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In the Cellars of the World Figure by Russell T. Neville Curtains of Onyx CAVES The beauties of the vast subterranean world are a sealed mystery to most people. In the Cellars of the World is intended to show something of the awe, the majesty and and the beauty of these hidden labyrinths. Out of an experience covering several years of cave exploration, some of the most interesting and beautiful scenes, taken in almost a hundred caves, have been selected, and these are presented in quick moving fashion. My expedition into Old Salts Cave,-the largest cave in the world,-(July 1927), covered a period of fifty-two consecutive hours, and reached parts of this gigantic cavern never before explored. We brought out considerable prehistoric material left by the mysterious cave dwellers of the long ago. Much of this is shown in the pictures. From a study of this material, we try to tell something of the life, habits and customs of these primitive folk. Few people would follow us on our exploration trips even if they had the opportunity. We try to present these caves in all their vivid beauty and splendor, without the hazards incident to seeing them in reality. Figure RUSSELL T. NEVILLE The Cave Man In the Cellars of the World is not a technical talk on a geological subject. We want you to see that not all of the beauties of Nature are on top of the ground. The photographs, both motion and still, are unique, interesting and artistic. In a Fairy Palace PICTURES We bring to the screen, lantern slides and movies, showing places, formations and scenes you will never be able to see in any other way. It it much easier, safer and more pleasant to sit and watch these pictures than it is to crawl along through tight, small crevices, or up over high mountains of loose flung boulders to visit the places. The Neville Collection of cave photographs is the largest ever taken by any one person. There are over five hundred cave interior scenes in this group, and from this large number, selected subjects have been made available for public showing by means of lantern slides. In addition to the cave interiors, a sufficient number of outside views are shown so you may see what the cave country looks like. We show three reels of standard size motion picture film. More than half of this depicts actual cave interiors. The whole film pictures the most interesting and beautiful scenes in and around the Kentucky Caves. A portable projector is available, so that the motion pictures may be shown any place. In the Chinese Room For Terms and Dates write Russell T. Neville Kewanee, Ill. It has been said:- Your lecture and pictures In the Cellars of the World which I heard and saw at the Adventurers' Club recently, is to my mind one of the most interesting lectures that I have ever had the good fortune to hear. C. T. Chapman, Mgr. Chicago Bureau, Paramount News Floyd Collins, that intrepid Cave Explorer whose tragic death in Sand Cave aroused the sympathies of the world, was once lost in Crystal Cave. After his rescue, he told this story, which was written down by a friend of his. He says in part:- There was Mr. Neville, his Sister and his Daughter, Julia. And one day I took them all over Crystal Cave. The next day we went back there (where he was lost). It was a right smart crawl of half a mile or so. It is hard to crawl that far and push your lantern in front of you. The rocks cut your clothes. My knees and arms were all cut and bleeding. I wondered how any women were brave enough to go in there, through that long hole Now I think we were more foolish than brave. What if something had happened to our lanterns that time? I had to crawl along on my stomach. If I was as little as Julia and her Aunt, I wouldn't be afraid of getting stuck in this place. I remembered how tight it was for Mr. Neville. and how Julia laughed at him when he had to squeeze to get through that hole. I guess no other women besides the Nevilles will ever get into that hole. I am glad they got in and got out. I do not know how they could live to crawl that far. It was hard for me to wiggle through. I am glad the Nevilles have seen the place. I want this story wrote down because then people will know how glad I am that they found me in that hole. Ladies' Night, Adventurers' Club March 13, 1928, Program Hour 8 P. M Speaker:- Russell T. Neville, Explorer and Adventurer, a member of this Club, whose weird and creepy stories of CAVE ADVENTURE have kept some of us spell-bound and on chair-edge in his informal narratives. Now he comes to us fully panoplied with Motion Pictures, Slides, Trophies and everything.
|Title||In the cellars of the world|
|Topical Subject (LCSH)||
|Personal Name Subject||Neville, Russell Trall|
|Digital Collection||Traveling Culture: Circuit Chautauqua in the Twentieth Century|
|Contributing Institution||University of Iowa. Libraries. Special Collections Dept.|
|Archival Collection||Redpath Chautauqua Collection|
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|Number of Pages||6|
|Digitization Specifications||Scanned at 600 dpi, 32-bit color. Master image available in tiff format.|