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The Diary of James Brogden, August 1871 – December 1872

2 September 1871

2 September 1871

Who can described these Falls! They must be seen to be appreciated, and moreover seen again and again. Their greatness cannot be realised at once. We went underneath the parts it is possible to visit, which was amusing as well as instructive. Our dress was of flannel, and we were soon with the spray, wet to the skin; - as we walked we were simply blinded with spray coming at us, as if in spite from all quarters. Poor Dunny this enjoying it, got his mouth full of water in a second, whilst laughing, but so far as one can realise anything in such a situation, the constant descent of the green water over head amidst a deafening roar is most appalling. And this is only one wee part of this waste of waters. Next morning, on rising, the Falls looked larger than ever, and so, I am told they grow on you. We stayed on the Canadian side hoping for more moderate charges, but in this were disappointed.