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Thirty-Ninth Annual Meeting 585

Thirty-Ninth Annual Meeting             585


umes of which was completed some time ago, is still passing

through the press. As originally planned, this work was to have

been completed in four volumes. When the fourth volume was

in type it was found that enough manuscript remained for a

fifth volume. This, we learn from the printer, is in type await-

ing the index to the entire work.

Increased appropriations for the Publications of the So-

ciety were allowed by the last General Assembly, and though

the cost of printing is still high, it has been possible to publish

more than in the past. The Secretary informs me that the manu-

script of the "Life of Governor William Allen" has recently been

accepted, and will soon be printed and issued by the Society in

bound form.         Respectfully submitted,

(Signed) F. C. FURNISS,


On motion the report was accepted and ordered

placed on file.



Rev. Pascal A. Bright read the report of the Com-

mittee on Ash Cave as follows:

In Benton and Laurel townships in southwestern Hocking

County a group of exceedingly interesting places of wild natural

beauty is found. Among these is the Ash Cave which has ob-

tained a wider notoriety than some of the others. A partial list

of the places includes the Rock House, Conkle's Hollow, Crane

Hollow, the Split Rocks, Saltpetre Caves, Cedar Falls, Old

Men's Cave, and Peterson's Hollow. These attractions are all

within a radius of a few miles. They are found in the Black

Hand conglomerate and are the result either of erosion or

weathering. The erosion has been very great in some of the

canyons, as is discovered in the canyon of Queer creek where

about 200 feet of rock is disclosed. There are miles of cliffs

varying in height from a few feet to the above figure. Some of

the canyons are very narrow as in Conkle's Hollow and others

are comparatively wide. In one of the canyons south of the Ash

Cave a soldier of the World War hid for eighteen months after

taking French leave from the army just before his regiment left

Camp Sherman for France itself.

It is proper to say that from an archaeological standpoint

there is little in this region that would call for attention, but

from the standpoint of scenic interest it is undoubtedly one of