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By M. Timothy Nolting
For The Sun-Telegraph 

Across The Fence: 'Medicine Bill' has plenty of mystery


William Averill Comstock – sometimes called "Buffalo Bill" and frequently referred to as "Medicine Bill" – was said to be a half-breed of Cheyenne and white ancestry.

Others would claim that he hailed from Kentucky and was part Cherokee and still others would say that he had been abducted as a boy and raised among the "Red Savages" of the plains. Of course, none of these supposed facts were true.

William Comstock was a quiet man, not prone to braggadocio or inclined to draw attention to himself. The events of his life can be found in scattered bits of history where his deeds have been r...

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