Dress is that of a typical businessman but can go casual when necessary or when he is not working in the hotel or on hotel business.
He is clean-shaven. Light tan complexion due to his horse riding activities.
Gets his looks and colouring from his father's side.
Weight: 170 pounds
Traits & Characteristics
Easy Going; Intelligent; Callousness; Practical; Humble; Loyal and supportive
Can be adventurous but is sensible when taking risks. He gets all the facts and information needed before making a decision (investigative nature). He also learns a lot from just being quiet, watching and listening to what is going and only steps in when he sees the need to or someone is in danger/trouble. Matt is courteous and respectful to most people. Is a bit of a ladies' man.
He believes in justice and doesn't like those who take advantage of those in less fortunate circumstances.
Even though he has been married, he has never been in love - a fact he realised soon after his marriage to Louisa, when he found out that she was not what she claimed she was. From this experience he has learnt to be more cautious where is heart is concerned and not to be easily taken in by a woman who pushes all the right buttons (for him) and/or uses her charms to get what she wants.
Negative traits are that he can be intolerant and callous at times (depending on the situation and person). Due to the nature of his work and his past he has learnt to hide his true emotions when needed.
Approachable; efficient; open-minded; calm.
Belle-St. Regis Hotel (Owner/Manager)
Improving or implementing services. Generally, running a profitable business and keeping the 5-star rating. He likes to arrive unannounced so that he can see how things really are.
U.S. Secret Service (Agent)
Gathering evidence on the Steelgraves and keeping on eye on region for the Secret Service.
Can hold his own in a fist fight. He is a good shot but not a fast gun.
Hobbies & Interests
Reading; horse riding (exploring his surroundings)
Aliases / Nicknames
Belle-St. Regis Hotel, Kalispell
Kith & Kin
| FAMILY |
Spouse / Partner
Louisa - died April 1865 (married in 1863). Louisa married Matt for the Wentworth name and money. She continued her lifestyle, which was easy as Matt was away at the war. She had many lovers before and after her marriage. She was killed by the wife of one her lovers.
Charles Albert Wentworth (an influential person in political and social circles in Washington D.C. i.e. the man behind the scenes pulling the strings). Hopes one day to have a son who will enter politics so that he gain more influence.
Rebecca Mary Wentworth (nee Martin)
Michael Robert Wentworth (born 1843)
Samuel Martin Wentworth (born 1845)
Charles Albert Wentworth Jr. (born 1855)
Mary Alice Wentworth Barlow (born 1850)
January 1840 - September 1858
Born the eldest of five children to Charles and Rebecca Wentworth. His father worked as aide to a number of senators and was considered an important man to know if you want to get ahead in Washington. His childhood was uneventful. Matt's father wanted him to go to Yale to become a lawyer and as dutiful son he did so.
September 1858 - May 1861
Attends Yale Law School (does not graduate in an act of defiance against his father). He knew after the first semester of law school that it was not what he wanted to do. After living a secluded life in Washington, college had opened his eyes to other possibilities. He tries on numerous occasions to convince his father to let him travel so that he could work out what he wanted from life but his father is adamant that he stay in school.
May 1861 - August 1865
Seeing an opportunity to get out and see the world, he leaves school to join the US (Union) Army to fight in The Civil War. Due to his college education, he becomes a junior Lieutenant and later a Captain. It was also during this time that he starts to develop an interest in investing and buying land and hotels.
September 1863 - April 1865
Marries Louisa, who is eventually killed by the wife of one of her lovers. The marriage was over long before the time of her death, which occurs while he is at the Battle of Appomattox Station.
Joins the newly formed Secret Service (Treasury Department) in combating counterfeit U.S. currency. Later, he became involves in investigating federal crimes. He now uses his business interests as means of gaining access to those who have come under suspicion in order to gather evidence to convict them.
Has been sent to Kalispell to keep a watch (as well as being a contact for other operatives that may be in the area) and gather any evidence to convict those who may be behind a number of suspicious activities in the area over the last few years. Buying the hotel presented a golden opportunity to get into the town and the community.
Place of Birth: Washington D.C.
Yale Law School (3 years) - quit and joined the US (Union) Army at the start of the Civil War.
Judge Robertson paused for a moment before he committed his vote to paper. Part of him wanted the hospital but another part of him didn't want a Steelgrave running. Even if Leah was telling the truth and that her father had nothing to do with it, Ben knew that Elias would find a way to get control. So, not sure of what to do, he voted the only way he could and wrote down Abstain on his ballot paper and placed it in Wigfall's cap.
