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With: Matt Wentworth, Leah Steelgrave, and others
Location: Mayor's Office
When: Mid-Late July 1876
Time of Day: Morning

 

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After Matt escorted Leah to her seat in the Mayor's office, he took out his fob watch and checked the time.  It was a little after 9 but the day already seemed a bit  longer.  The only other people presented were John Anderson and Marshall Guyer, who, unless someone else came were to be the witness of the signing of the papers letting Leah finally build her hospital.  Both Guyer and Anderson were unaware of how precarious the situation had become but hopefully, with some luck, no-one would find until out after the election.  Since only he and Leah were the only ones who knew the truth, it would be fine...unless Ben Robertson decided to come back.  Robertson coming back, however, was a remote possibility at this stage.

 

Trouble would only arise if he didn't become mayor but according to the scuttlebutt around town, he was almost guaranteed the opposite.  The only strong opposition was Cole Latham and he would only win if Elias Steelgrave managed to pay off everybody in town.  Pettigrew and Priest were virtual non-starters with the former not being considered a serious candidate and the latter, a complete unknown who spent most of his time at the Star Dust, which wouldn't endear him to the church-going folks in town.

 

Any more thoughts about his chances in the upcoming election would have to be put on hold for now.  It was time to get this transfer of property to Leah, done and dusted.

 

"All right, if there are no objections, may I suggest that we proceed with our business."

 

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Seeing the room without the other members of the Council was disheartening to John Anderson, having hoped that the rest would appear for this. He stood and said, "Please, let's get on with this. This signing has been long overdue." And he took his seat.

 

Leah smiled, this was something akin to what Elias would do, only instead of Council members failing to attend, he would have done it in secret.

 

Marshal Guyer, standing by the door was also smiling, this had been a long hard battle for the lady. She deserved better, however it would seem this was the best it would be, and it seemed the signing would happen without a hitch, finally.

 

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Cole Latham was racing toward town from the evergreen with Postmaster Nolan Ashworth. Riding out to warn Elias had been a mistake, and there would be hell to pay if the land appropriation was granted. Damn Wentworth anyway, just who dd he think he was, anyway? Interim Mayor indeed!

 

He fished out his watch to check the time, a risky move at best, when the watch flew out of his hand, the chain to which it was attached tore through the well used button hole and the entire affair sailed away, hitting the ground and coming apart as it topped off of the trail into the sagebrush, he pushed on, his animal coated in sweat and slowing, even under his lashing with a quirt.

 

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Entering the room was Phinias McVay, prepared  to note every word, every action which took place in the chamber. Surprised at the lack of attendance, but he knew about Robertson, and Latham being absent was something of a shock.

 

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Satisfied with the response, Matt signed the contract, which Judge Robertson had drawn up shortly after the ill-fated town meeting.  Even though Robertson had tried to stop the signing, Matt had a feeling that the Judge's hand had been forced in some way by Elias Steelgrave.  It was the only logical thing to explain why Robertson had become so against something he was initially in support of.

 

When he had finished signing, he handed the contract over to Anderson, who quickly added his signature.  The next thing was to get Leah to sign it, then Marshall Guyer and Phin McVay as witnesses.  With five signatures, the contract would hopefully be iron-clad if it was ever disputed in court.

 

Anderson handed the contract to Matt, who then looked at Leah and smiled, "Miss Steelgrave."

 

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Leah sat watching as Matthew Wentworth signed the contract, and then slid it over to John Anderson for his signature which he added with a smile. And then Matt had called her name to affix her signature to the papers. She knew what was in them, and that it was everything she had wanted, which really was nothing more than her choice of property to build on.

 

She rose rather slowly considering the length of time and the struggle she had endured as she waited for this moment, but just as suddenly her pace quickened, her hand out stretched for the pen as she reach the elevated stage. Stepping up, she took the pen, dipped it in the ink well and wrote her name where Matthew pointed. All that was required were witnesses to complete the  signing.

