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Aiken Journal (Newspaper) - September 19, 1874, Aiken, South Carolina J X U O Mli r VOLUME v A r PER If ADVANCE THE ft VISIT TO THE Git E T WONDEltS OlA akea or grassy some twenty iniies in sparkling here and there with i j Beyond it Were Bayard Taylors Visit to Inter dulating over whichHekla of Icelandic Experi ed or rather heaved heavy in and only beautifulbecause the sun made a golden i learn of its snow Bayard Taylors Letter to m j 3 Toward the sea some scattered August oora poake islandg fr to had already fallen into an orderly where the greafc pjaia manner of Eyvindur and Jon heart of Iceland there were I rrcic tiimjUSor Ol rode taking charge of tlie baggage Remoter snows and But out and the loose While the 1 itrer on the green Jevei fifteen kept the the guides sang tbflre suddenlj fihofc a ga coiumn I w w VA v i y y o d cholly native or passed the horn Btea afc least a hundred snuff from one nose to the gejsers r some n d BUIUC uucu uuu Ahis an old fashioned nft r no it was a greut boiling or powder has a neck which holds the ridrftn j i which never proper charge the man throws hs head j A sends up jets of It was the with a sudden applies the horn i thinS the vast view which resembled his and receives the VU UUUIULI HI liie process is repeated jit least a dozen menace against a sign of human was reallv a linies a and the result is an upper Gladstoae and ith Haynes had provided for of The Strokr is a pit about five foot in and eight feet deep to the ordinary leVel of the which is al wayp in a furious boiling Steenstrup assured me that it is not connected with the great as the analysisof the water shows a difference but tlie people are equally convinced that it and that to provoke its activi ty diminishes the chances of the former However this may the royal command was The pile o turf was pitched the and al gathered around al a safe wait ing to see what would Forten minutes we noticed nothing except a of steam then th water gushed up to the level of the sur face a state of violent sub rose the full breadth of the hole to a height of fifteen or only to be spumed by a ridge of that the little geyser would spout in a It was seven tho level T i i in WUft MJYWU U ttlO Ta I Jip which only the most reckless passion i t light slowly rose on the eastern tolerate as the airent of a and we were to be wretch THE BOY GUIDE weiry another mountain rode beside eager to learn something corner was and over the at more of a world he had never the foot ofa isolate hill about When puzzled to understand some Eng lish or at a loss to find the one he he would generally What is it in Latin Presently he surprised me by the What vmi ooW nnnf you think as a poefc as in the I is not song of tTiVspi r fe Manfred considered very Gief asked I like it vdrymachV mention German the boy began to talk the language with about as much fluency as He Imd road bollard and Bob which latter seemed to have made a great impression on ftia but he was most desirous to hear something of the works with which he was still un have heard that Goethes is very difficult to he said so I iiave not yet tried to read but hope to be able in a year or Shakkaspeyarr so he pronounced the name but ts soon as I correct ed always properly Shakespeare is also but I have muIKing and moan to road all the other Is anything like Shakespeare in style And this was a fatherless boy of with an Icelandic pducation Modest with a tireless cagernss for not one of onr five miles rose dozen tall columns of GEYSERS AT LAST It isspouting v cried Jon as one jet shot higher than the1 others There is a byre or at the foot of the hot springs lie j ust aiorig the eastern and not much above the level of tho A space 400 yards in length by 100 in breadth includes thetwo the about twenty smaller We rode between the which were simply boiling and roaring from holes in a bed of silicious Beyond them came the a larger and more fu rious pit then a patch of green on which thetents were already pitched for the royal party and beyond it a craterlike half vailed in which I WMS rather rehictint to recognize as the But there was no other cddron beyond half a dozcir men were standing about twenty sank and another moment of SHOT 100 FEET INTO THE The boiled turf reduced to a consisten cy of the jet and darkened its central lirt I did not find that it diminished the beauty of the Jet after jet sending pluqieliko the sides of the main column around which drifts of stream whirled and eddied with a grace so swift that the cya At fifty Near us a grass rooted farmstead towards the meadows