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Text for Page 226 [10-13-1858]

both falls up the river and of the rapids below, not
to speak of the Suspension Bridge, in itself a pretty struc-
ture as well as a wonderful work of art.      The trains pass
over it very, very deliberately.   On the very edge of the preci-
pice, below which, at about a hundred feet or so, is the
rocky pathway to the �Maid of the Mist� once stood Mrs
Griffin�s summer house; but during her non-residence at the
cottage, the occupants of an adjacent Irish shanty used it up
for firewood!            The day was a lovely one � sunny and warm.
Talked awhile with the ladies and strolled about.   A good-
looking Mrs George Burroughs, from Toledo, Ohio, called with
a very old lady � the mother of Mrs Griffin�s deceased hus-
band.    They had just driven down to the village, from the
falls, where the husband of the former had come to attend
a Railroad convocation.      I set out with Miss Cooper
and walked beside the railroad track to the Falls village,
where we went to the Niagara House.    Here we found Miss
Weighty and Julia Griffin � I don�t suppose the first-men-
tioned young lady spells her christian name as I�ve written it
� also a Miss Oswald.       Talked and chaffed all the rest of
the morning, dined down stairs in the hotel room.    The
house is owned by Mrs Griffin (who once kept the Clifton,
on the Canadian side) and the two girls are her neices.
They have two brothers also, whom I did�nt see; they � in
conjunction with most of the bachelorhood of the village � being
off on a three days hunt.           After dinner out with Miss Coo-
per for a ramble on and around Goat Island. A hand-
somish Iron bridge has replaced the old wooden one which af-
forded access to the islands.   Some of the little bridges leading               
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