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%l)c jjismard; Srilmne. Bismirck, IT, T., July 16,1877, I WIFE OF WELD BELL. | Married and -Twice Made a · by Murder in Seven Years' , A Love-Letter from Caster's Scant in his Honeymoon Just Before a fortnight later. No Sit coveted scalp, no aero of "got the drop" on bin. New Tort World. CHETENNB, Wy., June 20.*rTliere · is now staying in this city a woman whose matrimonial experience has been sufficiently singular. She has had two husbands, both in a measure fpublic ,-char acters, and both doomed to a violent death. In 1847, then a girl of fifteen, she married gVTillium Lake, ' a well- known clown and showman, whose circus was fainobs all over the Union in the earlier days of the business, before mammoth aggregations like Barnuna 1 * took the field. She was financial manager of the concern, and being a woman of natjural parts and positive character, proved a very successful financier. August 21, 1869, while the circus was exhibiting at Qranby, Newtonj County, Mo., aj loafer named Jake Kilhan, slipped in without paying. Lake' noticed this, and summoning a couple of men, ejected the dead-bead, who armed himself, returned to the tent, paid his way in, and seeking out Lake, shot him dead. The murderer escaped, but was tracked, captured, tried, convicted and sentenced--to three and a half years in the penitentiary. After her husband's death Mrs. Lake took the management of the circus, which she conducted for three seasons, visiting all parts of the Union. She then sold off her menagerie, ipparatus and stud, and settled in some Western city--Chicago, I think-whence m the winter of 1873 6 she proceeded to San Francisco. There she remained but a few weeks, coming to Cheyenne a year ago last April, where a little afterward she married again, her husband being \V. B. Hickok, so widely known as - ' W i l d Bill." Custer has given a graphic picture of "Wild Bill," and Eastern readers may remember a sketch of his adventures which, appeared in Harper's. "He was," says Custer, "a plainsman in every sense of the WHwd, yet unlike any other of his class J In person he was about six feet one I in height, straight as the straiglitest of the warriors whose implacable foe he was; broad shoulders, well formed chest and limbs, and a face strikingly handsome; a sharp, clear, blue sye which stared you straight in the face when in conversation; a finely shaped nose, inclined to be aquiline; a ivell lurned mouth, with lips only parti ally concealed by a handsome mustache. His hair and complexion werej those of the perfect blonde. The former was worn in uncut ringlets, falling carelessly ov r his powerfully formed shoulders. Of his courage there could be no question; jit had been brought to a test on too many occasions to admit of a doubt. His skill in the use of the rifle and pis tol was unerring, while his deportment vraa exactly the opposite of what might be expected from a man of his surroundings. It was entirely free from all bluster or bravado. He seldom spoki of himself unless requested to do so. tlis conversation, strange to say, never bordered either on the vulgar or the blasphemous. His influence among the frontiersmen was unbounded, his word was law, and many are the personal quarrels and disturbances which he hks checked among hrs comrades by his simple announcement, This has gone! far enough,' followed, if need be by the ominous warning that -if persisted in or renewed the -quareler must settlk with me.' Wild Bill is anything but a quarrelsome man, yet no man but himself can enumerate the many conflicts in which he has been engaged, and BFhicb, have almost invariably result* d in the death of his adversary. He always escaped unhurt. Wild Bill always carried two handsotae ivory- ham lied revolvers of the large size; he was never seen without them. In all of tie many affairs in which he has beei engaged which have come to my kno fledge there is not a single instance in which the verdict of twelve fair- ruin l«d men would not be pronounced in his favor. ^ ith this Adonis of the plains, as I' havi already said, Mrs. Lake fell madly in live. Hickok certainly reciprocated K " | passion, as the following letter, en not long after their marriage, he had gone to the Black Hills to fortune and adventure, ,will tea- when be came td had only $7 50. B oughtn't to ove_r bot your back a $5 bill to psy for took his be frontier might b|e ' said of him as of Ibe Jeti sh warrior, "died Abner as the! fool d eth," or Johnson wrote of Charles His fall was destined to a forelJ strand, A petty foriresa and L dubious land.{ He does not app ar to hi re set the prospecting tot r to w hich be ludes in his letter, for' At ;ust 1st h was still at Dead wood, where fat brought him to He sainp caroMabh with ot»e Jack IJcCall, ji gambling sharper and ugly character. Of bin Bill got the better at pok r. On tb« last hand ilcCalJ bet $10 a d lost, settle foi|nd that 11, remi rking, "you ^ ,, -_. pile; that's no way to play cards," landed him and breakfast, and the men parted. He thought no more of the ma ter, neither did any one else whjo knew f it. Next morning Bill was sitting w th » number of card players |n the S nate when McCall came behind' him noiselessly, placed the muzzle of his revolver to the back of his lead, qhd crying "Take U»a^ damn you," If ' Bill died, and never knew 1 you," fired. Wild **·**· »*»v«j auu uwvl by whom he was 'kil ed. T ersed the skull, cane out right eye, and enter id the opponent,a steamboat capta }r is lodging . why or e ball trav. under his rm, of his n.disabling ,, his re- n the play- and est 'as formed because