Manuscripts/Mixed Material [John Freeman]
My father had not seen him since they went to school together in Illinois. This was in 1862.
The two western characters Bill Hickok and Buffalo Bill were both drinkers. Buffalo Bill would get roaring drunk. The first time I ever saw him was in North Platte. Three men came down the road. Two men were holding up Buffalo Bill by the arm to Bill was drunk and cussing the other two. Hickok drank but never got drunk - it was too unhealthy for him. Hickok had a special holster for his navy pistols. It was made so that the guns would slip out from the side so he could draw faster.
The only town that I know of that is now obsolete was Caldwell, in Gage County. One of the most interesting things I have watched was a battle between a rattlesnake and bull smake. One day at plowing my plow turned over a bull snake, later on it turned over a rattlesnake. The field I was plowing was an old wheat field and was full of field mice etc. I thought I would have some fun so I got a stick and pulled the two snakes together. The rattler coiled up and got itself ready to spring but the bull snake started to slowly crawl around the rattler. The rattler would strike but would always miss the slowly approaching bull snake. Finally they the bull snake got rattler behind the head and squeezed him to death. One time a woman I know was walking alongside her horse with her child on the horse. She had a stick in her hand and suddenly she saw a rattlesnake. She hit it with the stick, killing it. No sooner had she killed this snake until another one appeared and then another, another until she was hysterical and almost fatigued to where she could fight them any longer. She finally got away from them