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 February 1892 

With the advent of the ‘Stupendous Additional Attractions’, the Wild West establishment must have seemed like a very different place to Charging Thunder when he finally got out of Barlinnie on Thursday, 11th February.

The crowds continued to turn out in vast numbers right up until the last night, Saturday, 27th, when young Johnnie Baker took the parting salute, in the absence of Buffalo Bill.

The company then proceeded to break up in stages, ‘ProfessorLockhart and his elephants departing the scene more or less immediately. However, it would be mid-April before the final remnants of the entourage left Glasgow.

One of the final acts of the company was to play a charity football match at Celtic Park, between the cowboys and the Brandon Club on Thursday, 25th February 1892. The final score does not appear to be recorded but it is known that the cowboys lost. It is surmised, though by no means established, that Celtic F. C. loaned the strips.

‘Buffalo Bill’s Cowboys v. Brandon’. The line drawing is taken from the Glasgow Evening News, 26th February 1892.

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