The 'adit' was a tunnel off of the main shaft, in this case the shaft stopped at this vein, not that there might be others further down, but the vein could be seen where the adit began, and it was a good two, two and a half feet thick at that point.
"Well Mister Guyer, would you like to be the first to step into this tunnel?" Alice asked. "This candle light surely doesn't throw off much light down here."
"No, but the more candles the better the light, so when we hire more men, well they'll have more light to work by." He said stepping into the tunnel, followed by Alice and then Amos. "This vein widens as we move along here!" He announced.
The adit did not go more than ten feet in and the vein had not petered out, it simply got wider until it was stopped. "Damn." Speed whipered at the sight of it.
"Jumpin' Jehoshaphat!" Amos exclaimed. "This here vein's only the beginnin' of what we got, mark my word! This here lode's rich! An' there's likely more the farther down we go. We may a missed some on the way down, but yer right. We need men ta be workin' this claim."
"And, boys, there just may be this same stripe right across from us." Alice noted, "They just didn't dig that abit, or whatever you called it. I don't know about you fellas, but I'm for getting above ground."
"Yes Ma'am, I do believe I've seen enough, and we know what we need to do. Time we headed topside." Speed agreed. "Maybe we need to get us a steam engine to hoist this cage and the buckets to get the ore out."
"That's was whot the man said. He went bust afore he could get him the engine. Wished that railroad was already here, packin' that engine in by wagon'll take some time." Amos informed them as they got in the cage and began pulling themselves up. "Glad they didn't go any deeper."
The time spent with the clerk was minimal. Speed left Charlie in charge and he, Alice and Amos mounted up and rode out of town on what was once the Whitefish Road. Heading for the property that promised to provide a healthy income, but also, a healthy outlay of cash to get everything up and running.
They arrived at the property, seeing the stakes in the ground, but also behind them off to the left, the Evergreen. But, that was not their problem, at least not just yet if it ever would be. there was a trail leading into the land, and about a quarter of a mile up the mine and the out buildings.
They rode to what appeared to be the 'office' for the mine. Two more buildings appeared to be storage sheds. They stopped and the three stepped down and surveyed what they had. Looks good, Amos, real good. Maybe we look in the office and see what was left, then maybe the mine and have a look at the find."
"Hell, Speed, there's a shaft with adits runnin' offa both sides, right 'n left. Was down there and there's ore, jest gonna be expensive ta get it out. I seen it. Owner told me he was considerin' open pit minin' with chemer'calls."
"I don't think I'd like that approach." Alice said "A big hole in the ground? Chemicals that would poison the area, and there's the ground water to consider. This place has a lot of ground water and it would carry that poison quite a ways before it would be safe, if ever."
Yes, exactly. Not something I would entertain." Speed said as they went inside the building that served as the office. Dust was everywhere, There were papers stacked on a makeshift desk, though it was nearly waist high, more of a table affair. There was also a regular desk with papers stacked on it, reports, assayers reports.
"Well, looks like we've some reading material." Speed said.
"Dad said we could get rooms, but that's awfully nice of you, Marshal." Alice replied.
"Hey now you don't have ta do thet, dang it!" Amos tossed in.
"I get a discount. Besides, let me do this. You're going to make us rich, she's going to make me the happiest man in the territory, it's the least I can do." Speed reacted. "We're family, and I can do this so I will. In the morning we'll settle up this corporation, and then we'll go from there." He smiled, "How's that sound?"
"Seein's ya put 'er thet way, can't say no to 'er then. But we'll even up sooner 'er later Henry Guyer."
With that they gathered up what they needed and walked out of the office, Speed and Alice arm in arm.
Alice slowly broke the kiss as the door opened, "Back already, Pa" her head rested against Speeds.
"Don't mind me, I done all my huggin' an' kissin' a ways back." He stated opening the door and stepping inside. "Thet there saloon's got some odd ducks. Thet feller, Ralph, got him a strange one in there, she ain't no sportin' woman nor a hurdy-gurdy girl like I seen afore. She played the pieanna alright, an' sang, but she but she don't seem the dancin' type. Ain't quite sure what she is."
