Buffalo Bill's Wild West (Toronto)

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Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the world

Toronto, Mon. & Tues. July 5 & 6

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Distinguished Visitors to Buffalo Bill's Wild West. Patronized by presidents

pope and potentates

press and public

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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.

THE WILD WEST AS IT EXISTS TO-DAY. 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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The management beg to refer the reader to the portraits herewith, as well as to those on the first page, for the reproduction of a mere handful of the distinguished people of America and Europe who have been delighted and entertained by Buffalo Bill and his Wild West. These include Presidents, Kings, Queens, the Pope, Potentates and Rules, Statesmen, Artists, Authors, Actors, Diplomatists, Governors, Inventors, and all the people whose names are household words, and all of whom have testified to the edification they received and the knowledge gleaned by them of American History and the art of the equitation. The presence of the Wild West at the Queen's Jubilee in 1887, at the Paris Exposition and at the World's Fair, Chicago, will account for the presence of those few distinguished visitors whose domains they have not yet invaded.

to command popular approval. It is a poem written by Nature in her happiest vein, endowed with a beauty of love and richness of thought never before reached in any combination. It presents to the eye, in a series of pictures, the details of the beautiful story so graphically told by the facile pen of Washington Irving, in his narratives of the fur-trader's trails, adventures, and discoveries, and carries the beholder far back of that to the days of James Fenimore Cooper's faithful "Pathfinder" and redoubtable "Deerslayer." Appearing this season enhanced by many features added to those which have made it internationally celebrated, it also presents for the first time a BATTERY OF LIGHT ARTILLERY of the United States Army, and a detachment of Expert Veterans of the United States Cavalry. This reinforcement of the great international features of the mounted warriors of the world, brings to its completion in the fullest sense that dioramic presentation of the History of the World on Horseback. The Wild West has demonstrated to the eye in rapid action what travelers, historians and story-tellers have written about. The prodigal use of adjectives, so common in descriptive literature, especially as applied to the heralding of amusement enterprises, leaves one who approaches the adequate exploitation of a realistic exhibition like the Wild West, bankrupt in words and power od description and expression. There is a limit to language; when its strength is wasted on ordinary subjects there is nothing left for emphasis when extraordinary ones are approached. The Wild West is an entertainment which has had bestowed upon it the most enthusiastic commendation and approbation from the most prominent figures of contemporaneous history. Presidents, Kings, Emperors, Queens, and the Ecclesiastical and Diplomatic personalities, who have made the history of our times, have all witnessed and been edified by this marvellous historical exhibition. Nothing could better convey to the reader the impression that it has made upon the brightest minds of our time, than the following quotations from Sir Henry Irving. Murat Halstead and Opie Read, which are gleaned at random from the tomes of literature, which the most brilliant writers of this age have penned in regard to Buffalo Bill's Wild West. That distinguished actor, Sir Henry Irving, writing of Buffalo Bill's Wild West, used this graphically descriptive language: "such dare-devil riding was never seen on earth in one spot, as that displayed by these rough riders.

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All the picturesque horsemanship of the famous Bedouins sinks to child's play before these reckless Mamelukes of the plains. When the American Cowboys sweep like a tornado up the track, forty or fifty strong, every man swinging his hat and every pony at its utmost speed, a roar of wonder and delight breaks from the thousands and the men reach the grand stand in a cloud welcomed by a thunderbrust. Col. Cody, the far-famed Buffalo Bill, comes last I don't know that any -body ever described Buffalo Bill on a horse. I am inclined to think nobody can. Aninsworth's description of Dick Turpin's ride stood for many years as the finest thing of the kind, and then young Winthrop, in his clever story of "John Brent," excelled it in his ride to the Suggernell Springs. Either one of these men, given a month, might have wrought Buffalo Bill upon paper.


"No one that I ever saw so adequately fulfills to the eye all the conditions of pictureque beauty, absolute grace and perfeet identity with animal. If an artist or a riding-master had wanted to mould a living ideal of romantic equestrianship, containing in outline and action the men of Henry of Navarre, the Americanism of Custer, the automatic majestry of the Indian, and the untutored 'cussedness' of the Cowboy, he would have measured Buffalo Bill in the saddle. Motion swings into music with him. He is the only man I ever saw who rides as if couldn't help it, and the sculptor and the soldier had jointly come togehter in his act. It is well worth a visit to see that vast parterre of people break into white hand kerchiefs like a calm sea suddenly whipped to foam, as this man dashes up to the grand stand. How encumbered and uncouth and wooden are the best of the red braves beside the martial leadership of this long-limbed paleface! No circus can approximate its actuality. It is impossible to escape the thrill of this intense action. The enthusiasm of the multitude goes with him." The distinguished journalist, soldier, statesman and traveler, Murat Halstead, graphically writes: "I feel it a duty to the generation to call special attention to the Wild West Exhibition under the direction of Col. Cody. Its genuine character makes it worthy of the highest commendation. The horses, their trappings, the people and all the wonderful skill and daring, are beyond the suspicion of imposture. The riding is the most thrilling and at the same time most expert horsemanship ever presented to the public. Twenty-five years hence it will be impossible to reproduce such thrilling phases of frontier life, as it would be to-day to enact the Grecian games at Olympia. Greeks, it is true, still exist, but the Greeks of the days of Heraclidae have vanished. The splendid assemblage of temples on the banks of Alpheus stream are in wreck and ruin; the discus-throwers, the wrestlers, and the charioteers of ancient Hellas have melted into dust. So in the generation's

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