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dozen or more folks coming, off we start, through the
rushing whirling river.   As we near the Cat-
aract the view becomes grand beyond conception.    Nearer
yet, and soon we shall be fronting the American Fall,
the mist and spray is wetting us   when I see beside me
as I stand in the forepart of the boat a fellow passenger clad
in indian robber cloak and queer close fitting cap of like
material.  Comprehending it, I rush to a side cabin, array
myself in the like and now stand in front, drenched with
driving spray as we go on and on   till close beneath the
cataract.   And then I look up.   I shall never forget
that sight and that moment!       High   high up as you can
see, from above, comes down that broad white sheet of
foaming boiling water, a wall of rushing, sparkling light
the sunlight tinting its edges at the summit with a glorious
emerald green, while with a whiter glory than Alpine snow, plashes
the fall below.   The little steam boat struggles and pants
in the raging cauldron of mist, and is drenched from
stem to stern, you are blinded and wetted with spray;  
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page two hundred and three
Description:Describes his second day at Niagara Falls, New York.
Subject:Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nature; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Niagara, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four
Description:Includes descriptions of looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, boarding house living, visits to Mrs. Kidder and her daughter Lotty, the start of the ''Lantern'' publication and joining the ''Lantern Club,'' attending a ball on Governors Island, attending a lecture by E. H. Chapin, visits to Staten Island, and a visit to Niagara Falls.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.