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The Adamic Race: Reply to "Ariel," Drs. Young and Blackie, on the Negro

New York: Russell Brothers, 1868

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Canaan. The bodies of the mummies arc closely rolled or enveloped in thirty or forty folds of waxed cloth, which is otherwise chemically prepared, by the addition of creosote and carbolic acid, so as to make it not only impervious to to moisture but indestructible and incorruptible. The inner folds, he says, were made of linen cambric, which proved her high social position and nobility. When this was re-moved her hair looked as fresh and glossy as when alive ! and from one to one and a half' yards long, and very fine and straight / Like the Carthaginians, there is no sign of the negro here in the catacombs of Egypt. " She had her face, neck and bosom, hands and feet, gilded ; her feet and hands were as delicate and small as a Broadway belle of to-day, and a perfect face and bust, that showed her Mamie origin. She had lain there three thousand three hundred and thirty-eight years !"

Out of the millions of mummies which have been exhumed in Egypt not a half dozen were negroes; and they were embalmed for a specific purpose, to show kingly authority ; the date and reason for embalming them was, in every case, given on the sarcophagus. No one could be embalmed except the ruling race (only by especial permission) and persons of wealth and position. The very wealthy were buried in marble or granite sarcophagii, but those of ordinary means, yet what we would call wealthy, were en-cased. in wooden coffins, with a raised lid to show the profile of the deceased, colored to life. The Egyptians were acquainted with only four colors—red, blue, green and yellow, with a mixture for a purple—they knew nothing of perspective or blending of colors for light and shade, which the Greeks invented in the days of Praxiteles, but the Egyptians surpassed all others in the permanence of their colors---whilst ours fade in less than a century (so of the Greek and Roman) the Egyptian is as fresh, as pure, and as unchangeable as the granite and porphyry sculptures in her temples to-day. The wooden sarcophagii were prepared by a chemical process similar to the Robbins process (of late invention),


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