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Text for Page 132 [09-30-1853]

              palpable obscure, and black and dark night we go, the cavern arch
expands and is lost in gloom, and we�re in the Rotunda.
A monstrous subterranean Vestibule, a hundred feet in height,
two hundred in length & one-hundred and fifty in width; roofed in
by one vast rock, sans chink or crevice, save where at its borders
a jagged cornice work may be descried.    Monstrous rock buttresses are
around, and from this huge oval-shaped hall on either side two
galleries diverge.   But none of this could we descry through the murky
air, had not Stephen, (who has heretofore sported one or two lines from
Virgil which he has acquired parrot-fashion, un-knowing their meaning;) lit
a Bengal light.     Up it sparkles, fizzing and flaring; the yawning
rock ribs and giant boulders start out into grim distinctness, the
great chamber in all its heighth, depth and hugeness is at once though
but for brief space seen.  We pass on, turning neither to the
right nor the left.      Great, black-walled Bat Room on the former,
(reflecting no ray of light from torch or lanthorn) lay unvisited; and equally
so, on the latter, Audubon�s Avenue, with its dimly seen roof,
and wide space, its natural well and columnar stalagmites up rising
to the roof, its mystic cloud like ceiling, and entire length of a quar-
ter of a mile. Little Bat. Room, a branch of it, pit 280 feet deep,  Bats in it in water. But 
down the Main cave we speed, Kentucky cliffs
(thus denominated from assumed semblance �twixt them and rocks on
that named river,) are passed and descending brief space we are
in the Church.     Another great hall, perchance a hundred feet
across, and sixty in height and perched up on the left a rock pulpit;
wherefrom sermons have been preached, whether prompted by
theological cox combing or amiable intent to justify and screen
slumber thereby induced I know not.    Methinks however, that if
an audience of Troglodytes could be convened, and they have not
varied their social relations since the time of Heroditus, (I think               
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