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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 huis tutors and prececessors. The

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