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THE MORNING OREGONIAN, . THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 1917.
BILL PASSES AWAY
Pioneer Indian Fighter and
, Frontier Scout to Lie in
State in'CoIorado Capitol.
PRESIDENT IS CONDOLER
ing a contract to" supply the entire
force with fresh buffalo meat for a
certain period, killing under one con
tract 4280 buffaloes. On one occasion
he killed the noted Cheyenne Chief
Yellow Hand in the presence of Indians
He became known to Juvenile Amer
ica in the stories of western adven
ture written by E. Z. C. Judson. who
wrote under the noro de plume of Ned
"With the advance of civilization.
finding1 his occupation, on the Western
plani3 gone, he went on the stage.
where he remained several years, play-
ins leading: parts in dramas depicting
life on the frontier. Later, in associa
tion with Nate Salsbury. he organized
his Wild WTest show with which he
toured this country for many years, and
on one occasion visited the principal
Uodj to Occupy Tomb Hewn From
Hock on lookout Mountain.
Military and Civil Organ
ization to Do Honor.
'EN"V"ER. Oa.n. 10. Colonel William
Frederick Co?ly, "Buffalo Bill," soldier,
hunter and snout, the idol of juvenile
America, died at 12:05 P. M. here today
at the home of his sister.
With Colonel Cody when death came
were his wife and daughter, who had
hurried down from Cody, Wyo., the
family home, Jast week, to be at his
bedside, and tiis sister, Mrs. L. E.
Decker, of Denver.
Colonel Cody had been in coma since
tbis morning. " He had fought death
as he often had opposed it on the
plains in the days when the West was
"You can't till the old scout." he
would tell his physician whenever his
condition would show improvement.
When the doctor told him his life
was ebbing, Cklonel Cody accepted his
fate like a stoic After giving instruc
tions regarding his funeral and busi
ness affairs, h e said: c
"Let us have a game of "high five.'
And every ope joined, the Colonel
laughing and. joking because he was
Since Janoaity 5, when he was hur
ried back to Vis sister's home in Den
ver, the Colonic had surprised all who
knew his real condition by great pow
ers of resistante and recuperation. One
day his physician would see the end
"within 36 hows," and then the Colonel
would rally and no one could predict
the exact outcome.
On January 8, however, his system
broke down enitirely, and from then on
it was a questaan merely of time.
To add to lier measure of apprecla'
tlon of what the West owed him, the
state of Colorado will receive the body
of Colonel Cody into her capitol Sun
day, there to lbe in state for four hours.
Funeral services for the noted scout
are to be held Sunday afternoon, when
the body will he placed in a receiving
vault in a local cemetery, but the burial
will not talce place until next Spring,
probably Decoration day. when the
body of one o the Nation's most pic
turesque chaxaicters will be interred in
a tirab hewn flrom the rock at the top
of Lookout iljountaln. near this city.
Plans already re afoot for the erec
tion of a suitable monument at his
linn.1 resting pJace.
The funeral ;services Sunday are to
be held in the Elks' Home in charge
of the Denver "Lodge of Elks. In ac
cordance with the wish of the dying
scout, however., all the societies to
which he beUonjfed are to have a part
in the funeral. , including the Grand
Army of the ..Republic, the Pioneer
Society of Colorado and the Cowboy
Rangers of Denver. The Masons will
have charge of the interment of the
body in its mountain tomb.
Arrangements. vere made at a con
ference late today for the body to lie
in state in the ojypltol Sunday morning
from 8 o'clock rto noon. Leaders of
both houses of t Legislature, now in
session, attended the conference and
agreed to secure the passage of the
necessary joint resolution tomorrow.
Guard of Honor to Do Doty.
While the bods lies in state at the
capitol. a guard of honor will be on
Federal troops will escort the body
from the capitol to the Elks' Home for
the services, according to the plans
tonight, and other Federal troops are
expected to march in the funeral
Colonel Cody's TKasonic affiliation In
cluded membership in the Royal Arch
degrees at North Platte, Neb., and in
the Knights Temjplar Commander at
the same place, and membership in
the Shrinera of "Mecca. Temple, New
York. After Sunday's service and until
placed in the torrtt on Lookout Moun
tain the body will be in custody of the
Knights Templt.r luere.
Telegrams o condolence In large
numbers have "been" pouring into the
home of the sis tier here, where Colonel
Cody has been etiaylng for the last few
days. They include messages - from
friends of high and low degree all over
the country. On. from President Wil
' son and others from Lieutenant-General
Nelson A. Miles land General Hugh L.
