Stories of Wild Bill Hickok's life, published soon after his death in 1876

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Our hearts stood still when we heard him cry For never a soul could his jNiwer withstand. That bald-headed tyrant trom No-man's land. He ordered us here and he sent us there Though never a word could his small lips speak With his toothless gunis and his vacant stare. And his helpless limbs so frail and weak. Till I cried, in a voice of stern command. "Go up, thou bald-head from No-man's l:uid :'' But his abject slaves they turned on rr.e; Like the bears iu Scripture, they'd rend me there. The while they worshiped with liended knee This ruthless wretch with the missing hair; For he rules them all ith relentless hand. This bald-headed tyrant from No-man's laud. Then I searched for help in every clime. For peace had fled from my dwelling now. Till I finally thought oi old Father Time, And low before him I made my bow, "Wilt thou deliver me out of his haud. This bald-headed tyrant from No-man's landV" Old Time he looked with a puzzled stare. And a smile came over his features grim, "I'll take the tyrant under my care: Watch what my hour-glass does to him. The veriest humbug that ever was planned Is this same bald. head from No-man's laud." Old Time is doing his work full well- Much less of might does the tyrant wield ; But ah I with sorrow my heart will swell And sad tears fall as I see him yield. Could I stay the touch of the shriveled hand. I would keep the bald-head from No-man's laud. For the loss of Peace I have ceased to care : Like other vassals, I've learned, forsooth, To love the wretch w ho forgot his hair And hurried along without a tooth. And he rules me too with his tiny hand. This bald-headed tyrant from No-man's land. From the St. Louis Gtoite-liemocrut. WILD BILL THE Ml'KDEKED SCOCT. Interesting I.cldent.H Connected with hi Wild Li'e, Death and Burial. The tragic fate of James B. Hickok, better known as "Wild hill," a title given him by Texans during the war, has been already published, the noted scout having been murdered in the most cowardly manner by Jack McCall, who was subsequently acquitted, alter a mock trial, by the miners ol Deadwood. Hickok was a native ol Illinois, his mother aud sister residing near Galena in that state. It was customary lor linn to visit his relatives every two or three years, and he never did so without brin ins somethiug substantial with him. His brother is a wagon boss in New Mexico. and strange to say his brother's name is Bill. Wild Bill was generous to a tault, swore like a trooper at certain stages, aud would rather indulge in puker than eat, on one occasion having played in his hist earthly possession a black and tan terrier. "Poor Bill : it is too bad to think ol him being shot down without a show," remarked Mr. John Malone to a Globe-Democrat reporter yesterday. Knowing that Jack had been intimately associated with the deceased for several years, he was asked to enumerate a lew of the shooting scrapes that had made his friend so much teared throughout the Western country, and the following very interesting tacts were gleaned during the interview : You may say this to commence with, remarked Malone. Bill was the only frontiersman who would take his pistoU off aud FIHHT A S'lfAKK FIGHT with anyone who wanted to settle a dispute in that way. lie was always anxious to avoid a quarrel, but if he found he was going to be forced into one, took good care to get the drop on the enemy, and he wa9 a sure shot. It was in 1SG0 that I first knew him. He was then driving a bull team at Leavenworth, but afterwards took a train to Denver, Colorado. One of his first tights was with a gang in Dovertown, two miles above Fort Kearney. He and Bill Story killed three men there. Shortly aiterwards he and the notorious desperado Slade were 9tage driving tor the Overland, with their "lay over" at Julesburg, on the Platte. He was next heard of at Virginia City, where great rivalry existed between two sets of road agents, anil it was there that Bill made the ene mies who forced him snto THE BIGGEST FIUHT OF HIS LIFK. He came across the plains as a Union scout with the Second Colorado in '(J3. While