Earth-burial and Cremation: The History of Earth-burial with Its Attendant Evils, and the Advantages Offered by Cremation

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1892 - Burial - 173 pages
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Page 37 - For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given ; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.
Page 100 - ... more practically and more seriously than we have hitherto done. In the same sense in which ' the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath,' I hold that the earth was made not for the dead, but for the living. No intelligent faith can suppose that any Christian doctrine is affected by the manner in which or the time in which this mortal body of ours crumbles...
Page 68 - Certainly, if organic matter can be boiled and frozen without losing vitality, and seeds 3,000 years old will sprout when planted, it would be hardihood to assert that the poison of cholera or small-pox, whatever it is, may not lie for many years dormant, but not dead, in the moisture and equable temperature of the grave.
Page 58 - At present we who dwell in towns are able to escape much evil by selecting a portion of ground distant — in this year of grace 1873 — some five or ten miles from any very populous neighborhood, and by sending our dead to be buried there — laying by poison nevertheless, it is certain, for our children's children, who will find our remains polluting their water-sources, when that now distant plot is covered, as it will be, more or less closely by human dwellings.
Page i - We believe that the horrid practice of earth-burial does more to propagate the germs of disease and death, and to spread desolation and pestilence over the human race, than all man's ingenuity and ignorance in every other custom.
Page 51 - ... although covered by a considerable depth of permeable soil. The proportion of deaths due to the diseases referred to is exceedingly large. And let it never be forgotten that they form no necessary part of any heritage appertaining to the human family. All are...
Page 167 - I shall drop erelong, when my real self passes onward into the world unseen, shall be swiftly enfolded in flames and rendered powerless harmfully to affect the health of the living. Let no friend of mine say aught to prevent the cremation of my cast-off body. The fact that the popular mind has not come to this decision renders it all the more my duty, who have seen the light, to stand for it in death
Page 109 - In the words of one who first witnessed cremation, 'as we turned away from the retort where we had left the body of our friend it was pleasant to think of him still resting in its rosy light, surrounded and •enveloped by what seemed to us floods of purity.
Page 73 - ... offensive in 1822, and annoyed passengers on the surrounding streets, previous to the appearance of the yellow fever, in July. During the epidemic, the condition of this churchyard, and the virulence of the disease in its vicinity, called for some active measures, and, on the night of September 22, Dr. Roosa covered the ground with fifty-two casks of quicklime, the stench being at the time so excessive as to cause several laborers to vomit. On the 25th and 26th of the mouth, St. Paul's churchyard,...
Page 74 - Rauch himself, during the epidemic of cholera in Burlington, Iowa, in 1850. No deaths occurred in the neighborhood of the city cemetery until about twenty interments had been made there, and then cases began to occur, and always in the direction from the cemetery in which the wind blew.

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