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another steep path, high, high up, and ever
present below you the abyss of white foam you
come to the extreme eastern front of Goat Is-
land, cross another bridge, to where, on
the verge of the great Horseshoe Fall, stands
a small tower, looking like a light house
but having no light.      That tower I ascend,
and then what a Sight!
The great curve of the Cataract is right beneath
you!     Rushing, plashing, driving pouring, 
hurrying terribly, remorselessly, madly on to that
most awful edge, then to plunge   
down, down, down   into a such a caudron
of raging, driving spray as no tongue can
tell or mind conceive without witnessing the spot.
Rising up and up, misty, ghost-like, vast, 
ever changing, ever stirring vapour, giant like
looming up from that terrible vortex for ever
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four: page one hundred and ninety-seven
Description:Describes his first day at Niagara Falls, New York.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Nature; Niagara Falls (N.Y.); Travel
Coverage (City/State):[Niagara, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07


Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Four
Description:Includes descriptions of looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, boarding house living, visits to Mrs. Kidder and her daughter Lotty, the start of the ''Lantern'' publication and joining the ''Lantern Club,'' attending a ball on Governors Island, attending a lecture by E. H. Chapin, visits to Staten Island, and a visit to Niagara Falls.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Theater; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York
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.