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With:NPCs in the thread. John Anderson, The Steelgrave Brothers,
Location: Whitefish proper, Marshal's Office, Town Hall, etc.
When: September 1875
Time of Day: Mid-morning,

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Word had reached Case that the boy, Billy Holcombe, had been attacked and half eaten. Bear paw prints were said to be all over the blood soaked ground. His horse never found. It shook Case, no man likes to think of being eaten. But, as with his sister, there was business to attend to. Whitefish and Steelgrave business, all but one in the same.

 

He sat at his desk in the sheriff's office pondering what needed to get done, providing those necessary for the beginning of his fathers plan showed up as expected. He knew the plan, ever inch of it, and how easy some parts would be, and how deadly other parts could be.    He had the en for the job either way. In a week those driving the cattle north would be back in town and could be deployed where they were needed.

 

There was a rap on the door, followed by young Tyler Oats who blurted out; "Marshal, your brothers are at the Silver Dollar waitin'." Case smiled fished out a dime and tossed it to the boy as he rose from his desk. It was beginning.

 

TBC

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Case pushed through the bat wings at the Silver Dollar. There was a bite in the air, the seasons were changing. Cold in the morning, hot in the afternoon, at least for a while yet.

 

There they stood, Ben, Clay, and Zeke. Not who he'd expected, but a welcome sight none the less. "What brings you owl hoots to Whitefish, Pa kick you off the ranch?"

 

Ben, the eldest of the Steelgrave boys laughed, "nah, we come to let you know Pa wants to move on all of the open range to the north." He hesitated just long enough to let that sink in. "So we're here to get that ball rollin'. Figger you should be the first to know his plan."

 

"And that is?"

 

Ben smiled, "He plans to take hold of ever'thing east of the Evergreen to Columbia Falls, and south just shy of the Kalispell limits."

 

Now it was Cases turn to smile. "That move to the south could prove to be a bit of a problem what with Thornton and like Redmond likely takin' exception. Seems maybe Pa's bit off a big chunk."

 

"Well brother, they sure can do alla that they want." Zeke said, his hatred for the Thorntons evident. "Colonel Colt'll have a say in that."

 

"Yeah, time we burned 'em out anyways. Ain't fogettin baby brother Cal neither! We owe 'em!" Clay added.

 

"So when's this party startin'." Case asked.

 

"We'll be headed out shortly to start it, though there really ain't any ranches to take, just some sod busters to root out.. Like to have a few of yer boys, if you'll allow." Ben explained.

 

Case thought a moment, "Sure."

 

TBC

                     Ben                                           Clay                                                                Zeke
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After stopping at the Marshal's office and not finding Case there, he checked his watch, and he was right on time. Well, if the man was not in his office then he probably was at the Silver Dollar Saloon. It appeared to be where Case Steelgrave handled most of his business.

 

Cole Latham was an attorney and doing quite well in Oklahoma, however things began to get a bit hotter than Latham liked. In fact, the association with a certain faction of less desirable individuals was coming to light so a quick exit to beat a rope was required. In Texas he met Case Steelgrave and the pair had become fast friends, Latham successfully defending him on a couple of occasions. But again, things began to look like he would need an attorney, so Case suggested that he head for Whitefish, Montana where he himself would be headed in short order.

 

Cole entered the saloon to see Case talking with his brothers, whom he had met on several occasions, so he stepped to the bar to wait. Family first, he understood that, he would wait his turn. It was no secret that he would become Whitefish’s Mayor in short order, being the only candidate, and cement the Steelgrave hold on Whitefish.

 

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“Take who you need, I’ve some men returning here the week or so, we’ll be fine.” Case added, then looked to the bar. “Be with you shortly, Cole.” Then back to his brothers. “My attorney Cole Latham, soon to be Mayor here, lock this burg up tighter’n a corset on a skinny gal.”

 

They all laughed at the remark. Taking over Whitefish had been Case’s plan all along, though Elias agreed with it, seeing the advantage to such a move. He had been far more interested in Kalispell and Lost Lake Ranch, of course that wasn’t lost on Case at all. But to himm, there was time enough for that.

 

“Aw’right lil’ brother, wished you was ridin’ with us, but soon enough I reckon.” Ben said thrusting his had out. “ More to do that’s for sure.”

 

“You boys ride easy. I’ll be here waitin’ on word.” He turned then to his own men and added, “You do what your told, I’ll see you when you get back.” There was a murmur of acknowledgment as chairs scooted back on the plank floors, spurs jingling as the men stood and moved toward the door.

 

Case shook each of his brothers hands and walked the cadre to the bat wing doors of the saloon. He stopped, watching the men descend to the hitch rails and mount their horses and head out of town. He stood for a bit after they had gone, looking up the street, then turned, “Now Cole, time to put our piece of the puzzle together.”

TBC

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