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acquaintance relied on the firmness of his step  
he said he saw I walked much more heedlessly 
than he did.     Mounting
to the floor above where we had the ice-creams, we
donned the costume, flannel red and yellow,
clumsy shoes and I an ancient battered wide brim
fan-tailed, fireman s-hat   my companion had
the oil skin cap & cape.       All ready.        Descent
down the spiral stairs in the cliff   a sort of wooden-
tower, and then issue forth on the rock-strewn path.
Progressing on to the cataract, the overhanging canopy
of Table rock is now behind us.   Wet, slippery
rocks below,   and now for the entrance under that
vast curtain of rushing driving sleet.   We are wet
through already.   A tornado of raging roaring blinding
spray is upon you   and around you.   As you
go over the rocky pathway, on yet, the thunder
of the sleet and tempest, the raging clamor and
storm voices, the leaping maddening frantic rush
of waters, the boiling foaming charybdis 
below you   all indescribable.          With drenched
hair, and as wetted bodies as if ten fathom below
the Atlantic, now gasping, now breathing long and
deep, now feeling a raging jet of water dashing
right down on you, now almost staggered by the
up driven foam surf on we kept,   sometimes in-
visible to one another at the distance of two or three
yards.     Now for a look upwards   and
what a look   Snatch it!   It s worth that [unclear world]
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page two hundred and six
Description:Describes his second day at Niagara Falls, New York.
Date:1852-07-28
Subject:Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nature; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Niagara, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
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.