The Wild West in England

By William F. Cody; Frank Christianson | Go to book overview

INTEREST WITHOUT BLOODY
ACCESSORIES

The drawback to the exploiting of this ingenious idea is that a display of sham scalping would by no means satisfy gentlemen of this reporter’s gory turn of mind. Nothing but a real massacre, with genuine blood flowing and a comfortable array of corpses for view would suffice to glut some people’s appetite for a nice, thrilling sensation. Perhaps if the gentleman had ever seen the horrors of actual warfare with red Indians he would not be so zealous for realism. However, he meant well, and his pen was but one amongst the hundreds wielded by English journalists who shed ink in kindly praise of our endeavors to amuse and instruct the London public. Another critic, he of the Sporting Life, concludes a whimsical notice in laudatory terms thus:

The opening of the Wild West Show was one of the most
signal successes of recent years. Such a vast concourse
of the cream—or it may be as well to say the creme de la
crème
—of society is seldom seen at any performance. The
number of chariots waiting at the gates outnumbered
those of Pharaoh, and the phalanx of footmen constitut-
ed quite a small army. There is much in the Wild West

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