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Aiken Courier Journal (Newspaper) - November 28, 1874, Aiken, South Carolina 1NUMBER 4 1 T4 lite It Cornel to tivV tlnj wild Winds a is dying Axoiind me the riftfii leaves nre pathway tar Orcrtbe mountain uxnl The gvcy clonus art s iiwiird And the Into brynk ia wildly flow A dark Lra Mco I through ibu s on it how changed the When the wood with merry And snimmi n mlleu Inj wis lal iYi hurflowoiy robosxrf s until but uw until haVc over Wn Sodden Tsy foot of aiy In central siveirtie they hm ased pVniJ i about rnHts i halt the ia bull ind i inform ed iny happy tcrpsirhinMti entertain ments huvc eixMn them by At the u them L have freea he t f cuvo is oft i l I south just one mile uid a froin DUniiiid ibroc mi shadows are creeping oer heaih The snow lies white on ilie far off moun And ico is over tbc the voice of the sweet singing lilies that bloomed the they frun by l and inur vd h i half arc A sensitive fled Andihe wind is Till tin summer returns we sbull see tiiem no wttltiie with tlie Shall we see them then The asters may shine Hud thelillits may But we may there in or hear the bwcet Soutii ns it Written for the TEUE are true friends Whose counsels may we trust Kot they who do our every act is not tho office oi u friend Io iiep to ouv friends we dhoui i truthful minor hold before t tie view fyo each net At vuriunet Mey there bo viewed iji all its hciuious light But ho wlio holds this mhror and Should ininic lab HIV upon tuch noble plan JJThat all ibe world when looking is the And their opinions on itd mtrits Slinll sty bid this is a pioper maul And iruili its tXiirily what he seems his eje noinoto tut iVicudtliip Tile Driven gray liclieiis ciiuir evury to self in oiakiuir entered n jjtiK where are little cave tho the Bonsai the feno uui tnt and n a her to rhi IT th ATRUAMIADIIIS THE CiKKAT laVlL OJ onUe of tiw Inti of Eu A Silent Fire Utal oi the EIIMONSON COUN I 1 tho win hunditd led more than Uie nearl three miles iroiu avarbbJe day Ijoht Above UK of the dome of ai me skim the white jrypstwu i There in a wuvclty Ding a letter uoui thU even after providing fitSient burning feeguti BOAVN THE The lately are a little steep at but wide and per flvtly dry and In a little time the stops are awd we go deeper and until we Have reached he first at the numih cf avenue and the Antillian a uistauue of one hundred and eighty Here the iuimeiieity of the its and we stare out inthe dtittd silence and tho darkness tu tread first the sublime nigh way of GRAND Just before we begin the journey in this it behoevus according to the guides tu cross uurscH and make a pilgrimage to the Crystal we turn to the left and ds cemTa rude flight of almut thirty to a trmgh ttofi water us a pure and sweet as dew io the and cold as liltle Anderson precedi9 the ural guide lights his examines il thr and up the de clivity and nut thu avenue we What siruuk um most forcibly at first was the pertout and dryneas of font wiy 1 iiKlurall tnd jcciritjnully u tiamp the bit nmeh to my I iijly it hut in a mile at a tbe wjs thiiii an inch thuugh the tuiivpMilure uf the atmosphere kept it iroiit The uniform cuve is 56 dugrees Kali As ifOoii I felt sure of uty I to look around and above und nccustuuj my eyes to the arches gleams of the sunlight lamps and gyp around width of tbe avenue of its j varies from iifty to one hundred ior in MOUNO B be says iHoy mu buiWCrSv thiHlgh he simply CaVf other things he ttp more a diVfcftn pairs of of shous ifliixie of He discovered a cham W In onte of the stiiaikT taves when there had evidently been a shoe in udditiun to he fount balls yf various little cant candle joint of Hippoted to fenve bectt filled with jireiKO fagots for I jjo back to yrand I am in a swlo A uicber side of and depending from the iu many beautiful umrv xreat oi the cauliflower than tfcere is striking Thev Bocin tu have from the rocky like warts or yet they are not ot1 uniform some being pure aluiOBt deep und others blash or rose color The floors of tbe avnuues are filled with boautiful oiany of them taking quear About a mile fioiw we we strike the mouth of Central and passing we come to wonderful and cttriouis Datura I The racfl the hall of Noahs ark turned bottom the Poets the Spooks the Roflk of Gib the Soundless and ufeove OLD tho two a lid Hm if i to the room at und finish it on u deal table fcv thu of it tallow The broken staiasruiite that now serves jno has a crystal atiU it be across and taken away in there M be articles of wlu for the draw rooms oi your und in corny places perhaps more than and the huve no idea I couldnt step and hul hud no polu euouiih 10 We brought all ourhiuips together to ccuceutrate tbe iiuide burned a tid light view of tiie TttK GROTTO OF TUB This most wonderful apartment has just been mid the spirit that planned and its would putto ahaiue the courage und dcteruiioydon of the man whu found up in the and a chusm of u hundred is the entrance the a rather sumll not exceeding ten feet in but view of tho interior to satisfy a matt on iho avenue