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The Niagara River

Library of Alexandria
Note Works to which the author is most indebted, especially the historical writings of Hon. Peter A. Porter, Severance’s Old Trails of the Niagara Frontier, The Niagara Book, and the writings of the scholar of the old New York frontier, the late O. H. Marshall, and the collections of the historical societies along the frontier, are indicated frequently in footnotes and in text. The author’s particular indebtedness to Mr. Porter is elsewhere described; he is also in the debt of F. H. Mautz, Henry Guttenstein, Superintendent Edward H. Perry, whose kindness to the author was so characteristic of his treatment of all comers to the shrine over which he presides, E. O. Dunlap, and many others mentioned elsewhere. He has appreciated Mr. Howells’s characteristic conscientiousness when he wrote concerning Niagara, I have always had to take myself in hand, to shake myself up, to look twice, and recur to what I have heard and read of other people’s impressions, before I am overpowered by it. Otherwise I am simply charmed. The author has laboured under the difficulty of attempting to remain overpowered during a period of several years. That there have been serious lapses in the shape of lucid intervals, the critic will find full soon! It has seemed best to treat of modern Niagara under what might have been called Part I. of this volume. The history of the Niagara region proper begins in Chapter VII., the problems of present-day interest occupying the preceding six chapters. A. B. H. Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio,January 26, 1908