Annie Oakley (Legends of the Wild West) by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

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By Rachel A. Koestler-Grack

In Annie Oakley, examine this notable girl whose sharpshooting abilities and speedy wit received her many enthusiasts and admirers.

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They hid the water bottle of powder in the poofy fabric of the bustle. It was the first time Oakley had ever worn a dress with a bustle, but she was glad to do it. That smuggled powder made all the difference. While performing in Paris, Oakley met President Sadi Carnot of France. He was so impressed with her shooting skills that he thought she would make a fine soldier. ” The West African king of Senegal had similar thoughts. He wanted Oakley to come to his country to shoot wild tigers. In Paris, Oakley added a new stunt to her act.

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.

They did not need to speak English to know a good shot when they saw one. indd 54 1/12/10 4:12:00 PM A New Show 55 the crowd roared and tossed handkerchiefs into the air. Oakley had saved the show. Oakley’s opening night might have had a much different ending, though. She had brought along 50 pounds (23 kg) of her favorite English Schultze gunpowder. But when the Wild West docked in France, she learned that she could not bring it off the ship. France had a monopoly on gunpowder, and the use of English gunpowder was illegal.

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