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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 133, September 30, 1853

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Identifier: DX04151444

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 6, page 133, September 30, 1853

Description: Describes a visit to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky.


‘tis he [Herodotus] who says “they had their Women in common,” (Socialists clearly) — some good might be effected by a Sermon in the Mammoth Cave. All are now half a mile or so from the Cave mouth. Passing more banks of nitrous earth, tracks of oxen, prints of wheels, made thirty years agone; by more Hoppers, leaching vats, pipes, pump frames, and the like, we are in the Gothic Galleries. On either side here are caves, the one to the left, sand-choked is but penetratible for brief space, that to the right, entitled the Gothic Avenue, joins the former by a gallery, stretching sheer across the Main Cave. We are now half a mile or so from the cave mouth. Reserving the wonders of Gothic Avenue for future exploration, we held on down to the Ball Room, thus named from its availability for subterranean terpsichorean gymnastics. A rock orchestra, a gallery stretching back towards the level of the embankment by the Gothic Avenue; would afford facility either for lookers on or performers in the bobbing, hopping, jigging, sliding, shuffling, dodging, oscillating business yclept dancing. Here follows a broad level road onwards. On the left is Willie’s spring, a pretty fluted niche, water worn, and small basin. Tis so called from a clerical ass, who fiddle in hand under strolled through the country, under the plagiarisied title of “ Wandering Willie;” and in sentimental boobyism, chose to rest a night here. And just beyond are corn-cobs scattered, remnants left by the oxen employed by the miners; and also a steep niche, from cave ceiling to put, perhaps thirty feet in depth, continual water plashings dripping downwards into a large but inaccessible room. Well Cave and Rocky Cave are left behind; and now looming out of the blackness on the right we see Giant’s Coffin. A huge stone Sarcophagus shaped mass, so distinct that mouldings could be seen about its lid; — fit burial spot for Polypheme after his love-madness for Galatea. The white limestone forming it stands out clear &

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1853-09-30

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Mammoth Cave (Ky.)


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