Scott, chief of etiaff. were among the
Buffalo Bill Known to AIL.
Colonel Williar F. Cody, "Buffalo
Bill." was for numy years known to
nearly every man. woman, boy and girl
in America through his Wild-West
show with which Ihe toured this coun
try and Europe. Ele was a picturesque
type of the pioneer frontiersman and
lived to see large elties built where he
once hunted "the "buffalo and fought
William F. Cody was born in Scott
County, Iowa, February 26, 1846. His
ancestral stock was Spanish, English
and Irish. His parents moved west and
took up a claim near Leavensworth,
Kan., then a frontier Indian post, when
Cody was five years old.
At 10 years of age he found himself
the head of the family owing to the
death of his father who was killed in
an encounter growing out of a dispute
oveir the negro--lave question. Young
Cody's- first employment was as a cou
rier between the freight wagon trains
operated between the Missouri River
and the Rocky Mountains.
In turn he became wagon master,
trapper, hunter, pony express rider and
stage coach driver, all giving a varied
experience 1n a school, the graduation
from which left the scholar an adept
In every possible line of frontier ac
Advice Given General.
In exciting experience in the Union
army as a soldier and subsequently as
a confidant and scout of his comman
ders in the desultory and guerilla war
fare of the Southwest left him at its
finish well known as an all around
frontiersman, competent to advise, to
- guide and to lead. These qualities soon
brought him to the. attention of such
distinguished commanders as General
W. T. Sherman, Lieutenant-General
Phil Sheridan and Generals Crook, Cut
ter, Merritt, Carr. Royal. Miles, Dodge
ana others, and secured nls appoint
ment as chief of scouts in the United
states Army daring jts numerous
Indian campaigns in the West.
His career in this line identified him
with the great fighting epoch between
the red man and the white man, waged
by .General Shexidan after the Civil
War that temihorarily ended in 1876
but was effectively finished in the
Ghost Dance war in the decisive bat'
tie of Wounded Knee in. 1890-91 cam'
palgn with the Northern Sioux.
Noted Chief Killed.
During the construction of the Union
Pacific railroad, young Cody attached
' himself to a camp of United States
troops protecting the laborers and won
his sobtyauet ol mutlaio siu" by. talc-
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Colonel William F. Cody (Buf
falo Bill). Famous Frontiers
man, Who Is Dead.
cities of Europe, where he was warmly
received and entertained by royalty.
He was elected to the Nebraska Leg'
lslature in 1ST2.
Colonel Cody, in 1866, was married to
Miss Louisa FredericL
GEXERAI MILES PAYS TRIBUTE
Buffalo Bill Eulogized for Work In
Behalf of Pioneers.
LINCOLN. Neb., Jan. 10. General
Nelson A. Miles, U. S. A., retired, here
to attend a meeting of the Nebraska
Territorial Pioneers' Association and
the Btatei Historical Society, tonight
expressed his sorrow over the death of
"Colonel Cody was a high-minded
gentleman, a brave American and a
great scout," said General Miles. "He
performed a great work In the West
for the pioneers and for the genera
tions coming after them, and his ex
ploits will live forever in history."
General Miles said it was while he
was conducting his campaign against
the Indians in the Yellowstone country
of Montana that "Buffalo Bill'" served
as nis cniei or scouts, and they were
tnrown mucn together in later cam
EUGENE WOMAN IS COUSIN
Mrs. W. A. Scott Twice Visited by
EUGENE, Or., Jan. 10. (Special.)
colonel William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill)
was a cousin of 'Mrs. W. A. Scott, of
Eugene, and visited at her home here
twice in recent years. Colonel Cody's
father and Mrs. Scott's father were
Mrs. Scott's father was a traveling
salesman and never came West.
Legislators May Attend Funeral.
CHEYENNE. Wyo.. Jan. 10. Mem
bers of the Wyoming Legislature to
day, on receipt of the news of the
death of Colonel William F. Cody, dis
cussed a plan to attend the funeral in
Denver in a body. Formal action may
be taken later.
Ordinance to Be Changed;
ROSEBURG. Or., Jan. 10, (Spe
cial.) Believing that some minor
changes should be made in the "patent
medicine ' ordinance introduced at Mon
day night a meeting of the Council, th
members of that body decided to d
fer its adoption until next Monday
night. Under the terms of th ordt
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