Title: Letter from William F. Cody to Gordon W. Lillie

Date: March 8, 1912

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

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Silver Medal Louisiana Purchase Exposition

Highest Award
The Aqua Caliente Springs of Arizona Was Given the Above Award on Its Own Merits

Famous Health Resort — The Agua Caliente Springs of Arizona
Both Winter and Summer Resort—Rest for the Exhausted: Cure for the Invalid
Water Contains Wonderful Curative and Recuperative Properties Especially Adaped to Cure of Rheumatism and Blood Diseases
Hotel Modesti
Under New Management
Andrew Pancrazi, Manager
Rooms Large, Comfortable, Well Ventilated. Cottages, Tents and Rooms for Housekeeping at Reasonable Prices
Daily Stage and Mail, Except Sunday, from Sentinel on S. P. Railroad
Private Telephone Line Connects Hotel with Sentinel Station
Good Sleeping Accommodations and Meals at Sentinel
Full Line of General Merchandise

Dear. Major

When I got to the mines. I made alot of changes. I had suspected for a long time that the Getchells were not toteing fair. And I set a trap for them while I was east on my return our attorney had them dead to rights. The first thing was to get in all the outstanding accounts. &c. Col Dyer sent a first class bookkeeper. and to take charge of store &c. Then we sprung the fraudulent transaction on the Getchells. we had service papers ready to surve on them. If they refused to make good. The dirty work they had done. was in the purchase of the Southern Bell property. They as our Agents said the property cost so much. when it did not cost over half. they would take our money to pay for property and retain half for them selves. We made them give part of this back and all the stock old man Getchell owned in our Co. Young Getchell had $20.000 worth of Oil Stock he gave that up. Which Col Dyer & I divided   Col Dyer and I now own all the stock of our Mining Co. I then discharged every man the Getchells had brought to the mines. so as to weed them all out. And of course this stoped work at the mines. And we have but three men there now. Nothing open but the store. Then I had to come here. I wanted to take the baths and see our big Standard Oil driller start. Its a wonder everything new and the best money and brains could put together. It started off without a hitch and is drilling about four feet an hour. We have but one man on salary thats the Driller. the rest all on working for stock in co. I have been out there for three days. I took two Gentlemen with me. who were here at the Springs and they both bought stock. We have raised the price of stock to 25c on the dollar. and next week will raise to 35c. The formation for an oil deposit is perfect. we are putting your name on some of the locations. Should we strike oil our stock will go above par at once. besides we have about ten sections located & recorded I will be here until the 13th then I go back to the mines for a few days. I will be with you early in April. But I fear I cant raise any money to help you. But fate seems against me. Its hard to borrow   money on either Nebraska or Wyoming real estate or to sell. But this summer when the Park trade gets good I can sell my hotels and my hotel farm. And I'll sell them. And pay you every dollar. without we can make the profits of the show pay you. I more than appreciate all you have done. And I assure you that Ill pay you every cent and with interest.

God bless you.

Col

 

[]Letterhead seal, top left

Silver Medal Louisiana Purchase Exposition

Highest Award
The Aqua Caliente Springs of Arizona Was Given the Above Award on Its Own Merits

The Famous Health Resort Both Winter and Summer The Agua Caliente Springs of Arizona
Rest for the Exhausted: Cure for the Invalid
The Water Contains Wonderful Curative and Recuperative Properties Especially Adapted to the Cure of Rheumatism and All Blood Diseases
Hotel Modesti
Andrew Pancrazi
Manager
Rooms Large, Comfortable and Well Ventilated
Agua Caliente, Arizona

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Trenton. N. J. Gen. Del. Mar 13 A. M.

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U. S. Postage Two Cents

Major. G. W. Lillie

Wild West. & Far. East

Trenton

N. J.

Personal—Please deliver quick

Note: Major Gordon W. Lillie was WFC's show partner from 1909 to 1913; together they operated Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Pawnee Bill's Great Far East. WFC and Colonel Daniel Burns Dyer, former U. S. Indian agent, created the Cody-Dyer Arizona Mining & Milling Company in 1903. Colonel L. W. Getchell was a mining engineer who WFC thought had defrauded him. For further information on Getchell and Dyer, see Warren, pp534-535.

Title: Letter from William F. Cody to Gordon W. Lillie

Source: McCracken Research Library (MRL), MS6.0240

Date: March 8, 1912

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Empire

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