Title: Buffalo Bill's Letter

Periodical: Omaha Daily Bee

Date: July 20, 1887

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Buffalo Bill's Letter.

New York Commercial Advertiser: Colonel, the Honorable William F. Cody, as our English neighbors know Buffalo Bill, has an indiscreet friend in New Orleans; but we do not imagine that any one will think the less of the gallant chief of the Wild West show, because he honestly admits that he is England "for dust," and takes a natural pride in his social successes. "I have captured this country, from the queen down," writes Mr. Cody, "and am doing them to the tune of $10,000 a day." He has captured the country, and we are glad to know he is "doing" it, though we can hardly hope that he will bring back enough English gold to balance the American dollars that the English showmen have carried away from this country.

But the most pleasing thing about Buffalo Bill's letter is the fact that it shows, to use his own vigorous language, that he has "not got the big head worth a cent." That is just the secret of his success. Buffalo Bill went to London as a plain, honest showman, and he accepts the homage that is done him, just as all Americans should, but few do. Buffalo Bill is a sovereign in his own right, and when the prince of Wales and four or five kings came around to look at the show behind the scenes, their combined and concentrated majesty did not impress him in the least, and they found that there was a citizen of the great anti-monarchy who knew he was just as much a sovereign as they, and that their blood was just as human as his.

Buffalo Bill brags modestly. "No man—not even Grant—was received better than your humble servant," he says. "I have dined with every one of the royalty, from Albert, prince of Wales, down." And, though he is not unduly elated, still he does "sometimes wonder if it is the same old Bill Cody, the bull-wahcker." It is a strange metamorphosis from whacking the Texas bull to "do the elegant" among the proudest and most exclusive aristocrats in the world; but it is a test of character and manhood to adapt one's self to new conditions.

Buffalo Bill has proved his right to the position he holds in the affections and respect of the English people, and we sincerely trust that his expectation of doing tremendous business upon his "European reputation" when he returns to the country of his birth may be realized. He writes to his friend: "I still wear the same sized hat, and when I make my pile I am coming back to visit all the old boys." We congratulate the old boys.

Title: Buffalo Bill's Letter

Periodical: Omaha Daily Bee

Date: July 20, 1887

Topic: European Tours

Keywords: Aristocracy (Social class) Bulls England Kings, queens, rulers, etc. Nobility--England

People: Edward VII, King of Great Britain, 1841-1910 Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, 1819-1901

Places: London (England) New Orleans (La.)

Sponsor: This project is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Geraldine W. & Robert J. Dellenback Foundation.

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