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Jonah and the Whale

Jonah and the Whale

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
By Rev. French E. Oliver

The supposed discrepancy in the Bible story
of Jonah and his subterranean voyage in the
state-room of the whale is another evidence of
the folly of so-called scientists. I am not dealing
with theories or sentiment, but stern facts. The
door to the exhibit from Washington at the
World's Columbian Exposition, in the Fishery
building, was made of the jawbone of a monster
whale — twenty-four feet high.
By Rev. French E. Oliver

The supposed discrepancy in the Bible story
of Jonah and his subterranean voyage in the
state-room of the whale is another evidence of
the folly of so-called scientists. I am not dealing
with theories or sentiment, but stern facts. The
door to the exhibit from Washington at the
World's Columbian Exposition, in the Fishery
building, was made of the jawbone of a monster
whale — twenty-four feet high.

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JONAH AND THE WHALE By Rev. French E. OliverThe supposed discrepancy in the Bible story of Jonah and his subterranean voyage in the state-room of the whale is another evidence of the folly of so-called scientists. I am not dealing with theories or sentiment, but stern facts. The door to the exhibit from Washington at the World's Columbian Exposition, in the Fishery building, was made of the jawbone of a monster whale — twenty-four feet high. I have talked with whalers and have always found them willing to scoff at the idea that the whale cannot swallow anything larger than a herring or an apple. Mr. Frank T. Bullen, in the ''Cruise of the Cachalot," contributes some very valuable information to the world of science along this line. "Popular ideas of the whale are almost invariably taken from the Mysticetus, so that the average individual generally defines a whale as a big fish which spouts water out of the top of his head, and cannot swallow a herring.
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Indeed, so late as last year (1896) a popular M. P., writing to one of the religious papers, allowed himself to say that 'science will not hear of JONAH AND THE WHALE 191 a whale with a gullet capable of admitting any-thing larger than a man's fist' — a piece of crass ignorance, which is also perpetrated in the ap-pendix to a very widely distributed edition of the authorized version of the Bible. This opinion strangely enough, is almost universally held, al-though I trust that the admirable models now being shown in our splendid Natural History Museum at South Kensington will do much to remove it." After telling of a great whale hav-ing been captured he adds: ''During the con-flict I had not noticed what now claimed atten-tion — several great masses of white, semi-trans-parent-looking substance floating about, of huge size and irregular shape. But one of these curi-ous lumps came floating by as we lay, tugged at
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by several fish, and I immediately asked the mate if he could tell me what it was and where it came from. He told me that, when dying, the cachalot always ejected the contents of his stom-ach, which were invariably composed of such masses as we saw before us ; that he believed the stufif to be portions of big cuttle-fish, bitten off by the whale for the purpose of swallowing, * * * I thanked him, and, sticking a boathook into the lump, drew it alongside. It was at once evident that it was a massive fragment of cuttle-fish — tentacle or arm — as thick as a stout man's body, and with six or seven sucking-discs or acetabula 192 JONAH AND THE WHALE on it. These were about as large as a saucer, and on their inner edge were thickly set with hooks or claws all around the rim, sharp as needles, and almost the shape and size of a tiger's. *'To what manner of awful monster this por-tion of limb belonged, I could only faintly imagine,
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