they were encamped on Walnut Creek, near Marysville, Kansas, Hickok called on a Mrs. Walter-, having been a great friend ot her husband. She begged him, for God's sake, to leave, saying that ten men from Virginia City had arranged to come and kill him. "Well little woman, don't be trightened. Get behind the chimney, and we'll stop "em," was the scout's reply. The gang finally surrounded the house and the leader shouted, "Is Wild Bill here?" "Yes, Come and get him," was the answer, and two of the invading party were shot dead as they endeavored to enter. The others turned and ran. Bill stepped to the door, rifle in hand, and at a distance of 250 yards shot and instantly killed a third one of the party. He always considered this the best shot he ever made. HOW HE KII.I.ED JOE TCTT. In 1J5 Bill Wis keeping a livery stable in Springfield, Missouri. One night in a game oi Hiker, with i'utt as an opponent, Hickok overplai.l himself thirty or thirty-five dollar. There was nothing unusual in this as they were friends. The next day Wild Biil was playing, Tutt, w ho by the way. was a rebel scout during the war, came in, demanded his money, picked up Hickok's watch, which was lying on the table, and boasted that at noon he would walk with it across the public square. Bill made no reply. At midday a large crowd, hearing of the affair, had congregated all of Tutt's iriends being in the southwest corner ot the square. Tutt started on hia foolish mission, when Hickok at once sulked through the crowd of his enemie supporters, aud when about thirty yards apart the men drew their pistols and fired. Wild Bill nev.r waited to see the effect of his shot, but wheeled on Tutt's friends, and asked if any more shooting was wanted by them. They appeared to I satisfied, however, for their champion was dead shot through the heart. In '67 Bill turned up as a scout for Col. Bradley, at Fort Riley. One night a Sang of vigilantes were amusing themselves by hanging a teamster between Junction City and Fort Eiley. Hickok, happening to ride along at the time, made a rush for the lynchers, and away they went, their victim being rescued. 8AM STRAWHAN SHOT DEAD. A .ear .fwrwird- Hickok wr.s sheriJ of Ellis Counfr. Kan-as. with headquar- rers at Havs Citv. A fellow named bam had thrown several glasses on the side- were folded over the stilled breast, which ! walk. Bill carried them in w ith the re- j had beat with regular pulsation amid the mark : "Boys, you hadn't ought to treat most startling scenes oi blood and vio-; a poor old man in this way." Strawhan j lenee. The corpse was clad in complete i said he would throw them out again. dress-suit of black broadcloth, new un- ! "Do," retorted Bill, "and they will carry you out, and they did, sure enough, for as sam picked up a glass to strike fell dead, shot through the neck by the man who never missed his mark. j Bill MiLVEi's iikx to die. The next man on whom Hickok got I the drop was Bill Mulvev a notorious! i rough iroui St. Joseph, Missouri, w ho i got drunk one day, ran the 'squire I and constable out of Hays City, caused j the citizens to scatter aud finally met Wild Bill with the remark that he had lived long enough. Although a pistol was leveled at Hickok's head, and he knew it would talk in half a second, he j did not lose his presence o! mind tor an instant, but reuiarkud as it to a third j party, iu a very quiet tone, "Don't hit ; him. He is only fooling." Mulvey turn ed his head to see who was about to strike him, as t lid BUI s pistols were out instantaneously, and the St. Joe des- perado dropped like a stone, a bullet having entered jut back ot the right ear. This settled Mulvey, and Sheritl' Hickok received a vote of thanks from the citizens for killing him. TWO SUI.UIKKS CROAKED. Wild Bill's next difficulty was with eight or ten soldiers of the 7th cavalry, who invited him into a bar-room at Hays to take a drink. While standing at the bar he was knocked down by one ot the blue coats. The minute he struck the floor his pistol was out. and, unfortunately he killed a man who was trying to make peace, and also another who participated in the attack. The fellow who caused the row succeeded in escaping with a bullet in the