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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
prove amusing did not the profound earnestness
of their respective advocates render them
ridiculous. Acosta, who studied the subject
for nine years in Peru, concludes that America
was the Ophir of Solomon. Aristotle
relates that the Carthaginians in a voyage
were carried to an unknown island; wherupon
Florian, Gomora, Oriedo, and others
are satisfied the island was Espaliola.
('Who are these that fly as a cloud?' exclaims
Esaias, or 'as the doves to their windows?'
Scholastic sages answer, 'Columbus is
the Colunbba, or dove, here prophesied.'
"Alexo Vanegas shows that America
was peopled by Carthiginians: Anahuac is
but another name for Anak. Besides, both
nations practiced picture-writing, both venerated
fire and water, wore skins of animals,
pierced the ears, ate dogs, drank to excess,
telegraphed by means of fires on hills, wore
all their finery on going to war, poisoned their
arrows, beat drums and shouted in battle.
Garcia found a man in Peru who had seen
a rock with something very like Greek characters
engraved upon it. Six hundred years
after the apotheosis of Hercules, Coleo made a
long voyage; Homer knew of the ocean; the
Athenians made war with the inhabitants of
Atlantis; hence the Americans were Greeks!
Lord Kingsborough proves conclusively that
these same American Indians were Jews, because
their symbol of innocence was, in the
one case, a fawn and in the other a lamb; because
of the law of Moses, considered in
reference to the custom of sacrificing children,
which existed in Mexico and Pern; because
the fear of tumults of the people, famine, pestilence
and warlike invasions were exactly
the same as those entertained by the Jews, if
they failed in the performance of any of their
ritual observances; because the education of
children commenced amongst the Mexicans;
as with the Jews, at an exceedingly early age;
because beating with a stick was a very
common punishment among the Jews as well
as among the Mexicans; because the priesthood
of both nations was hereditary in a certain
family; because both were inclined to
pay great respect to unlucky omens, such as
the screeching of the owl, the sneezing of a
person in company, and so forth; and because
of a hundred other equally sound and relevant
auguments. * * *
" There are many advocates for an Asiatic
origin, both among ancient and modern speculators.
Favorable winds and currents, the
short distance between islands, traditions
both Chinese and Indian, refer the peopling
of America to that quarter. Similarity in
color, features, religion, reckoning of time,
absence of a heavy beard, and innumerable
other comparisons are drawn on by enthusiastic
advocates to support a Mongolian origin.
The same arguments, in whole or in part, are
used to prove that America was peopled by
Ethiopians, by French, English, Trojans,
Frisians, Scythians; and also that different
parts were settled by different peoples. The
test of language has been applied with equal
weight and facility and enthusiasm to Egyptian,
Jew, Phcenician, Carthaginian, Spaniard,
Chinese, Japanese, and, in fact to nearly all
the nations of the earth."
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/140/: accessed January 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.