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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  

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Having taken care of his horse, and gotten a room Pronto breathed a sigh of relief.

 

That business settled, he decided to walk to the Stardust Saloon and see if he could get some information about the range conditions, personal conditions on the range. Which outfits might be hiring, which to look out for. Being new in town he'd need the telegraph office for a couple of things, not the least of which was information for Linda Eversome.

 

If there was one thing that Pike was aware of it was that there were men who came into a territory to build something. A ranch, a town, a community, and there were others who came to take was others had built through hard work. Land and cattle to be specific sometimes horses as well. He'd seen it before in many of the places he been, and he'd invited himself in on such dealings when the need spoke.

 

The saloon was where a man could get these answers, as it was not just a place to get a drink, it was a clearinghouse for information about the area and those who were in it. Where men spoke of herds, water, cattle drives and the like. Where names were mentioned both good and bad. That was where Barnabus Pike fit himself in. 

 

He pushed through the batwings and strode to the bar. "Afternoon, have me a beer."

 

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Ralph was winding his watch when the latest customer approached the bar, asking for a drink. Eyeing the man, it was pretty obvious he was either a cowpoke or a gunman or even both. He had a mean look about him. Still in his line of business, Ralph dealt with all kinds and gave it no mind.

 

"One beer comin' up," Ralph tucked the watch back into his vest and reached for a beer glass then filled it from the draft, plopping it in front of the man.

 

"That'll be a nickel," he informed the man.

 

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Pronto laid the coin on the polished bar top. "See you've had a good opening, plenty of business which is real good. 'course havin' the right product helps out a heap." He said with a smile. "I know you're new in town as am I, but perhaps you've heard something of the range conditions hereabouts. Meanin' if there's any trouble, rustlin' and the like." 

 

Asking the man serving the drinks was as good a way as there was to get information. Pike wanted to steer clear of trouble if he could. He'd had plenty on his back trail and he just as soon avoid it if he could. Soon enough he'd be looking for work before his money played out.

 

"Be lookin' to hire on here shortly, rather not ride into a hornet's nest, if that can be helped." He added.

 

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"Yep, the opening was a big success. People love their drinks and entertainment," Ralph agreed with a smile and a nod as he scooped up the nickel.

 

The man had pretty much already answered his own question by mentioning he knew the saloon owners were quite new to town. Still, he was a paying customer so Ralph wasn't averse to telling him what little he knew.

 

"Yeah, don't know lots of folks yet. But I do know there is some ongoing tension in this locality. Seems a couple of the biggest ranches have some sort of long running feud going on. Don't know the history though. I've heard from more than one person though it's not smart to mess with the Evergreen ranch, seems that family can be rather ...........forceful in getting what they want, if you catch my drift?"

 

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"Don't know all the details so don't ask me. But caused a big ruckus at the recent town festival and a first class brawl too. Apparently got at least a couple of the hands thrown in jail for a bit. So bad blood there. There's a father involved with that farmstead of course but hear he's a widower with two kids."

 

He shrugged, "And that, mister, is about it for the extent of my knowledge, that well just went dry."

 

Pike recalled the mess at the celebration and the donnybrook that resulted from the actions of those Evergreen hands. He chuckled at Ralphs statement about the extent of his knowledge.

 

Pronto was no farmhand, he was a puncher if and when he chose to take a riding job. Sometimes he was a gunhand when need be, but he never looked for a job where he was paid for his gun. If push came to shove then Pronto Pike stood up and did what had to be done.

 

"Well, I'll just keep my ears open and see what comes my way." He stated. "These things have a way of working themselves out. Sodbusters got it to do against the cattlemen that's for sure. Evergreen, seems I never hear anything good when it comes to them. He took another swallow of the golden liquid. "You brew this beer yourself?"

 

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The man seemed satisfied with what little Ralph could provide for him. In truth the bartender did his best but he was too newly arrived in town to know much it's citizens let alone the outlying ranchers and homesteaders.

 

"You do that then. My best guess is eventually this pot is going to boil over and some folks are going to be shot. Seems to be the way of things. I just hope the people getting shot are the deserving ones," Ralph shrugged. Unless it involved the saloon he had no desire to get involved one way or the other.

 

"You could go talk to a few of the homesteaders ya know? They might be able to tell you more of interest," he suggested.

 

"As for the beer, nope. Don't know how to make the stuff, just sell it. We buy ours from a brewery in Billings and ship it here," Ralph answered.

 

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"You do that then. My best guess is eventually this pot is going to boil over and some folks are going to be shot. Seems to be the way of things. I just hope the people getting shot are the deserving ones," Ralph shrugged. Unless it involved the saloon he had no desire to get involved one way or the other.

