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(1823-1911) US lawyer, farmer and author of one novel, The Ke Whonkus People: A Story of the North Pole Country (1893), whose protagonist, after having steamed into northern waters, trek northwards where they discover the eponymous Lost World clemently surrounding the pole, and containing a Utopia inhabited by several million whites. The original settlers were Adam and Eve, who arrived by Balloon 11,000 years earlier. The high Technology of this world is dependent on a universal use of electricity; missing links (see Apes as Human; Evolution) occupy a small Island where they are tolerated; socialist doctrines govern distribution of wealth; the Ke Whonkus people worship the Sun and ridicule the protagonist's attempts to convert them to Christianity (see Imperialism; Religion). But the land survives. [JC]
John Owen Greene
born Harrison County, Indiana: 13 August 1823
died New Albany, Indiana: 7 August 1911
- The Ke Whonkus People: A Story of the North Pole Country (Indianapolis, Indiana: Vincent Publishing Company, 1893) [a copyright notice gives 1890, but 1893 is also given: library records confirm 1893: hb/]
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