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

Date: September 10, 1895

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

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Form No. 1.
The Western Union Telegraph Company.
21,000 Offices In America.
Cable Service to All The World.
This Company Transmits and Delivers messages only on conditions limiting its liability, which have been assented to by the sender of the following message.
Errors can be guarded against only by repeating a message back to the sending station for comparison, and the Company will not hold itself liable for errors or delays in transmission or delivery of Unrepeated Messages, beyond the amount of tolls paid thereon, nor in any case where the claim is not presented in writing with in sixty days after the message is filed with the Company for transmission.
This is an Unrepeated Message, and is delivered by request of the sender, under the conditions named above.
Thos. T. Eckert, President and General Manager.

Number J [1]

Sent By K

Rec'd by ES

Check 14 Pd

Received at 205 P
9/10 1895

Dated York Pa 10 [2]

To Geo. S. Beck
Sheridan Inn
Sheridan Wyo

Be sure and settle with Ryan and Hillsbury [3] before Commencing work wire me fully

H. F. Cody [4]

Note 1: Telegram is handwritten by clerk or William F. Cody assignee, who incorrectly inscribes the signature as "H. F. Cody." [back]

Note 2: Buffalo Bill's Wild West performed in York, Pennsylvania, on September 10, 1895. [back]

Note 3: Laban Hillberry (variant spelling 'Labin Hillsberry'), a prospector who was looking for investors in a water development project in the Big Horn Basin in 1893 when he met George Beck; Hillberry described to Beck the potential for diverting water from the South Fork of the "Stinking Water" (Shoshone River) to irrigate the area. Beck then sent Jerry Ryan to evaluate the country for him; Ryan's report encouraged Beck to seriously consider the area. [back]

Note 4: W. F. Cody. [back]

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

Source: University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center, Beck Family Papers, 1858-1992 (bulk 1884-1919); Acc. #10386, ah10386_0017

Date: September 10, 1895

Author: Cody, William Frederick, 1846-1917

Topic: Buffalo Bill's Wyoming

People: Beck, George Washington Thornton, 1856-1943 Ryan, Jerry

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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