 

“My experience is that’s just not the way it starts, not at all.” Pike stated. “Usually a land grab starts with innocent folks, small spreads, cattle or sod buster. You know, range is range and grabbers er cattlemen surely do hate farmers.”

 

"You could go talk to a few of the homesteaders ya know? They might be able to tell you more of interest," he suggested.

 

 “I might just do that. Surely be the easiest way to get an idea of what they’re facing.” Pronto agreed, followed by a swallow of beer. “Not that it’s rightly my business you understand.” He turned the glass in his hand admiring the color.

 

"As for the beer, nope. Don't know how to make the stuff, just sell it. We buy ours from a brewery in Billings and ship it here," Ralph answered.

 

“Damn fine beer, I surely say that.” Pronto remarked. “Hell, maybe I’ll just get me a store job, clerkin’ or some such, if there’s trouble brewin’. Be the safest bet. Now this here Lost Lake outfit, know anything about them?”

 

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"Don't think I'll pass that compliment on to our brewer, he might just up the selling price,"Ralph smiled.

 

"There might be a few stores hiring, I don't get around much, my partner does vast majority of the shopping and resupplying," Ralph admitted.

 

Seemed the man had yet another question about the local ranching situation.

 

"Not very much, no. Amongst some of my customers seems they speak a bit more complimentary about that spread then Evergreen. More upright sorts, you know. Although I've heard one of their principals is an ex-outlaw. But then I've known more than one lawman who started out on the wrong side of the law and switched sides as it were," Ralph shrugged.

 

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 "Don't think I'll pass that compliment on to our brewer, he might just up the selling price,"Ralph smiled.

 

“Now that might just be the way to go. When a man realizes he has a good product he’s liable to push his price as far as the market’ll bear.” Pronto agreed. “The man’s making a profit, no doubt, and every one is entitled to make what they can, nature of the beast.”

 

"There might be a few stores hiring, I don't get around much, my partner does vast majority of the shopping and resupplying," Ralph admitted.

 

“The more I think about it, the more I realize wearin’ an apron ain’t quite the same satisfaction as wearin’ Chaps,” Pike observed. “An’, ain’t no stockin’ shelves from the back of a horse. Might just shelve that idea, less I can’t get me a ridin' job.”  

 

Seemed the man had yet another question about the local ranching situation.

 

"Not very much, no. Amongst some of my customers seems they speak a bit more complimentary about that spread then Evergreen. More upright sorts, you know. Although I've heard one of their principals is an ex-outlaw. But then I've known more than one lawman who started out on the wrong side of the law and switched sides as it were," Ralph shrugged.

 

“Yah, that’s been my experience too, ‘course I’ve known it to be the other way ‘round too.” He thought for a moment then added, “An’ this former outlaw, which’d that be? Might want to fight shy of that one.”

 

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"To be frank, you don't really look like the apron wearing clerk type," Ralph chuckled.

 

The man agreed with his opinion on the sometimes thin line separating the outlaw and lawman careers. Probably because both occupations involved a readiness and indeed willingness to use a gun.

 

"Oh shit....I ain't sure of his name....wait, his first name...I can hardly call it Christian name is something like Shade....I think. I remember that because I found it rather strange. He might well be the only jasper in the world with that name. Again sorry I can't do better but I'm still new in the community," he shrugged.

 

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"To be frank, you don't really look like the apron wearing clerk type," Ralph chuckled.

 

Pike laughed as he pictured himself in an apron with his hair all slicked down, standing behind a counter.

 

The man agreed with his opinion on the sometimes thin line separating the outlaw and lawman careers. Probably because both occupations involved a readiness and indeed willingness to use a gun.

 

"Oh shit....I ain't sure of his name....wait, his first name...I can hardly call it Christian name is something like Shade....I think. I remember that because I found it rather strange. He might well be the only jasper in the world with that name. Again sorry I can't do better but I'm still new in the community," he shrugged.  

 

“Reckon that’d be an odd one. Shade. Don’t hear of one like that, then o’course I don’t ‘spose you’ve run onto another Pronto in yer travels either. Some downright colorful names out here in the west, that's for sure.” Pike responded. “Known some odd ones, I have. Feller down Waco way was known by ‘Post Hole,’ simply ‘cuz he was put to diggin’ ‘em the day he was hired. No tellin’ about the Shade feller.” He drained his beer, wiped his mouth with the back of his hand, and smiled. “Damn fine beer! Believe I’ll have to ride out an' see this Shade hombre an' see whot’s whot. Be seein’ ya.”

 

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