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She Can Ride Wild Horses and Rope Steers
and Has an Iron Grip
But She is Feminine

The Topeka Daily Capital, 6 Sep 1908

Miss Lucille Mulhall, the 19 year old girl who will be a special attraction every afternoon of the fair next week, is the sister of the famous "Bessie" Mulhall, who was perhaps equally famous a number of years ago as her sister is now. "Bessie" Mulhall has passed the age when she delights in the strenuous activity of riding unruly horses and roping steers, but it is the true joy of living for her younger sister.

Miss Mulhall will be accompanied when she appears at the fair here by another sister, Georgia, a few years older than herself, a younger sister and her brother, Charles Mulhall. Lucille is the star member of the troupe. Her older and younger sisters also ride, but Lucille does "stunts" that they stop at. Charles, the brother, is an acknowledged "buster" of bad horses and Secretary Kreipe of hte fair association is now gathering up as choice a bunch of outlaw horseflesh as can be secured on the big ranches of Wabaunsee and Pottawatomie counties, where there are lots of really bad horses. They are not untamed farm bred horses that will submit quietly when once mastered, but are the peculiarly vcious and intractable animals that have been appropriately named outlaws.

The Mulhalls have appeared in Madison Square garden in New York, where they earned high praise, but they do not follow the business steadily. Occasionally they dip into it for a little extra pocket money, but they have turned down numerous offers to join circuses or tour the big vaudeville circuits with their acts. Their father, Zack Mulhall, live stock agent for hte Frisco, who is a bluff and blustering Westerner, acts as their business manager, but he doesn't share the financial proceeds of their engagements. Lucille and her sister Georgia, were planning to spend the months of August and September on the Lakes when they were recalled, after starting on their trip, by a telegram from their father, whom Secretary Kreipe had approached concerning an engagement to appear during the fair. They returned from Chciag to Topeka, where they were met by their father. They spent several days here, and during that time Albert T. Reid made a handsome poster picture of Lucille, in her riding costume. While he was making her pictures, Mr. Reid became quite well acquainted with Lucille, whom he declares is the opposite of what one would expect. There ius nothing "wild and woolly" or hoydenish about her.

"She has a grip like Jim Hurley," said Mr. Reid in talking about her. "She impresses one as being a girl of unusual strength of body and mind, but she is a girl throughout and does not in the slightest impress one as being a masculine girl. Before I met her I had heard Zack Miller of Miller Bros. famous 101 ranch say that 'Lucille was the goods.'

"Lucille has fine eyes and a nose that is, well retrousse. Her father makes lots of fun of her nose and calls it a stub. In her riding act she wears a long divided skirt that comes to her shoe-tops. She does not wear the exaggerated short 'cowgirl' skirt that is frequently affected, and in other ways she is entirely different from the cheap type of 'cowgirl.' She is tall, being about five feet eight inches, with broad shoulders. I don't suppose that she is as strong as a man would be who had lived the active life in the open that she has. It is rather the quickness and cool precision acquired by training and practice that accounts for the success of her feats, rather than unusual strength. She is an interesting, well posted girl of refinement and education. Her father is a believer in outdoor life, but he has been careful with his girls and they are as well educated and as ladylike as are other girls who have been brought up in homes of refinement anywhere."

Lucille Mulhall's act consists of riding horseback and roping and tying wild steers. She does not claim to be the "rough rider" that her brother Charles is, but she is pretty expert at retaining her seat on an unruly horse. She rides some horses that are anything but ladies' mounts, and she also rides her trained horse Governor Haskell, whom she has taught tricks that are not in the lists of accomplishments of most of the so-called trained horses. But the principal and most exciting part of her act consists of roping and tying wild steers. Mr. Kreipe has secured a bunch of wild long-horns for this act. Miss Mulhall, mounted on her cow pony, ropes the steers, throws them, and then while her well trained cow pony holds them, she "hog ties" the steers in record time. This is considered quite a feat by professional cowboys and every year there is a contest at Denver, open to the world, in roping, throwing and tying steers. Miss Mulhall consistently performs this feat in time that crowds the best time made by the cowboys in these contests. The Mulhalls will appear every afternoon during the fair during the intermission between the races.

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