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Satisfied with gazing, we turn back, find retrogression more
difficult and dangerous than descent, and in time arrive at
the tower foot with strained and torn hands, mud and
ice-covered boots, general exhaustion and perhaps a trifle of
thankfulness.  My india-rubber overshoes are a piteous wreck.
Up to Goat Island again and off to the village.    There,
it being 3 or so in the afternoon, we take a meal; then
go down the long staircase by the nearer side of the Americal
Fall, in the rope-impelled vehicle provided for that purpose,
into the boat waiting, and are rowed across to Canada.
Here as I have before said, is obtained the only view, full &
complete of both Cataracts.     Everything is intensely frozen,
it is very difficult to walk, however carefully, and having wound
up the path to the summit of the Cliffs, when we arrive
at the edge of the Horseshoe Fall we are fain to keep some
yards from the terribly slippery edge.    The day is now
drawing towards its close, and already the American Fall is
only a great ghostly curtain of white mist.    A youth who is
doing something in the rear of a deserted house, recognizes
me,  (whether wrongfully or rightfully,) as having guided me
 under the Fall  last summer.   From him I learn that
this is sometimes done in winter, the adventurers having
 creepers  affixed to their feet.    But I am also told
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and thirty
Description:Describes Niagara Falls in the wintertime.
Date:1853-01-05
Subject:Clothing and dress; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Nature; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Travel; Winter
Coverage (City/State):[Niagara, New York]; Canada
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
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.