St. Michael's Cave At Gibraltar
T.-MICIIAEL'S CAVE AT .GIBRALTAR. ' ''Front lh lignal house we desceuded loaards poitilXuropa, llit,eoutl)arniosi ex-J treruity of the rock, to visit 'a natural , cari osity, which throw far into tho shade the artificial works which we had just been ad- mirintv This is St. Michael'scave, a fright- ful cavern,, which opens its tremendous jaws upon, the astonished nenoiucr, wiui nafficsent terror to be the "descensus aver- ni.'Vor the .mouth of the bottomless ' pit. The entrance is through a stupendous arch, which leads bv a slippery patb, tanner inau the enterprise ol man has yet ventured to cipWe. It U the vulvar belief that it ex- tends under the bed oi tne sea, an me way to'' A pes. hill, on'tlie opposite continent. This notion has Its origin. in die strange od mysterious visits which ere sometimes rnade bjj the menkey tribes of Africa; for it .seems taken for granted that they must trross over from the African side,'. As they ate 'never.see'n upon the' water, and, the idistanco in fact seems too great for them to swim; as they are not known to possess the power, of flymg, or, in other words, as they" neither pass through the water, nor over it, tilt natural to. infer thai they must find flicir way under it; aud the idea is rendered ayflicieotly plwjsible to the. Vulgar miud, 1y the existence of this singulur and uufath-H iomabJe passage through "the solid entrails oi the eartru" . -v ( -- i The first part of the cavern is immense-" Ty high Its' lofty arched roof; and; long endent stalactites call-forcibly to mind some ro3 Gothic cathedral. - As you ie-!end and ad vaiice', tho ascending stulagmite rises to tiiet't the descending stalactite, the 'f ocJkS t thrown together in every gro-. tesqiie variety of form andfcolor; the passa-.' Pes become narrow and intricate, and ail is aoeo lost in impenetrably darkness. .The dimly seen stalugruites'risiug in fantastic altap.cS in rtie distant obscuritj, and spotted here and there, with a tew scattereu rays or. light, look like sq many spectres or goblins, lurking in their sileyt and . gloomy abodes. rThe"awful aubllTnit of the scene is greatly teighteucd by v the incessant chirping of crickets, and the chaptering and nattering ofbdts, whjcli, , together will the aluwrick-linc of wateri arid the voice or tread of some occasional visiter, are the'onlv sounds that ever aismro mo ueaiuuKe siutiiuaa ui una slncahir place' .1-J1 1j lu.'