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THE

SOUTHERN

M A G A Z IN E.

VOL. XIII.

JULY TO DECEMBER, 1873.

BALTIMORE:

TURNBULL BROTHERS.

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PAGR.

PAGR.

100

Railroad Question at the West.-
Edward Spencer,

23
Religious Aspect of Murder.—R.W. 473
REVIEWS:- Antiquities of the Southern

Indians, 237 A Pair of Blue Eyes.
365. Cachet, 380. Cape Cod and
Along Shore, 119. Blair's Latin Pro.
nunciation, 626. Deschanel's Natural
Philosophy, 500. Ferdinand de Soto,
245. Her Majesty the Queen, 247.
Huxley's Critiques and Addresses, 372.
Ingraban, 765. Liberty, Equality, and
Fraternity, . Maury's Physical
Geography, 503 Outlines of German
Literature, 371. Play and Profit in My
Garden, 243. Plautus and Terence,
247. Pickering's Physical Manipula.
tions, 623 Peter Stuyvesant, 632.
Recent Exemplifications of False Phil.
ology, 240. Scintillations from Heine,
506. Tacitus, 759. Thompson's His-
tory of England, 508. Thoreau, 628.
Treatise on Electricity and Magne-
tism, 763.

San Antonio de Bexar.--Sidney La.
nier,

83, 138
Sergeant's Little Story.-W. #.

'
Kemper,

453
Smoked Out.-R. W.
Southern State Debts and the Na-

tional Currency.Appleton Oak-
smith,

733
Story of Katherine Hollis. - Henri
etta Hardy,

73
That Gloaming.--"Fadette,'' 193
The Gold Lake Fever.-Rev. t. w.
Brotherton,

564, 641
The McDonogh School.-S. L. C. 537
The Refugees.-Clara Marshall,

356
The River Pass.--Willie Marian

Allen,

312

Visit to Paraguay.--"Pon,” 44, 428, 719

Was She Mistaken ?-H. Hilton
Broom,

294
Werowocomoco. - 1. M.

459

THE

SOUTHERN MAGAZINE

JULY, 1873.

ON THE GIERSFELD AND BOURTANGER MOOR.

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MONG the antique resting-places of the Germans the Hünen

graves take the first rank, and of these the Giersfeld is the most remarkable still existing in Northern Germany. It lies south of the Bourtanger Moor, between the towns of Lingen, in the valley of the Ems, and Quakenbrück. It is a heath of some two thousand acres in extent, silent and wild, bordered around by numerous ecclesiastical establishments of ancient date, such as the old churches of Alfhausen, of Merzen, of Ueffeln, and the celebrated Commandery of the Templars at Lage, showing how intimately Christianity united in its infancy with and sought the spois formerly consecrated to heathen worship. Even at the present day, at Whitsuntide, the peasantry of Alfhausen proceed to the Holy Mount - Heiligenberg on the Giersfeld, in pursuance of an old custom, followed by their cattle and horses, just as it was usual among the heathens; and up to the times of the Reformation the peasantry of the other villages around the Giersfeld did the same, by joining the procession of the Alfhausen peasantry.

The Holy Mount now is a completely desolate hill, surrounded by Hünengraves. It seems never to have been built upon in Christian times; and it is conceded by historians that we have here before us one of those localities where in pre-historic ages a giant race has buried its dead. The legend of the fiery spectre, the “ Alk,” which the simple inhabitants of this mysterious region believe still to haunt the Giersfeld, seems additionally to strengthen an assumption which already by the numerous stone monuments found on the field appears. to be a reasonable and probable one.

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