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your head [unclear words] they [unclear words] you.
  It is bathing in them.  The water, mist and
raging spray is almost as great as under the Horse Shoe
Fall, though not of such continuance.    Having
passed, I crept up to the commencement of the next
fall, but such was the world of raging water
that I could scarce see aught.   So returning to
my guide who had crouched under an overarching
stone formed cave, (poor fellow   he said he had
to go under the water more than was good for him)
I tarried awhile, looking at the rainbows, then
back, up the slippery path & to the hut again,
where two women were impatiently waiting, one in-
tending to go beneath the Fall; which she did,
in a sort of aquatic Bloomer Costume, looking rather
shyly round as she came out in it.  /      I
followed the rocky path on the other side of the
Staircase tower, and by dint of some clambering
reached the waters edge at the foot of the Horse-
shoe Fall.   Here was another sublime view.  The
rocks were all black and wet, and the driving
spray scattered far and wide, drenching you through.
Had a good view of the bottom of the fall,   the
great rocks which have tumbled over.  Here for
two hours or more,   another circular
rainbow.   Return and bed at about 8.
  31. Saturday.  To different Railway Depot,
having resolved on being off for Genessee, and hunting
up Mr Hall & sons.    Found out the best way.
Having to start at 1/2 past 2, I went to have
a farewell morning at the Cataract.  Principally
on the tower.  There rushing and raging on, 
plashed the Great Cataract even as it will do
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page two hundred and twelve
Description:Describes his last day at Niagara Falls, New York.
Date:1852-07-30
Subject:Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hall, Elisha; Hall, Haydon; Hall, Homer; Nature; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Railroad; Railroad travel; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):[Niagara, New York]; Genesee [County, 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.