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Buffalo Bill's Wild West
is an original creation, and
unlike any other enter
tainement ever known, it is unique,
in that it sprang full-fledged from
the brain of its creator, and when first
presented to the world it was a complete
whole, at once satisfactory and success
ful. Its appearance marked a new era
in the history of the horsemanship,
ethnology and modern educational amusement enterprise. Originating
in the brain of W. F. Cody (Buffalo
bill), its conception was inspired and its development aided by the romantic surroundings of his early life. His career from boyhood was coincident with the development of that Wild West , in regard to which he alone, and for the first time in history, saw the benefit to be derived from a great, historical, dramatic, realistic, picturesque, soul-stiring reproduction of the story of the early days of the Republic on the border lands of civilization. Born at a time, and reared in an atmosphere, the most romantic and aventutous know in the history of our American frontier, when the tidal-wave of human progress, sweeping westward, was making history faster than the historians could record it, it was his fate to be i the field, and his fortune to grasp his opportunities to meet the situation's requirements and, in the beaten path of what seemed ordinary daily duty, to rise, by reason of his sterling qualities, his daring, and his courage, to the distinction of a learder. So quickly was the history of the central West recorded, as to make the Great American Desert of our childhood seem almost ancient civilization. The busy, hustling citizen of to-day scarcely has time to think, and does not realize that th youths of the time of Benton, Beal, Fremont, Bridger, and Carson, are the relicts of the perfected history and work that they inaugurated. Among the picturesque characters who took up the work these historic personnages began, and assisted in his humble way to perfect, stands forth prominently the central figue of this Exhibition. "Buffalo Bill." Reared i the school of such past masters of plains lore and woodcraft, he figured in an epoch more active, dangerous and exciting, were that possible, than his tutors and prececessors. The era that witnessed the advent of a General Harney, a Keraney, a Lee, a Grant, a Dodge, a Sherman, a Custer, a Carr, a Merrit, a Crook, a Wheaton, a Forsythe, a Henry, and that instigator of offensive Indian warfare, Geneal Phil. Sheridan, and his brilliant successor on the trail, General Miles, also saw the completion of the work of bringing about the Era of Peace. Through all this, Col. Cody (Buffalo Bill) figures not only side by side with the prominent factors, not only as an adjunct of value, but with a brilliancy of record, a prominence of activity that have environed a deep chivalric interest around his personality. Sir Charles Dilke has recorded the history of "Greater Britain," but during the lifetime of this frontier boy he has seen with his own eyes the growth of "Greater America." In the short span of a life still in its prime, he has seen the slow wagon-train crawling over the weary miles of wind-swept prairie, harrassed by Indians and other foes, and he has seen the long parallel iron rails push their way across the map of the continent until they span it from gulf to gulf and from ocean to ocean. The "prairie schooner" and the pony express have in his time given way to the Pullman coach and the electric wire. Living for years in cabins or tents, and oftener under the canopy of heaven, pursuing a career of independent activity, which carried him through the various stagesof cattle-herder, teamster, bronco "buster," wagon-master, stage-driver, pony express rider, hunter, guide, scout and soldier, he still found time to acquire an education which., added to his native refinement and gentleness of bearing, enables him to appear to any advantage in any society or place.

Each year of its existence, and its experience and its journeyings, having broadened and illuminated its scope, is the very embodiment of Nature as typified by the most attractive and picturesque specimens of the human and animal families. Grouped in this exhibition are the dark-hued children of the Far West, the darying Cowboy and frontiersman, the fiery and agile Cossack of the Caucasus, the Arab of the Desert, the South American Guacho, the Mexican Vaquero, and representatives of the modern warrior from the ranks of the principal armies of the world. It is an entertainment of the most absorbing interest, full of attractiveness to all ages and all classes and conditions of men. Wonderful in conception, and briliant in execution, it is not remarkable that the public has accorded it an applause never before given to any effort

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