are elected for three years.

This Moral Department is no mincing and begging institution. It has, at
its disposal, the entire military battery. No mayor holds a whip handle
over it. I must confess I was happy as I witnessed the blessed effect of
this Moral Department. All evil is not extirpated, neither is all
lawlessness overcome, but there is no brazen iniquity, no public
immorality and heartless brutality such as is seen on every hand in one
of our larger municipalities.




CHAPTER XII.

A World Enjoying Its Millennium.


What expansive views of creation were afforded me in my universal
journey! I saw all conceivable types of human life, many of which I
alone could never have conceived.

With a happy soul I alighted on another world in the solar system of
Dubhe where sin had been banished, and the believers, or children of
God, were passing through a period of time which we would call the
Millennium.

A wide contrast was now presented to my view. I had seen world after
world in the tribulation of sin. Now I had come to one under the sway of
righteousness, and I wish that I had power to describe what I saw and
experienced.

I suddenly thought of the Queen of Sheba, who, upon seeing the greatness
of Solomon's wisdom, exclaimed, "Behold, the half was not told me." I
had often imagined what the condition of our world would be when it
smiles under the light of the Millennium, but I minimized the glory that
is yet to come to us, judging by what I saw on this delightfully
charming planet. I have no assurance, however, that the coming
Millennium of our world will be altogether similar to the one I saw.

This glorious Millennium was ushered in about six hundred years ago, and
I readily learned the general particulars of its commencement. The world
had been very wicked prior to the dawn of this new age. The majority of
the people disregarded all spiritual truths, causing the darkness of sin
to hang like a heavy pall over the nations of this planet.

There were earnest devotees who lived in the light and love of God, and
who preached and pleaded with the thoughtless and the indifferent.
Notwithstanding all the efforts put forth on the part of the righteous,
the generations of this distant world became more and more wicked until
the Millennial dawn.

In the fullness of time the Millennium was ushered in by the appearance
of the chief angel who came with several hundred thousand attending
spirits. At the approach of these celestial regiments the atmosphere far
above the planet was darkened by ominous clouds through which the
approaching legions shone with unearthly brightness. All this occurred
in the twinkling of an eye, even before the busy millions could look
upward. Then the chief angel and his magnificent host circled in the
air, singing the resurrection song, which was augmented by ten thousand
trumpeters, while the forked and sheet lightnings flashed in unison with
the imposing waves of music, and heavy thunders contributed the bass
intonations.

The celestial choir continued during one revolution of the planet. The
vast throng sang in the air as the planet revolved on its axis. As each
section of the globe came beneath the long extended line of melodious
angels, the marvelous change took place for that section. The sleeping
saints came forth from their graves and, with the living saints, were
caught up into the air. This continued until this most eventful day was
finished.

The scenes that occurred with the ungodly during this awful day beggar
all description, so much so that I shall not attempt to describe the
remorseful wails of horror that rent the air, only to be drowned by the
ever-singing choir. It was the day of triumph for the saints, and their
ears were not disturbed by the cries of terror, nor were their hearts
distracted by the opening of the earth to receive the wicked.

As the saints were caught up, the wicked fell into pits and have not
been seen since. The flames that issued from the rending globe set
everything on fire. Who can select language sufficiently graphic to
portray such a lurid dissolution of a planet, and the gathering of the
faithful, quick and dead?

Thus was this large world purified by fire while the saints were
gloriously enraptured. After the fury of this burning was passed, the
great Creator of the universe made a new world whereon righteousness
dwelled.

The saints became the possessors and rulers of this whole sphere, living
in joy and peace unprecedented. It has been the happiest six hundred
years since the beginning of this planet. How long this period will
continue no one seems to know, and but few are conjecturing, for each
soul is completely happy and congenially employed.

The time will come, however, when this blissful period will be at an
end, only to give way to a state of existence infinitely greater and
more glorious, which in our language would be called Heaven.

[Illustration: Beginning of the Millennium.]

I will briefly describe a few characteristics of this Millennial life as
I saw it and as it is now existing.

1. The saints are living in spiritual bodies. They are not cumbered with
a fleshy body, and are capable of traveling through the air at a speed
far beyond that attained by the swiftest winged creature of any world in
the whole universe.

Their spiritual bodies are highly organized and sensitive to a fine
degree. At will they are capable of rendering themselves visible or
invisible, as we comprehend these terms.

As the perfectly formed flower, blushing in its wealth of color, is
called beautiful, so we would designate these symmetrical
spirit-creatures, moving in the glory of their higher endowment and
shaded with the living tints of Heaven.

2. These inhabitants know nothing of fatigue. Their strength of body and
vitality of mind are unabating. What a contrast between the creatures of
our Earth and those of the Millennial world on whom the passing of
centuries has no ill effect.

