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    Nate Salsbury: Another Fine Longhand Letter, with Fascinating Content. ALS "Nate Salsbury," 1 page, 8.5" x 11". On "Buffalo Bill's Wild West" pictorial letterhead, Department of Publicity, New York City, April 15, 1897. Usual folds, fine condition. To George T. Beck, manager of the Big Horn Basin Irrigation Venture. In full:
    "I have just received a copy of the Valley News. It is the poorest excuse for a newspaper I ever saw. It merely retails a little personal gossip about people in the immediate vicinity of Cody. I have always understood that our subsidy was paid to assist in booming the 'Basin' in a series of articles that would be of interest to the public, instead of which a patent inside takes the place of readable matter. A man of real newspaper ability could find columns of interesting stuff to write about each single advantage that the 'Basin' offers for home seekers. I think you ought to insist on some value for our money or else get another man on the job who will carry out a contract."
    Nathan "Nate" Salsbury (1846-1902) was a producer and manager of Buffalo Bill's Wild West. His letters are actually much rarer than Cody's. The first issue of the Shoshone Valley News ("the poorest excuse for a newspaper I ever saw") was published on November 26, 1896. It ceased publication in 1897, shortly after this letter was written.
    The Big Horn Basin irrigation venture became the Shoshone Irrigation Company, the principal vehicle through which Cody and several partners attempted to finance, construct and operate the Cody Canal from 1896 to 1907 when the Company relinquished control of the project. George T. Beck (1856-1943), the recipient of the letter was the Company's field manager during the construction process. Salsbury was an investor, manager, and a Director of the company.


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