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Title: The Southern states of North America: a record of journeys in Louisiana, Texas, the Indian territory, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland
Authors: King, Edward, 1848-1896
Publisher: London : Blackie & son
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
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f the little German settlement of Walhalla; and on the south-east, beyond the precipices and ragged projections, towered up ChimneyTop mountain, while the Hog Back bent its ugly form against the sky,and Cold mountain rose on the left. Turning to the north, we beheldYellow mountain, with its square sides, and Short-Off. Beyond andbeyond, peaks and peaks, and ravines and ravines! It was like looking downon the world from a balloon. The wealthy citizens of South Carolina have long known of the charms of thissection, and many of them annually visit it. In a few years its wildness will betamed; a summer hotel will doubtless stand on the site of Wrights farm-house,and the lovely forests will be penetrated by carriage roads ; steps will be cutalong the ribs of Whiteside; and a shelter will be erected on the very summit.A storm on the vast rock, with the lightning playing hide and seek in the crevi-ces of the precipice, is an experience which gives one an enlarged idea of thepowers of Heaven.
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Jonas sees the Abyss. 502 A DANGEROUS PASS—DOWN THE TUCKASEEGE. There is one pass on Whiteside which, though eminently dangerous, is nowand then essayed, and Jonas and one of the woodmen of our party resolvedto try it. While we commoner mortals drank in the wonderful view, and hob-nobbed with the clouds, these adventurers climbed down the precipices sides,and coming to a point not far from the Devils Court-House, where the passbegins, launched themselves boldly forward. To gain a cave which is supposedin former times to have been the abode of an Indian sorcerer or medicine man,they were compelled to step out upon a narrow ledge running along the very sideof the cliff, turning a corner with no support above or below. The ledge or pathis, at its beginning, two feet wide, and as it nears the cavern, not more thaneighteen inches in width. A single misstep or a failing of the nerves wouldhave precipitated them a thousand feet into the valley, and above them the com-fortless rock rose 300
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