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    Buffalo Bill's Wild West: Charles Hutchinson Ledger, 1895-1896. Business records are among the scarcest and most desirable of all Buffalo Bill's Wild West items, and this is one the best and most illuminating. Buffalo Bill's partner, Nate Salsbury, had fallen seriously ill in 1894 and would remain an invalid until his death in 1902. He contracted with circus great James A. Bailey (of Barnum & Bailey) to invest in the show and take on the controlling share of management. And beginning with the 1895 tour, Bailey managed with a vengeance. First, he arranged a schedule that would take the Wild West on a tour of short stands, 102 cities and towns, on two trains comprising fifty-two cars. Of course, the schedule assured no competition with Bailey's other shows and circuses. Next, and fortunately for us, he installed his own nephews to keep an eye on business: brothers Fred Bailey Hutchinson, manager, and Charles Hutchinson, treasurer. In this ledger Charles kept a record of daily receipts for 1895 and 1896 (as well as two years' receipts for another of the Bailey properties, the Forepaugh Circus and Wild West). That makes this little book one of the half dozen most valuable of all the scant BBWW business papers that survive.

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