broadest part ol him exposed to fire while running away. Twe companies of cavelry were sent in pursuit ol Hickok, but they failed to catch him. He footed it sixty-six miles to Ellsworth, and subsequently turned up as marshal of Abiline, Kansas. Here it was that he killed a brother of the man who murdered him, if he killed him at all, which is very doubtful, it being thought by many that McCall's assertion to that effect was merely made to save his neck after his cowardly crime. BILL KILLS 1'lllL. COLE, THE TEXAS. It was at Abiline, in lSH'J or 170, that Hickok killed Phil. Cole, an influential cattle trader. The marshal had arrested three or four ot Cole's men, and the Texans threatened to "kill the long haired s b ." They roped him into a saloon for that purpose. The bar was lined with men, Hickok being at one end and Cole at tho other. Bill knew what was up, and kept his eye on the enemy. He saw him go for his gun, and both men drew simultaneously. Wild Bill's aim was as acurate as ever, and while he remained unscatheJ, the Texan tell dead his tracks without uttering a word,; the bullet from Hickok's derringer hav ing hit him between the eyes, spattering his brains on the clothes of his friends. The Texans tried to run him out of Abiline, hut he wouldn't scare worth a nickle, and didn't leave that section until the fall after the Texans bad gone home. During the last year or two Bill has been playing the gentleman in Kansas City, St. Louis and elsewhere, organizing Black Hills expeditions, etc. now HE D1KD. The most connected account of the murder yet published is that furnished the Louisville Cuurier-Juut nul by its Deadwood correspondent who says: The next event ol importance that occurred during the week was the killing of Wild Bill (Jas. Hickok) by one Jack .uciau. 1" uie e.mi uiiitui iaisWiio about the 1st of March, the Buflalo Bill troupe were performing m Louisville. llie principal ' s"e Bu. alo Texas Jack aud Wild B.I. The lattei llcr,,r",f-MrUC' VU""J "Ui n:T7 '' Wild Bill, as he was called by his ac- quaintances liad the reputation ot being the best pistol-shot in the V est, and g o- riei in k.'lmg thirty-six men. Jack Mc- Call is about thirty-hve years ot age, and claims to have been born in Jeller-son County, Kentucky, near .lell'cr-on-town, but had been for the la-t eight or ten years living in the far West, limiting buffaloes, trapping, fighting Indians, etc. Jack says that in lscti Wild Bii! killed his brother in Kansas without cause or provocation. Jack's statement is that his brother and Wild Bill had a little misunderstanding in a saloon in Kansas about some trilling matter, and Wild Bill proposed to tight it out. McCall said it was no fighting matter and did not want to tirht. and that he was not armed, when Wild Bill, having two pistols, threw McCall one ol them, and said : "DAMN YOr, Di,ftSH YOl KSEI.F." McCall took the pistol, but before he could raise it Wi d Bill shot him dead. Young Jack McCall, hearing the particulars of his brother's death, registered an oath that he would kill Wild Bill on sight, and faithfully kept his word. The circumstances attending the trag ic event, as proven on trial, were mat Wild Bill was seated in a gambling sa loon plaviug cards, when Jack McCall entered and walked up to Wild Bill am! put a pistol to his head ami blew his brains out, the pistol ball pa.-ing through Wild Bill's head, killing hiin in stantly, and then striking Capt. Massey, a Missouri Kiver pilot, who was seated at the table, in the arm, breaking (be bone. Jack, after doing the killing, ordered the bar-keeer and gamblers present to march out of the house in trout of him, which they did promptly, he not caring to have any shots fired at him from the rear. Jack, after gaining the street, stood tin- crowd off tor a few minuets, but finally was persuaded to give himself up for trial. CONCERNING THE rrXERAL. The correspondent ot the Chicago In-ter-Ocein writes as follows: Alter the inquest the body of the deceased was placed upon a lit er made ot two poles and some boards, when a procession was lornied, and the remains were carried to Charley I'tfer's camp. across the creek. Charley I t'er, better known as Colorado Charley, had