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body, to look up, up far   and see the great
awful foam jets springing over the edge of the abyss
into the hell of waters below.  Swooping, hissing, 
roaring, bubbling, boiling, thundering and raging for
ever and ever.     You can t look up for more than
a few seconds, and then have to hold on.   But
the guide says in my ear, drawing up.  Here s
the Termination Rock. We can go no further.    The
raging sleet plashes straight down, no step save
to eternity beyond.    The troubled bellowing over,
the thunder and cloud and rain storm are at their
highest.         And the guide turns back.       So did
not we.    For we, seeing it was safe enow, kept
up to and fro.  Sitting down, then back out
of the fall, and into the basin of the Cataract,
where we sat and lay down on a huge fragment
from Fable Rock which had fallen in time past.
Here s perhaps the grandest view of the Fall.
Fragments of wood, tree trunks, rocks innumerable
Spray dashing over us.     Fifteen minutes or
so, then back, under the Cataract again, to the
extremity, both for the view, the bath, and to get
a fragment of rock as memento.  Got it, from, 
as far a place as I could.               Return, and up
a staircase, to the upper world again.
I don t think this descent is either so dangerous
or so grave a thing to do as folks fancy. I think
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page two hundred and seven
Description:Describes his second day at Niagara Falls, New York.
Date:1852-07-28
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nature; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Niagara, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

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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.