Joseph Pitts, A.D. 1680, says: “Mecca
is surrounded for several
miles with many thousands of little hills which are very near to
one another. They are all stony-rock, and blackish, and pretty
near of a bigness, appearing at a distance like cocks of hay,
but all pointing towards Mecca.”
 Burton says the black stone is volcanic, but is
thought by some
to be a meteorite or aerolite. Burckhardt thought it composed of
lava. Of its appearance Ali Bey says: “It is a block of volcanic
basalt, whose circumference is sprinkled with little crystals,
with rhombs of tile-red feldspath on a dark background like
velvet or charcoal.”
 By the latest statistics the number of Mohammedans
throughout Asia, Africa, and the south-eastern part of Europe
amounts to some 176,834,372.
 Moslems assert that upon this night Mohammed was
the seven heavens of which El Islam tells.
 The initial “A” is placed at the top
of all Arabian writings. It
is the initial of “Allah” and the first letter of the alphabet,
and is symbolic of the origin of creation.
 Burton gives seven hundred.
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Obvious printing errors were repaired; these changes are listed below.
Title Page Original text: Elgin, Ill,
Correction: Elgin, Ill.,
text: David C Cook
Correction: David C. Cook
Chapter V Original text: may know thee as
Correction: may know thee as we should.”
Chapter VI Original text: This hullucination
Correction: This hallucination
text: McLellan, Psychology
Correction: McLellan, Psychology.
text: See page 23
Correction: See page 23.
text: called ’El Amin”
Correction: called ‘El Amin’
Chapter VII Original text: be poured on my
Correction: be poured on my defenceless and
Chapter IX Original text: Death is the end
Correction: “Death is the end of life
text: “Ikh! “Ikh!”
Correction: “Ikh! Ikh!”
Chapter XIV Original text: He forebore to
Correction: He forbore to thrust
Chapter XVI Original text: For this I am thankful.
Correction: For this I am thankful,
Chapter XVII Original text: giving him a shake.
Correction: giving him a shake, “what