Faces From The Past-xx

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In 1869, while on a trip to the West, Ned Buntline met the tall, good-looking plainsman named William Cody, and it was only a matter of months before Cody had become “Buffalo Bill, The King of Border Men,” hero of a new Buntline series. Then Ned persuaded Cody to join him in Chicago to perform in The Scouts of the Plains . Ned took just four hours to write the play, rehearsed it twice, and it ran for more than two years—two years during which Buffalo Bill became a national hero, symbol of all that was bravest and best on the frontier. Ned Buntline lived on until 1886, turning out stories until the last, but of all his characters, only the greatest—Buffalo Bill—survived him for long.

Richard M. Ketchum