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  2. Ralph Flandry

    Open Tags Dancer On The Trail

    The man wanted a third shot so of course Ralph nodded with a smile, poured him one to the brim of the shotglass and collected his payment. If the jasper took many more he might not be in the best state of mind if he did find that fellow he was looking for. But then it was none of Ralph's business and frankly he didn't care one way or the other. Maybe some local feud....or....maybe it wasn't anything of the sort. The man closed with a compliment before leaving though and that brought a smile to Ralph's bearded face. "Thank ya! Appreciate it. And you tell your people all about us, we appreciate any business you can send us," he responded. TAG: @Case Steelgrave
  3. Speed Guyer

    Open Tags [EP] Bear-ly There

    "So when we get back, you have folks to unload for you?" Speed asked, laying a quarter dollar on the table. "If not, I'll lend a hand. So far this has been a great time. Fact is if I'm not out scouring for mineral deposits and the like, I'd be glad to ride with you anytime." And he meant that. He followed her out of the place into the cool of the evening.
  4. Adelaide Chappel

    Open Tags [EP] Bear-ly There

    "Well, then..." Addy grinned, pushing her plate aside and motioning over the waitress so they could order their pie and settle the bill. "I thank ya for th' meal," she told Speed, "right good decision!" Chuckling, she stood and gathered the pie. "Should be long enough time that they got th' wagon loaded." That was the good thing about some of these runs...there was pretty much no work with it, just drive in, wait to get loaded, then head out. Of course, back in Kalispell, she'd have to unload, but she'd find help for that if she needed it.
  5. Case Steelgrave

    Open Tags Dancer On The Trail

    Dancer gave his head a shake. "Have me one more." He ordered. "Reckon I'll just have to have a look around town." He paused looking the place over. "Got yourself a nice place here, all the best to you an' your partner. I'll pass the word when I get back to the spread. So, we'll be in time to time." @Ralph Flandry
  6. Speed Guyer

    Open Tags [EP] Bear-ly There

    Speed finished his steak, then his beer. "Rain?" He asked. "Does it come on all of a sudden like? I've seen that in the east and in the south." He wasn't sure if she was joshing him, or if she was serious. "Starlight in open country, nothing like it! Been one of the best parts of the trip out here. He sat back and agreed. "Yes, pie for the trip back sounds just capital." @Adelaide Chappel
  7. Ralph Flandry

    Open Tags Dancer On The Trail

    As expected the saloon's opening day special produced a smile then the customer threw down a double eagle. The man was looking for information and willing to pay for it too. He was looking for somebody....a man named Pike. He also was ready for his second shot. Ralph nodded and poured the shotglass full to the rim. As for the information though..... "Can't say as I heard of that fella. But then I'm new in town. Me n' my business partner bought this place, thus the grand opening," Ralph answered. While he was curious as to why the man or rather his boss was looking for this Pike, Ralph figured it was none of his business to ask. TAG: @Case Steelgrave
  8. Bongo

    Open Tags [EP] Bear-ly There

    "Be pushin' dark," Addy answered his question, "but I know th' road good toward town, nothin' ta worry 'bout. Heck, th' horses can drive theirselves!" And the road, once it got closer to Kalispell, was well maintained, so using it in the dark wasn't too risky. "So long's there's no rain!" With a grin, she gave him a quick wink. "Get a nice view of th' stars come dark." That was something she'd never get tired of, and sure, you could see then in the town, but there was nothing like being out in the open away from lights. "Grab us some pie ta eat on th' way." Yum! @Speed Guyer
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  10. Harriet Mercer

    Open Tags Could I Have This Dance?