"I see you've met Arabella Mudd, a mystery to all of us, but she's harmless." Speed offered. Oh, we ain't got anywhere on the paperwork, somewhat busy as you might expect." Speed said with a smile, he arm still around her waist.
"He has been distracted, Dad, like Mom would distract you with hugs and kisses. And the man is quite receptive to it, so I think things between us will be just fine." Alice said, not moving.
"Oughtta be a mite uncomfertable all bent over like thet. Least ways the man oughtta stand up." Amos teased.
"You two got a place to stay the night?" Speed asked. "I can get you rooms at the hotel, if you like. "Won't have you sleeping in the jail, nor riding back in the dark."
"I can see that I've a job of work ahead of me with you." She said with a smirk. "I do believe you'll be a handful Marshal Guyer. "A real handful."
"Is that so? Well I guess we will see, won't we." He said. "This has taken far to long to come together for us. We've lost a lot of time, the good news? We've a lot of time ahead of us." He kissed her then, and everything seemed to fall into place. It was immediate.
"You have a way with words Mister Guyer. Yes, we do have plenty of time before us to do whatever it is we decide we want to do." She replied. "Children will work their way into this before long. I mean, it is inevitable."
"Children, yes, they are what happens between two people." He smiled as he looked at her, "I look forward to that, as well as every moment that we have going forward. It should be an exciting time for us, what with the copper mines and all, plus the wedding of course!" An exciting time of discovery between them, and with the properties. He kissed her again, now that he could.
"Then there is no need for us to sell the Ranch and move to wherever the four hundred acres are." She pointed out. "I mean, that can still be home."
"Shucks yes girl, though I've line on a claim t'other side of Lost Lake. The Raven. Mans says he's sitting on a hunder'd acres. Wants two dollars an acre fer it. Had the samples assayed and they come up on par with the Queen."
"And just how many know of these two sites?" Speed asked.
"Couldn't say, rightly, 'cept the assayer down near Rollins. Took my time gettin' back here. Figgered it best to travel a mite and have the assayin' done a ways away. Told 'em I found them south a'there."
"Good man Amos, knew I could count on you. Now, I'll draw the money and you can ride back and buy it." Speed said.
"Would, but I don't need ta. Spent my own, here's the deed an' bill o sale fer it. You can pay me come tammara." Amos said, pulling out the papers wrapped in oil cloth for protection. "Add it ta the corporation."
"Danm." Was all Speed could say.
"Looks to me like we're in the mining business." Alice added.
"Then answer me this Mister Guyer, now that I have said yes to your proposal of marriage, is it your plan then to continue to wear that badge?" She asked quite formally. "I believe I do have a right to know what I have agreed to, besides this mining project."
"Yes. unless my re-election falls short. Alice, Kalispell has to have some kind of law and order, at the moment I'm it. Both as town Marshal and as acting County Sheriff. But once Pike returns and Deputy Wentworth gets over the beating he took, which could be any day now, I'll not be so tied to this job." He responded.
"That's all I wanted to know, I do not expect you to give up this, or any other job you have a mind to take. I just need to know what the plan is." She stated.
"Thank you, but I really never thought that would be anything you would ask." He said. "Might just be more trouble on hand than we can deal with, though I have Marshals Cook and McNue as well. Just wish Pike were at least on his way back. That would be five of us,"
"An yer fergettin' me an them boys what lookout fer the Steelgrave woman." Amos interjected.
"Sorry Amos, you're right that would make nine of us, might be enough to hold off any real problems the town might face, except for the ones they create for themselves." Speed pointed out. "I'll see to getting the deed for this land registered along with the claim for mineral rights on the land as well. Believe I'll pay the company twelve hundred for the land, we'll make that back pretty fast, and really, it's fair to my partner in the east."
She studied him a long minute, then, "Speed Guyer, are you saying that you will buy this land?"
