Account of Calamity Jane and her drinking, 1876

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Account of Calamity Jane and her drinking, 1876 - "West Point to do with tell you. post was a man...
"West Point to do with tell you. post was a man and without of bad and the mas, heavy, mouldy bedbugs-those that follow with the ·'Calamity Jane." appetite. When A. Xxi2£ 2nd JLonely Jonnkey Xt« tba Im- dlan iand-An Vnproieeied female Klval. 9liMrilan'H Bide. All have spoken and some have tiit? praises of Paul Eevere, Sheridan, Kit Carson, Jimmy .Robinson, and famous riders: even Mark Twain modestly commended his own performance on a bucking broncho, bur now about ro be told is not of these. -Calamity Jane is not exaetry the name bus. the title of an exeentric female resident of the erstwhile 3Iagic City, now c-hleriy famous as tUe place largest and liveliest" !es travel about, the Biack HDls originate I had to suffer w;is in continent history. br a with his out- of tle to make were oleased landlord relations. times he even went wife. along-. overbroad services as a the place. seems to have w;is sent The He was ilourlsh--in short, Cheyenne. In r5i e social scale. Jane ranks rather down than up; much lower, intact, than necessary to indicate i:i tkis chronicle. SaiScfc is to say tliac one of her weaknesses is strong drink, and profanity another. I:: her case, however, they are uyt iiamixeu evils: sometimes compensate esteh other. One oftentimes delivers her from scrapes into which she had been precipitated by the other. On the morning of June 10th. Calamity Jane stepped out from behind bars of Cneyenae jail into the soft ot Sabbath, sunlight, and sniffed the fresh air of freedom once more, after many days---thirty days. IE was too early to repair to church and give for her deliverance from bondage, bat the saloons were all open and she no time in celebrating her release by getting speedily and comfortably, drunk. to the over respond, Setting spet breakfast, for Then she repaired to a neighboring throat A razor dropped from suicide: severing hancL a razor and tried an ex- eircuni- that swore ieft-canued. with that livery stable and hired a horse and ""SSI-" for a (triTe. As she was only going to the Fort, and traveling alone, a quart bottle full of whiskv was deemed suSeient baggage, and thus eoutered. she struck ouc toward tke north. By the time she reached Fort-Russell, she v.-;is so blind c:nink that »he couldn't see :he place, and drove right on; was a beautiful day to drive, however, and she kept on her way. supposing U:at t'se Forr had beeu removed up north, anu that she would SncI it presently. Or. she ivenr. and on and on, never dniwing rein till she reached Chungwater. fifty isiiles av.-av. Here in killing a had the and blood a and believe tell any add to land- j hidden in man was con- that tavern. on] v habits or business of his customers. sold her as much whisky as she craved during the night, and nesc morning refilled her bottle without a nrananr when she started on her lonely and perilous search for the missing Fort At the last moment, indeed, he warned to look out for her scalp, buc she profanely answered that the Indian who coald get her scalp had never jet daylight- Late that afternoon she drovefap to the" gate at Fort Laramie. ninety miles from Cheyenne, and alighted as brisk and cheerful as a harvest grasshopper. The bottle was empty, and she "was snSciently sober to discover her mistake. in relation to the Fort, but it not disconcert- her in the least. Fort Laramie was as welcome as Fort Bus-' sell would have been, as long as the sutler bad plenty of whisky. She sss, conaled ,,_ ' j her usual fashion until an officer i j "that | ? fter hersffid her traveling outfit It T _ . 5s nor known whether Calamity Jane me: any hostile Indians or not. She a recer- one of j and carpet i^ihev W have taken door to the 3 Tan,* ?vr T^ - ~- - - v««uuiij trietl to capture her outfit, but she at them till they left. The gnfleless laced

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  1. The Perry Daily Chief,
  2. 08 Jul 1876, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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