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As Matt waited for the others to sign the contract, he thought about the way his life had changed in the last year or so since he had bought the hotel.  What initially was just a routine surveillance job for the Secret Service had turned into something else.  Here he was at the start of a political career, that when he was younger, he had sworn to avoid at all costs.  Even though his father was a good man, he had also been a very ambitious one and had plans for all of his sons.  The decision he and brothers had taken not to follow those plans had put a slight rift between and their father.  Thankfully, that rift was healed.

 

Matt remembered his father explaining what had happened in Washington to make him realise that family was more important than politics.  In the months, since his parents had moved here they had been well-respected citizens in town.  His father owing the bank helped a little as well.

 

Where his brothers were concerned, that was another story.  Mike was well entrenched as one of the foremen at Lost Lake and Charlie was on his way to becoming a lawman.  Sam, however was being a little bit more mysterious these days, only mentioning that along with his duties as a ranch hand at Lost Lake, he was helping a local family who had a farm near Smith Lake.

 

Focussing on the matter-at-hand, Matt knew that once the contract was signed, there was little that the town council could do.  It would be all up to Leah and hopefully, there would be no interference from her father.  He also hoped that no-one would find out about their subterfuge until well and truly after the election.

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Watching the signing actually happen right before her eyes was something she had begun to think would never happen, yet it was. Everything was falling into place at long last. She could summon the crew and the material that was waiting for the word to begin construction.

 

At that moment the doors flew open and Cole Latham bust in. "Hold on Wentworth! You can't do this, not without Robertson you can't!0" He shouted.

 

Speed quickly stepped to the man and grabbed him by the arm. "Mister :Latham, another outburst and I'll have to remove you from this meeting." he threatened sternly.

 

"Unhand me Marshal, I shall sue you!" He bellowed. "Wentworth you can't do this, the quorum has not been met!"

 

"Mister Latham take a seat while you still can, and be quiet! I'll not warn you again!" Speed stated firmly.

 

Leah looked on as Latham tried to stop the proceedings, though it was too late, he simply would be a no vote, but one that would not do anything to curtail the finality of the signing. Speed stood next to the attorney ready to remove him if there was another outburst. Leah smiled.

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Matt smiled at Latham's blunder.  In his hurry to stop the signing, Latham had forgotten that handover of the land to Leah had already been voted on.  What was happening today was a mere formality.  The only problem was if Latham decided to do some digging and find out about the town ordinance requiring all current standing town council members to sign it.  Hopefully, Latham would be too busy with his own mayoral campaign to have time for that.

 

Turning to Latham, Matt nodded, "While it would be nice to have Judge Robertson on hand for this occasion, he isn't needed for the signing.  Only myself, as acting mayor and Mr. Anderson are required.  As for the quorum, that was only necessary for the actual voting, not the handover."

 

He paused, before going on, "Besides, I thought you would have found it to your advantage to support this venture, considering that you will be needing as much support as you can get for the upcoming election...and to distant yourself from certain parties that may harm your chances."

 

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"But, but, you just can't take it upon yourself to hold a signing without the whole council present, why it's, it's unconscionable, Wentworth!" Latham stuttered in desperation. Elias would be incensed by this turn of events. The presence of Judge Robertson in  the position of the acting Mayor would have prevent any signing from taking place.

 

"You know you'll answer for this! There will be consequences for this Wentworth, you can bet your bottom dollar on that!' He fumed, "And the people of Kalispell will have the last laugh on you you can count on that! I'll see you run out of town for this!"

 

Guyer stood at the back of the room in his usual station with a wide grin as the attorney and Mayoral candidate embarrassed himself.

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Phin was seated, finding it easier to take notes of this meeting, and it's historic ramifications for the community and for not just the county, but for the territory as well the county. It would show that both were growing, and it what would be perceived as the right direction.

 

Of course the words that Matthew Wentworth used to cut Latham off at the knees were superb.  Nothing that was anywhere near how Phin would have said it, but this was certainly Special Edition material, if there ever was any. And Matthew conducted himself as a Mayoral candidate should, and still get in his licks.