    Harriet studied Danforth. She did not want to scare the man away. Kalispell needed professional people. They were as important to the town's success as the ranchers, farmers and tradespeople. Sadly, most easterners were not prepared for life in the Montana territory. Indian conflicts were on the rise, the winters were brutal, and months of hard work could be wiped out by one bad storm or an early freeze. Even those that did not depend on the land for their survival often felt overwhelmed and left. "Right now, the only doctors in the area are the two stationed at the fort and Dr. Handel in Whitefish. He uses a room at the White Rose twice a month for seeing patients. He is an older gentleman and dislikes traveling," Harriet answered. "The fort allows the use of its infirmary and hospital for severe cases. There are a couple of women that do midwifery and my younger sister trained with the Sisters of Mercy in Sacramento." After supplying the doctor with the information he had asked for, Harriet had a question of her own, "Why Montana, Doctor? Not many professionals are attracted to its smaller towns." Jonah shrugged. "Needed a change, I was getting tired of cities, the crowds and politics." Certainly he wasn't going to mention a mayor's daughter, nor some habits that people tended to consider barbaric at least, although those people were pretty closed-minded when it came to research and discovery. "I'm just hoping for...peace." Then he laughed. "I know, this is wild and untamed territory, but 'tame' can be pretty uncivilized, to be honest, only they stalk you from behind. At least here, it meets you head on." He grinned. "And the ladies are more genuine, I think." "You might be surprised, Dr. Danforth. Indians and outlaws can be pretty sneaky although I will agree with you about most of the women out here," Harriet replied. She was quiet for a moment, "At least, so it would seem based on my experiences in San Francisco and back east. This land is not easy and can be quite unforgiving. The rewards, however, are worth the struggle." @Bongo for Jonah
  11. Case Steelgrave

    Open Tags Dancer On The Trail

    "Now that's an offer I like." Dancer beamed, a free dirk was always appreciated. "Lookin' for some information." He added then tossed off the drink. A double eagle clattered on the bar top. "Man name of Pike, likely new to the country." The outlaw asked. Have me another." Since this was the saloon's grand opening maybe this Pike fella hadn't been in as yet. "My boss is the one askin', I'm the one he could spare today." Tag @Ralph Flandry
  12. Ralph Flandry

    Open Tags Dancer On The Trail

    Thus far business was not what one would call brisk for a brand new opening of the saloon but it was only still morning and in this business the most customers were expected later in the day and evening, as more work shifts were over. Still Ralph was keeping reasonably occupied manning the bar. A tall silver haired gent now stepped up to the bar, knowing exactly he wanted too. "One rye comin' up, mister," Ralph flashed what passed as a friendly smile for him. Another moment and the man had a full to the brim shotglass placed carefully in front of him. "There ya go. Lemme know if you want another, it's on the house. Openin' day special, buy one get one free. Today only though, just so ya know," he explained. TAG: @Case Steelgrave
  13. Matilda Devereau

    Open Tags A Time to Watch and Learn

    "Oh in my line of work, I'm pretty much used to it. I trust your performance will improve the next time we meet. Good day to you, Mr. Wentworth," Matilda gave him one last smile and spun about to head across the wide street, watching for a carriage crossing the path of ahead of her. She wondered if he would actually come into the saloon on Monday? Time would tell. ooc: Good place to end I think?
  14. Case Steelgrave

    Open Tags Dancer On The Trail

    The main street of Kalispell was busy as the week began. There were folks everywhere on their morning business. Conveyances of several types almost clogged the wide street, but Dancer was on a horse with no need to turn around as would some of the wagons and buckboards. He rode directly, or indirectly as traffic allowed to the Stardust Saloon and pulled up. He climbed down and flipped his reins over the hitch rail and stepped up onto the boardwalk. In three steps he was pushing through the bat wings into the dimly lit cool room. He noted that the bartender looked up. It was early, but business was business. Dance stepped up to the mahogany bar, dropping a quarter dollar on the bar top. "Rye." Tag @Ralph Flandry or @Matilda Devereau or Bartender
  15. Speed Guyer

    Open Tags [EP] Bear-ly There

    "Well," He began, "There's trolley cars all over in the east. And still one can find open country if you get out of the city. But honestly, you'd think there wasn't any room the way the buildings are jammed together." At that moment, the food arrived. "Ah, thank you, this looks good." He attacked the steak with vigor, realizing how hungry he was. Between bites, he asked; "How long you figure to get back?" Tag @Adelaide Chappel
  16. Bongo

    Open Tags [EP] Bear-ly There

    Addy shrugged. "No sorry, yer right, war took a heavy cost an' we ought not ta throw that away." Even though she'd been with the 'losing' side, the War Between the States had been horrific and in all honesty no one had 'won'. "Still an' all, can't abide havin' buildin's blockin' my sun an' fancy trolley cars cloggin' th' roads." Leaning back, she nodded to the waitress as the food was delivered. "Thank ya." Then she glanced at Speed again. "Can't say as I mind th' scenery 'round here, an' th' open...though I can do without th' snow. Never good when ya get in a drift taller'n you are!" She laughed, then dug into supper. @Speed Guyer
  17. Matt Wentworth

