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the precipitous ladder.    This, and the tower-staircase having
been successfully passed, we stand under the canopy of the
arching cliffs above; from which hang monstrous icicles from
six to sixteen feet in length, which ever and anon break off
into brittle fragments on the rocks below.    Determining to
proceed towards the Horseshoe Fall, we edge along the top of
the shelving, rock-strewn, icy cliff, with extreme caution and 
some success, until we are checked by a frozen rivulet, which the
attempt at crossing would assuredly result in a broken limb.
So we resolve to descend, and do so, with infinite labor and
no small peril.  We hang on to stones, to roots of trees, to
masses of ice, and digging our heels in the ground or snow,
journey onwards.   Sometimes there s a slip, and a slide, and
a horrid fear of rolling over and over jagged rocks to the bottom;
and clinging with hands and knees till the panic is over. Half
an hour, or more, of this work brings us to where, at the waters
edge, we have a full side view of the Cataract.  And then
we spy, within it, just below (where the Tower stands, (which
appears dwarfed to extreme littleness,) a great pyramid of con-
gealed water,   petrified into ice even in the very shape it
assumed while bubbling over into the abyss.      Great chaotic
fragments of rock lie frozen in the vortex below.  The density
and bulk of the water pouring over is wonderful to see.
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and twenty-nine
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.