A night on the Terrapin rocks. The Mammoth cave. The bloody broad-horn

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Lea & Blanchard, 1838

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Página 115 - In the Lower Branch is a room called the Salts Room, which produces considerable quantities of the Sulphate of Magnesia, or of Soda, we forget which — a mineral that the proprietor of the cave did not fail to turn to account. The miner in question was a new and raw hand — of course neither very well acquainted with the cave itself, nor with the approved modes of averting or repairing accidents, to which, from the nature of their occupation, the miners were greatly exposed. Having been sent, one...
Página 148 - He that has light within his own clear breast May sit i' the centre, and enjoy bright day, But he that hides a dark soul, and foul thoughts Benighted walks under the midday sun; Himself is his own dungeon.
Página 85 - The passage on the right hand is the great bat room ; that in front, the beginning of the grand gallery, or the main cavern itself. The whole of this prodigious space is covered by a single rock, in which the eye can detect no break or interruption, save at its borders where is a broad sweeping cornice, traced in horizontal panel-work, exceedingly noble and regular ; and not a single pier or pillar of any kind contributes to support it. It needs no support ; it is like the arched and ponderous roof...
Página 85 - ... and as they run in a straight course for five or six hundred feet, with the same flat roof common to each, the appearance presented to the eye is that of a vast hall in the shape of the letter L, expanded at the angle,, both branches being five hundred feet long by one hundred wide. The entire extent of this prodigious space is covered by a single rock, in which the eye can detect no break or interruption, save at its borders, which are surrounded by a broad sweeping cornice, traced in horizontal...
Página 92 - The price of the article was so high, and the profits of the manufacturer so great, as to set half the world gadding after nitre caves — the gold mines of the day. Cave hunting, in fact, became a kind of mania, beginning with speculators, and ending with hair-brained young men, who dared for the love of adventure the risk which others run for profit. 'Every hole...
Página 117 - ... approach. He started up, and seeing them in the distance, the half-naked negroes in advance, all swinging their torches aloft, he, not doubting they were those identical devils whose appearance he had been expecting, took to his heels, yelling lustily for mercy ; nor did he stop, notwithstanding the calls of his amazed friends, until he had fallen a second time among the rocks, where he lay on his face, roaring for pity, until, by dint of much pulling and shaking, he was convinced that he was...
Página 125 - ... as sweetly sad as these of the caverned fountain. But sweetly sad they sound no more. Down goes a rock, tumbled over the cliff by the guide, who is of opinion that folks come hither to see and hear, not to muse and be melancholy. There it goes — crash ; it has reached the bottom. No— hark ! it strikes again ; once more and again, still falling, still striking. Will it never stop ? One's hair begins to bristle, as he hears the sound repeated, growing less and less, until the ear can follow...
Página 108 - ... dank, so dead, so mephitic. Awe, and even apprehension, if that has been felt, soon yield to the influence of the delicious air of the cave ; and, after a time, a certain jocund feeling is found mingled with the deepest impressions of sublimity, which there are so many objects to awake. We recommend all broken-hearted lovers and dyspeptic dandies to carry their complaints to the Mammoth Cave, where they will undoubtedly find themselves " translated" into very buxom and happy fellows before they...
Página 85 - ... trowel, and from fifty to sixty feet high. Two passages, each a hundred feet in width, open into it at the opposite extremities, but at right angles to each other; and as they run in a straight course for five or six hundred feet, with the same flat roof common to each, the appearance presented to the eye is that of a vast hall in the shape of the letter L, expanded at the angle,, both branches being five hundred feet long by one hundred wide. The entire extent of this prodigious space is covered...
Página 107 - ... of enfeebled constitutions, who were soon restored to health and strength, though kept at constant labour; and more joyous, merry fellows were never seen. The oxen, of which several were kept day...

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