    Open Tags The Lady Comes To Town

    "Yes I am. If your father was in negotiations with Conners then that is news to me." He smiled, "In fact I got it cheaper than I expected and judging by the way Conners acted, he was very anxious to get rid of it." "However, before I explain any further, I would like to introduce myself. The name's Matt Wentworth and you are?" "Leah, Leah Steelgrave, please to make your acquaintance." She responded with a smile which failed to match the anger she was feeling. "Odd, just last week he was driving a hard bargain. Oh well, his loss is your gain I suspect." She paused a moment. "And you are from?" Tag @Matt Wentworth
  18. Elias Steelgrave

    Open Tags The Lady Comes To Town

    Leah was stunned. There was no talk or even a rumor of any other interested buyer for the hotel. "I am afraid sir, I don't understand. My father had been in negotiations with Harold Conners for the past two months and those negotiations were to close today." She was furious but did not allow the emotion to show instead she flashed a smile. Someone had undercut her father and he would not be happy. "Might inquire then, you are the new owner?"
  19. Matt Wentworth

    Open Tags A Time to Watch and Learn

    "I may just take you up on that invitation." Matt smiled, "It was a pleasure to meet you Miss Devereau and once again I apologise for not properly introducing myself." He paused, and briefly looked at the chair he had been sitting in before returning his attention her "And for not getting up when a lady is present. I've been spending too much time dealing with other men in the last few weeks, that I forgot my manners." @Matilda Devereau
  20. Matilda Devereau

    Open Tags A Time to Watch and Learn

    "I agree, fights are never good for business," Matilda nodded. The man finally got up off his chair, she had wondered if he had forgotten his manners that way also but had already chafed the man for his lack of introduction, no sense being too hard on the fellow. He was rather handsome and, while that shouldn't enter into the occasion, it did. Unfortunately she was not going to be able to take him up on his invite to sit and chat further. She had work to do. "Oh I'm sorry but I really should get going. I have a lot more to do inside the saloon than merely sweep the boardwalk on the outside," she smiled, "I must get back and help my partner. Nice meeting you though, Mr. Wentworth, and thank you for the information about the current hotel situation. Tell you what though, stop on into the saloon Monday and your first drink is on the house." TAG: @Matt Wentworth
  21. Matt Wentworth

    Open Tags The Lady Comes To Town

    Matt smiled. He didn't expect many people to know that he was the new owner of the hotel as he only just told his employees less than an hour ago and he doubt that the news would get around that quick, even in a town as small as Kalispell. "Mr. Conners is no longer the owner so if your father's business is with the hotel then he will have to deal with me. If it is with Mr. Conners then I wish you luck in trying to find him." @Elias Steelgrave
  22. Case Steelgrave

    Open Tags Dancer On The Trail

    Dancer rose just at dawn, took his time with some jerked beef and a piece of hardtack, again washing it down with the last of his whiskey. His fire was long dead, but he kicked dirt over it anyhow. He buckled in his guns, straightened himself up a bit and went to saddling his horse. Dancer was a man that took his time, seldom saw the need to rush, and all he was after was some information on this Pike fellow. That wouldn't be too hard, the man probably had stopped in the Stardust saloon, probably used the livery for his horse, and likely as not ate at either the White Rose or the Bella St.Regis, but more likely the White Rose. Might have stayed there. Though he would have been surprised to learn they had spent the night not all that far apart. Mounting his dapple grey, Dancer moved toward the trail at a walk. Wouldn't be long before he found out just what and where this Barnabas Pike was, to include his employment. Then a bottle and a woman before heading back to Whitefish. TBC
  23. Elias Steelgrave

    Open Tags The Lady Comes To Town

    Leah returned the smile and then said, "I'm afraid there has been some mistake. I am here to see the owner, Mister Conners, on business for my father." He was an attractive man, but not whom she wished to deal with. "If you could get him, please."
  24. Matt Wentworth

