The Wild West in England

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THE PRINCE PRESENTS ME
WITH A DIAMOND PIN

The appended letter of thanks from Marlborough House after this interesting gathering will probably be of as much interest to my readers as it was to myself:

Marlborough House,
Pall Mall, S.W.

Dear Sir:—Lieut.-General Sir Dighton Probyn,
Comptroller and Treasurer of the Prince of Wales’s
household, presents his compliments to Colonel Cody
and is directed by his Royal Highness to forward him the
accompanying pin as a souvenir of the performance of the
Wild West, which Colonel Cody gave before the Prince
and Princess of Wales, the Kings of Denmark, Belgium,
Greece and Saxony and other royal guests on Monday
last, to all of whom, the Prince desires Sir Dighton
Probyn to say, the entertainment gave great satisfaction.
London, June 22d, 1887

A further souvenir, which I shall ever highly prize, took the form of the pin already referred to—the Prince of Wales’s feathers worked in diamonds, with the motto “Ich dien” (“I serve”) beneath. The story of how this crest and motto were wrested from the King of Bohemia at Cressy by the Black Prince, son of Edward III., of England, will, perhaps, be familiar to my youthful readers.58

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Series Editor’s Preface xi
  • Editor’s Introduction xiii
  • Acknowledgments xxxvii
  • A Note on the Text xxxix
  • The Wild West in England xliii
  • List of Scenes 1
  • The Wild West in England 3
  • Nate Salsbury Joins Me as a Partner 5
  • A Bigger Show Put on the Road 10
  • The Show Is Dumped into the Mississippi 12
  • A Season in New York 14
  • An Ambitious but Hazardous Undertaking 15
  • Seeking New Worlds to Conquer 18
  • The Indians’ Fears Are Excited 20
  • “Off Gravesend” 23
  • Some Anxious Reflections 25
  • Our Reception in England 27
  • First Impressions of London 28
  • Preparing the Exhibition Grounds 30
  • Steaming Up the Thames 32
  • Establishing Our Camp— a Queer Scene 34
  • American Methods of Doing Business Excite Favorable Surprise 36
  • Helpful Influence from Distinguished Persons 43
  • Visit of Mr. Gladstone—Private View by the Grand Old Man 53
  • A Hard-Worked Lion of the Season 56
  • Visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales 59
  • A Private Entertainment for the Prince of Wales 61
  • Our Opening Performance 67
  • Interest without Bloody Accessories 72
  • Visit of Queen Victoria 74
  • Her Majesty Salutes the American Flag 76
  • Presented to the Queen 78
  • Statesmen at the Wild West 80
  • A Rib-Roast Breakfast, a la Indian, to Gen. Cameron 82
  • The Prince of Wales and His Royal Flush 85
  • The Prince Presents Me with a Diamond Pin 88
  • The Princess Rides in the Deadwood Coach 90
  • Close of the London Season 93
  • Our Tour in “The Provinces” 96
  • A Visit to Italy 98
  • The Crowd at Our Opening Performance 108
  • Presented with a Rifle 111
  • English Love of Sport Illustrated 118
  • Honored by the Mayor of Salford 120
  • A Magnificent Ovation 122
  • A Race for $2,5Oo 124
  • An Enthusiastic Farewell 126
  • A Pathetic Incident at Sea 127
  • Our Arrival in New York Harbor 128
  • Appendix 1- Story of the Wild West 135
  • Appendix 2- Photographs, 1885–1887 145
  • Appendix 3- Promotion, Reception, and the Popular Press 169
  • Notes 191
  • Selected Bibliography 203
  • Index 205
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