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he surface of the earth with a plow, after the water is fallen, and gain a mighty crop without any great cost or pains. — Diodorus Siculus (60 B. C.). The paintings in the Memphis pyramids show plows with one and others with two handles. It cannot be said that they pos- sess a mold-board; they rather resemble our shovel-plow, and by going over the ground a sufficient number of times would have put light alluvial soil in a fair state of tilth to a depth of five inches. In the rich valley of the Nile, which receives an annual deposit of silt, a plow of this kind would produce its maximum effect. Poor as they are, they are substantially similar to those used at the present day in the greater part of Europe, as may be seen by a comparison of the plows in Fig. 3821. h is an ancient plow copied from Niebuhr, and is stated by him to be similar to the implement used to this day in Egypt and Arabia With such tools, it was no wonder that Rome and Constantinople depended upon the alluvial
The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 6. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Old portraits and modern Sketches (search)
e left, and Lafayette (Great Haystack) on the right, shooting its peak in solemn loneliness high up into the desert sky, and overtopping all the neighboring Alps but Mount Washington itself. The prospect of these is most impressive and satisfactory. We don't believe the earth presents a finer mountain display. The Haystacks stand there like the Pyramids on the wall of mountains. One of them eminently has this Egyptian shape. It is as accurate a pyramid to the eye as any in the old valley of the Nile, and a good deal bigger than any of those hoary monuments of human presumption, of the impious tyranny of monarchs and priests, and of the appalling servility of the erecting multitude. Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh does not more finely resemble a sleeping lion than the huge mountain on the left of the Notch does an elephant, with his great, overgrown rump turned uncivilly toward the gap where the people have to pass. Following round the panorama, you come to the Ossipees and the Sandwi