    Open Tags The Lady Comes To Town

    The desk clerk stared for a moment, a bit dumbstruck by her beauty. He knew who she was as he had found out all about her soon after he had started at the hotel. A couple of his co-workers had warned him to stay away as it wouldn't be good for his health to get involved with her. Guessing why she was here, he answered, "Just a moment, ma'am." Entering the office, that was located behind the front desk, he cleared his throat. "A lady here to see you, Mr. Wentworth." Matt looked up from his paperwork and frowned. The only lady he had made an acquaintance with was Miss Devereau and he doubt it was her as she would probably be getting her saloon ready for the day's trade. Getting up from his desk, he acknowledged the desk clerk and made his way out. The desk clerk followed quickly behind as he was eager to see how his new boss would handle Leah Steelgate. Seeing a young lady, he smiled as he approached her. "Good morning. I understand that you want to see me." @Elias Steelgrave
  25. Case Steelgrave

    Open Tags Dancer On The Trail

    Dancer had gotten somewhat of a late start, his horse required a shoe be replaced, and even though he was on business for Case Steelgrave, the job took the time it took with three of Elias Steelgrave’s horses ahead of him. He made camp almost to Kalispell as darkness fell. He saw no reason to spend good money on a room when it could be used for better things, drinks, and ladies. He was in no rush and he was not sent to kill the man, so he found a likely spot with good cover, forage for his animal, and an excellent field of fire. Things a man considers when on the trail. He built a hatful of fire, fried up some bacon washed it down with whiskey. No proper coffee making utensils, so he made do. Come the morning, he’d get a bit in town, then see what he could find out about the Barnabas fellow, possibly see him, maybe even engage the man in conversation. But, one thing at a time. He rolled up in his blankets and was asleep in minutes. TBC
  26. Elias Steelgrave

    Open Tags The Lady Comes To Town

    Leah Steelgrave had started the trip to Kalispell just at dawn, a possible four-hour drive. The buggy was to some degree more comfortable than riding sidesaddle for the sixteen miles from the ranch to Kalispell and Leah Steelgrave liked comfort. Of course, she lifted her speed to a trot off and on, which cut her time just under three hours, putting her in town close to nine o’clock in the morning. She had had an escort of Steelgrave riders part of the way, but they turned back when Kalispell came into view. Elias had said Leah did not need a show of force. The buggy eased down the main street at a walk and pulled up in front of the hotel. Leah stepped down, quickly attached the tetherweight to the halter and let it drop to the hard-packed street. She opened her parasol and stepped up onto the boardwalk moving fluidly toward the hotel doors, her silk bustle dress rustling as she moved inside closing her parasol with practiced ease. She moved across the lobby to the front desk where a man stood, smiling. “Excuse me, could you inform Mister Conners that Leah Steelgrave is here to see him?” She requested softly. TAG @Matt Wentworth
  27. Speed Guyer

    Open Tags [EP] Bear-ly There

    Leaning forward, Addy raised an eyebrow, then whispered, "So, th' rumors 'bout gold are real?" She was joshing, of course, and even if she wasn't she'd never say anything like that loud enough for anyone to overhear -- even an unfounded hint could bring a rush of insanity that could lead to massive destruction. Knowing what that word could do, Speed leaned forward and in a low voice replied; “Gold?” He smiled. “That remains to be seen, I’ve yet to get out in the field. There could be.” Then he sat back. She sat back with a grin and took a sip of her beer. "I've found that away from th' big, fancy cities folks take ya fer what ya are, so long as ya look out fer yerself an' mind God's law. “A major part of what I found so far. Oh, there are those that have abandoned the law and run roughshod over good people. But in the end, most are good God-fearing folks who mind their own affairs and are always ready to lend a hand.” Speed said seriously. Few ever questioned her driving a stage or wearing britches out here, and if someone did, there always seemed to be another who would jump to her defense. "'Cept maybe school marms," she observed, "folks are awfully particular 'bout who's teachin' their young'ins, no matter where they are...Nope, no drinkin' of marryin' fer them!" “Yes, a sad thing. But it's the same in the east. Hopefully, that will change.” Speed responded. “It seemed to be loosening up before I left New York. I mean people have the right to be happy and be dedicated to their calling in life. Seems we just ten years past fought a war for reunification of this country, That was enough sorrow for one nation. Sorry, just an old soldier ranting here.” He took a sip of beer. Tag @Adelaide Chappel
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