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Glasgow, in the person of several thousands of
its citizens, set the seal of unqualified approval on
the inaugural exhibition at "Buffalo Bill's Wild
West Show" last night. The appearance of the
large enclosure, when the curtain rose, suggested a
comparison with the Colosseum in the days when
gladiators were butchered to make a Roman
holiday. The presence of the Lord Provost and
Magistrates in the seats of honour last night was
sufficient guarantee that the entertainment, however
exciting and nerve-testing, would be bloodless.
All were on the tiptoe of expectation at eight
o'clock, as a member of the company announced
in stentorian tones that the exhibition would begin
with the introduction of the individuals and
celebrities of the Wild West Show. As troop after
troop of


hidalgos and cowboys came riding into the arena,
and pased the stalls as if borne on the wings of the
wind, whooping and yelling, a good idea of the
nature of the entertainment to follow was afforded
the great concourse of spectators. The applause
was loud and long continued when Colonel Cody
appeared upon the scene, and led the whole
cavalcade that had previously swept past in troops
into the arena, the whole presenting a medley of
horses and savage warriors, rushing hither and
thither in the most orderly confusion. From
this point onward the exhibition consisted
of a series of six episodes and four overtures.
In the first episode the chief features were a
representation of the primeval forest of America,
as it was before the white man had explored its
depths, at a time when the wild beasts and the
Indians contested for the mastery; the friendly
meeting of two Indian tribes, and a grand palaver,
concluding with a war dance to a tom-tom accom
paniment, more noisy than musical. The company
would fain have lingerd over the second episode


representing the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers
of Old England from the Mayflower on Plymouth
Rock. Miss Annie Oakley came off with flying,
or rather, shooting, honours in the first overture,
her feats of skill amply maintaining the reputation
they young lady has made as one of the most cele
brated wing and rifle shots. The third episode
pleased the audience greatly by reason of the intro
duction of a little humour into it by Jule Keen,
Buffalo Bill's Dutchman; indeed, if it could be
managed, the introduction of a few features of a
mirth-moving nature at various stages of the enter
tainment would help to relax the strain imposed
by the intensely realistic character of the whole
proceedings. In this episode we are introduced to
the prairies in the searching noonday sun; Buffalo
Bill hunts a herd of real live buffaloes; then a
German emigrant train comes upon the scene; all
is quiet; when in an instant the marauding
Indians come rushing down on the helpless band;
the cowboys arrive; serious fighting follows; Jule
Keen manfully fires his horse pistol into the air,
and, after the fight is over, assumes a smiling air
of "Alone I repulsed the Indians," in a manner
that convulses the audience. This episode closes
with "the prairie fire," and we have a momentary
glance at the perils the early American settlers had
to dare and come through. The overture, "The
Cowboy's Fun," was most exciting, the riding of
the bucking horses testing the skill and pluck of
the boys in a manner somewhat painful to behold,
until an unusually loud peal of laughter from the
boys themselves showed that it was really fun to
them. The fifth episode, perhaps the finest of the
series, illustrating the fall of General Custer and
his men, would require the pen of an Archibald
Forbes or a Charles Williams to adequately depict
the situations. It must be seen to be thoroughly
realised. Colonel Cody's shooting feats, and his
cracking of the gigantic bull-whip, display to the
full his qualities as a marksman, and his immense
muscular strength. The sixth episode embraces


the attack on the Deadwood stage coach and the
cyclone working up the feelings of the audience to
the highest pitch. The response to the grand
equestrian salute by the Colonel and his company
at the close of the most unique exhibition ever
given in Scotland was hearty and spontaneous.
There can be no doubt that during the stay of the
Colonel and his company in Glasgow they will
make many friends, and that those who have once
seen the entertainment will want to return again
and take their friends and neighbours with them.
It brings life in the Wild West home to the
dullest imagination.

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