Title: Letter from William F. Cody to George T. Beck

Date: July 14, 1896

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

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Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders.
of the World.
[photograph]

Col. W. F. Cody. (Buffalo Bill), President.


[photograph]

Nate Salsbury. Vice-President & Manager.


John M. Burke. General Manager.
Albert E. Sheible, Business Manager.
Jule Keen, Treasurer.

My Dear George

I heard from Mr Salsbury several times but he is so disgusted with the country his letters give me a pain. from what I can hear its very dry out there this year. that would help to disgust any one coming to see a new country. And its a pitty that the drouth struck in this year— but all arid countrys are subjected to dry seasons— and it does not make me weak or con the country— I dread the liars and back biters moore than the drouths and I have quit beleiveing them— I heard enough about you to fill a book— Say George— come to remember did we not agree to pay Flood [2] $100 per months   from Mar. 1st if so he should have it. That s is while he done good honest work but not while he was drinking. I dont see how a man can drink. I am still getting it from Salsbury because I took a few drinks out there the last time I was there. I am going to get the State legislature to pass an act allowing me to find some secluded canon where I can be allowed to go to and take a drink if I choose to— Salsbury says New York and long Branch is good enough for him. then I dont see why I cant be allowed to say that country is good enough for me— Every mans likes are not exactly the same— I expect Meade [3] & Alger are with you—

Your friend

Cody

Note 1: BBWW performed in Newark, Ohio, on July 14, 1896. The day's entry in the 1896 Route Diary: "Newark, Ohio. / Tuesday, July 14. Arrived in town 4 A. M. Three-quarter mile haul to lot. A Newark paper of this evening, in commenting upon the parade, said 'that the Show had two steam caliopes, but they could not play either one of them, but that the people appreciated them just the same.' Kinura, the Japanese magician of the Annex, closed to-day on account of ill health and left for New York. This is the French Fourth of July, and the French soldiers did all they could in a small way to celebrate. Just as the audience was dismissed this evening we had the hardest rain of the season. It was more severe than any of us had ever witnessed--old showmen having never seen its equal. It put out a beacon-light, and, as is quite a common case, the electric street railway was disabled just as the people desired to get home. All our teams had to be doubled in order to get our stuff all off of the lot, and the last wagon did not leave until 12.30. / Business in the afternoon big, in the evening light. / Lot, 14th and Church streets. / Arena, 181 x 386." [back]

Note 2: "Flood" is likely D. P. Flood who wrote to Beck in 1896 and is mentioned by Cody in correspondence to Beck. Flood may have been a foreman or livestock handler employed on the irrigation project; his exact role is not known. [back]

Note 3: "Meade" is Elwood Mead. [back]

Title: Letter from William F. Cody to George T. Beck

Source: University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center, Buffalo Bill Letters to George T. Beck (Acc. #9972), ah31376-77

Date: July 14, 1896

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Empire

People: Beck, George Washington Thornton, 1856-1943 Salsbury, Nathan, 1846-1902 Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936 Alger, Horace Chapin, 1857-1906

Sponsor: Supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, a program of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

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