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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 206, July 28, 1852

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Identifier: DX01173389

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 206, July 28, 1852

Description: Describes his second day at Niagara Falls, New York.


acquaintance relied on the firmness of his step — he said he saw I walked much more heedlessly [word crossed out] than he did. [words crossed out]. Mounting to the floor above where we had the ice-creams, we donned the costume, flannel red and yellow, clumsy shoes and I an ancient battered wide brim fan-tailed, fireman’s-hat — my companion had the oil skin cap & cape. All ready. Descent down the spiral stairs in the cliff — a sort of wooden-tower, and then issue forth on the rock-strewn path. Progressing on to the cataract, the overhanging canopy of Table rock is now behind us. Wet, slippery rocks below, — and now for the entrance under that vast curtain of rushing driving sleet. We are wet through already. A tornado of raging roaring blinding spray is upon you — and around you. As you go over the rocky pathway, on yet, the thunder of the sleet and tempest, the raging clamor and storm voices, the leaping maddening frantic rush of waters, the boiling foaming charybdis [words crossed out] below you — all indescribable. With drenched hair, and as wetted bodies as if ten fathom below the Atlantic, now gasping, now breathing long and deep, now feeling a raging jet of water dashing right down on you, now almost staggered by the up driven foam surf on we kept, — sometimes invisible to one another at the distance of two or three yards. [word crossed out] Now for a look upwards — and what a look — Snatch it! It’s worth that [unclear world]

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-07-28

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Clothing and dress
Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)


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