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)
In the process of getting to know new ones.
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 is 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 this 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 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 occurrs 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 Army at the start of the Civil War.
Matt placed the newspaper down and leaned back in his chair. So, there was a Pinkerton in town. Whoever this Dotty woman was she was doing well to avoid the man. He had encountered a few Pinkertons over the years and if Asher was anything like them, then it wouldn't be long before her days on the run would be over.
As far as he was concerned, as long as Asher avoided the Steelgraves he would be okay. From what Matt had gathered so far, the Steelgraves were a formidable bunch. If this Dotty was in the area and if she had somehow found her way into the good graces of the Steelgraves, then Asher would have his work cut out for him.
He was also content with the fact that as long as Asher's work didn't interfere with his, then Asher could what he pleased as he had enough to do with keeping watch on the Steelgraves. The word from his superiors was that there would be a new fort going up near Kalispell but they were unsure whether it would be north or south of the town as the war department tended to keep things like this to themselves until they were ready to make an announcement. Placing the fort in the north would certainly affect any plans the Steelgraves had and he was certain that the head of family would be doing all he could to stop it.
For now, he had a hotel to run. Leaning forward, he moved the newspaper to the side and once again, started on the paperwork that was in front of him.
"I wish I could join you, but I am expecting my brothers to arrive here at any time now." Matt half-smiled, "Although, I would like to take you up on your invite another day. It's been a while since I have some time off."
He paused before going on, "I haven't seen my brothers in a long time and once they have settled in, I'll introduce you to them...unless they do it themselves which wouldn't surprise me one bit. Us Wentworth men are aware of when a beautiful lady is about and you Hannah, are certainly one."
Leaning over the table, Matt took Hannah's hand and kissed it. "Thank you being such a wonderful dining companion."
"Sunday will be fine. I look forward to it." His brothers would be in town by then but they were old enough to look after themselves and besides this would be a good opportunity to get the lay of the land.
After taking another sip of coffee and having a quick look around the dining area where he noted that today's lunch crowd seemed to be enjoying themselves, Matt turned his attention back to Hannah, "Now, Miss Cory what do you have planned for the rest of the day?"
Knowing that this was a golden opportunity to meet people and maybe learn something, he was smiled, "Since I haven't had the time to visit people and I must confess I am still trying to find out who I need to know...and since you have asked, I accept your offer. It would be a pleasure having you introduce me to those I need to know. Just name the day and time."
The waiter returned with the custard pies and Matt took a few bites of his before going on. "I have to say that this is the most enjoyable luncheon I've had since coming here. I commend you on being such a wonderful dining companion."
"Well, the offer will stand just in case you change your mind. It would be shame to see you move away." Matt didn't want to tell her that even though Kalispell may have been accepting of a woman deputy, there were many towns and places that wouldn't. Most women were expected to work in stores, banks or as teachers until they married. A single woman in her late twenties looking for work as a deputy would be seen as improper. At least here, she had her father to protect her but out there she would be all alone.
Deciding not to dwell on the subject any further, Matt turned his attention to his meal. Throughout the course of the meal, he made light conversion with Hannah. She had a lot of interesting things to say and from it he learned more about her and about the town.
After the meal, was finished, the waiter came and poured two cups of coffee. He then collected the dishes before heading back to the kitchen. Matt smiled, "Dessert will be out shortly. I hope you like custard pies."
"I'll make sure to tell the cook. He will be pleased to hear that his efforts weren't in vain."
Not missing Hannah's glance at the family, Mike smiled reassuringly. Hannah was like any other woman in that she too longed for a family of her own. Whether or not, he was the man was something he didn't want to think about at the moment. For now, he would enjoy a pleasant meal with a beautiful woman. Instead, he opted to ask her about her future plans. "If Marshal Guyer does decide to let you go, have you thought about other employment? I only ask this because if you need any help I will be only too happy to oblige. In fact, after the winter and when I've had more time to learn about the hotel, I may be..."
