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    • "We'll have to get on over to the dinning room them. Afraid it's liable to be a bit more like Kalispell than Frisco." He said. "But it'll be good food, just not what we've been used too. Will be up on the hill, for sure.  I was told this is the best hotel because it was a ways out across the river from town, and it was solid built."   "The wealth on the hill is such that all most everything around it is growing at a fast pace. You'll really see that when we visit the Capitol, Carson City. Supposedly discovered by Kit Carson and General John Freemont on their way to Sacramento in. At least Freemont named the river after him back in '43 or '44. Nothin' was there then."   "All that made me hungry too, let's go eat an then take us a walk across the river, or along it, which ever you want." @Bongo
    • That did not take long. Cookie rang the triangle and shouted his best but in the end he sent the kid to roust all but the closest to him. Rance joined young Wheeler in the line, a bit out of the wind, but mostly in it for the moment. It seemed calmer up by the wagon.   "That had ta be bad back there. The wind drivin' the dust an' the smell, but should this wind let up you'll be on flank, left flank, then right, then back to the drag. It'll be me, Dallas, an' Dixie. eatin' dust tomorrow. But at least we got hot grub, won't always be that'a way out here though, every trip is different."   And they moved up steadily. @Bongo
    • "Nothing to discuss? I am surprised, Jonah. Why, if we have time for breakfast, there will be much to discuss regarding the hospital as well as the start of the orphanage. Hopefully that the railroad will be completed, or close to it by then." She smiled brightly. "Things will be different by then."   "My hope is that we get through all of this without my fathers interference causing delays, or real problems with the builders. You know we could get well into October before the snow flies, but I'm not counting on that. The winter will stop construction until the thaw." She stated, but the smile was still there, "But it will be well underway!" @Bongo
    • "Pleased ta meet ya, Rance."  Justus gave the man a nod, then lined up with the others for grub.  Maybe he could get some sleep despite the wind.  He surely was tired enough, and until there was something that concerned him, he didn't need to be concerned.   First, though, a full belly!  As the line progressed, he he nodded to the kid who was the cook's help.  "Times like this, I bet yer glad ya don't have ta be on th' downwind end of a herd'a cows!"   @Flip
    • "It's good to know you'll have the best working on the project, you've come this far, you don't need to risk the quality with less than the best working on it."  Even though he had no doubt that the crew would be excellent, it was reassuring to know that the man hand picked for the job would actually be on site overseeing it.  That way, too, he'd be there if Leah needed to discuss anything with him, and Jonah had a good feeling that was going to happen!   He grinned and took a sip of coffee.  "Just think, this time next year it will all be over!  We'll have a fine hospital with the best equipment...and nothing to discuss over breakfast!"   @Flip  

Leah Returns to Evergreen


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1743735133_1leahsteelgrave-2.jpg.5f4211cc8b5f7aa003d2562ec5ecc2ff.jpgLeah Steelgrave stepped inside and closed the door behind her, this was not going to be pleasant. "Father, I'm home." She called out. Almost dreading how her father would react to the news that the hotel had sold.

 

Elias walked into the living room where Leah waited. "And how did your meeting with Conners go?"

 

"Not well father. Old man Conners no longer owns the hotel. It seems a Mister Wentworth now owns it." She answered, then added, "I don't like him. I can't say why exactly, but there's something about him, something, I don't know."

 

Elias, put his hands behind his back and paced for a moment, then turned to her. "Well, this certainly slows down my plans, but not entirely." He explained. "The hotel was a nice start, but not critical." He paused as if formulating either a plan or an answer. "I'll have to have this looked into further and examine my other options in Kalispell. Anything else?"

 

"No, not really, but I did see one of Case's men in town. It seemed odd. He was just lounging against an awning post as if he was waiting for someone." Was her reply.

 

"You never know with your brother," Elias observed, he'd need to send someone to Whitefish to see what his son was up to.

 

TBC

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Things were not going his way, not at all, but then things didn't always go just how he wanted. There were other ways to ensure the outcome was favorable to him, many other ways. He had the men to get what he wanted done, that was for sure. They were good at what they did and he could count on them. Yet, for the moment, it was not about what his men could do, it was what he, Elias Steelegrave wanted to do.

 

The first thought was to burn him out, but that would garner him nothing but a pile of ashes and an expensive rebuild. Out of the question. Of course, he could always have him killed, yet for the time being that appeared to be risky, too risky just yet.  He needed information on this Wentworth character before he moved on him.  He turned to his daughter, "Do you think you might be able to worm your way in and find out about this Wentworth fellow?"

 

Leah looked back at her father, it was not the first time he had asked her to use her feminine charms to pry information from male opponents, and generally, if they were handsome enough, or well to do enough she was happy to go along. This one? Not so much, there was something in his manner, something about his eyes that backed her away from the idea.

 

“You need to find out more about him father.” She replied. “I don’t like him. I don’t believe he’s who or what he says he is.”

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"And what brings you to that conclusion, Leah?" He asked, peaked by her distrust of this fellow. She had a keen sense about people, and those she distrusted or disliked had a habit of being problematic for the Evergreen Ranch, or the interests of the Steelegraves.

 

"I don't know father, I just don't like what I felt in his presence. This man means trouble....somehow." Was Leah's response. "He was, I don't know how to put this, just not, not genuine? Maybe that's not it, but the way he said that you would have to deal with him, made my blood run cold." She explained as well as she could. Matthew Wentworth, if that was his name, represented something ominous for her, something bad.

 

Taking her fears seriously he said; "I'll look into this man immediately. I'll need to go to Whitefish and wire my contacts in the east. We'll see if anything useful turns up."

 

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