Love Lessons from the Old West: Wisdom from Wild Women
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From Calamity Jane’s relentless pursuit of Wild Bill Hickok to Emma Walters, who gave it all up for the dashing Bat Masterson—and learned to regret it, these romantic stories from the Old West are still familiar and entertaining to readers today. Meet Agnes Lake Hickok, the intrepid wife of Wild Bill Hickok and learn about the last love letter he sent before being dealt the dead man’s hand. Learn the story behind the charming performer Lotta Crabtree’s heartaches. And discover the tale of the dashing Kit Carson and his beautiful bride. This collection features the lessons learned by and from the antics of the women who shaped the West.
On Tuesday morning, October 25, 1921, shortly before noon, Bat strolled into the newspaper office to write his column. That afternoon he was found dead at his desk, slumped in his favorite chair, his last column clutched in his hand. The cause of death was a heart attack. He was sixty-six when he passed away. Emma was devastated. She laid her husband to rest at the Woodlawn Cemetery in New York. The inscription on his tombstone read “Loved By All.” Emma lived another eleven years and was
portraying young men. She had such a youthful face that she could get away with playing those kinds of roles, but Mary Ann objected. Not only did she think her child should be portraying queens and damsels in distress, but Lotta had an unladylike habit of plunging her hands into the pants of her costumes. Mary Ann sewed the pockets shut on her entire wardrobe.25 Her mother’s overbearing actions never dampened Lotta’s spirit. Lotta was thrilled with the praise she received from the audiences on
Nevada City the roads had been drastically improved. Luzena and Mason purchased another boardinghouse in Sacramento. “We took possession of a deserted hotel which stood on K Street,” Luzena wrote in her memoirs. “This hotel was tenanted only by rats that galloped madly over the floor and made journeys from room to room through openings they had gnawed in the panels. . . . At the time, Sacramento was infested with the horrible creatures.”20 After three months, the Wilsons moved on to a valley
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over the racket in the street. Harry Longabaugh, also known as the Sundance kid, and his paramour, Etta Place, leaned in closely to listen. Butch was regaling the pair with stories of the south American riches yet to be had by those willing to take them. Bolivia’s plateaus were filled with silver, gold, copper, and oil. Butch’s plan was to steal as much as they could of the income made by the people who mined or drilled for the resources there.2 Having spent much of their lives in the United