Hon W. F. Cody, reowned as "Buffalo Bill," arrived at the Burtis last evening, and will organize his dramatic company here. The members, most of whome were with him last year, are expected from New York to-morrow, and eight Ponca and Pawnee Indians, from Montana territory, will arrive on Saturday. Monday evening the company will present the thrilling drama, "The Knight of the Plains, or Buffalo Bill's Best Trail," and repeat it Tuesday evening. Tomorrow Mr. Cody takes a drive out to his old home at Walnut Grove, and will visit the tomb of his brother Samuel in the cementary at Long Grove. He will return to the city by way of LeClaire, where he lived three or four years, and visit the place where he was born, several miles south of that city.
A grand audience in every respect greeted the native Scott county boy, William F. Cody, William F. Cody had a protean character in the drama, "Knights of the Plains," and when he appeared back, in the character of a scout, he was welcomed with tremendous applause, which must have been highly gratifying to him. The Play presents life on the frontier and on the plains, as Mr. Cody saw it in his young days, when he was a pony express rider, scout and guide, several of the scenes representing actual experiences in the life of the hero. It is an interesting and exciting play, with not hardly so much shooting and murder play as generally accompanies dramas and stories of border life. There is a great deal of humor in it, and frequently the house roars with laughter. "Buttermilk" (Harry Irving) and his mule invariably brings down the house. As for the characters, Buffalo Bill himself is excellent as Buffalo Bill; a spendid looking man to begin with; a splendid looking man to begin with, a piercing eye and a fine voice, he proves a good actor; Miss Nellie Jones as Rose Melton, became a favorite with the audience, and Lydia Denier as Wild Nellie, also did well. Louden as Ralph Royton, Willard as Moses Molock, Beverly as the shyster, were excellent, while the minor roles were well sustained.
Harper's Theatre was again crowded on the occasion of the presentation of Buffalo Bill's new play, "A Knight of the Plains," and the Hon. W. F. Cody and the members of his combination drew frequent and hearty applause. The play is after Buffalo Bill's own heart: crowded with telling situations in which the quick eye, the strong arm and the ready reolver play their part. Buffalo Bill does some fine shooting with Winehester rifle in the first act, which closes with a good illusion of a prairie on fire in the distance and a stampede of buffaloes. The gambling den of Cheyenne and the attack on the stage coach by road agents, are two exciting pictures from real life in the West.
A Short History of this Distinguised Native of Scott County
Hon. W. F. Cody, perhaps better known to the world as "Buffalo Bill," arrived from New York by the train from the east last evening, and took up his quarters at the Burtis. A GAZETTE reporter had the pleasure of making his acquantaince
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