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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...We landed at two p. M. upon the shores of the same beautiful little bay, with its rocky points and white-sand beach, which had so much delighted us when we first visited the island. Our friends, the gulls and pelicans, had by no means decreased in numbers; the former filling the air with their interminable chattering, which continued the whole night, and formed a most striking contrast to the chilling and deathlike silence of the surrounding shores. The little bay is covered with their forms floating lightly and gracefully upon the undulating waters, and unceasingly engaged in earnest conversation; while flocks of the more dignified pelicans drew off in separate groups, as if in silent contempt of their more garrulous neighbours., The island is surrounded by bold, clear, and beautifully trans192 Gunnison's Island--Perilous Adventure. lucent water, and is, for its size, one of the most pleasant upon which we have landed. Immediately north, and distant but a hundred yards, is a small rocky islet, which has at one time formed a part of the main island, the bar by which they are connected being plainly visible beneath the water. The space between them forms a beautiful and romantic little bay, with deep, blue water, clear as crystal. The northern end of the main island is a nearly perpendicular cliff of black and gray limestone, between five and six hundred feet in height. Immediately upon landing, the yawl was unloaded upon the beach, as I intended to despatch her for water across the lake to the Indian Springs--the nearest point where it could be obtained without transporting it from the interior to the boat on the men's shoulders. The skiff, which had started with us from Dolphin Island, had not yet arrived, and I only waited her coming up...show more

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  • Paperback | 162 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236825373
  • 9781236825377