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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 45

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound.

The entrance to this Sound presents a charming picture to the tourist. Numerous islands covered with thick foliage, beautified by crimson rata blossoms, are passed, and a grand amphitheatre of steep hills meets the eye. On arriving at the junction of Smith and Bradshaw Sounds, the snowy pinnacles of the Glengarry Peaks tower over the converging lines of the nearer wooded hills. Solitary Cone, a volcanic giant of immense proportions, stands boldly and prominently out from the surrounding hills. Passing by the mouth of a cannon-like chasm, we are walled in by white cliffs crowned with green bushes, and from an immense field of snow on the summit of the range, numerous tiny cascades swirl down into the placid basin beneath. The steamer generally makes a short stay at Hall's Arm to give the excursionists an opportunity to enjoy the sublimity of the surrounding scenery. Massive mountains, with craggy peaks and tapering summits, rise in majestic grandeur around the Arm, and, resting like a rich emerald dotted with rubies oil the water's bosom, is Rolla Island. When a good survey of this delightful spot is taken by the tourist, he can then amuse himself by fern gathering, or fishing, until the signal for page 50 another start is given. On leaving this charming cove, the boat steams through Thompson's Sound and out to sea. After a short run along the coast, we enter