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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  

Dancer's return

Case Steelgrave

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Dancer pushed through the batwings just inside the doorway. He looked around but didn't see Case. He strode to the bar and asked, "Hobey, where the hell's Case?"


"Might be at his office, had some trouble and a couple fellers are in the pokey as a result." The bartender responded. "Drink?"


"Nah,  well, yeah gimme a shot." He conceded. "He been in at all?"


"There he is now." Hobe stated as the creaking for the batwings could be heard.


"What the hell are you doin' back so soon?" Case asked, walking to the bar.


"The man you wanted to know about? Ain't one of Thompson's hands." He began. "He come out of the Marshal's office and mounted up. We give each other the eye and a nod, man's a gunman, 'less I miss my guess. Wears a pair of Smith and Wessons. He knew what I was, and I knew what he was. You're gonna need to send another man to keep an eye on him. But he don't ride for no outfit in this country. Brand on his horse was the Rockin' G."


Case looked disappointed. "Damn if I didn't hope ol' Thompson hired him a gunman, would have made things easier." There was a pause and then he added, "I want to know who he is and where he's from and, I want to know what he's doing here."



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“Yes sir, there’s ways to get that done.” Dancer replied.


“Then see to it.” Case ordered, already thinking ahead as Dancer left.


Yes, he was disappointed, but there were other, more important matters for him to consider. He was able to enjoy the fact that he had one-upped his father since not only was he the law in Whitefish, he controlled most of the town council and had the manpower to enforce whatever it was he wanted.

He wanted not just Whitefish but whatever range surrounded ‘his town,' not that he was a cattleman by any stretch of the imagination, those could be hired. The McKenna spread was on his priority list. He looked to the bar where half a dozen of his men were drinking. “Sloan, Sorroco I’ve got something I need done.”



               Dancer                                                    Sloan                                                    Sorroco



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The two sauntered over to the table, "Yeah boss?" Sloan asked as they arrived.


Case spoke quickly; "need you two to check out McKenna's range, get a count of his hands, how many he has with the herd. Get to it tonight, I want to know in the morning."


"We'll head out about sundown, take us an hour to get there if we push it," Sorroco responded. He liked rustling cattle, or horses, didn't mind killing as long as he was paid and Case paid real well. "We make the change to night herd, maybe watch and get a feel for how his riders handle it and all, be back before dawn easy." There would be two watch changes before they would return to Whitefish and they would have a count on the number of riders that would be with the herd, then plans could be made.


"Good. I'll see you two in the morning." Case replied, liking the idea that he'd know what the mid-watch would be. Then as always, they'd cut the herd if not take all of it. He rose from the table and left the saloon, heading for his office.


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