THE CONGRESS OF ROUGH RIDERS OF THE WORLD
Col. Cody's exhibition is unique in many ways, and might justly be termed a polyglot school, no less than twelve distinct languages being spoken in the camp, viz.: Japanese, Russian, French, Arabic, Greek, Hungarian, German, Italian, Spanish, Holland, Flemish, Chinese, Sioux, and English. Being in such close contact every day, we were bound to get some idea of each other's tongue, and all acquire a fair idea of English. 1
Cody's camp was not so cosmopolitan in the early years of the Wild West, but this 1904 cast resulted from Buffalo Bill's determination that as many things in his show as possible be completely genuine.
From the very beginning of the Wild West, Cody gathered together as many frontiersmen as possible. He knew many men himself who helped to settle the West, and these men knew others. Once Cody began his search for company members in 1883, word spread quickly throughout the West, and men who had been put out of work by the settling of the frontier began to flock to North Platte, Nebraska. Old-time friends of Cody such as Major Frank North and John Y. Nelson were given prominent positions, and such noted Western figures as Con Groner and David Payne were persuaded to appear in this new entertainment enterprise. 2 Buffalo Bill made arrangements with the government to exhibit Indians in his show, and cowboys from nearby ranches eagerly applied for the $60 per month salary being offered.