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              before it the Cooling Tub, a water filled basin, deep and long enow
for a bathe.    The Cinder Banks, a mass of cinder-like heap, dark
colored, just below the Forge of Vulcan, above.     Lake Purity ends
this Avenue.  �Tis a clear, fresh water pool, shallow, but 12 or 15
feet in length, and in its pure waters swims a solitary eyeless fish,
here brought from the Echo River, � the most solitary thing I fancy in
this world; equalling I �the Man who first discovered himself to be
an Atheist. �    This Avenue extends for about the space of a mile from
the entrance from the Main Cave.                   And now, retracing our
steps to the Deserted Chambers and Richardson�s spring, we there took
dinner, the basket containing which having, this time, been hung from a projecting
rock ledge, was unapproachable by the rats, two or three of which we saw
as we sate, eating.   They ran about in side holes and winding crevices, and
though assailed by Stephen were uncaptured .   Mutual cigars finished our
meal, and lights approaching soon intimated another party, under the convoy
of guide Alfred.  A clergyman and his wife, from the banks of the Hud-
son, another woman, and two or three men .  They wished for Stephen�s com-
pany, but he after some hundred yards and a latin quotation or so, turn-
ed back towards daylight and the upper world, I keeping on with the
party.   Nothing new was however visited, excepting a low arched cave
adjacent to, (if I recollect rightly)  Penseco Avenue, where crawling
under for some space, we procured pieces of ochre.
     At the Cave Hotel by 4 in the afternoon, quite a party assembled
around the well furnished supper table.    Mr Miller, the landlord, had
returned, a true gentleman, quietly courteous in everything, and to an accurate
knowledge of the Cave equaling that of any Guide adding much and varied
information far above their dubiously reliable traditions.  There are four guides,
all niggers, three of them are still slaves, but will all, by Croghans
will, sooner or later be transmitted to Liberia, whither Stephen will               
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