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

Date: [October 27, 1895]

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

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The Buffalo Bill Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World.

Col. W. F. Cody (Buffalo Bill), President.
Nate Salsbury, Vice-Pres't and Manager.
John M. Burke, . . . General Manager.
Albert E. Scheible, . . . Business Manager.
Jule Keen, . . . Treasurer.

My Dear George

I wrote you last night. Since then I have put in a bad night looking over your letter. You say 62 teams & a 103 men will cost up to Dec. 1st from Oct 21 will cost 8.910. if it does they are makeing big wages I tell you. I figure they work 30 days in that time. 62 teams and men at $300 a day for team & man and 1.50 a day for 40 men extra is 7 $7,380. I have no idea what your flumes will cost.

Alger was with you about the time you wrote this letter His letter & yours so wide apart Did you & he talk it over together. If not what did he go up there for? George I dont see how I can carry this unexpected   raise in the estimates & I will not ask B. & S. [2] to help me— So let no more contracts. I will in some way keep your credit good— so you can let contractors fill their present work you have let them have. But tell them we will do no more this winter You say you are paying 7c a yard for mooveing loose dirt. I can moove loose dirt with a grader for 3c a yard sure. When our own men are not on the job and not at work do you pay them?

George you bet I am heep sick—


PS. What have you found out about Town site [3] And men fileing homesteads under our ditch

Note 1: "Sunday morning nearing Atlanta- on train" as inscribed by Cody, was Sunday, October 27, 1895, the travel day prior to opening in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 28 where BBWW performed until November 2, 1895, during the run of The Cotton States and International Exposition, also known as the Atlanta Exposition. [back]

Note 2: "B. & S." refers to George Bleistein and Nate Salsbury, two of the primary investors in the canal. [back]

Note 3: Cody, Wyoming. [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), ah031311-12

Date: [October 27, 1895]

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Buffalo Bill's Wyoming

People: Beck, George Washington Thornton, 1856-1943 Alger, Horace Chapin, 1857-1906 Bleistein, George, 1861-1918 Salsbury, Nathan, 1846-1902

Place: Shoshone Irrigation District (Wyo.)

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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