¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 ascended more than two hundred feet above the level of the Observatory are able to go beside a stream of running molten lava fulfillling our mission as satisfactorily as though we had went higher, because, to ascend to the summit and look into the crater is now impossible. For a half hour before reaching our destination we had been walking in the darkness, giving us the grandest possible view of the luminous liquid streams covering the cone to our right.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 From our stand point to the summit was perhaps three quarters of a mile rising as regularly as a sugar-loaf- This whole surface for a mile in width was one continuous luminous field of molten lava descending by hundreds of streams. Usually the streams move slowly, not faster than a leisure walk, but in various parts of the field the lava banks up until the pressure from behind forces it over the dam when it shoots off down the mountain side like a rocket rolling and tumbling in balls, fragments, and streams until arrested ^by^ other dams.
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There are two craters discharging, but we could not see the lava pouring out xxxxx because of the many cones of lava and scoria just high enough to hide the streams. See continually, immense volumns [sic] of
smoke rising from each crater, the reflection from the red hot lava making them as luminous as a blaze in which we occasionally saw rocks and fire balls being ejected an hundred feet or more above the summit to roll and tumble down towards us.