been j the intimate friends of the deceased lor' fifteen years, and, with that liberality! which is a feature among mountaineers,! bad always shared hi purse with him. I A tepee was pitched at the loot of one of j J "l ' "''c"' I so majestically above j Preparations were I the trees that rise Charley camp. Preparations were . , . . t . , rfl A t i lowing notice was printed and sent out: Funeral Notice Died, in Deadwood, Black Hills, August 2, 176. from the effect ol a pistol shot. J. B. Hickok (Wild Bill ;, formerly of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Funeral services will beheld at Charley Liter's camp, on Thursday afternoon, August 3, 1S70, at 3 o'clock. All are respectfully invited to attend." SOMETHING FOR BRET HARTE. At the time appointed a number of neoole e-athered at the camn Charlev I Utter had gone to a great deal of ex- ' ceived for the first lot, but such a bus-pense to make the tunerel as fine as iness is a kind of speculation and not could be had in this country. Lnder ' a self sustaining business, The money the tepee, in a handsome coffin covered the sheep raiser gets out of his flock U with black cloth and richly mounted , kept in the country ; it i3 a business that with silver ornaments, lay Wild Bill, a sustains itself. picture of pefect repose. His long chas-j T. E. Scott. nut hair, evenly parted over hi3 marble j brow, hung in w aving ringlets over the Thev never nse a bulletin board on broad shoulder" ; his face was cleanly the Worchester They merely shaved excepting the drooping mas- take the insele out of the editor i slipper tache. which shaded a mouth which in death almost seemed to smile, but which i in life was unusually grave; the arms j derclotliing and white linen shi't; be- side him in the corhn lay his trusty he rifle, which the deceased prized above . all other things, and which was to be j buried with him in compliance with an often expres.-ed desire. , 'S-"'" luiprewnc . eivice, wnicn was attentively ns- icneu in iv uie audience, arter wnicn i the ciiliin.lid hid the well-know n face of Wild Bill trom the prying gaze o! the woi Id forever. St KN KS If THE GRAVE. A grave had been prepared on the mountain side toward the east, and to that place in the bright sunlight, the air redolent w ith the perfume o I sweet flow ers, the birds sweetly singing, and all nature smiling, the solemn cortege wended its way anil deposited the mortal remains of Wild Bill. I poll a large stomp at the head of the j grave the following inscription is deeply i cut : "A brave man; the victim of an assassin J. K. Hickok (Wild Bill, aged 4j years: murdered by Jack McCall, Aug. , 17." Sllttf !' (EMKAL KANiAS. The divides between the vallevs are a j high rolling prairie free Iruui any sloughs or marshes ot any description, so that flocks iu grazing from hill to hill are not compelled to pass over any wet or marshy place whatever. Kansas in this respect has a great advantage over nearly every other western state, nor is it subject to those cold storms in sp-ing and fall Jamb killers: as are the eastern stales. It is a very rare thing to have a long cold storm in spring. e nave but little rain until the weather is warm enough lor showers, and almost any Iamb, though it is very young, will go through a dashing show er without perishing. It is the long, cold storms which cause shepherds so much trouble during lambing season in other states. In Wisconsin I have known these cold storms to come on as late as May and la-t for several days, and although shepherds would employ all the men, women and children in tho neighborhood to assist in saving the lambs, yet it was not an uncommon thing that frem o to ."0 per cent, ot the Iambs would perish. In Wisconsin in one storm I saw more lambs perish in a flock of 250 sheep than I have lost Iroui my tlock of over a 1,000 in nine years. 