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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 207, July 28, 1852

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Identifier: DX01173874

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 207, July 28, 1852

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


body, to look up, up far — and see the great awful foam jets springing over the edge of the abyss into the hell of waters below. Swooping, hissing, roaring, bubbling, boiling, thundering and raging for ever and ever. You can’t look up for more than a few seconds, and then have to hold on. But the guide says in my ear, drawing up. “Here’s the Termination Rock. We can go no further. The raging sleet plashes straight down, no step save to eternity beyond. The troubled bellowing over, the thunder and cloud and rain storm are at their highest. And the guide turns back. So did not we. For we, seeing it was safe enow, kept up to and fro. Sitting down, then back out of the fall, and into the basin of the Cataract, where we sat and lay down on a huge fragment from Fable Rock which had fallen in time past. Here’s perhaps the grandest view of the Fall. Fragments of wood, tree trunks, rocks innumerable [word crossed out] Spray dashing over us. Fifteen minutes or so, then back, under the Cataract again, to the extremity, both for the view, the bath, and to get a fragment of rock as memento. Got it, from, as far a place as I could. Return, and up a staircase, to the upper world again. I don’t think this descent is either so dangerous or so grave a thing to do as folks fancy. I think

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-07-28

Type(s): Diary

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

Subjects: Diaries
Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)


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