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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 210, July 29, 1852

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Identifier: DX01175327

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 4, page 210, July 29, 1852

Description: Describes going to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.


on the other sine just not [unclear words] into you awfully in the way of payment. Another miles walk and descending the bank I arrive at a little shanty where I pay a shilling and am forthwith inducted into the adjoining room to see the Burning Springs. A Circular hole in the floor, water stirring and bubbling beneath, and above it a rude bell shaped contrivance to collect the rising gas, — a light being applied to a tube at the top of which a great jet of flame, half a yard long burst up, blazing bonnily. The water tasted pleasantly, though slightly flavored with sulphur. A boy shows it. Talking with him for half an hour or so, seeing him put his finger unhurt in the flame, seeing him light up the whole water, &c, then a strip and wash in a little cranny farther on beside the rushing raging river. Very cool & pleasant. Return to little shanty. Talking with boy &c who had bathed also. More visitors. A tremendous rain storm, and presently hail of a size I never saw equalled. Hail stones as large as bullets, and at last I had one in my hand as large, (without [word crossed out] the slightest) exaggeration as big as a hen’s egg. Knock, knock they came down on the boards without. The river swelled and discoloured and roared outside, The trees bowed and were drenched again, it was grand — sublime beyond description! In the sulphur room, sitting by the great blaze of the ages. Thus for three or four

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1852-07-29

Type(s): Diary

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

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


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