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    • "Ain't hardly nothin' to do but hunker down till she blows herself out." The man squatted, "Rance, is the name. Been watchin' you, doin' a fine job. You'll do Wheeler, you'll do. Try and get some rest, might end up bein' a long night. Least you won't be ridin' drag come daylight, there's a plus for ya."   He stood and made his way to his shelter to await the grub that was coming.   @Bongo
    • Meanwhile, in the main house, Reb Culverson was visiting with his old friend Fightin' Joe Hooker, who was the ramrod for the fledgling Montana Territory Stockgrowers Association, Northern District. He was there to convince ranchers to join and support the organization, hoping it would take root.   "And just what good is this here association ya got started?" Reb asked.   "It'll give us a voice in the territorial government, Reb, that's what it'll do. Once that happens we'll be able to git us some sortta range police to protect the herds, and the ranchers." Hooker responded. "Rustlin' might not be the threat it was, but you know as well as me, it can come back."   "You get anywhere with Lost Lake, 'er that cow thief on the Evergreen?" Reb asked.   "Can't say as I have, startin' with the smaller spreads an' workin' my way up to them two. I'm well aware of both spreads, and the men that own 'em."   -------------0------------   They swept down out of the trees whooping and hollering and firing off a couple of shots as they closed on both sides of a big group of cattle, just as they had planned. The  lone night hawk knew he had no chance of stopping the raiders, or of saving the cattle while he watched the chunk of the herd moving toward and then into the trees at a run.  He emptied his Colt at the raiders, the whipped out his Winchester  and levered several shots in the area where they had disappeared.   He could not know that one of his shots had found its mark. A man that had just joined took a slug in his back and toppled from his horse. Toole and the men continued to drive the cattle toward the dry riverbed as planned. It was an acceptable loss.   The sound of the shots, mere pops at the distance to the main house and the bunk house alerted everyone, and men boiled out of the bunk house guns in hand, only to watch the night man shooting after the rustlers.
    • Out on the boardwalk they stopped, "So we managed ta git a deal right off, thet's good, it is. Now all we gotta do is convince ol' Wentworth to free up the money so's ya don't have ta use yers right off." Amos commented, "Seems a fair deal but like you say, minin's not no sure thing."   "John and Mary are good folks. It's not a sure thing, but you saw the vein, went to the floor and it looks rich," Speed responded. "And it looks to be wider where they stopped digging. I can't wait to get it assayed to see what we've really got our hands on."   "And it should assay out pretty good from the looks of it, though I know so little about copper ore." Alice admitted.   "Well, you saw the copper ore, which is clearly distinguishable from the surrounding rock due to its reddish, mottled appearance. And that surrounding rock is granite which is not easy to work, but it can be done, and, if we have hit it, the veins could be as much as a mile long, a mile wide, and a mile deep!" Speed explained with a grin. "With that equipment we'll be able to not only dig deeper, we'll be able to tunnel, and we have the property to do just that."   "Jumpin' Jehoshaphat!" Amos exclaimed. Might oughtta buy up what ground ya can aound 'er, jest ta be certain!"   "First things first, let get on up to the bank." Speed suggested.
    • Justus was more than happy to have a chance to get out of the bulk of the wind, although he knew this was far from over.  And he knew they'd be hacking up dirt for days.     With the picket lines set, he moved over to help put up the shelters for the night, pretty quickly deciding that it was a fool's errand...they were all going to be miserable until this let up.   Squinting, he looked out toward the herd, not able to see but a few in the dust, it looked like they had been swallowed by the big, dirty cloud, and weren't even there.  In fact, he had the eerie sensation that all that was left in the world was this small circle of men and horses.   "Ya need me ta do anythin' else?" he called over the din of the wind.   @Flip
    • Doc Gilcrest walked into the bunck house to see Carson on his feet, dressed. "I may not be able to ride, but I can darn sure walk some. Tired of layin' in that bed."   "I reckon you kin do thet, sure 'nough. No body said ya had ta lie there if'n ya didn't want to. Yer stitched up plenty good. Jest leave thet hog leg where she's hangin' fer now, don't need the weight in thet wound."   "So anybody come sniffin' around?" He asked.   "Not so's you'd notice. There's four men down there keepin' watch, but it don't look like Lost Lake's lost any sleep over their man, that is if'n they even know he's gone." Gilcrest offered.   "He seen that brand an' went ta shootin'!" Carson reflected. "I jest shot straighter. Had no choice in the matter. Fool could'a rode on, but, well, that just ain't what happened. Hell of a mess."   "Oh I dunno. So far nobodies come huntin', the boss ain't upset over it, neither's Granger, so you got nothin' ta worry on 'cept gettin' better."   "I should'a been more careful, but maybe there just wasn't no way to be more careful. Up on the side of that mountain is the purdiest view a man could look at. You can see fer miles, see right where they got them cows of theirs. Now that ain't gonna be no easy matter to get to any of 'em. They're deep on Lost Lake range. Gonna be hard to get at, an' worse to get out. We'll lose some men tryin' this one, that's for sure!'   Gilcrest rubbed his chin. It wasn't like Carson to go on about the prospects of a job.

