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Text for Page 063 [08-14-1853]

              The varying richness of liquid beauty, molten gold and emerald, bright
dancing blending Iris lines no limner�s hand can ever, ever mock !   Oh
Turner! hadst thou seen Lake Superior.    Fit haunt for the ma-
rine man, the [Memogovisioos?] of the simple Indian.    But to the cave.
We land on the huge stone boulders, some shout aloud, and
Echo repeats the cry above; some pick up stones, or mineral im-
pregnated rocks. For the various exides stain it all above in strong,
distinct colours, the reddish and raw sienna hues predominating.  These
are also though more rarely, bright greens and blues.     Lots of varying
specimens are secured, some like bits of petrified gingerbread, or con-
fectionary, some petrified muscels, and beautiful stones again. Nep-
tune, � Poseidon I should write, (confound the Latin names!) is veri-
tably a skilful lapidary.      I ramble on, through the cave, and out
on the other side.   Monstrous masses of sandstone fallen from cliff
and crag of above, with, though rarely a tree trunk.   But the fel-
lows shout to come back, and I do it.     In boat again, and over
that iris-hued ocean floor, and marvellously paven lake; and
as we are issuing from forth the arch, one individual prepares to
discharge his pistol.    Quoth Swan, �It� won�t make much noise, just
now!�   But aha, Echo gave him a loud toned denial, with rattle
and roar and reverberation.        Out, and on, westwards; curves of
cliff still.     Holes and caves worn in its brink, some of the
strongest fashion.     For we spied little Saxon-like arches, with
squat columns supporting huge rock, saw the light peer out through
wave-worn cranny, chink and crevice, and heard the sullen surf
hollowly raging and roaring in secret caves where it fiercely and un-
tiringly strove to undermine the mighty rocks bases.        What a               
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