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Text for Page 151 [10-03-1853]

              you stoop under with a shudder, � a monstrous slab called the Hanging
Rock, sustained only by two points.     Anon an Ugly Hole is espied, named
after the fatal one of Calcutta, but 13 feet deep, though sombre enough
in appearance to be 30.    To the right too, is a rock imitation of a gigantic
Kings crown, the rock mimicry of the ormanents of the golden rigol being
very curious.    And now, � we�ve been doing an hours walking, we reach
Hebe�s Spring, strongly, and to my thinking, nastily impregnated with
sulphar. Nevertheless being thirsty we drank of it, some copiously.   I
must not forget to mention that the snow white, crystalized gypsum on
the ceilings of some of these caverns give them a prettily fanciful appearance.
Hebe�s Spring, to all appearance finishes the Cavern.  But what of this
steep ladder which we have just, with difficulty passed, (for the way is here
horribly narrow,) in getting to the Spring?    Why, up it, you have to go
for 20 feet or so, to new subterranean worlds beyond.    And up it, not
without hard squeezing you mount, the jagged rocks pressing on you all around,
till you scramble into Martha�s Vineyard.   Here the roof incrustations
mimic clustering bunches of grapes, carbonate of lime and sulphur drippings
being the materials of this geologic Bacchanal domain.     Olindo Avenue is
next, including Washington�s Hall, a spacious and beautiful cavern;
its roof all gemmed with gypsum concretions, rosette shaped, laminated, or
curled into flower bosses, and other curiously exquisite geologic prettinesses; which
can be and are much damaged by the paws of curiosity gapers.   The floor
of this cavern is rough, and rock strewn, and as visitors generally dine here
there are plenty of deposits of mildewed ham, bread and chicken bones.   Also
a foolish pile of stones with dampened fragments of paper and silly names of
sillier nobodies writ upon them.         There is an avenue here, branching off
to the right, leading to a grotto called Marian�s Cabinet, with
pretty roof incrustations, and a side Cut, hight the Lover�s
Retreat, leading to Paradise.   This amorously named avenue is a tortuous               
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