 

He had had a smile plastered on his face since the first signature was applied. This was a major loss for Elias Steelgrave and his cronies. Latham should have stated that at least one more member be appointed to the council, meaning postmaster  Nolan Ashworth, who was in the room. Of course Wentworth could well have countered by agreeing and then appointing Marshal Guyer to the vacant seat. Yes, it was a glorious morning.

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It was a slow burn for Cole Latham, losing his objection, he realized that in fact the matter of the applying the signatures was complete, and there would be no undoing it. He also realized that he should have demanded the appointment of another, preferably Nolan Ashworth to the vacant seat left by Richard Orr, and the one where Judge Robertson had suddenly vacated, not that Latham was not fully aware of the reason.

 

Elias was not about to be happy by this turn of events. he had hoped to derail his daughters attempt at building the hospital, an idea the man liked, and in fact, secretly planned to finish after Leah had been ousted from any such project, but, her ouster had failed, miserably. he was concerned that this would give Wentworth the inside track in the upcoming Mayors race.

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She sat, still smiling ever with Cole Latham's outburst, if it could be called that. How smoothly Matthew had put an end to it, she was more impressed more than ever with his management style. He would make an excellent Mayor for Kalispell.

 

And it was done. All that remained was for Matthew to hand her the document, that would finish it. Then with a couple of wires, she would start the supplies moving, and the workers on their way to Kalispell. All she would need to do was make the selection of the property, which she had already decided on. Then, to wait of the arrival of the men and the supplies. Excietment rushed through her veins!

 

She would dispatch her men, Bannister, McKinney, and Santee to ride out and meet the supplies. She had no fear for her safety, for she would let Guyer know what her plan was. then to carry a gun for protection. But that too, seemed unnecessary.

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Ashworth looked to Latham to overturn the proceedings if not simply block and progress, but the attorney had been quickly thwarted, this was not going to sit well with Elias Steelgrave, and there were liable to be consequences because of it.

 

Yet what could have been done, realistically? Had Latham demanded another member be appointed, it may well have been Guyer, or worse, McVay. No, the situation was lost out of hand. Months of planning and deliberate delays gone to waste, for in a matter of minutes, the outcome would be finalized and Leah Steelgrave would have won.

 

All that was left, would be the long ride to the Evergreen with the bad news. Of course, Nolan thought, there could always be a miracle to derail this even at this late stage.

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The long wait was over. in her hand was a signed copy of the contract between her and the town of Kalispell for the plot of land she had selected to build both the hospital, and, the orphanage. But it would be one thing at a time. The hospital wold be the most important structure to complete, as there was no railroad to bring in the children.

 

Oh, they could arrive by wagon or coach, that was true, but for the time being the medical facility had to be built and tat meant getting the men and materials on site as quickly as humanly possible. The well wishers on hand were showering her with those well wishes and vows of support.

 

Phin stood and tipped his hat to her with a wide smile. Speed opened and held the door for her, another wide smile for her. She stepped trough the chamber doors and walked to the staircase, took a deep breath the descended as gracefully as she could, considering she had been triumphant against her father and his minions. Of course the hard part now lay ahead.

 

Building the hospital in spite of her father and his minions, not that Latham or Ashworth were worrisome, oh Latham would likely try an file something to stall off the inevitable, but Judge Robertson was not to be found. That would not bode well for Latham's attempts. Of course, she thought, he could always summon Circuit Judge Harland Bryant and make trouble for her that way, if in fact Judge Bryant would listen to him.

 

She pushed the the doors onto the board walk. A beautiful, fresh, summer morning greeted her as she emerged from the Municipal Building. She marched directly to the telegraph office and stepped inside. "Good morning Mister Wigfall, I have telegram to send."

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She pushed the the doors onto the board walk. A beautiful, fresh, summer morning greeted her as she emerged from the Municipal Building. She marched directly to the telegraph office and stepped inside. "Good morning Mister Wigfall, I have telegram to send."

