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regularity in planting thefootupon the board, which of,
course recoils against the impression too .soon,- and precipi‘->
tates the unguarded and courageous venturer into the deep,
chasm below. Persons accustomed to walk along planks
may safely venture over, and the women andboyvs at-;
,tached to the fishery, carry great loads across with the,
utmost ‘contempt of danger, ‘and “apparent ease. This
dangerousmode of communication exists only for apart of , V
the. year, viz. duringthe fishing season ; immediately after, i 3
which it is removed, but restored again the ensuing '
season. It should be remarked, that the Island of Car- 3
rick-a-Bede is of nearly equal elevation with the main
land, 350 feet. In the cliffs, near‘ the island, is a very
beautiful cave, about thirty feet in height, formed“entirely
of columnar basalt, of which the bases appear to have
been removed, so that the unsupported polygonal columns
compose the cave. , ‘ V
' ,The chief use of this insulated rock appears to be that
of interrupting the salmon, who annually coast along the
shorein‘search,of.rivers, in‘ which to deposit their spawn;
Their passage is generally made‘clo‘se"to the shore, so’
that Carricltv-ap-VRede'is' very’ oppportunelyng situated for pro-E
jecting the interruptingynets.’ It ‘-will here be inquired,‘
why the fishermen, do not spare themselvesithe-trouble of A
throwing across this very dangerous bridge, ‘and approach
the island by water’; but ‘this is perfectly impracticable,‘
owing ’ to -other extreme perpendicularity of the - basaltic
cliffs on every side, except in one small ‘bay, which is not
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(A L . tain and the South-Stack, is thus formed: two strong ' ,.
J; cables, parallelato each other, are’ fastened to rings, in-
.“’,‘:‘t serted inthe' solid rock, on each side of the chasm, and
[,3 the ngarronhinterval of the ropes is;occupied by a boarded
Xi‘ patli-way. ;The danger in "crossing is attributable to an ir-
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