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it can t be done yet for a month or so, as the ice is not
firmly frozen.       This I regret, as I am told the effect
is very fine,  walking  twixt a wall of ice and the rock.
A long mile or more s, walking down the river along the
slippery, rutty, frozen road brings us to a little tavern
beside the Suspension Bridge.       There we stay hours twain,
imbibing ale, and listening to stories about the Cataract, one
of which I put down.         A man working on the bridge,
leading to Bath Island fell into the rapids (during the Spring of
1852) and drifted on to a little island not a hundred
rods from the edge of the American Fall.      No rope or ex-
terior aid could have availed, but a noble fellow, one Joel
Robinson, (nicknamed the boatman of the Cataract ) launched
his boat from a point above, managed it so dexterously as
to reach the island and the poor forlorn man
upon it, and brought him to the shore of Goat Island in
safety.      The people carried him and his boat to the
village in Triumph, and I love  em for it.       This is not
the only act of cool heroism that this brave Massachusetts
born boatman has done, nor the only life he has saved.
  Across the fragile bridge from cliff to cliff at an awful,
heighth from the waters below.       They are constructing ano-
ther on the same spot, designed for railroad trains to
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page one hundred and thirty-one
Description:Describes Niagara Falls in the wintertime.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Heylyn, Edward; Nature; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Robinson, Joel; Travel; Winter
Coverage (City/State):[Ontario, Canada]
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.