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Text for Page 141 [10-01-1853]

              less Pit, the which I�m now sorry I did�nt do.     Upwards of an hour
thus spent, we ascended to the Bridge, and crossing it, entered Penseco
Avenue. Through Wild Hall, (with the gypsum-incrusted ceiling prece-
ding it;) Snow Ball Arch, some 10 feet wide, 8 high, with small
ball like incrustations dependant from its roof, to the Great Crossings.  Here
two galleries intersect in right Angles, and the stone strata connecting the upper
galleries having fallen downwards, a Bengal light being fired all around
looks chastically, savagely grand.  (I�m wrong in stating they cross at right
angles � in plan these galleries represent a figure 8.)  On proceeding 
we find a region of Stalagmites and Stalactites, (the former having fallen on
and uprisen from the floor, the latter still dependant.)  Pine Apple
Bush, and the Devils Pulpit, the names of which explain their character
are here.  Some of the stalag and stalactites are so crystalized as to be almost
pure alabaster, and lit up by the lamp glare held behind them, look beau-
tiful.   Angelica�s Groths (no wise resembling the retreat of Ariosto�s lovers) end this 
Avenue, which is about a mile in
length from the bridge over the Bottomless Pit.             Again we re-
trace our steps, for Gothic Avenue, branching off from the Main Cave,
at about half a mile from the entrance, is yet to be visited.  Up a
flight of steps into  wide passageway, which pursued for a space brings
us into the Haunted Chambers, so called from an incident here occurring
during the Salt-petre making time. A young fellow getting lost, and here re-
maining for some time, got so horribly affrighted that on the appearance of his
negro comrades with torches for his rescue, he incontinently imagined that he
was already defunct and in hell, and fiends approaching to his torment.
In this place Indian mummies have been found, one with the highly orna-
mented garniture, skins, bark woven articles, snake skins, eagle�s claws
and I wot now how much more Indian finery.    On-speeding, we pass
stalatites, one if stricken sounding like to a bell�s note, (broken heretofore
by a clamor-loving Pensylvanian;) and our footsteps re-echoing hollowly               
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