[Scene Request] And Soon They Meet


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Summary

Shade and Katherine meet and, at least, begin a friendship.

 

End Goals

We will see where it goes. Friendship, romance, she has him shot?

 

Notes

@JulieS has PM'd me with some details, but I will leave it to her to tell y'all how much she wants you to know.

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Sounds good to me.  I will have her arriving in town with Addy so any time after that will work.

 

Since a new female schoolteacher always attracted attention when she arrived in town, the same would go for Katherine.  An eligible single woman would arouse the interest of those interested in a wife or at least a romantic relationship.

 

The plan is to have Shade show some interest but also one of the Steelgraves to also be interested.  This could lead to more tensions.  On the Steelgrave side of things, there are possibilities for other Steelgraves to be involved as well, especially the mother.

 

Another aspect of Shade showing a romantic interest would be Clara playing up in school because she doesn't like Katherine (because of Shade's interest and Clara's crush on him).

 

This will also be dependent on Clara's owner and whichever Steelgrave (and if they have an owner) steps up.

 

Let me know what you think.

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  • 3 weeks later...

From my way of thinking, the basic idea is great. That being said, the Steelegraves though real possibilities don't come to Kalispell all that often.

My initial impression was they would not be all that welcome, except for Leah and the money she spends. There are men in town who would find a school marm very interesting.

Not saying that if it were decided to use one or more of the Steelegrave men I wouldn't be against pursuing it.

 

 

 

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14 hours ago, Flip said:

From my way of thinking, the basic idea is great. That being said, the Steelegraves though real possibilities don't come to Kalispell all that often.

My initial impression was they would not be all that welcome, except for Leah and the money she spends. There are men in town who would find a school marm very interesting.

Not saying that if it were decided to use one or more of the Steelegrave men I wouldn't be against pursuing it.

 

 

 

One possible scenario is that one of the Steelgraves sees her (maybe at the stage stop in Whitefish - don't know for sure) and due to his attraction to her, he contemplates going to Kalispell.  Dad finds out and tells him to forget about it.  It would at the very least (maybe) cause some tension in the family.

 

Later on down the track you can decide whether or not he goes to Kalispell to pursue her.

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I was thinking that she could be temporarily in Whitefish and is seen by one of the Steelgraves there.  The stage she is on could have been diverted there for some reason e.g. attempted robbery and one of the drivers is wounded or something happens to the stage (e.g. axel breaking) or one of the horses.  I will have to check the map to work it out a bit more.

 

Edit: I have worked out how why she is in stagecoach near Whitefish.  She initially takes the train to Bismarck in the Dakota Territory and then get a stage to Helena.  Someone tells her that the quickest way to Kalispell is going north to Whitefish and then go south from there.  Since this is fictional, I am adding a stagecoach line from Helena to Kalispell, via Whitefish.  On maps today there is a road through the mountains in the area, so I'm going to assume that there is some sort of road there in 1875 fit enough for a stagecoach to go over.

 

Now I have just work out why the stage stays at Whitefish for a bit longer than usual.

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