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

Date: August 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.
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Col. W. F. Cody. (Buffalo Bill), President.


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Nate Salsbury. Vice-President & Manager.


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

Dear George

Give me the number of yards to moove from where you are now to complete ditch to Town [3] and the class of work and what the co will pay to have it done. And let the contractor wait for his money until Bonds are sold. Is it not important for County Seat prospects to get water to Town? If you would only keep me posted and make sugestions or express your opinion or what you think would be best for the Co— It would be a great help to me tied down as I am—

Will you do it George it wont take much of your time.

My f I feel that my name and honor is at stake in that enterprise. warn me of any danger to our credit dont leave me in darkness—

yours—

Col

Note 1: Buffalo Bill's Wild West performed in South Bend, Indiana, on August 14, 1896. The day's entry in the 1896 Route Diary: "South Bend, Ind. / Friday, August 14. Arrived in town at 4.30 A. M. One-half mile haul to lot. The lot was in fine condition in the forenoon and looked good. At 4 P. M. a heavy rain came up that lasted two hours, and at the end of that time the lot was ready to join our long list of bad lots. More horses fell during the evening performance than at any other performance this season. August Beree and Herman Montery, French soldiers, received bad falls during the evening performance by their horses stepping into holes. Chief Loucas, of the Cossacks, had a bad fall to-night which resulted in the death of his horse, a beautiful animal and a black eye to the chief. He had run into one of the bad places in the arena, and as he fell his horse's neck was broken. They carried the chief out, but as soon as he was in the dressing-room he came to and was all right, with the exception of a few bruises. The chief mourns over the loss of his horse, for during the four years he has been with the Wild West, he and his horse have been inseparable. We had a long pull and long haul to-night. / Business fair. / Lot, Arnold and Division streets. / Arena 180 x 344." [back]

Note 2: The year is not inscribed by Cody but is 1896 as determined by the Routes List. [back]

Note 3: The "Town" was officially named Cody, Wyoming, in August 1896. [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), ah031382

Date: August 14, 1896

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Empire

People: Beck, George Washington Thornton, 1856-1943

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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