Title: Cozacks at Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show

Periodical: Army and Navy Gazette

Date: June 11, 1892

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COZACKS AT BUFFALO BILL'S WILD WEST SHOW.

TO THE EDITOR OF THE "ARMY AND NAVY GAZETTE."

SIR,—In justice to the famous Cozack Regiments, whose Hetman (Chief in Command) is the Tsarevitch, I beg you will kindly permit me, through the medium of your columns, to protest that the eleven Russian horsemen at the above-mentioned show are not Cozacks, and that neither their dance nor the wild, discordant wail which they make have any resemblance to the lively and graceful dance and the melodious songs of the Cozacks. I spent a great part of my twenty years' life in Russia among the troops, and I have seen the dances and have heard the songs of the Russian soldiers and Cozacks, and I speak, therefore, from my impressions as an eye-witness. On being questioned by me the men at the show confessed that they were not Cozacks, and said they were Lisgins (a tribe in the Caucases), and that they were not, and never had been, in any military service. Their peculiar accent and unmistakable gestures, as well as certain movements in their dance, created a strong suspicion in me that they are Caucasian Jews.—I am, Sir, yours very faithfully,

ALEX. KINLOCH.

Title: Cozacks at Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show

Periodical: Army and Navy Gazette

Source: McCracken Research Library, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody Collection, MS6, MS6.3778.051.08 (1892 London)

Date: June 11, 1892

Topic: European Tours

Keywords: Caucasus Cossacks Exhibitions Folk dancing Folk music Hetmans Historical reenactments Horsemen Jews, Caucasian Mountain Jews Russian language Russians Scrapbooks Traveling exhibitions

People: Kinloch, Alexander Angus Airlie, 1838-1919

Places: Earl's Court (London, England) 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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