History of Muskingum County, Ohio 1882
Iam the Alpha and the Omega, saith the Lord God, which is and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty ; giving first, -power on earth; secondly, the spirit, added from heaven without ending. " The heavens declare the glory of God,''"' as a seal of His -power to bless, first, with life, and forever, these servants.
I photographed for Dr. J. F. Everhart an engraved stone, said to have been exhumed
from a mound in Brush Creek Township, and that I have this day identified the negative
that I then took, in the Gallery No.1 Main street, Zanesville, Ohio ; that when I was about
to print the picture for Dr. Everhart I assured him I could, by retouching the negative,
make the characters on the stone appear plainer, and that Dr. Everhart objected,
saying he wanted nothing more or less than an exact copy of the stone, with- out any
alterations whatever, and that I am prepared to identify the stone from which the negative
referred to was taken, and that there was no sign of any recent engraving or marking on
the engraved side of the stone.The discovery that " Alpha and Omega " are the first two characters of the inscription
was as startling as it is true. And the connection with the Great Pyramid, as indicated
by the corresponding signs, " the angle stones," found onlyOn the Pyramids, and
upon this gravestone, as far as now known, began to loom up, and Mr. Smyth's
three keys for the opening of the Great Pyramid seemed to have a bearing upon this
inscription ; so that they are here quoted for the benefit of the reader.
The inscription on the tablet taken from the mound in Brush Creek Township is
composed of three different forms of ideation, which are made out to be Demotic
or Enchorial, Hieroglyphic and Greek. The Demotic, according to Herodotus,
had ceased to be used 525 B. C. ; the Hieroglyphics had ceased to be used about the third
century, A. D., and Greek characters were then used as ideations. The inscription,
therefore, must d^te back to the time when one of these classes ceased to be used,
which was 425 B. C.