Title: Buffalo Bill in England

Periodical: The Daily Enquirer

Date: May 6, 1887

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Buffalo Bill in England.

At this distance it looks as if the British aristocracy were accepting Buffalo Bill's Wild West show as fairly representative of American life. Even Mr. Gladstone said, at Buffalo Bill's lunch party, that "There was nothing more desirable on this side of the water than a true and accurate representation of the American World." There was a time in England when the word "America," suggested to English minds the idea of semi savage. The average American was supposed to live on horseback and divide his time between hunting buffaloes and Indians. The Buffalo Bill show will revive that idea. The man who gives the show its name is as fine a specimen of American manhood as is often met, but where one sees the man thousands will see the show. Mr. Gladstone does not, of course, imagine that the border drama he witnessed is in any sense representative of the American world which is known in Europe, but his speech may lead others less well informed to think that it represents something more than a phase of civilization which can be found only on the frontiers. Mr. Gladstone was entirely right in assuming that it was a cmmercial speculation, but he was mistaken in the assumption that it was more than that. It is that and nothing else. Buffalo Bill does not care what England thinks of America, but he would like to fill his capacious pockets with English sovergns. S. F. Call. [1]

Note 1: San Francisco Call. [back]

Title: Buffalo Bill in England

Periodical: The Daily Enquirer

Date: May 6, 1887

Topic: European Tours

Keywords: American bison hunting American Indians Aristocracy (Social class) Buffalo Bill's Wild West Company Frontier and pioneer life Horses

People: Gladstone, W. E. (William Ewart), 1809-1898

Place: London (England)

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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