By Rachel A. Koestler-Grack
In Annie Oakley, examine this amazing girl whose sharpshooting abilities and fast wit gained her many fanatics and admirers.
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It’s a matter of feeling,” she said. “The marksman who hesitates is lost. ” That night, Oakley performed a stunt she had never before done in public. She stood up on the back of her horse, and as the horse circled the arena, she shattered glass balls, one after another. It was the biggest act of the entire evening. On May 12, 1894, the Wild West opened its new season at Ambrose Park in South Brooklyn. Before the show set up, the park had been an old cinder dump. indd 59 1/12/10 4:12:03 PM 60 Annie Oakley (95 m) wide, with a towering backdrop of the Bighorn Mountains.
Later that week, Sitting Bull sent Oakley $65 along with a letter asking to buy an autographed photo of her. Amused, Oakley offered him a signed picture, but returned the money with it. The next day, she called on Sitting Bull. He was so delighted that he insisted on adopting her as a tribal daughter. indd 29 1/12/10 4:11:27 PM 30 Annie Oakley Annie Oakley’s marksmanship so impressed Sitting Bull, political and spiritual chief of the Lakota Sioux, that he offered $65 for a photograph of her. indd 30 1/12/10 4:11:28 PM “Little Sure Shot” 31 was not formal.
It was as much a mark of her showmanship as was the silver star on her hat. Oakley quickly put Buffalo Bill’s worries to ease. She had no trouble filling the spot of Captain Bogardus. ” Reunited with Sitting Bull Wild West advertising agent John Burke stepped off a train at the Atlantic Express depot in Buffalo, New York. “He is ours. I have captured him,” he announced to reporters, as quoted in The Life and Legacy of Annie Oakley. Lakota Sioux chief Sitting Bull emerged from the train and joined Burke on the depot platform.
Annie Oakley (Legends of the Wild West) by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack