Title: The Wild West Way

Periodical: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Date: August 28, 1890

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THE WILD WEST WAY.


Foreigners Treated to a Row Between Rival Shows.


NEW YORK, Aug. 27.—A Hamburg special says: "There is intense excitement here over the fierce row that has occurred between Buffalo Bill and Dr. Carver. People are afraid to come out of doors after dark and the place is in a state of seige. Members of each troupe have openly declared their intention of fighting for their masters, even if the quarrel ends in a general fight. There can be no doubt that it is only through the efforts of the authorities that blood has up to the present time been avoided.

"Carver has been following Cody all through the latter's tour of the cities of the continent, and his performances have been much better patronized than Buffalo Bill's. Jealousy was aroused when Cody announced his intention of staying some time in Hamburg. [1] Carver then stole a march on his rival. He arrived in Hamburg three days ahead and opened his Wild West show in fine style. When Cody got there he found that he was obliged to pitch his tent within a few feet of Carver's show. Carver had made arrangements for an exclusive supply of electric light, and thus left Cody's place in the dark. Then the members of both camps took up the matter, and it was only through the strenuous efforts of the police that a terrible fight has been prevented.

"Hamburg is filled with a howling mob of Indians and cowboys who are waiting a chance to scalp each other. The town is covered with the posters of both parties. As soon as Cody's bills are posted up Carver's assistants come along and tear them down and put their own in their place. Bad blood between Cody and Carver has also roused a jealous feeling among their Indian and cowboy followers. Both leaders have announced an indefinite stay in Hamburg, which is filled with visitors who are afraid that serious trouble may break out at any moment. No actual cases of assault have been as yet reported, but threats of sudden death are freely used."

Note 1: Buffalo Bill's Wild West performed in Hamburg, Germany, August 8-31, 1890. [back]

Title: The Wild West Way

Periodical: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Date: August 28, 1890

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Topic: European Tours

Keywords: American Indians Conflicts Cowboys Electric lighting Police Scalping Wild west shows

People: Carver, William F. (William Frank), 1840-1927

Places: Hamburg (Germany) New York (N.Y.)

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