Here again, therefore, it seems fair to infer that--with ordinary caution, and presence of mind--any man, or men, might have ascended
by the ladder, and might have descended again, unobserved.
They crossed to France, and ascended the Seine by steamboat, and then settled for a time in Paris.
But on the third floor, to which one ascended by a fine stone stairway, broad and easy, with elaborate iron railings, there was a more simple set of rooms, comfortably furnished, where the American family were pleasantly provided for, in a home of their own.
Instead of finding the mountain we had ascended
sweeping down in the opposite direction into broad and capacious valleys, the land appeared to retain its general elevation, only broken into a series of ridges and inter-vales which so far as the eye could reach stretched away from us, with their precipitous sides covered with the brightest verdure, and waving here and there with the foliage of clumps of woodland; among which, however, we perceived none of those trees upon whose fruit we had relied with such certainty.
As I hastened above to explore the strange shaft I found that the ladder of horizontal bars mounted always as far above me as my eyes could reach, and as I ascended
, the light from above grew brighter and brighter.