ana gleames of rivers front the green its inclosing hills and Heck la rising lonely above them a church and neighboring a grassy ridge the snow streaked pyramid of the Blaf jail Blue and far the distance the luminous icy peaks of the Arne and Kotlnga From tent the noise of the boiling waters conk not bj beard the nscendcc soon dissipitcd in the ligh and the expression of the scene before as I watched it for ly ing on the soft turf of the was one of peace and oclock there came a dull Jolt rather than heard then an arid and we all rushed towards 4 he great Before any such moments the was hidden and the form of the fuiintoin was like a i of the pampas grass in blos a fi tt n i i i 11 the it looked natural and party could help loving and feel ing the sincercst interest in his for In spite of the tremendous disolation of it was far more varied and than that between Dejkiavik The sky cleared us we reached the farther end of the lava corner of a morsy mountain with a where a path des cended through a rocky raven to a sketch of green meadow land Far to the fifty or sisty aivay the horrizen was bounded by a iiue of s topped v cried pointing to a humpy mass of which rose con siderable above the general The summit was still but the mantle uhekla means a mantle in Icelandic of snow was so unbroken and extended so far down the sides that the perfect quiet of the volcano was There has been no eruption since year As we approached the the eastern including which tlfllad been bidden fur two again into and this time free from We dont often see Ilekla su is he is said the It lonely but surprisingly peaceful harmless i It slept but snine ofour par ty were excited and Toward morning there were several mysterious which sent them posting tothegeysers brim but only denser stream and a heavier overflow of water The scene in the morn ijg was We took our toilet articles and ha If to the hollow between the geyser and where the sulphur overflow is and It was already occupied f a royal chamberlain was scooping up water in his an ad miral was tipping his toothbrush into professor was la boriously shaving himself by the aid of a looking glass stuckiu a crack of the The performance lasted nearly ten was resumed again two or three times after it seemed to have Two or three of the last spout ing and some estimated them afc fully one huidrcd and twenty Finally the indignant caldron threw out the last of its unclean sank to ics normal The who had turned aside salute our was in the act of expressing to me his admiration of the when little geyserga VQ signs of ac a whole party Iiis turned like a jumping over the gullies and stones agility which must have bewildered the heavv was a false little geyser off a steam as i if merely to tost the pressure and as if resumed its indo lent and smoky The concof tho great geyser not more twenty feet and appear one reached the noises ceased the water a foot or giv ingoutdunsc volumes of but in five minutes it became quiet as The king and his attending officials strayed up the and there the tur ner spirit some time in caiving a rune upon one of the I made an effort to talk with a group of finding them ready enough i only a little embarrassed at the start but when you know SajmuudVEdda there was an instant flash and flame in their and all few What authority he I do not but it Was little geyser kept as quiet as a Half an hour and tho Stotr took riot the least notice of the The royal mounted arid r6de with many a lingering look behind just as they were passing out of sight around the corner of the and we were turning towards our the Stokr WENT OFF LIKE A The plamy bursts were re a shorter spico than but equally lofty and It seemed hard to leeve the for the day we had spent there was perfect in its The pack ponies were leaded we ot into our moved reluctantly down the grassy and turned our faces away from the lazy volumes of Then there was a sudden cussion in the a momentary followed by a frssing As we sprang from our ponies he basin of the geyser swelled and cast oat a greet volume of Cut of he centre a solid mass was thrust to the height of twenty then before it wholly foil the central jet shot one hundred fifty feet into the Again and agauV this huge sparkling with indiseriba ble dofy in the morning was hurried on shyness TheNjal and Voljterwr sunga Snorra Sturlusseny with a or was what t of which never were ciigerly mentioned and It wasremarkable to see their full knowledge of Icelandic and their vital interests in lastmbtnerit Jnt the t be Do you know who firs discovered to havy been gradually formed by the deposit of the silieious particles