The Englishwoman In America By Isabella Lucy Bird

 -  But on we
went, climbing with difficulty over prostrate firs, or breaking through
matted juniper, and still the spring was - Page 60
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But On We Went, Climbing With Difficulty Over Prostrate Firs, Or Breaking Through Matted Juniper, And Still The Spring Was

Not, though we were "far away in the woods." But still we climbed on, through swamp and jungle, till we

Tore our dresses to pieces, and our hats got pulled off in a tree and some of our hair with them; but at last we reached the spring. It was such a scene as one might have dreamed of in some forest in a fabulous Elysium. It was a large, deep basin of pure white sand, covered with clear water, and seven powerful springs, each about a foot high, rose from it; and trees had fallen over it, and were covered with bright green moss, and others bent over it ready to fall; and above them the tall hemlocks shut out the light, except where a few stray beams glittered on the pure transparent water.

And here it lay in lonely beauty, as it had done for centuries, probably known only to the old people and to the wandering Indians. In enterprising England a town would have been built round it, and we should have had cheap excursions to the "Baths of St. Eleanor's."

In the evening we went to the house of Mr. Oppe at Bedeque, but not finding him at home we presumed on colonial hospitality so far as to put our horse in the stable and unpack our clothes; and when Mr. Oppe returned he found us playing at draughts, and joined us in a hearty laugh at our coolness.

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