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Image from page 485 of "The Argosy" (1865)

Identifier: argosythe31wood

Title: The Argosy

Year: 1865 (1860s)

Authors: Wood, Henry, Mrs., 1814-1887 Wood, Charles W. (Charles William), b. 1850?


Publisher: London [etc.] R. Bentley [etc.]

Contributing Library: Robarts - University of Toronto

Digitizing Sponsor: University of Toronto



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ce, with a large market-square, an old castle inits centre, and a certain air of contentment about it. The in-habitants are good-looking, well-conducted, polite people, speakingthe soft, rather drawling Mazur dialect of the elegant Polish tongue. Very far from the unhealthy, squalid, pinched, melancholy figuresyou are wont to meet in other mining districts, the Wieliczka minersexhibit perfect ease and contentment in their handsome features, inthe whole bearing of their well-proportioned limbs. They are 464 Down a Salt Mine. passionately fond of their mine, and proud of it in proportion;they can understand life in and for their mine only. They havegood public schools for their boys and girls, and other popular in-stitutions, some of which you would scarcely expect to find in aninsignificant place of seven or eight thousand inhabitants. Thenthere are the baths already mentioned, which are of some repute inthe neighbourhood. Having pointed out the insignificance of the town above ground,


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In the Salt Mine. let us at once introduce you to the far more extensive subterraneancity of Wieliczka, taking you down by one of the two chief entrancesto the mine. Whether we descend the four hundred and seventysteps of the spiral staircase, the Franciszek, constructed in theyear 1744, during the reign of August, Elector of Saxony, or whetherwe are conveyed down by means of ropes at the Danielowicz, thesecond entrance, we land at a convenient point for our expedition. We cannot take you over the whole of the salt city. It is alabyrinth of lanes, streets, squares, passages, caves, bridges sus-pended across precipices, steps leading into black gulfs or up crystalmounds, ferries over sheets of water, and so on. Some one has made Down a Salt Mine. 465 the precise calculation that a walk from Cracow to Vienna would lastas long and be more easily accomplished than passing through allthe corridors and chambers of the mine of Wieliczka. We must,therefore, limit our examination to the chief



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