March 1892 

The end of Glasgow’s Wild West trail came for a party of twenty-four Indians, which included Kicking Bear, Short Bull, and Charging Thunder, when they sailed on Friday, 4th March on board the S. S. Corean. They embarked at the Mavisbank Quay, whose central point is still marked by the Southern Rotunda.

No sooner had the ship berthed at Brooklyn Harbour on Friday, 18th, when a corporal and three troupers marched on board and arrested the eleven ghost dance prisoners.

Eleven, including KIcking Bear and Short Bull, were sent for a further period of imprisonment at Fort Sheridan, while the other thirteen, including Charging Thunder, were promptly dispatched back to Pine Ridge Reservation. Which of these destinations represented the worse fate is a matter for open debate.

Kicking Bear

Back in Scotland, one of the strangest concert parties ever seen undertook a brief tour of selected towns in Lanarkshire and Refrewshire. This consisted of the Cowboy Band, which provided the music at the Wild West show, the Alberger Troupe of Tyrolean Vocalists, and about a dozen of the Indians. The last-named performed war dances, and also (what was billed as) the ghost dance which had brought tragedy to Wounded Knee only the previous winter.

The dates & venues were:

Monday, 29th February Greenock Town Hall, Clyde Square
Wednesday, 2nd March Coatbridge Temperance Hall, Sunnyside Road
Thursday, 3rd March Hamilton Victoria Hall, Quarry Street
Friday, 4th March Govan Govan Hall, Robert Street
Saturday, 5th March Paisley Theatre Royal, Moss Street

Paisley Daily Express, 5th March 1892

Scene of past glories - the former site of the Wild West show, 2000

The “Wild West” End.

You bet we reckon Colonel Cody
By this time quite a Glasgow body,
His term of fourteen weeks, or so,
In Duke Street he with plucky “go”
Has undergone, and so is free
Straight westward to go to tea.

To keen-eyed shots - no joke if foes! -
Buck-jumpers working hard for “throws,”
Swart Indians, Cowboys, buffaloes,
And “Bill” brave captain of the crew
We raise our hat, and wave “Adieu.”

The Bailie for Wednesday, March 2nd, 1891

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Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in Scotland