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TEXAS JACK AND THE PEERLESS MORLACCHI
 
     By the late fall of 1872, Buntline wrote Bill Cody, explaining his idea.  At first Bill wanted nothing to do with it, but with Jack's  encouragement, he finally acquiesced, with the condition that Jack would go with him.  They were to go to Nixon's Opera House in Chicago by December 16.  Neither one knew what to expect.

'The Scouts of the Prairie"

Even though he had not even thought about what to
write for a script, Buntline was not concerned.  His only foreseeable problem was the female lead.  He needed someone with stage experience as well as a nationally recognized name.  The Peerless Morlacchi and her troupe had just completed an engagement at Nixon's Opera House the previous week.  Buntline asked Josepine if she would consider playing the role of an Indian maiden.  Always interested in new challenges, Josephine accepted the offer.  Buntline called the drama, The Scouts of the Prairie.

Texas Jack

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