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on the other sine just not [unclear words] into
you awfully in the way of payment.    Another
miles walk and descending the bank I arrive at
a little shanty where I pay a shilling and am
forthwith inducted into the adjoining room to see
the Burning Springs.    A Circular hole in the floor,
water stirring and bubbling beneath, and above it
a rude bell shaped contrivance to collect the
rising gas,   a light being applied to a tube at
the top of which a great jet of flame, half
a yard long burst up, blazing bonnily.  The
water tasted pleasantly, though slightly flavored
with sulphur.  A boy shows it.  Talking with
him for half an hour or so, seeing him put his
finger unhurt in the flame, seeing him light
up the whole water, &c,  then a strip and
wash in a little cranny farther on beside the
rushing raging river.   Very cool & pleasant.
Return to little shanty.  Talking with boy &c
who had bathed also.    More visitors.  A tre-
mendous rain storm, and presently hail of a
size I never saw equalled.     Hail stones as
large as bullets, and at last I had one in
my hand as large, (without the slightest)
exaggeration as big as a hen s egg.   Knock, knock
they came down on the boards without.   The river
swelled and discoloured and roared outside,
The trees bowed and were drenched again, 
it was grand   sublime beyond description!
In the sulphur room, sitting by the great
blaze of the ages.   Thus for three or four
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page two hundred and ten
Description:Describes going to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.
Subject: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.