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 39 - 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 20 - Scores of instances, in cities and in rural districts, both in our own and in foreign lands, verify the assertion of Dr. Adams, of Massachusetts, that the " Christian church-yard is often a contracted plot of ground in the midst of dwellings, literally packed with bodies until it becomes impossible to dig a grave without disturbing human bones; and the earth so saturated with foul fluids and the emanations so noxious as to make each church-yard a focus of disease.
Page 102 - ... 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 iii - 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 into dust and sees corruption.
Page 86 - In the silence of death these worlds of organisms, invisible to the unassisted eye, are laboring incessantly and unperceived to fill more graves with more bodies destined for their food and for the fatal perpetuation of their species.
Page 60 - 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 iii - 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 53 - ... important among the several modes by which buried infection may reappear is the ceaseless activity of the earthworm, bringing to the surface — which indeed in a measure it slowly creates — poisonous matters engendered in human remains, 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 169 - 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 694
Page 113 - ... instinct has led him to embalm and preserve as much as may be so preservable — a delay only of Nature's certain work — or the body is buried beneath the earth's surface, in soil, in wood, in stone, or metal — each mode another contrivance to delay, but never to prevent, the inevitable change. Or, the body is burned, and so restored at once to its original elements, in which case Nature's work is hastened, her design anticipated, that is all.

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