Ole Mistis: And Other Songs and Stories from Tennessee

Ole Mistis: And Other Songs and Stories from Tennessee

Ole Mistis: And Other Songs and Stories from Tennessee

Ole Mistis: And Other Songs and Stories from Tennessee

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The Middle Basin is the dimple of the Universe.

About equal in area to Lake Ontario -- nearly 6000 square miles -- situated in Middle Tennessee and surrounded by the Highland Rim, it is one of those peculiar geological formations made long ago when the earth was young. In altitude, but little higher than the first plateau beyond the Mississippi; in shape, oval and symmetrical as the tapering turn of an egg shell cut lengthwise; in depth, from 500 to 1000 feet -- deep enough to break the force of the wind, and yet high enough to concentrate, as by a focus, the slanting sunbeams and the shadows.

Away back in the past it was once the bed of a silver shining lake. But whether its waves boiled beneath a torrid sun, lashed into foam by saurian battles, or whether glacial icebergs sunk their crystal pillars in its depths and lifted their diamond-turreted peaks to the steel-cold stars of an unanswering heaven, no one will ever know.

And what became of it? We shall never know. Perhaps an earthquake rent its natural levees, and it fled with the Cumberland or the . . .

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