Postcard of the week ending
Saturday, 8 August 2009

Young Buffalo (fl. early 20th Century),
American actor and entertainer,
on tour in the United Kingdom, 1911

Mena Brae

Young Buffalo and Caroline May Blaney

(photo: unknown, New York, circa 1907)

This real photograph postcard is without photographer's or publisher's credit, but it was probably produced in the United Kingdom about 1910 from an original photograph taken in New York some years earlier.

Alhambra, Brighton, Sussex
'Local playgoers who delight in an exciting or thrilling drama will find a play admirably suited to their tastes at the Alhambra, where Mr. George N. Ballanger is presenting the American Scout, Young Buffalo, and his strong American company in King of the Wild West. A greater attraction has rarely been put before the Brighton public - the crowds which assemble outside the theatre before each performance testify to the correctness of this statement.
'As the title suggests, the action of the play takes place in the Wild West. The scenic effects are wonderful and the acting is almost beyond description, It is interesting to note that the Indians who take part in the play are from the Pine Reservation in South Dakota, and Mr. Ballanger had to deposit with the United States a bond of five thousand dollars in order to procure and bring these Indians to Great Britain. The company have only been in England about four months, and yet, according to the short speech made by Young Buffalo at the end of the performance on Monday, they feel quite ''at home.'' They like the English people and their ways. The acting on Monday was exceptionally good, especially that of Young Buffalo. Miss Caroline May Blaney (Wild Nell0 must also be given due praise; her song ''My Pony Boy,'' was extremely well rendered and deserved the hearty applause accorded it. Miss Agnes McCarthy was admirable as Kate Morton. The part of Jack Morton, her brother, was well taken by Mr. Edwin J. Collin. The villain of the play is John Bluffington, a rich mine owner, who tries to outbid Buffalo for a valuable goldmine, which is sold by auction by Judge Gritt. These characters were presented by Mr. J.H. Barnley and Mr. Edmund Rich respectively. The roles of One Lung and Two Lung were sustained by the two Delameres, and their hand-balancing in Act II. was much appreciated. Miss Lucy Murray made an excellent Mrs. Miles McCarty. In the third act the Indians introduced their native songs and war dances which were extremely weird and interesting. But the greatest feature of this play is the thrilling rescue of Kate Morton from the Old Tower by the ''human chain.'' Only two seconds elapse after the rescue when a bomb in the tower explodes and the whole structure catches fire - a remarkable piece of stagecraft.'
(Brighton & Hove Society, Brighton, Sussex, Thursday, 2 February 1911, p. 4032a)

Alhambra, Brighton, Sussex
'Young Buffalo and his company on Monday entered upon the second week of their engagement at the Alhambra Theatre, in King of the Wild West. When it first became known that the piece had been booked, on its return visit here, for a fortnight, some people were disposed to doubt the wisdom of such a step, doubting whether local playgoers would be content to visit the same production two weeks running. Judging from Monday's audience, however, the experiment is proving a big success. King of the Wild West is something quite out of the ordinary run, as we have remarked before, and it is full of vigorous life traditionally associated with the land of the red man and the cowboy. The play is most effectively put on, and needless to say a powerful attraction is supplied in the fact that Indians from the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, and genuine cowboys are included in the company. Exciting incidents abound, and Monday's audience gave the performance their enthusiastic approval. Young Buffalo is again scoring a signal success in the title role, and received valuable support from Miss Caroline May Blaney, as Wild Nell, and the other members of a strong and efficient company.
'It is, of course, unnecessary to attempt any description of the plot at this time of day - most local theatre-goers are fully acquainted with it, from the opening lines to the sensational scene at the tower, where virtue is made to triumph and vice is punished in such totally unexpected manner. It only remains to advise all who like a really exciting play, brimful of incident - a play that keeps you with your eyes on the stage and your ears wide open all the time - to make the most of the few remaining performances, and to congratulate Mr. A. Smith and the company alike upon the enormous success of this booking.'
(Brighton & Hove Society, Brighton, Sussex, Thursday, 3 August 1911, p. 4555a)

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