Retrospective on Calamity Jane's life, 1903 (pre-death)

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Retrospective on Calamity Jane's life, 1903 (pre-death) - . Mee-rane, ap- is commenc- - of Buffalo by way...
. Mee-rane, ap- is commenc- - of Buffalo by way of advertisement. There were no coaches to be hired in town so Jane made her trip on a sprink-these ling cart. ; Like everything else of the sort the j CALAMITY JANE AS SHE WAS AND AS SHE IS. Calamity Jane, whose na Mon-is on tana is almost a household the rampage .'lagain, acc Cheyenne special to the Denver Post. Everybody ' in 'the - west has known or has heard of Calamity Jane. It is not the Calamity Jane of today, but she of, say day before yesterday, that you want to remember. She of today is old and poverty stricken and wretched. The country has outgrown her and her oc cupation is gone. When, to put it very plain and ugly, she gets drunk she tries to shoot up the towni in good old frontier style. But ; that sort of tiling has been outgrown ' with a lot of other i things and so'-Jane; finds herself in the lock-up, where she is now, and scheduled among the "plain drunk." 1 carri th cofew pu'ncherj the 'man a mong menwho stand? heroic It is she whonf the small t oy read3 about in the dime novel which ne carries hidden be- It is the Calamity ; Jane of the old .neath his eoat It is ghe who ia to be ( found in the arm record3 at washing- I found in the army records at Washing- I?!? ?Tnrf !mny ??s 'T t' 7n.r ' a ! , " 8 the ? eBt ?J f he Indian nd . m . ' ,1 anA ' :"" T , " 7 , " the Indian and the buffalo have gone ( the pity is that Jane remains to grovel in the misery of poverty and old age. 1 wo years ago Jane was at the doors of the poorhouse when Jfrs. Josephine fWinfield Blake of Buffalo, N. who j had some money to .make at the Pan-American exposition, heard of her. Mrs. Blake sent for Jane and advertised her scheme as a big charity. She had a little house built on the electric car route to Niagara Falls. Therein she established Jane with apparently nothing to do but sell a book which Mrs. Blake recently published. For every" book 'she sold Jane was to have a 10-cent commission. ' She had also her living. Jane was delighted with the idea and drove an eight-horse team through the streets Buffalo affair proved more profitable to the giver than to the recipient of the charity and Jane found she was making about 40 cents a week and a very poor living. Besides, she did not like the idea of running herself as a side show attraction. She said Mrs. Blake was coining money at her expense. One day she went down on the Midway at the exposition and found a manager who would be willing to give her a fair share of the profits. But that engagement did not last long, for Jane got the wild west spirit one day and tried to shoot up the Midway. This little escapade and some days in jail overwhelmed Jane with homesickness. She fvordf dlg to said she preferred the Wyoming poor- ev-house to the handsomest residence in J Buffalo. I The day that Buffalo Bill landed in the city of Buffalo found Jane waiting' or mm "Thevv. ot me buffaloed,"! she said. "I want to go back; there's' no place for me in the east. Stake me to railroad ticket and the pri of . the meals and send me hom.' , After this fashion. Jane back Jo jvingston, Jiont., m eeptemoer, iwi. Kho n.d. a t r.wn irith tears in her eyes and over and over again she said: "This yer's the coun- try fer me" . Since that time Jane has lived a life of quiet respectability. She has a'ston-J ished her old friends by deserting her sa - loon haunts and: refusing to have a hand in a poker game. She has even . ( a a a 1

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  1. Great Falls Tribune,
  2. 18 Jan 1903, Sun,
  3. Page 8

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