Indeed, I Had Been Making Up My
Mind For Disappointment Since We Left The Crater-House, In
Consequence Of Reading Seven Different Accounts, In Which Language
Was Exhausted In Describing Kilauea.
Suddenly, just above, and in front of us, gory drops were tossed in
air, and springing forwards we stood on the brink of Hale-mau-mau,
which was about 35 feet below us.
I think we all screamed, I know
we all wept, but we were speechless, for a new glory and terror had
been added to the earth. It is the most unutterable of wonderful
things. The words of common speech are quite useless. It is
unimaginable, indescribable, a sight to remember for ever, a sight
which at once took possession of every faculty of sense and soul,
removing one altogether out of the range of ordinary life. Here was
the real "bottomless pit" - the "fire which is not quenched" - "the
place of hell" - "the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone" -
the "everlasting burnings" - the fiery sea whose waves are never
weary. There were groanings, rumblings, and detonations, rushings,
hissings, and splashings, and the crashing sound of breakers on the
coast, but it was the surging of fiery waves upon a fiery shore.
But what can I write! Such words as jets, fountains, waves, spray,
convey some idea of order and regularity, but here there was none.
The inner lake, while we stood there, formed a sort of crater within
itself, the whole lava sea rose about three feet, a blowing cone
about eight feet high was formed, it was never the same two minutes
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