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below, blurring out half the fall from view.   No beautiful
Iris-bow to-day, not even for a moment.   Table Rock
yawns out fearfully, long icicles depending there from.  The
little shanties, the show-places, are all deserted on the 
Canadian shore, the huge Clinton Hotel closed and unten-
anted, and not a human-being is in sight.    Wild birds
of the gull kind skim athwart the breakers below.   The
little  Maid of the Mist  has disappeared with the Summer
time; and Niagara plays on in wintry majesty to us twain
alone.   (By the bye, the first white man who set eyes 
upon it, is said to have been Champlain, the French priest,
who found his way northwards from the Mississippi.   The
word  Niagara  is Indian Equivalent for  Wonderful.)     We
stay an hour or so, despite ice and sleet, then descend and
busy ourselves in picking up shells from the water-covered rocks
at the edge of the Cataract.  (I secured five or six pretty ones
but had them lost or stolen afterwards at the little boarding-
house.)      Retracing our steps, we resolve to descend the 
Biddle Staircase, to the base of the great mass of rock that
divides the two falls.      Part of this proves a horribly
hazardous proceeding as we have to descend an inclined
plane, short indeed, but so glazed with ice, that only
careful crawling sufficed to bring us to the commencement of
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and twenty-eight
Description:Describes Niagara Falls in the wintertime.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Nature; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Travel; Winter
Coverage (City/State):Niagara [New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, witnessing a fire at a chocolate factory, attending a religious camp meeting, his friendship with Lotty Whytal, the 1852 presidential election, a visit to Niagara Falls in the winter, a visit to Toronto, Canada, and the Crystal Palace in New York.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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.