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Buffalo Bill’s “Wild West”
AND CONGRESS OF ROUGH RIDERS OF THE WORLD.
(NOTE).- AN exhibition, the intention of which is to educate the spectator, through the medium
of animated pictures, in the picturesque life on the Western American Plains in the days just past,
showing primitive horsemen who have attained fame ; spiced with their counterparts of modern
military horsemanship, all combined in an evening’s entertainment, rendering reading books or
viewing the works of the sculptors and artists on these subjects more easily comprehended and
enjoyed in years to come. It is especially instructive to the untravelled and to the rising
generation to see authenticated, genuine people of different nations and races in their
characteristic costumes before they have passed away and are left as legacies to the future only
through art and history. The principal incidents and episodes have additional interest from
having been identified in the life of Col. W. F. Cody.
No. 1. Overture, “Star Spangled Banner.” Cowboy Band. Wm. Sweeney, Director.
2. Grand Review, introducing the Rough Riders of the World,
led by Col. W. F. Cody, “Buffalo Bill.”
3. Exhibition of Seats in the Saddle, by a Cowboy, a Cossack, a Mexican,
an Arab, a Gaucho, and an Indian.
4. Artillery Drill, by Veterans of Battery D, Fifth Regiment, U.S. Artillery,
showing the old-time muzzle-loading methods, in contradistinction to the more
modern rapid-fire guns used in the battle scene later.
5. Illustrating a Prairie Emigrant Train Crossing the Plains.
The Camp Fire, the Quadrille on Horseback. Attack by Marauding
Indians, who are in turn repulsed by Scouts and Cowboys.
No. 6. Col. W. F. Cody, “Buffalo Bill,” in unrivalled feats of shooting from horseback.
7. Pony Express. A Pony Post Rider will show how letters and telegrams of the
Republic were distributed across the Continent previous to the building of railways
8. Life Savers. A crew from the United States Life Saving Corps, with apparatus
from the Government, giving an exhibition of the use of the mortar, throwing the
life-line, and the use of the breeches buoy in rescuing the shipwrecked.
9. Cossacks, from the Caucasus of Russia, in feats of horsemanship.
10. Johnnie Baker, celebrated young American Marksman.
11. Race. Race between Western American Girls.
12. A Group of Mexicans from old Mexico will illustrate the use of the lasso.
13. The Battle of San Juan Hill. Introducing detachments from Roosevelt’s
Rough Riders, Twenty-fourth Infantry, Ninth and Tenth Cavalry, Grimes’ Battery,
Garcia’s Cuban Scouts, Pack Train, etc. etc.
SCENE 1.- BEFORE THE BATTLE. THE BIVOUAC.
(Several hours are supposed to elapse before the opening of the second scene.)
SCENE 2.- THE STORMING OF THE HILL.
14. A Group of Arab Horsemen will illustrate their style of horsemanship,
together with native sports and pastimes.
15. Cowboy Fun. Picking objects from the ground, lassoing wild horses and riding
the bucking broncho. This is the most severe test of horsemanship known in
equestrianism, as the spectator must understand that the animals are untamed
and the rider is contesting with an unknown quantity.
16. Indians from the Sioux, Arrapahoe, Brule and Cheyenne
Tribes will illustrate an Indian skirmish and tribal war dances. This picture
should be valued, as it is historically correct and participated in by some of
the last of the Blanket Indians, and as one which will shortly be impossible to
17. Veterans from the Sixth U. S. Cavalry in Military Exercises and Practice
NOTE.- The men wear the uniforms adopted by the U.S. Army on the frontier.
The horses are Western range horses, originally used for the first time by
the Buffalo Bill Wild West, thus bringing their availability to the attention
of the Military Market. Previously, the English and U. S. Army adhered
to the English and American horse in distinction from the Spanish-
18. Military Exercises by Veteran English Cavalrymen, men from
the firing line, who have seen service in all parts of the British Empire, and a
detachment of the 10th United States Colored Cavalry.
No. 19. Attack on the Deadwood Mail-Coach by Indians, Repulse of the
Indians, and rescue of the stage, passengers and mail by Scouts
20. Racing by Indian Boys on Bareback Horses. An Exhibition of the
natural seat without the saddle.
21. Ranch Life in the West. A settler’s cabin attacked by Indians. Rescue by
Scouts and Cowboys.
22. A Salute by the Entire Congress of Rough Riders.