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Fri, 6 Jan 2006 20:24:34 -0600
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Thanks to Sandy Sagala for her post regarding her article on
Buffalo Bill Cody and Mark Twain.  Perhaps she or some other
Forum member can provide more information on an incident that is
reported in a recently published book _Buffalo Bill's America_
by Louis S. Warren (Alfred A. Knopf, 2005).  Warren reprints
an 1884 letter sent by Twain to Cody which Cody later used as
an advertising endorsement.  However, Warren also reports that
in 1901 that Twain "stormed out" of a Cody show in Madison
Square Garden because he was enraged at Cody's jingoistic
reenactment of the Battle of Tsien-Tsin [sic] wherein Indians
portrayed the roles of Chinese soldiers who were defeated.

The New York Times of April 3, 1901 reported that Twain was in
attendance for the performance at Madison Square Garden where
the capture of Tien-Tsin [sic] was portrayed. But the news report
makes no mention of Twain's reaction.  Did Twain ever provide
a public or private comment on this performance? Did he really
storm out on it?