there are wonders b line men out of Ji hundred would have been content the Llimpjge of its ot in the gulf to rcaih but und artisan oi a colossal stairway thai lends over the und ittitclxH it in Twu imiinuse pieces of timber Were cut in thu md byuiic hcavun oijy kuuws weio brought here and raiaed to ile upcnintf These limbers1 overlaid rtitli vtiAl railtd ami tin approach is fiiwy nod Half way up i he Mttir stop ilid look at the by the ujeans of a fire ball tluuwn down by the It to a iearfu1 and ihe sides of the are lighted with a red devilish glareJust above about forty feet U the are hanging two monstrous stino twelve or fifteen feet in and shaped exactly two giant magnolia buds just They are called the twin A few to Uic left of these ctands the grand hay stuck at least the nater and yet it is a strong veiiu The perfect transparency of the to use a questionable cx I woald deceive tiie very The jruide said the Water of this apriog j shcuM alsj Anderson U 1 We wero wtKer limited for find ing it difficult to keep oar lamps the oil nearly and did tiot pursue our joarney any further in Uvand but took the backward track to We found oil at the junction of these aft T replenishing ocr went The walls in this paasaije are not so nur is it generally so as the one we have jast but they are high and wide The Walking continues tud tracks are visible in every part of of no made half a century The c Ailing undulaLea a and so does the aod tKe irrepressible bat continues to festoon dim The fittlu round bubbles continue to boil out from the and innumer able grottites hidden ia the We go onward and passing many naiireless until we coute Ho the perfect figure of a sitting in her flowing drapery in the right She is a brown exactly a but perhaps a uioaod builders The retiem blunce to u woman is a0d it does not need the guides attention to point it Further on we couie to the greatest attraction in the Colossal THE HERCULES It was called Hercules Dome I j doot fur I am sure if that much honored deity ever got iu the rotunda he would never get out Mam moth Cave his its Fat but tbis is i perfect Spare Mans Misery vet I passed Singular to say WP descend from the floor of avenue by a spiral nearly fifty icet to reach the base of this most wou deiful natural When we reach the ground we have to Walk a little tance down a slight incline utitil we to the tight and then it is feet n It is just on the other edge of the and looks mouutam heaved up koui a 1 t r looked up and saw u great white far above Itwus truly an arch an irregular but a pure iu here hours and a Iwlf streaked und spotted with vet does nut seeui more thun fhCtiun of the so of won has been tne succession Gtrs and D1SCOVSKV OF THE It IK not known exactly when the first man groped down the lung de divity at the entrance of this but it is well established that during the of u part of the grand avenue and perhaps half a mile of the Antillian known and used for the production of To this day the marks of picks and shovels in tbe earth made sixtytwo yeara H are fresh as if snide yisteiday tbe debris of this after its villian pua element was has gone t fill some treacherous or at ia not now to bo One ot these tunnels begins QII the right side of the Antillian and passes through to i immense eh the magnitude of bich I could uot pretend to but it looks to be more than three hundred ieet from the floor to the and at but My inquiry was Vfhal the black seams and patches and the guides laconic answer and sure they were and hundreds of thousands of UP I Boon The walls and ceiling of all tbe at this season of the are covered with these little but in summer during the visiting noC so all they arc They are harmless ut though they look like youn They athev together very much as tho yellow the damp places in highways during the I I 3 Tl1 Continuing our we reach the exquisite chamber and look in upon its pure white most beautiful stubctitic display anywhere under the It has a splendid dome hung with pointed some of them very long and slender and all of them A bauk ofgypsum on the worn into a perfect rupjd by the action of the is called the Minne haha though there ia no water now about Twelve above our heads is an offset or and in the centre of this is a spring four feet The water finds its egress through some un kuown Putnam Bays he has visited many and thinks this little chamber the most charming he has Descending the great we A few days ag I turn to the ond take a inthcr dau an that distance in The grand avenue and central avenue have been and visited by this director of Peabody Academy of made a visit to this and carried away with as he told me at about a peck of these Hts object was to study the variation in the The a distinguished has been in this section for some looking up prehietoric and he informs me has been very successful gorouspath around the pit to the TAPESTRIED Another very beautiful where tbe hangings ore fringed and and the pulpit stands out in suggestive On our way to this place we puss the invisible the most deceptive little spot in the One may