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Easter 1873


Left to right: Ned Buntline, Buffalo Bill, Mlle. Morlacchi, Texas Jack

April 13, 1873—Easter—was the last night of The Scouts of the Prairie's long run at Niblo's Garden on Broadway in New York City. Newspapers announced that the show would play for two nights in Brooklyn at the Academy of Music before continuing their whirlwind tour throughout the northeast.


An advertisement for one of those Brooklyn shows gives us a hint as to what theatergoers witnessed when they went to see the "living heroes" of Texas Jack, Buffalo Bill, and Ned Buntline, along with the Peerless Morlacchi.



Brooklyn Review, Sunday April 13, 1873

GREATEST ATTRACTION ON EARTH,

THE SCOUTS OF THE PRAIRIE


Introducing the Original Western Heroes,

BUFFALO BILL, TEXAS JACK

NED BUNTLINE

The peerless danseuse, Mlle. Morlacchi.

Twenty Indian Warriors.

THE SCOUTS OF THE PRAIRIE


Buffalo Bill, by the original hero...Hon Wm. F. Cody

Texas Jack, by the original hero...J. B. Omohundro

Cale Durg...Ned Buntline

Dove Eye...Mlle. Morlacchi


Synopsis.


ACT I—On The Plains—Trapper and the Scouts—The Renegade's Camp—Peril of Hazel Eye—Ned Buntline's Temperance Lecture—Cale Durg at the Torture Post—The Indian Dance—The Rescue.


ACT II—Texas Jack and his Lasso—The Loves of Buffalo Bill—The Death of Cale Durg—The Trapper's Last Shot


ACT III—The Scout's Oath of Vengeance—The Scalp Dance—The Knife Fight—The Triumph of the Scouts—The Prairie on Fire

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