“The Falls of Niagara-\v6re dry for a .whole day,” said the Rev. Dr. T. B. 'Fuller, of Hamilton, Ontario, in a recent lecture. The. accuracy of the statement:-was questioned, and now the clergyman publishes the- sworn statement; of several.persons that they saw the phenomenon. They say that it occurred on March 31, 1848. At 5' o’clock in the morning so little water was dribbling over that a man and his daughter.walked -half -way across from .the Canadian shore neat the edge of ' the precipice. The girl stuck a pole into the, crevice,= of. the rock- r and left a handkerchief flying from the top. Not content with this feat, they went half a mile above the fall and rode part way across the bed of the river in a waggon. Others did similar things. The jagged rocks at the bottom- of the 5 falls were exposed. ' This strange condition lasted until nightfall, when the stream began rapidly to swell, and : before, morning was ,as large as tisui-iL. Dr. Fuller’s theory is as follows :—“ The winds had been,blowing; down Lake Erie, which is : oply about. thirtyi feet deep, and rushing, a great deal of the water from it over the falls; it then suddenly changed, and : blew ' this -little water (comparatively speaking) up to the western portion of the lake; at this juncture -the ‘ ice on Lake Erie, which had been broken up by these high winds, got, jammed in the river between Buffalo, .and,, the Canada .side, and formed a dam which kept back the waters of Lake Erie.”
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Niagara Dry., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 200, 25 November 1880
Niagara Dry. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 200, 25 November 1880
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