sit upon a rock In a cavern near rare aud valuable relics of the rherc he found some over the ard whilst parchingwith i look directly initaud nver know slip through Once through yatt are paid a thousand fold for the ineonren You may luok up A gypMiiu arch ut least two An enthusiastic visitor tu M mojoth Cave hist prnnouLced iliis douie twelve hundred feet but lie WAS looking tlirough an invened opera By some means the jruide has managed to rise abnve the floor uf Central avenue I about as far as we came aud sud denly ouv eyes are ucurly bltndeti by a beautiful mugiittiiuat lightin the arches u finally a red The effect is All about the arches the crystals of the spar sparkle like and the is grand beyond It is fully to undertake a description of any of these but more particularly of I have never seen anything to ejnal it above or below It was here I this It and I am now finishing as I said I at the deal tabie by the tallow I am only sorry I did not write of the Hercules dome whilst I had the broken stalagmite for a perhaps the lamp would not haveheld out lor this vile sinner to write this letter and Coming out of the dome we next visited the This I should say is over a hnudreu feet with a perfectly smooth floor and a wide white ceilingDirectly in the centre of the floor arises the great TOWER OF Another wonder beyond It reaches from the floor to the and is as white as Around it there seems to be a perfect spiral supported by wbite eolumna title young stalactites and stalagmites growing on a big There are many other atalagmitee in all the avenues of various Some of them about the height of a looking at them through the it easy to ghosts In tbe spooks chamber there are several of and they look like slender women in white ready to gobble a fellow gobline that play hob with a and there fore ae tbe Frankfort JPccwzoi would Our lights becoming low and appar ently about to flicker on we went back to Grand and thenoe to Crystal where tbe guide oi himself partook of the last We then entered THE and found it never had a harder time io the Peruvian mo ior Boiiver on the I dont know why they dont call it Alpine J am sure I should have done After cros BIDBJ otic or two mountains and going throagh the petrc tunnels to the cavern of we some way or some to an annum ed chamber of great and stalugnutea It was very beauti though in eiaoy places rocks weigh ing as much as tea tons were lying about the floor just as they fell from the great arches In ooe part of the AntilliJn way I was particularly struck with the silent beauty of the and was forcibly reminded of some pretty lines ffoin Daisy by Rosa From fioiselefts Waters dripping Tlie Waste stalactites From miaeleed dropa stalagmites Silent they tfteetaad We did not explore this to any great being hungry and short of but it is a lag and very iaterebting aud ere I have no doubtT will be famous by tKe nbtes of Next this care will he the great attraction of It is tho only mnJ of the Mammoth Grve in the known and it is a worthy It is well called Colossal for in all respects its its d its arches aud its are truly A Word of Praise for Tiiosw Wiio serve It have spent several winters in aad I remember last to have Jeurd good deal to have seen articles in thA com plaining chut the conductors tors ot the Columbia guyta Kailruad were disobliging in re gard to making eoiiueccions with South Oaaotiua ut Graette I left Boston to come week ia company witt a I chased tickets us they had no tickets for After our change at I inquired of the couduotor if lie would mike cunnectiun ia tby iteville with a train Jor answer was in the affirmative I nuked ii might be dtpeuded and Le said it without I asked if he could exchuDgt the cbeuk on my trunk from Augusta to He took tho and eoou brought me anuther lor He eilso took our tickets and gave us certified by bis own signaturev He came to us subiequently and insisted upou giving us money to pay our litre from Graoite vilie to Ou urnviiig at Graus he stopped to let his pusseiigera go into the hutel to gtt supperj but mediately started on tu the xniniteville on the South Caroiiaa Ruilroadj helped us brought me my showed us whereto bid us good eve and weal back for his We did not part with him without ex pressing our acknowledgements and we soon found a train that brought us to Aiken in a few This conductors signed upon his is I have before bden treated courtesy by railroad but I never before met with anything that equalled thifl This is but an earnest of the courtesy that will be extended to I hope there will be no further complaint against the officials of that HAYWAKD JLS you value your dont get up and get breakfast in the morn A young lady attempted it one last and was burned to Show this to your A young blood at a hotel was request ed to pass a dish hear Do you mistake me for a waiter Said tho ex sir Tjdiatook you for a was the ffrompt Washington Irving once alluded to a man of superior pomposity aa great in his own of greut When he tw west he thinks the east tips last
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