Title: "Buffalo Bill" | The Noted Scout, and Leader of the "Wild West Show"

Periodical: The Evening News

Date: May 13, 1887

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"Buffalo Bill"

The Noted Scout, and Leader of the "Wild West Show"

Millions of people have seen Wm. F. Cody, otherwise familiarly known as Buffalo Bill, and perhaps as many more people have heard of him, as the name of Buffalo Bill, is a sort of household word, among a generation of boys and men also, who have been boys with a wild desire at sometime of their lives of going West and emulating Buffalo Bill, and shooting as many bovine species as he has.


Since the arrival of Buffalo Bill in England in the month of March 1887, where he has gone with his wild west show, many a wit besides the artist of Puck has had the chance to sharpen his intellectuality in the comic line; among other witty sayings we find one which says "as things now look it will be very difficult for Buffalo Bill to escape being knighted at least before he comes back to this country," as the adulation extended to him by some of the most high nobility is somewhat notable, especially to the American public. The resident Americans in England too, are lionizing him, following the example of the English.

Among the many invitations extended to him was one from the Governors of the Bank of England, through Col. George Wheaton of Chicago, [1] to visit that institution on a given day. Buffalo Bill and Col. Wheaton were received by Governors W. W. Collett and W. Liddesdale, Cashier F. May and Secretary H. Clubb [2] and were escorted through the vaults. An immense crowd collected at the principal entrance, and when Buffalo Bill came out it was next to impossible for him to reach his cab. He visited the Prince of Wales at Marlborough House [3] and was received with much cordiality.

Buffalo Bill has ever been a man of prominence, having been selected to serve the public in various political positions, but his main notoriety has been achieved in the pursuit which has given him the name he is better known by than his own family name. He claims to have shot more buffalos than any man ever living has or ever will, he has pursued them over the western plains and the marshy places in which the buffalo is addicted sometime to wallowing in the mud and shallow water. His life has been hundreds of times in jeopardy, when the powerful brutes have, at times, turned in mad rage upon him, and the average small boy would be entertained to the height of his ambition by a rehearsal of his various hazardous adventures. Buffalo Bill has been a resident of the west nearly all his life and there is no incident of western life with which he is not familiar, he was the escort of the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia in his buffalo hunts when a tour of the country was made by him. [4]

Note 1: Col. George Wheaton of Chicago is not further identified. [back]

Note 2: Governors of the Bank of England, Mark Wilks Collet (1816-1905) and William Lidderdale (1832-1902); F. May (chief cashier); and H. Clubb (secretary). [back]

Note 3: Marlborough House, a mansion in the City of Westminster, central London, built for Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough. [back]

Note 4: Alekseĭ Aleksandrovich, Grand Duke of Russia, arrived in the United States in November 1871 for a tour of the country, including a buffalo hunt in Nebraska in January 1872, supported by United States Cavalry under the command of General Sheridan and guided by William F. Cody. [back]

Title: "Buffalo Bill" | The Noted Scout, and Leader of the "Wild West Show"

Periodical: The Evening News

Date: May 13, 1887

Topic: Buffalo Bill's Wild West in Britain

Keywords: American bison American bison hunting Bank of England Buffalo Bill's Wild West Company Shooting

People: Alekseĭ Aleksandrovich, Grand Duke of Russia, 1850-1908 Edward VII, King of Great Britain, 1841-1910

Place: 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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