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built, and vibrates and shakes tremulously all the
time.   Carriages pass, at a walk.       Arriving on the
Canada Side   (hurra for English ground again!) a
long, dusty walk beside the river cliff, at times catching
a glimpse of it between the tall trees.      The cliff is very
high here.   As you approach the Fall, the view becomes
grander.    Descending to a little staircase where we
came to a small cave in the face of the Rock, over
looking the tree tops and whirling river.   Devil s Hole
they name it.      Its nothing of a cave though. /     Now
we near the opposite side of the American Fall, and
halting often & anon look on.   The Clifton House
faces it.     This fall would alone be, as it is, grand
and magnificent in the extreme, were it not for the com-
parison of it with the Horseshoe.         Taking a drink at
the hotel, we went on to the other.       Table rock.
A huge crack in it.  You stand over the abyss &
look down.   A little space before, (in distance I mean)
not Time, a girl fell over while gathering a flower
from the edge, as a little inscription, stuck on a
post tells you of the tale of Miss Martha Rugg.   /
You see the Great Horseshoe Fall here excellently.
Further on we sit down at the edge of the
Cataract s commencement.        Ice creams at a little
house near.       Then after talking with an individ-
ual who had just been under the Fall, and who
was attired in a pair of red flannel trousers, and
yellow shirt & oilskin Esquimaux looking helmet with
cape, we resolved to do the same.         I had the
firm intent to do it all along & my impromptu
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page two hundred and five
Description:Describes his second day at Niagara Falls, New York.
Subject:Children; Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nature; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Rugg, Martha; 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.