1 can truly say I know of no eoiiHtry so favorably to the sht-cp i ai-cr, during lambing season, as this. I doubt if Texas with all its boasted advantages, can offer dmi.ig lambing soaMiii pleasanter weather than we almost always have here. I have my lambs dropped about the last of April and the first of May. Although the lambs are not quite so large to start in ttie winter yet I have never had any trouble in wintering lambs at this age, and 1 think it more profitable than to have them dropped earlier. By the la.t of April the grass is well started, theertes have plenty of milk, and the lambs soon get strong, and are able in a few days to take care ol themselves. Another gre:.t advantage this country oilers, is its winter grasses ; sheep can be kept on the range in the tall until about the first week in December. Last winter 1 kept my tlock on the range until the first of January, and they did splendidly. Frost frequently comes quite early in the season, but there are certain grasses that it does not seem to injure. Among thce are the Buflalo or Mes-quite, and the native blue grass; sheep Id splendidly on these grasses all winter ,....,, .. ,.,. , willt(,re(j ,m sllL.ep. r fed T((-tI1 Ht,0(lr, tons of very poor prairie ,iav ,, one hlllai, shpat uf o;lts once a i - pleasant days I would i I then on the range without hay. L1,, thpir M1fa allowance ol ' ts- , Mlk ., thlough ,he winter . , , . f h , t , ..,.. ,,, Kan!, .r,. -ATa I,,,, lew states n here a tlock so large could be wintered so cheaply, and yet so suc- iess;nlly. They were protected id stormy weather with shed open to the south. I sold from my tlock this spring $1,-7!l worth ol wool, and had Mi lambs, 1 ought to have had 500 lambs, but owing to bad management on my part, I only had 3-jl. I have been offered for my lamua $:i per bead, this would make $'.tln which it added io the $1.7s0 gives me an income ol $2,o!is. The JODS will cover all expenses including shearing. The capital invested (the WU sheep) would be worth about $:! per head, making a capita! of 1 2,0 and a clear protit of $2,0OO. And right here before I forget it. I want to say. that those sheep were pastured on land Which I do not even pay tax on, it being government land, and rough and undesirable tor cultivation. Had I had as many lambs as I ought to, I would have liiade a stil! better showing, the tault, however, w as bad management on my part, and not the business. I am having my present tlock of over 2.2K) kept S miles from home. The man who keep, them furnishes everything except the salt and I pay him f 20 per month. If I am able to keen them on the range only J months, it will cost me about $1G6 for -.. ol the year, I shall then have a fresh range at home for w inter. Last spring I Mined fit) acres ol millet which will jield 10 tons. I mow and rake in win-rows and then pay 50cts per ton H feet cul. to have it put up in the stacks. 1 1 I can manage, to save my winter range from pra'uiefire, I think I can winter my Hock on the range and on this millet, so as to be able to show you better figures another year. One man can easily take car of iriy flock during winter. To compare with the cattle business. I will siujply sav that 30 will buy a good cow, and $30 will buy ten good .beep. Now we will suppote that the ten sheep only raised nine lambs, a lamb when a year old, with fleece on is worth more than an old sheep, but to give those who are engaged in the cattle business a fair show in this comparison, we will put lambs in at $3 per head, the (me as old sheep, which would amount to $27 tor the lambs: now if the ten old sheep only sheared sir pounds of wool per head and brought 25 cents per pound, it would make 115 more which irives an income of $12 for a year. On the other hand ,J , , ,t wl ,. , ,.. ,i ,, . fiPll llll HUI UO JVIM Kb ,l..V from the cow. If a rood calf, it will bring about $S. So you see the $30 invested in sheep returns you $42, the first year, while the $30 invested in cattle returns $S. j I am making this comparison as a business and not as speculation. A man may go to Ellsworth and buy one hundred or two hundred head ol Texas steers and perhaps double hU money in a year, and the next year he cn buv u manr more, and thus send off tn Texas one half the money he re- and lean it out or ttie second story win dew against the sidewalk ana cnaia their dispatches on that. a to w to "It a go is ed N. a the to for in it red low his -Well," is He the National the me ing a that den, hai be it. practical sat is preachers

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