Ice Palace

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Ice Palace - i our feet like an endless, winding serpent, j...
i our feet like an endless, winding serpent, j L'p, up we climb; higher and higher, through numberless passes and snow-j sheds, until at last we have reached the I continental divide, 11,4-4 feet above sea j level, the highest railroad point on the earth, and far above the clouds, cireat I banks of snow lying on every side, many j feet in depth, necessitating the use of j snow plows at all times of the year. Here j we let the engine rest for half an hour, as sue was somewnat out of breath after such a climb. Then conies the grandest of all the scenery along the route. Winding in and out, here and there among mountains' lofty topi, we at last plunge along the edge of a buge cliff, in such clo proximity that it makes one involuntarily grasp for some support, for it seemed that we iuut surely plunge down that awful depth, 2,000 feet below, to inevitable destruction. Down, down, suppose the rails should spread, what would be the result? for so steep are the sides in that sheer descent that eveu a gyuiuortic "antcmire" could not have found a foot bold. Spreading for miles below us was a scene that no artist could portray, beautiful beyond description; miles of evergreen forests, spreading like a carpet beneath us, dotted here and there by big boulders that look like mere pebbles from our height, and a stream of sparkling water winding like a riblon iu their midst. Oh! but it is grand. Italy ? No! She can not hope to ever compare with oi k ow x western scenery. You will excuse me for this attempt, you not knowing that I am a poet ( ?), but thee few lines suggested themselves to my mind when thinking over these scenes, so if you will allow me to pose in the light of one, for this once, I will give them to you, and then close my letter: i

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  1. The Eureka Herald and Greenwood County Republican,
  2. 01 May 1896, Fri,
  3. Page 8

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