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

Date: May 22, 1896

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

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

Col. W. F. Cody. (Buffalo Bill), President.


Nate Salsbury. Vice-President & Manager.

John M. Burke. General Manager.
Albert E. Sheible, Business Manager.
Jule Keen, Treasurer.

My Dear Flood [2]

Thanks for statements and letter. As far as they go they are allright. But its the outside bills that are contracted that we cant hear from. But thats not your fault.

I have asked for a statement several times for the work my teams have done. You could give that— Flood— I am imformed That my stock is being cruelly treated if so I blame you for that. I understand that they have been over worked all day long pulled to death without water then tied   up all night long without water. If this is so— there is not words strong enough in any language to express my feelings— And if I find out that this is true Some one will be called down and left out for it. Any man who cruelly treats a dumb brute Is not fit to live. Frank Grouard has my stock in charge and what he says about them goes— There will be some rapid changes if I f find my poor dumb brutes are being cruelly treated   I will stand most anything else but that—

I know what you have to contend with and I might say all alone— And I often feel for you— And beleive with a half a chance And left to you all would go different—

Yours truly yours

W. F. Cody

Note 1: Buffalo Bill's Wild West performed in St. Louis, Missouri, May 18-23, 1896. The day's entry in the 1896 Route Diary: "St. Louis, Mo. / Friday, May 22. To-day the weather cleared up a little and gave one good day, consequently good business; every chair in the house was sold at 7.30. Col. Cody's horse fell this afternoon and caught his foot, but did him no injury. Cowboys Bill Brace and Bob Wilkinson were thrown to-night in the bucking-horse act. The Order of the Mystic Shrine came out in a body to see us to-night." [back]

Note 2: "Mr. Flood" is likely "D. P. Flood" who wrote to Beck in 1896 and is mentioned by Cody in 1896 letters to Beck. Flood may have been a foreman or livestock handler employed on the irrigation project; his exact role is not known. [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), ah031352-54

Date: May 22, 1896

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Buffalo Bill's Wyoming

People: Flood, D. P. Grouard, Frank, 1850-1905

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