He put his hand up in order to stop Hannah from replying, "Before I say what I was going to say, I have been thinking about this for a while, so it's not because I feel sorry for you. Far from it. I think you are not only beautiful but intelligent as well. You have to be in order to do a job such as Deputy Marshal. The job I have in mind is as assistant manager but this only a possibility. I haven't quite decided whether or not to hire someone yet. All I ask is that if and when the time comes that you would at least think about it. "
"Kindness has nothing to do with it. I'm not one for giving out platitudes. If I think a woman is beautiful, I will tell her. " He raised his glass in a toast, "And you Miss Cory are indeed beautiful. It's a shame that you have to hide it."
After taking a sip of sherry, Matt turned around and saw that the waiter was bringing their meals. Smiling, he returned his gaze to Hannah, "It looks like O'Malley has gone to special lengths today. Maybe it's time I stopped calling him a cook and start calling him a chef."
As he waited for the waiter to place the meals on the table, Matt wondered what the next step would be. Hannah Cory was indeed lovely, and he wouldn't mind getting to know her better. However, there was the problem of why he was truly here. He didn't want to lead Hannah on when there was the possibility of him leaving when his mission for the service was over. With his brothers arriving that decision would now be complicated even further. Did he really want to start something he wouldn't be able to see through all the way?
When the waiter had left them, Matt encouraged Hannah to be the one to take the first bite. "Let me know if you like it or not. As the owner of this establishment, I'm always eager to hear what people think about what we do here."
Matt nodded, "Very well. It seems Mr. Simpson may have over-reacted in this case. He has a very nervous disposition. In light of this misunderstanding, may I offer you a couple of complimentary drinks from our bar?"
What he didn't need what to make any trouble with the Steelgraves and anybody who worked for them. His mission and his business depended on staying in the good books of the Steelgraves for as long as possible. Going off half-cocked over a minor incident was not an option.
Walter cleared his throat. "Miss Steelgrave, two of your men wish to speak to you on an urgent matter. They are waiting down in the lobby for you."
Walter flattened his shirt and cleared his throat. "If you'll just wait here a moment."
Calmly he walked out from behind the counter and instead of heading upstairs, he went straight into the dining room. This was a situation he didn't want to handle alone. After finding his boss in the kitchen and appraising him of the situation, he then made his way upstairs. It was better to be safe than sorry in this type of situation. If Miss Steelgrave wasn't happy when he relayed the message then knowing that Mr. Wentworth was aware of what was going on would help.
Knocking on the door of her room, he waited for an answer.
Meanwhile, Matt had made his way back into the hotel lobby. Seeing the two men, he smiled as he went over to them. "Gentlemen, I do hope there isn't anything wrong. As you know at the Belle, we value our guests' privacy and don't like to disturb them unnecessarily."
He paused for a moment, before continuing, "I also don't like my employees being roughed up in any way. May I suggest that you think about this before you ask for any assistance in the future."
Matt waved to one of the waiters and requested the glass of water for Hannah. As they waited, he answered her. "Yes, the hotel is doing well. I plan to make some improvements in the Spring but until then what we do have here is in good condition."
The waiter returned with glass of water and placed it front of Hannah. He remarked that the meal would be served shortly and then left.
Matt smiled, "I agree that the previous owner wasn't enamoured with Kalispell. He was very eager to sell the hotel and now after inspecting the place, I think I came away with a bargain." He didn't really want to mention that one of the reasons, the previous owner wanted to get rid of the hotel was that he didn't want to sell it to Elias Steelgrave. Even though she was deputy, he didn't think it was necessary to involve Miss Cory. Knowing things about the Steelgraves was likely to get one into trouble or killed and he didn't want that to happen to her.
Seeing that she was a little uncomfortable, Matt lowered his voice a little, "I would like to take this opportunity to compliment you on your appearance. It's not often I get to dine with a lady as lovely and charming as yourself."
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