My restless, roaming spirit would not allow me to remain at home very long.
Every Indian outbreak that I have ever known has resulted from broken promises and broken treaties by the government.
I could never resist the call of the trail.
I felt only as a man can feel who is roaming over the prairies of the far West, well armed, and mounted on a fleet and gallant steed.
As a good horse is not very apt to jump over a bank, if left to guide himself, I let mine pick his own way.
The Indians said the bones were those of a race of people ... three times the size of a man.
I thought I was benefiting the Indians as well as the government, by taking them all over the United States, and giving them a correct idea of the customs, life, etc., of the pale faces, so that when they returned to their people they could make known all they had seen.
The McCarthy boys, at the proper moment, gave orders to fire upon the advancing enemy.
I had the best buffalo horse that ever made a track.
But the love of adventure was in father's blood.
Frontiersmen good and bad, gunmen as well as inspired prophets of the future, have been my camp companions. Thus, I know the country of which I am about to write as few men now living have known it.
The Indians were well mounted and felt proud and elated because they had been made United States soldiers.
Some days I would go without any fire at all, and eat raw frozen meat and melt snow in my mouth for water.
I had many enemies among the Sioux; I would be running considerable risk in meeting them.
The greatest of all the Sioux in my time, or in any time for that matter, was that wonderful old fighting man, Sitting Bull, whose life will some day be written by a historian who can really give him his due.
But the West of the old times, with its strong characters, its stern battles and its tremendous stretches of loneliness, can never be blotted from my mind.
It was because of my great interest in the West, and my belief that its development would be assisted by the interest I could awaken in others, that I decided to bring the West to the East through the medium of the Wild West Show.
I was persuaded now that I was destined to lead a life on the Plains.
The Indians kept increasing in numbers until it was estimated that we were fighting from 800 to 1,000 of them.
The Confederates had suspected Wild Bill of being a spy for two or three days, and had watched him closely.
It was my effort, in depicting the West, to depict it as it was.
I found Spotted Tail's lodge. He invited me to enter.
I began to think my time had come, as the saying is.
General Custer was a close observer and student of personal character.
We had avoided discovery by the Sioux scouts, and we were confident of giving them a complete surprise.
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