Rambles in the Mammoth Cave, during the Year 1844

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Published: 1844
Language: English
Wordcount: 21,012 / 68 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60.9
LoC Category: GV
Downloads: 412
Added to site: 2005.07.07
mnybks.net#: 10865
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Nature, Travel
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eet wide, extending the whole length of the building, both above and below, well furnished, and kept in a style, by Mr. Miller, that cannot fail to please the most fastidious epicure.

The Cave is about two-hundred yards from the hotel, and you proceed to it down a lovely and romantic dell, rendered umbrageous by a forest of trees and grape vines; and passing by the ruins of saltpetre furnaces and large mounds of ashes, you turn abruptly to the right and behold the mouth of the great cavern and as suddenly feel the coldness of its air.

It is an appalling spectacle,--how dark, how dismal, how dreary. Descending some thirty feet down rather rude steps of stone, you are fairly under the arch of this "nether world"--before you, in looking outwards, is seen a small stream of water falling from the face of the crowning rock, with a wild faltering sound, upon the ruins below, and disappearing in a deep pit,--behind you, all is gloom and darkness!

Let us now follow the guide--who, placing on his back a cantee

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