Photograph is in a book with a description beneath ; printed description: "(Hosea, x:8.)--'The high places also of Aven, the
sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains,
Cover us ; and to the hills, Fall on us.' Some take the word Aven in the above verse to stand for Bamoth-Aven, which signifies
the high places of iniquity. It is a significant fact that the high places the Israelites used for idolatrous worship are
totally waste and desolate. But we notice the same laws that brought ruin and desolation to the Israelites for unholy sacrifices
were at work among the heathen nations by which they were surounded. Pompeii was founded, perhaps, in the same century in
which this prophecy was written, and no city at the time of its destruction was more given up to a refined idolatry than this.
The thorn and the thistle now grow upon their altars."
Ruins of Pompeii with mountains in the background