Matt, for his part, decided his vote would be yes. In theory, it was a good project and he hoped Leah could carry it out without interference from her father. Whatever happened, it would bring Elias Steelgrave into town and maybe an opportunity to gather more evidence on the man for his superiors to present to those who were interested.
After writing down, Yes on his paper and putting into the cap, Matt leaned back in his chair to watch the rest of the proceedings.
As the Territorial Governor and the Senator walked into the meeting, Matt frowned. As he listened to the Governor, he was a bit dismayed by the over familiarity between the man and Leah. Even though it was a platonic relationship by all accounts, doubt had now been thrown on that. From now on, people would be wondering just how much Leah really did to get what she wanted.
So, in the end the Governor would give Leah what she wanted if the town council voted against it. She was in, as his cousin Ben would say, a win-win situation. Maybe if Leah had taken time to foster some goodwill and not try to rush it, she might have stood a chance with the town council.
As the meeting continued with various speakers popping up, Matt wondered how the vocal minority who were in support of the hospital got to hear about the meeting before the rest of the town. Most people in town were from what he knew, in favour of the hospital and orphanage but wanted nothing to do anything that was linked to a Steelgrave. It was a kind of impasse that until now showed no signs of being resolved. If things keep on going like this, Leah Steelgrave would get her hospital but at what cost to both her and the town? Once again, he mused that Leah should have done more to distance herself from her father and perhaps the rest of her family.
From his investigation into the Steelgraves, he knew that Elias wouldn't take what his daughter was attempting to do, passively. He would find a way to gain control of the hospital and anything else his daughter attempted to do. He was that kind of man.
However, his ruminations were interrupted by what was happening in the room. Orr was still trying to take charge when his daughter and three other girls entered. Matt for a moment wondered how the four young ladies had gotten prepared so quickly considering the short notice of the meeting. Then Orr told Charlie to arrest Anæsthesia, which in a way was not so surprising.
Charlie's reaction was one of complete uncertainty as he looked over to the Marshall for help. It was apparent that Charlie was not eager to do Orr's bidding and take on the four of them and this made Matt smile. In fact, the whole situation was bordering on the hilarious and it took Matt all of his control not to burst out laughing.
Matt leaned back in his chair as he watched the goings on. Orr was trying his best to get the meeting started when Leah Steelgrave walked in followed by a small group of people, including his brother Charlie, who for some reason had decided to become a deputy. He made a mental note to ask Charlie about it one day.
After Leah made her statement, Miss Devereau proceeded to get up and have her say ending with a very astute question. It would be interesting to see how Orr would answer it considering the fawning he had given her. As for Anderson, Matt still had no idea where the man stood as he didn't have much of chance to say anything at the moment.
Looking over to Orr, he smiled, "I do believe, Miss Devereau has a point, don't you agree?"
"What's become of Cory anyway?" he then asked the other man. not that he particularly missed the relatively newly elected Mayor's meagre contributions to the meetings. "Nobody's seen him or his daughter for months."
"I think that a question we would all like to know the answer to. Personally, I think..."
Matt stopped as the door to the meeting room opened and in walked Matilda Devereau. He watched as she sat in the front row, took out her watch and looked at the wall clock.
Looking up at the various gentleman - and boy - she simply commented, "Your clock is about five minutes fast. Not that anyone would ever say the same about the council, would they?"
He smiled, as he politely acknowledged Matilda. She had a point and he wondered if Orr had anything to do with setting the wall clock ahead and it wouldn't surprised if the man did. Orr was in sure fire hurry to get this meeting started as soon as possible.
Before anything else could be said, John Anderson walked in and asked about his father. "I can't say if he'll be here or not. This meeting was a bit unexpected, so he might not have heard about it."
Remembering that the town council had asked his father to do some looking into the hospital and orphanage plan, Matt continued, "In regards to the matter, we asked him to look into, that report is now with Judge Robertson who will present the findings, if the subject comes up."
Staring intently at Orr, he then asked, "Is the subject going to come up?"
As Matt approached the door of the meeting room, he took his watch out and checked the time. It was nearly 5pm and there was hardly a soul outside. This sudden meeting had even surprised him. Orr probably had some reason for calling it and no doubt it had something to do with his own plans.
When he had been asked to join the Town council back in January, Matt had thought he would do some good. Considering that had only two or three meetings since then, was a bit odd but then again he knew one of the reasons why they hadn't happened.
