A Voyage to the Inner World
This is the story of a Norwegian, Olaf Jansen, and his father, and their trip on a sail boat to the inner earth, via the glaciers of the north polar region. Olaf Jansen was born October 27th, 1811 and was ninteen years old when he took that fateful fishing trip with his father between April and June of 1829. It was after they reached Franz Josef Land from Stockholm that the two decided to venture even further north where they believed they would find the land of the "Chosen". After escaping a fierce storm and perilous icebergs they sailed smoothly for eleven days, always in what seemed to be a northerly direction. Then, around the 1st August they saw what appeared to be a red sun or planet which rose higher as they advanced inward. A few days later they reached the shores of of a mighty river which further carried them inland for another ten days coming to around the first of September. They anchored on a sandy beach whereupon they were greeted by six giant men whom befriended them(see picture below).
They were taken onboard a huge ship apparently running on electricity, and two days later arrived at a city called Jehu, where they stayed for a year. According to Olaf's father, they were, geographically, somewhere beneath London or Stockholm. The people had large beautiful houses adorned with gold, which was a very common metal there. The principle occupation was agriculture and they had vineyards and grew grain. The vegetables and fruits were lush and huge and exquisitely delicious. The trees and forests and animals were also huge and the air was exceptionally invigorating. By the end of this first year, Olaf and his father learned to speak fluently the language of these people, similar to Sanskrit, from a special tutor and that is when the real learning began. They worshipped the red sun or planet which gave off a luminous white light for twelve hours during the day, but which appeared fiery red on mornings and evenings. The base or alter upon which their Deity, Jehovah, rests has small innumerable openings that appear as stars at night, and this night is produced by the Earth's rotation. They were also brought to the city of Eden in a conveyor car where they met the ruler or Great High Priest of their continent who was fourteen feet tall(see picture).
Eden is an elevated beautiful garden through which four mighty rivers run in four directions dividing the the planet's interior. Earth's inner surface is three fourths land and one fourth water. This garden is the "navel of the earth" and the "cradle of the human race".The names of the rivers are Euphrates, the Pison, the Gihon, and the Hiddekel. They spoke to the Priest for over two hours on various issues and then had to decide whether to stay or return to the outer earth. They decided to stay a while longer visiting more cities and learning more cultures. The children go to school for thirty years starting at age twenty. The learned men have an accurate idea of the earth's outer geography, and the general people are extremely musical and well educated in the arts and sciences, especially geometry and astronomy. Marriage occurs a little before or after 100 years of age and people generally live to be 600 to 800 years old. The animals there can be huge; birds with wingspans of hirty feet, tortoises up to thirty feet in length, and elephants up to 85 feet in height. Some of the trees here grow to 1000 feet in height and are 120 feet in diameter, and the forests extend hundreds of miles. A mist rises every evening and comes down as rain every twenty-four hours.
It was here, in Illinois, during the next twelve years, where he retired and gathered his books. He then moved to Los Angeles in 1901 where he compiled all his imformation, and maps and drawings about his amazing experience. It is also here, in Los Angeles, where he met Willis George Emerson, to whom he entrusted his story at the age of 95, on his deathbed, and who later published his his book "The Smoky God".
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