which the holds in The top like a tihaljpw thirty feet in full to the and slowly overflowing on tho eastern In the centre of this bowl there is a indi and the neat and fresh as if cated by theintense blueircen of tho at stood on the bank and amused himseif with the The quality of the water is pastorial From the jljht WO rode we overlooked a is like down and velvet to the soap becomesH finer substance in and the refreshment given to the hands and face seems to permeate Ue whole If one could luive a complete hath A clays labor would make a pool sufficient yet tho idea has never occurred to a single native or I did not dare to venture a quarter of a mile away from tly3 geyser during the wholo We all fell into condition of nervous expectancy which could not be comical as were some of its There was a pile of perhaps a cart the which lay below our and we are told thit the caldron would be com pelled to sprout for the king as soun as iirjd appearently eight or ten feet in It has been and tit least a change of direc at the depth of fighty five At the where the water is one can dip his fingers in quickly without being Sma11 placed iii the overflow are com plotely incrusted with transparent silex in a cfiiy or Professor Streenstrup informed me that the water has impor tant healing The steam has the odor of sulphuretcd but the taste thereof is so oon lost where stream becomes e used it for drinking and making I shall forget that SUBLIME DAY at tho After reading many de I was never less prepared for the reality of the Instead of a America T I they all cried in a body u it was THE SON OP EIUCK THE When was it the year And there was Thornfinn who went and They called the country Wckiow I am Vine lander They silently stretched out their handsand shook A t half past four there cauo a repe tition of the geyser louder and more rapid than the first and at eight oclock a third We loudly hoped that t lose were signs of increased which would soon bring tin Our excite the great would udt spout I must Have turned iu my saddle a hun dred times while he steam were half halfexpect ing a sudden in their volume for the vorst aisappointhictit would have been to miss the spectacle so Denmark brought brer from Europe the American Colonel Kuth Gosh en is six IVIHO inches in height and weight pounds lie was born of the City of a and docs notlook to nmre than thirty years of as four uient increased to such an extent a1 though watches had been set for the kings Messrs Haynes and Gladstone volunteered to keep in dependentwatch for The two for mer passed half the niht sitting on edge of the geyser They were scared away a thump which threatened to split the rocky shell un der their Out nothing followed ex cept a violent overthrqjv of I icard the noise twice during the md waited vainly for a call the twi ight was so bright that the spectacle vouid have been visible at any lad it The at Xhingvalia obliged us 11 to leave the next Just as the kings tents were the an noises begvn j there seom ed a taualizing demon at work to excite and As a iliaid a small sized and teen in He beaver white thodimonsions of a dressed a big blue white duck si vest mnde of To hnd up his 1 an immense chain of gold enough luiaer vrhic4 last another pile of sods It having was to exhibit were looped and ehaia two enunimlis sou The who from service in rhe present at Quereraro was and tf of precious stones for iis serviws in he preceding campaign rumored that the ui himself in tlie refiorter took occasion to ask liim ifit was but the colouel denied it at and when a person itHjtiired if bis nvuie was nama of a lielgian formerly on exhibition in New York city he asked iiKULroantly if they took him to be a thief said Iw was in the silk and satin and had left s5rty days previ tusly Himselfand son were pursuerslnp together in Pan ho was asked what I LU spruut ior me King UB BWU ue volcanic here was j waited a quarter of an and noth he finished his breakfast so we sat a landscape bounded on the west by i ing came j the who had mennwhile 1 1 i 11 I 1 i JI I 1 t 1 were liurlcd into the and we all nc thought of forein countries Tie said gathered about An English party had arrived the day and the ur test of the London News stood a mound with pencil and sketch book to record the We that he foundthere was Uit one Amer in the ani that wcs a years Wliind the adveniii is i permanent addition to the reputation the goods because it ic a down contented to the second plover j but on the east and I joined our American in formed us i influence always at work in their iuter
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