In theory, the town council approved of the plan for a hospital and orphanage. It was having the Steelgrave name attached to it that was causing problems. It was a shame that Leah hadn't done enough to distance herself from her father - enough that was to convince the council and most of the town that her father wasn't the one behind the whole scheme.
Even if he voted in favour of the plan, it would be probably end up in a stalemate, depending on which way John Anderson went. Orr and Judge Robertson, who for most of the time was a reasonable man, were against it for now. A stalemate would result in another delay, which along with all the other delays including the Indian troubles had probably dragged this out longer than it should have been.
However, voting on the hospital and orphanage would only happen if it was bought up in the agenda. He had only found out about the meeting an hour ago, when young Hector Wigfall had informed him about it, so there was no time to go through an agenda, if there was one.
Opening the door to the meeting room, he saw Orr standing near the table where the town council sat. "Good evening, Mr. Orr, " he said as he closed the door behind him, "Care to enlighten me on what this meeting is all about?"
Matt shook his head slowly as he re-read the paper. Ben had managed to get Charlie over to his office in the hotel, where they had they plying the young man with a large amount of black coffee. The coffee was doing the trick and Charlie seemed to be more alert than he was when he had arrived about thirty minutes ago.
Ben, who was sitting on the sofa looked slightly amused as he watched Charlie drink another cup. Walking over to his cousin, Matt thought that if it wasn't his own brother, he too would find the humour in all of this. To a degree, he did and the thought that maybe this would finally be the catalyst that would cure Charlie of his drinking problem.
"Are you sure that Charlie can't get out of this," Matt asked Ben, who nodded in response.
"If I know ol' Crabbe, he would have made a few copies of that contract and you can be sure he'll make Charlie live up to his end of the agreement," Ben replied in tone which indicated he was trying to be serious despite the circumstances.
"I guess, we'll just have to make the best of it."
"I was thinking the same thing," Ben smiled. What he was thinking of would have to be kept quiet for the time being until after the rest of the family was informed about Charlie's predicament. In a way, that was a blessing as it would give him time to get things organised and go have a talk with Crabbe.
Going over to Charlie, Matt placed his hand on his brother's shoulder, "Well, now all we have to do is tell father and mother."
"We do supply breakfast here in our dining room. There's also the Lickskillet Cafe with serves a slightly different fare to what we have we," Matt answered. In a town with few dining facilities there was no real competition between them. Since the meals at the hotel were generally more for those who could afford it and would rather eat (and in some cases be seen) at a higher-class establishment. He didn't mind who ate at his hotel, as long as they were able to pay for it. If they couldn't there was always dishes to wash and hotel rooms to clean.
Thankfully there were enough people and guests to keep the some of the meals he served at the hotel different from what the other places in town served. Prices were only high due to the costs of bringing in special ingredients or foods. Kalispell was a nice town, but it was off the beaten track so getting some things here required a lot of forward planning.
"By the way, if you're looking for some entertainment, Kalispell is very limited. At the moment, there's a singer over at the Stardust Saloon and that's about it."
Not knowing what else to say, Matt smiled, "Once again I hope you enjoy your stay."
Matt smiled, "As a member of the town council, I will make sure that it is duly noted."
Not knowing what else to say Matt decided to go into his hotel spiel, "We have a bathroom for our male guests at the back of the hotel, so if you want a hot bath, please let the desk clerk know and we will take care of it. If there is something that you require, please let know as we can deal with most requests but there some...well there are some that we don't do."
Seeing that the boy he employed as part-time cleaner and bellhop had returned, he motioned for him to come over. "Jack will now show you to your room and carry your suitcase for you if you wish."
He told Jack which room the judge was staying in. "Mr. Bryant, welcome to the the Belle and I hope you enjoy your stay. Is there anything else you would like to know?"
Matt nodded, "A lot has changed since you were last here. Although one thing hasn't and that's the situation between the Steelgraves and the Thorntons. Other than a fight or two there hasn't been much. In fact, things have been relatively quiet here but things are changing."
He went over to the wall where the room keys hung and took off one of them. Going back to the desk, he smiled, "Room 12 has a view of the street and a large, good bed."
After handing the keys over to Bryant, he sighed, "With Case Steelgrave in jail there's already been some trouble which the Marshal will probably tell you about. Case is running for county Sheriff and he's got some support especially with those who came here from Whitefish, so there might be more for you to do in the future."
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