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

Date: April 3, 1896

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

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My Dear George

Have just recd a letter from Alger, saying he had recd a letter from you saying Rumsey sent him $5000. ten more necessary for apr 10th. I sent him $2000 from Omaha— Stokes [1] sent 3000. all gone. have you ever counted up how much money you have chucked out— and the ditch not completed to Sulphur creek [2] yet. have you ever given it a serious thought. You said $50,000 would water 25000 acres— at the rate its going it will take $150,000   Yes it will be a good idea to all have fast horses ready at this rate. [3] I have written Alger I want an itemised statement of where the money has gone and for Mr Rumsey & Mead to know— for the ditch is costing to much. And Mead may be able to give some valuable advise. I want him to make a report— so I can show it to the co— George— Your foreman like Burke [4] last fall must be just killing time with his men— instead of makeing them work to advantage You should be able to tell by this time if you would look them over at work if they were working for our interest. Something fearfully wrong some place George. An awful leak that must be stoped at once— I have recd no t report for months what has been done— Everything neglected.

W. F. Cody

Note 1: "Stokes" is possibly Edward S. Stokes (1841-1901), at one time a railroad and oil magnate and businessman. Stokes was an owner of Hoffman House, an elegant hotel in Manhattan where Cody was often a guest. Cody may have wanted Stokes to invest in the Cody Canal. [back]

Note 2: Sulphur Creek is a natural streambed located west of Cody, Wyoming, flowing north toward the Shoshone River along the base of Cedar Mountain. [back]

Note 3: "Fast horses" refers to a quick getaway. [back]

Note 4: "Burke" refers to Carlton Burke, a foreman working on the irrigation project. [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), ah031324-25

Date: April 3, 1896

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Buffalo Bill's Wyoming

People: Beck, George Washington Thornton, 1856-1943 Alger, Horace Chapin, 1857-1906 Rumsey, Bronson, II, 1854-1946 Burke, Carlton Mead, Elwood, 1858-1936 Stokes, Edward S., 1841-1901

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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