"Buy it and develop it, but, I'll want you and Amos here as part of the incorporation I will be proposing. And, the Pikes, of course. 400 hundred acres may well have several deposits that can be developed. However, this word cannot get out until we have everything settled. So, that will be four of us in equal shares." he explained.
"And jest how do ya figger four when you laid out five people, Me 'n Alice here, the Pikes, an' you, thets five." Amos said, "Five, not four, you leavin' you out?"
"No Pa, Mister Guyer here plans to leave me out of the equation." Alice stated.
"No, no, not at all. But don't you think that it would be awkward at best if you and I each took a full share, I mean if Amos here will allow it, and you'll agree to marry me, making us a family just like the Pikes." He explained, "I meant to talk to you about this earlier, but since I never did make it out to your place, well, it just didn't happen like I planned. And I do plan to propose properly."
Alice was in shock, Amos gave Speed a hard look, "You askin' me fer Alices hand? That what yer about Speed Guyer."
"No sir I wasn't but if the two of you will give me a minute here," Speed stepped forward and took Alice's hand. As slick as he could, he dropped to one knee, "Alice Fletcher, I ask you now to be my wife and partner in this life, no matter what comes our way."
Alice looked at him a long moment. There was no doubt about what he asked, "Yes." She all but whispered. "Yes, I will marry you Speed Guyer." But then she had no words as he stood.
"Amos, I'm now asking for your daughters hand in marriage."
"I'd be a danged fool ta say no what with her already agreein' ta this." He bellowed. "You do that Speed, you dang sure do that!"
It was getting to mid-afternoon when Amos and Alice rode into town, and a meeting with Speed Guyer was about to take shape, first would be the mining question, what was it he would do? Keep the mine property, or, as with every other piece of property he had come his way, sell it off at a profit to share with his New York partner.
Second would be the personal piece of the meeting, between her and him, hopefully in private, but whichever, it would happen, there was just no way that it wouldn't. She suspected that Henry S. Guyer had feelings for her, perhaps deep feelings, yet every time he might want to divulge them to her, something always intervened. Yet she had to admire his devotion to Marshaling and to his company, which did not mean that she was happy about it.
Father and daughter reined in at the Municipal Building and stepped down, tying their horses to the hitch rail and stepping up on the boardwalk. Each stretching a bit before they entered the building. All of the county and city offices, including the court rooms were there. The burned out offices of the postmaster were well under construction for repairs from the recent, tragic, fire, and the Marshal's Office.
Amos opened the door and said, "Got some powerful good news!" Following him was Alice who got a long look from Speed. Amos drew out the papers, bill of sale and such, "Bought up for hunder'd acres south a' here. Copper, Speed, copper! Got one mine opened, some out buildin's, nobody workin' it, but it's there, an' sure as shootin' there's more ta be found."
"Copper you say, how much did you have to pay?" Speed responded.
"Doller an acre. Four hunder'd. Question is Mister Guyer, jest whot'er yer plans fer this un?"
"So what you're telling me is that you have hold of four hundred acres of land with these, these copper deposits and he can grab them up for four hundred dollars?" She asked, still a bit unsure of what the big deal was, yet she understood what he was saying about the wires. She had thought that what was needed to make the wire was where the wire was made. Obviously not. It was like gold and silver, it had to be mined where it was found and transported to where it was needed.
"Yes Ma'am, an' I'm ridin' to town and shake him loose from whatever he's doin' to get this done. He'll know, it's his bidness ta know. Now you kin ride on in with me, 'er sit here a waitin' on him ta ride up. Yer choice, daughter."
"I'll get my hat!" She stated with a bit of sarcasm. In minutes they were on the trail at a canter. Copper. What would that mean to Speed and his plans already made? She intended to find out.
Sagas of the WIld West is a roleplaying game set in a fictionalized version of the town of Kalispell in Montana territory. Our stories begin in 1875 and are set against the backdrop of actual historical events.Sagas was inspired by the classic television and movie westerns. Our focus is on writing, storytelling and character development.
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