Scribners Monthly Volume 9

Scribners Monthly Volume 9

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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. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...another amphitheater. There THE SPANISH BAYONET IN MARBLE CANON. projecting points that formed steps and gave hand-hold, and then I reached a little shelf, along which I walked, and discovered a vertical fissure parallel to the face of the wall, and reaching to a higher shelf. This fissure was narrow, and I tried to climb up to the bench, which was about forty feet overhead, though I had a barometer on my back, which rather impeded my climbing. The walls of the fissure were of smooth limestone, offering neither foot-nor hand-hold; so I supported myself by pressing my back against one wall and my knees against the other, and in this way lifted my body, in a shuffling manner, a few inches at a time, until I had made perhaps twenty-five feet of the distance, when the crevice widened a little and I could not press my knees against the rocks in front with sufficient force to give me support in lifting my body. I tried to go back, but this I could not do without falling, so I struggled along, sidewise, farther into the crevice where it narrowed. By this time my muscles were exhausted and I could climb no longer, so I moved still a little farther into the crevice, where it was so narrow and wedging that I could lie in it, and there I rested. Five or ten minutes of this relief and up once more I pushed, till I reached the bench above. On this I could walk for a quarter of a mile, till I reached a place where the wall was again broken down so that I could climb up still farther. In an hour I reached the summit. Hanging up my barometer to give it a few minutes to settle, I occupied myself in collecting resin from the pifion pines, which were found in great abundance. One of the principal objects of the climb was to get this resin for the purpose more

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  • Paperback | 566 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 29mm | 998g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123694657X
  • 9781236946577