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Description: Buck Taylor's Romance7, Column 2Date: February 9 1888
Newspaper published in: Hartselle, AL
Source: Madison Co., AL Library
Page/Column: Page 7, Column 2
BUCK TAYLOR'S ROMANCE
The Dashing Cowboy Who Won the
Heart of a New York Maiden.
[From the Nashville American.]
Josh Ogden, the man who for twelve years managed "Buffalo Bill," better known as William Cody, is in Nashville, Tenn. In the course of his conversation with an American reporter about that noted, character he referred to Buck Taylor, "the King of the Cowboys," one of the principal personages of the Wild West show. Taylor was the acknowledged chief of the cowboys of Nebraska when Buffalo Bill engaged his services with the show, and Mr. Ogden had something to say as to how the acquaintance between the two notables originated. It was in 1878, when Cody, Salisbury and Ogden, at the ranch of the former at North Platte, Neb., in conversation one day bit upon the plan of the great panorama, which has since attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors in this country and is now raining gold into the pockets of Cody & Salisbury in England. It was argued that cowboys must be embraced in the display if it was to be a faithful portraiture of life on the plains, and these Cody at once set about to secure. He knew many, of course, for his business brought him into direct contact with them, and it was an easy matter to select experts. But the wily Cody wanted something unique, and determined to secure as the chief of the reckless aggregation, a cowboy who would by his daring equestrian feats figure as a marvel to the untutored denizens of the Eastern and Northern cities. He had a number of buffaloes and wild steers on his ranch, and he gave it out that on a certain day he would award $50 to the cowboy who could leap from his horse at a dead run to the back of a buffalo and retain his seat on the animal. The day came, and with it Taylor, whom as yet Cody had not met. The contest came off, and Taylor was the only cowboy who accomplished the difficult feat. Cody reasoned well that a man who could do this could by practice accomplish almost anything in horsemanship, and he promptly engaged Taylor, who has been with him ever since and proven a treasure in his line. The cable, months ago, brought the news from England that Buck Taylor, the King of the Cowboys, who is with Buffalo Bill, had married an English heiress. On this point Mr. Ogden related a few facts which present the affairs matrimonial of Mr. Taylor in a new and more romantic aspect. Taylor is an uncommonly fine specimen of manhood, over six feet tall, straight as an Indian, symmetrical and sinewy, his dark flashing eyes and long raven locks completing a tout ensemble by no means unlikely to attract some feminine eyes. Among the thousands who flocked to Madison Square, New York city, last year to behold the wonderful panorama of the Wild West, was the susceptible daughter of a rich New Yorker. She fell a victim to the dashing cowboy, and he was given to understand, through methods devised of her infatuation, that such was the case. He was not slow to follow up the hint, and the result was an engagement, known to but few of his friends, for publicity might involve the gentle attachment in entanglements not difficult to perceive when the disparity between the social positions of the enraptured pair are considered. On one occasion Mr. Ogden saw Taylor at the theatre with the young lady. Her hands, ears and hair fairly shone with diamonds, while only the intimates of the distinguished-looking gentleman--a foreigner surely one would have thought at first glance--knew who, attired in regular evening toilet, sat by the side of the bona fide king of the cowboys. Taylor and the lady were secretly married just before the show left for London. He had been there but a short time when, as per agreement, his wife sailed to meet him. On arriving at Queenstown she wired him of her arrival. The joyful intelligence made him reckless that day, and in the wild rush of the cowboys, familiar to all who have seen the show, he took too great a risk. He collided with an Indian's horse, was hurled to the ground and his leg was broken. In a few hours, however, his wife was with him. The report that she was an English heiress was simply an advertising dodge, for the lady who suddenly and mysteriously disappeared at the bedside of the injured cowboy was none other than the New York girl who had wedded him on the other side of the Atlantic.