3. There is nothing on this purified world to generate disease; hence
these favored people never suffer any pain of body or of mind. The long
line of sin-shadows has all vanished from this redeemed planet, and the
atmosphere is all aglow with the mellowed light of peace and love.

4. Jealousy and all kindred feelings are unknown. These roots were all
destroyed by the fire at the beginning of the Millennium. No one can
imagine how enrapturing life is in the absence of stings of malice and
thorns of envy.

5. The social and spiritual relationships are all harmoniously blended.
No one feels himself beneath or above another, and no one feels
embarrassed in the presence of a superior human intelligence.

6. Thus it follows that the fellowship is inexpressibly sweet. You can
only imagine the dignity and glory one must feel as he mingles with the
righteous dead of all ages, and gathers from them a glimpse of the
trials and triumphs of ten thousand years under the old reign.

7. Some of the spirits are employed in dressing and keeping the gardens
in which grow the luxurious food on which redeemed creatures subsist:
not cereals, fruits, or nuts, but the kind that creates the most
heavenly sensations as it wastes away in perfume at the will of the
user. The nearest imitation of this food ever known on earth was eaten
by Christ's spirit when Mary broke the alabaster box of ointment on his
head.

8. Some spirits of this Millennial life seemed to be more rapturously
happy than the others. I learned that they had passed through the
darkness of continual disappointments or suffered under the mis-mating
of matrimonial union. Others fought through the fires of persecution and
torture, and still others passed through martyrdom for their Master's
sake. All of these patiently endured all hardships leading down to the
end of their mortal days.

9. The affinity between sexes is clearly marked. No love but pure love
burns on the altar of any soul, and any one who wishes may stop to
kindle the fires or warm himself thereat. There is no bodily contact, no
decay, no weakening. This love is enrapturing, uplifting, ever drawing
the lover and the loved nearer to the fountain.

In language most intelligible to us, I would say that the intercourse
between sexes is one of refined telepathy, soul-connection by thought
transmission, a thousand-fold more charming than the low plane of
intercourse in the flesh life, with none of its attendant weakening
results. This strange felicity is as indescribable as it is glorious.
Each nature seeks its real complement, and enjoys the most absolute
liberty, for there is not a single barrier to prevent it, as no one
desires to do wrong.

This most inviting life had its charms for me, but I well knew that I
could not tarry. I lingered at a thousand fountains to catch the
life-giving spray and studied, as far as I possibly could, the faces of
these favored creatures.

The whole vegetable world is a long extended floral garden. Where
formerly deserts lay waste and wild, now the blooming roses and
expansive lawns can be seen. Is it possible to picture to your mind's
eye a line of lofty mountains whose sides are dressed in living colors
and trimmed with rare flowers? If you cannot paint this picture, then
you must not endeavor to form the faintest conception of the natural
features of this Millennial world.

Being still filled with the lingering memories of this happy sphere, and
looking forward to the coming golden age of our own world, I read with
pleasure a few stanzas contemplating Christ's second coming.

"A SONG OF HIS COMING."

See the virgins at midnight yearning,
To behold the face of the Groom.
Their lamps are all trimmed and burning,
As they peer through the misty gloom.

"He will come," is the shout of voices,
Which have sung in a thousand ways;
For the heart of the saint rejoices,
At the thought of the coming days.

When the war of creeds will be over,
And our King descends from above,
Only they shall witness His crowning,
Who have lived in the light of love.

Then the Christ shall reign in his glory
On the throne of his sovereign might:
And the theme of Redemption's story
Will be sung with perfect delight.

And our minds will dazzle with brightness,
As our thoughts forever aspire,
For a mantle of perfect whiteness,
Shall cover the youth and the sire;

Then we know that none will be jealous,
And no one will envy our lot.
For against the one who is zealous,
Not a soul will contrive or plot.

And our actions will chime in pleasure,
All refined from malice and sting.
We shall all reach the perfect measure,
In the reign of this conquering King.

We will have everything we can use,
In those beautiful realms of light;
There the people will do as they choose,
For each one will choose to do right.

We will sail through the seas of beauty,
And return to the shores we please;
Far away from the callings of duty,
In the shade of undying trees.

All the riches of Christ will be ours,
'Tis a wealth without guilt or pain.
There will be no 'Contention of Powers',
Nor the marks of official stain.

As I look from this earthly station,
I exclaim again and again -
O what an eternal vacation!
Come quickly, Lord Jesus, Amen.




CHAPTER XIII.

A World of High Medical Knowledge.


I spent a long and profitable season in the vicinity of the Great
Dipper, witnessing the almost infinite variations of human life as found
from world to world, and looking upon the wild wastes of the many
planets that are not inhabited.

Finally I again spread my swift wings, reached the beautiful star
Arcturus and noticed among the worlds that revolve around it a few that
are sinless. I was tempted to pause at one or another of these
exceptional stations, but I knew that I could not tarry until I had


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