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FALLS OF NIAGARA FROM THE AMERICAN SIDE.
EARLY the next day we set off for Goat Island, and pursuing the path which I have before mentioned, to the distance of about half a mile beyond the guide's cottage, we descended by a steep laddercommunioation to the ferry. On the shore we found several artists taking views. The American Fall, which is nearly opposite, is seen to great advantage from this place.
We crossed over, amongst waves, currents, and eddies, in a small boat; but, although the water, from its vicinity to the cataract, is in a very disturbed state, the ferry is perfectly secure, and it appeared to be skilfully managed.
The ascent on the American side is partly contrived by zig-zag paths, and partly by ladders About midway, the view is peculiarly splendid. Seen from this situation, the torrent has no relief, and appears as if descending from the sky. A small part of Goat Island and the British fall are seen beyond, on the right, in magnificent perspective. Goat Island is connected with the village of Manchester, on the American sbore, by a wooden bridge, constructed in the very centre of the Rapid, and pot more than 400 yards above the Fall.-De Roos's Travels in the United States and Canada.
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