Beacon Lights of History, Volume 14 eBook

John Lord
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South Africa:  the gold and diamond mines and natural resources.

Future philanthropic work.


Modern archaeology.

By William Hayes Ward, D.D., LL/D.

Overthrow of Nineveh and destruction of the Assyrian Empire.

Kingdoms and empires extant and buried before the era of Hebrew and
Greek history.

Bonaparte in Egypt, and the impulse he gave to French archaeology.

Champollion and his deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphic inscriptions.

Paul Emile Botta and his discoveries in Assyria.

His excavations of King Sargon’s palace at Khorsabad.

Layard begins his excavations and discoveries at Nineveh.

Sir Stratford Canning’s (Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe) gift to the
British Museum of the marbles of Halicarnassus.

Layard’s published researches, “Nineveh and its Remains,” and “Babylon and Nineveh”.

His work, “The Monuments of Nineveh” (1849-53).

Obelisk and monoliths of Shalmaneser II., King of Assyria, discovered by
Layard at Nimroud.

George Smith and his discovery of the Babylonian account of the Deluge.

Light thrown by these discoveries on the Pharaoh of the Bible, and on
Melchizedek, who reigned in Abraham’s day.

Other archaeologists of note, Glaser, De Morgan, De Sarzec, and Botta.

Relics of Buddha, and the Hittite inscriptions.

The Moabite Stone, and work of the English Palestine Exploration Fund at

Dr. Schliemann’s labors among the ruins of Troy.

Researches and discoveries at Crete.

The mounds, pyramids, and temples of the American aborigines.

The cliff-dwellers and the Mayas, Incas, and Toltecs.

The Calendar Stone and statue of the gods of war and death found in

What treasure yet remains to be recovered of a past civilization.


Electricity and magnetism.

By Edwin J. Houston, Ph.D.

“The Prince of Experimental Philosophers”.

Unprecocious as a child; environment of his early years.

His early study of Mrs. Marcet’s “Conversations on Chemistry,” and the articles on electricity in the “Encyclopaedia Britannica”.

Appointed laboratory assistant at the London Royal Institution.

Inspiration received from his teacher, Sir Humphry Davy.

Investigations in chemistry, electricity, and magnetism.

His discovery (1831) of the means for developing electricity direct from magnetism.

Substitutes magnets for active circuits.

Simplicity of the apparatus used in his successful experiments.

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