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"FOR EVER."

Io the anoleut world, from the beginnlog of history down to a perfoi hot wholly saparaied from our own, the hops and tba intent of making things oontlnae 'for ever/ that Ib, for the time covered bf ordinary Imagination, was always a dominant thought* Men built with that view, founded with that view, planned systems with that view.. We think tha fgyptbns • separate people for thefe efforts to defeat the action of time ; but the Romans organ'sed 'for ever,' and la Asia men laid down rales whloh ware to survive, if possible, e7en Time. It wai with that end, an least, as wabh m to glvu them authority, that Aaiailos attributed to their foundations— the system of castes, for imtande. or the Mikado's autc oraoy, or the Ktulifcte, or tht apostolio snoooosion — saoh Immediately divine sanotlons. In pursuit of their Idea, they baldly knew what trouble Of disproportion meant* .Takei for lnstanos, the atory, admirably told m a London newspaper, of the means adopted by an obscure Indian dynast to pxeiecva 'for ever' a retio of the founder of Budd-* hlam. Asoka, it is believed, some fifteen i.nndred years ago distributed these relloi, morsels of bone to all Kings wlkh whom he was In alliance, and some Prlnoe m Gnxarat resolved that bis rello should last while time endured. He enclosed It m a bottle of gold, and tbat m a casket of silver, and that m a vessel of copper, and tbat In a bowl of baked clay— a substance as durable as the earth of the world — and that m a coffee of olayalone, and that In a hollow square of sandstone, snd that, again, m a pyramid of brick more than 80ft high, and at the base oc the same thickness; audfiaally, as we understand a description only on this point obscure, faced the entire structure with etone I blooke. Tbo Prlnoe did not spend all that thought and labor and treasure only to honor his relic ; he meant to preserve It as long as I d & or Time Itself should last* and so well did he plan that he aaooeeded m preserving it for 1500 years. His dynasty oeaoed, and was even forgotten ; his pooplo changed their oreed, aud ceased to worship Buddha ; £!• clearances were abandoned by hanfan belngo, and the jungle spread its obliterate Ing mantle over roads and plain and pyramid ; and still the rello remained as sefe In its golden bottle as It was when the prince placed It theie. And then the British archaeologist, Mr Campbell, found it only a few weeks since, the morsel of boas unoalcioed, the gold of the bottle as bright as ever, the silver oasket only tarnished, the copper oovering only rusted, the bowl of the baked clay unchanged, ai it would be left there until the world cooled, the olaystone cjffj? unbroken, the sandstone oavity unviolated the pyramid still resisting ollmate, and time and men — who had m some past ago sought pleasure m its Interior— and the terrible wounds glvau by the insidious crawling jangle Toe old King had suoooedod m a way, for at least his pur* pose hid been fulfilled after he and his dynasty, and his workers, and the very memory of any of them, hal passed away Into an oblivion whiae now o»n never be pierced.

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"FOR EVER.", Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2181, 24 July 1889

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"FOR EVER." Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2181, 24 July 1889

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