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    Buffalo Bill's Wild West: Vern Johnson Clipping Book/ Scrap Book. Vern Johnson was a member of the champion close-order drill team from Illinois known as the Aurora Zouaves. Dressed in colorful zouave outfits, including bright red baggy pantaloons, they wowed audiences with precision marching, gun handling, and military maneuvers. In this scrapbook Johnson has saved mementos and notices of tours with Buffalo Bill's Wild West in 1897-1898 and 1902-1904. One highlight is Johnson's handwritten dialog recounting the troupe's presentation to King Edward VII. When they were addressed by the King, their captain remained silent, supposedly in awe, and left it to Buffalo Bill to make reply. Why? In a parenthetical note in pencil, Johnson explained: The captain's mouth bulged with a juicy cud of tobacco. "We didn't know we would be so highly honored," he wrote.

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