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By Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

ISBN-10: 1604135948

ISBN-13: 9781604135947

In Annie Oakley, examine this notable girl whose sharpshooting talents and fast wit received her many fanatics and admirers.

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A new electric light system also allowed for performances at night. Even with all the improvements, the season was not as successful as Buffalo Bill had hoped. When the show closed on October 6, Cody put aside any plans for setting up a permanent arena in South Brooklyn. Instead, he struck a deal with a circus owner named James A. Bailey, one of the creators of the Barnum & Bailey’s Circus. S. tour. indd 60 1/12/10 4:12:04 PM 7 On the Road William Cody’s circus deal put James Bailey in charge of the three largest touring shows—Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, the Barnum & Bailey Circus, and the Ringling Brothers Circus.

The couple, however, was not a headlining act. Crowds flocked to the big top mostly to see the animals and acrobatic stunts. By the end of the 1884 season, Oakley would perform in front of packed crowds in 187 cities in 13 states, including Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, and Texas. Still, she was not nearly as famous as Emperor the elephant. On tour, Annie also performed in a pantomime act, which starred Humpty Dumpty the clown and Old OneTwo the pantaloon (a foolish old man who is the target of a clown’s jokes).

She planned to shoot at 25 lightning-fast blue rocks. Oakley’s Lancaster gun did not let her down. She nailed 18 of the birds. After the exhibition, Lord Stormont, the president of the gun club, awarded Oakley a special gold medal. ” This medal was the first ever awarded by the club. It would be Oakley’s all-time favorite achievement, and she wore it for her publicity photos. Later, Oakley added another inscription on the back side of the medal. indd 49 1/12/10 4:11:53 PM 50 Annie Oakley 3,000 times per minute.

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