him for life. McCa 1 keep volver cocked and pointed era, backed out of the roo caped. A miners' ceurt which acquitted him, mai of his declaration that Wil killed h,is brother in an a f f r , be was but the avenger of b4od. Cali- tfornia Joe, another (if Custom's scout's, whom he describes at length in his book, however, appiroacl edi him after the acquittal and saul significantly, "I Bill y, so had that at -J o at guess you had better .. It isn't a healthy pla :e. ed in his eye and lef Deadwood was not A little while later killed ; not until he notable funeral accor leave 11 jjDeadwood. :Call look- a healthy place. California Joe was tad assisted at a led to the remains of Wild Bill, whom the people of Deadwood seemed to have regretted sincerely. McCall went on to Cdster City, and there could not kpep frojai boasting that he had killed Wild Bill. States Marshal overheard arrested him, and on jh« 1st last the murderer of (be seed Lake's husbands ,wa course of law at Y game. As Marshal turning from the A United him and of March nd of Mrs. I hangeid in due Ink ton. He died urdic : was re,-- Jxecutu in he re ceived the following letter : LOUISVILLE, Ky., ^eb. !J5,1877. DEABSIB:--I saw im the! morning papers a piece about the sentence of the murderer ef "Will Bill,' Jack Call. There was a yoing m U of name of John McCall left here about six years ago, who has; not 1 een heard from for the last three years. He has father, mother and three sis!bra living here in Louisville, who are very uneasy about him since they lieard abont the murder of "Wild Bi|." Iflyou can end us any information about him we will be very thankful to ybif. This John McCall is about wenty jfive years! old; has light hair, inclined tflicurl, and one eye crossed. I c« nnot i|ay about his heighth, as be was lot gr wn when he left here. Please tirrite s soon as convenient, as we are very ajnxious to hear from you. Very respectfully, MAST A. McOALL. It was the same John McCall who ha left home six years before, alboy still at the growing age, who bail turn gambler and ruffian, ar d hat the red path of murder to the Mrs. Hickok, or Mrs. Lake, friends will more readiljr reco leaves in a few days to visit tives in Cincinnati. Was I in saying that there was a s singular romance married life? interwoven troddei scaffold, as bet nize her] her relaj not righ^ fficientl with he The Dominion of Canada. hav ktt nay now DEADWOOD, Black Hills, ikota Territory, July 17,1876., My Own Darling Wife. Agnes:--I - but a few moments left before this r starts. I never was so well in ue. You would laugh to see me I have just got in from prospect- Will go out again to-morrow. Wil write again in the morning, but Goc knows when (the letter) will start.. My Friend will take this to Cheyenne if he 1 ves. I don't expect to hear from you but it is all the same. I know my Agrees and only live to love her. Nener mind, pet, we will have a home yet. Then we will be so happy. I am almost sure I will do well here. The ma^i is hurrying me. Good by, dear wife. Love to Emma. W. B. H IC KOK (Wild Bill). Such a letter, betraying the most loviilike aspirations and a strong vein of Romance, was to be looked for from such a man as Custer, and described and analyzed, though it will read oddly to i ny one at the East accustomed to regard the frontiersman of many brawls as cf necessity a bully and a black- gOtjrd. lis was probably the last letter I Bill wrote, for bis death ensued Our near neighbors on th this territory completed the h June, its first decade. The Globe in commemoration of t says: "The different provinces are large and ever growing busine themselves, which ten years a existence, and which ten years'. have reached dimensions a scarcely dreamed of. Better k of each other has dispelled man ies. More frequent intercourse bed off many angularities and down some unpleasant asperi have found out that we can worl to the advantage of all, and to t and annoyance of none; that mon country is one of which w feel proud, and that the develc her many and varied resources and profitably occupy the energ All jur provinces must soon be c and bound together by the firm an inter-oceanic railway, while it is, our railway system makes tercourse between province and easy, traffic expeditious and p with political management an order both more complete and s ry than they were in any ot tl provinces under the old (regime lute peace prevails all over our Law is supreme, and the pol baton can do all the coeicion i We have, in common witti the nations of the earth, at present, but not nearly to the extent wh ers have experienced. Our p is spreading out on all sid -s to lands which wait but to t e ticli a hoe to smile with a harvest the material progress of Canadi ring ,these past ten years b ;en ve ed, her educational and re igious has not been less i notice: ble. respect we have cause i noi; for but for commendable sat sfacti past is full of encouragement tureisfull of hope." ' north o t day Toront^ event 1C doing is amnm h^A 2 I had n i [ »li.' lelgh, Fire 120 mortgage of of gages · i · T... ** ··--·» enqe wil. I ,,_,,___ . "tie presen lowledgc jealous has rub moothe ies. W« togethei le mjur ur con may a rnient o an full nnecte_ bonds o even a: ocial in, rovinc ofitable genera itisfacto e single Abso erritory ceman'i squired rest o lullness ch oth pulatioi he ne\ ed wit! Whil hasdu y mark progres 'n ever roastini n. Th The fu due mortgage -----o-e- Mi by which 1877. The premises: number of and " By Dart ¥1' of 8i7, iefault herein ^ , Missouri ng bflng laggerty s a 1 ^ a w est ay of be .

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