 

"Oh! Hello Miss Steelgrave - ow!" Hector gasped, standing and banging his knee on the desk as he did so.

 

He instinctively looked behind the beautiful girl, whom no boy in his right mind would ever try and get over-friendly with, what with who her Father was, not to mention those three hired guns who usually followed her about. He could see them waiting outside and was a little chagrinned that they obviously considered him so harmless there was no need to accompany her into the telegraph office. 

 

He was totally harmless, of course, but they didn't know that!

 

"Er, would you like to send a telegraph, Miss Steelgrave?" It was a stupid question: there was no other reason for her to come in here, but, well, he had to say something!

 

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"Yes Hector I would. It will go to Mister Darius Wellman, Helena, Montana. Can I dictate to you what I want sent, rather than writing it out first? It would just be easier, that is Hector if you don't mind."

 

She like Hector Wigfall, he had always been pleasant with her, always respectful. She was barely able to contain herself with this victory she had achieved and what it was going to mean to the community as a whole. This was a red letter day, as they say.

 

"I have to tell you, I hve the contract for the land to begin building our hospital. I am so excited, in fact it is just now hitting me that I am actually sending word to bring the men and supplies at long last."

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"Yes Hector I would. It will go to Mister Darius Wellman, Helena, Montana. Can I dictate to you what I want sent, rather than writing it out first? It would just be easier, that is Hector if you don't mind."

 

"Of course, Miss Steelgrave!" Hector beamed, proud of his notation skills: he could practically tap it out and send it as she dictated it if he wanted. But he would make a note of it instead, because he might be able to save the fabulously wealthy young woman a couple of cents by by using telegraphic shorthand. 

 

"I have to tell you, I have the contract for the land to begin building our hospital. I am so excited, in fact it is just now hitting me that I am actually sending word to bring the men and supplies at long last."

 

Hector started scribbling on his pad, muttering the words: "I have to tell you, I have the contract for the land to begin building our hospital. I am so excited, in fact it is just now hitting me that I am actually sending word to bring the men and supplies at long last. All right, Miss Steelgrave, so that's going to Darius Wellman, Helena. Oh, by the way, I think I can reduce the words enough to save you 8 Cents!" he looked very pleased with himself.

 

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Jonah had very much wanted to be at the meeting with Leah for the finalizing of the hospital papers, but unfortunately, Mrs. McCann decided to go into labor early, although it could be debated whether it was very late or very early when her husband had come pounding on the door of the house that served as a clinic.

 

There had barely been time to properly dress and grab his bag before Mr. McCann had dragged him out to the buggy, and Jonah had tried his best to convince the man that if they didn't make it there they couldn't be of any use, and finally he'd listened and slowed ever so slightly.

 

Of course, it had been several hours before the first baby had come -- yes, the first -- and it had quickly become evident that there was a second on the way.  When in God's name anyone would want one of the squawlering bundles, Jonah had no idea, but two?

 

At any rate, by the time the McCann's neighbor had come by to give him a ride back to town, the drama at the courthouse was over, positively, he'd been told, and Miss Steelegrave was at the telegraph office.

 

Briefly, Jonah contemplated going home and 'washing up', but that would take a bit of time, and he didn't want to miss her.  At least he was more unkempt than dirty, so he could put that off.

 

So, wanting nothing more than to see Leah and have a strong cup of coffee, he waited for her outside the telegraph office.

 

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"Hector, that wasn't the message. I was speaking to you, now the message for Mister Williams is as follows. Mister Williams, We begin construction upon your arrival with men and materials. Do not delay time is short before the first snowfall. I await your reply. Not to worry about saving any money, though I appreciate your thoughtfulness. Now, how much will that be?" She asked.

 

She then happened to look out the window to see an anxious looking Doctor Danforth on the boardwalk. She turned back retrieving a pair of silver dollars and laying them on the counter. "The Doctor is waiting for me, please, keep the change, and if you would, bring me his reply when it comes."

 

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She was out the door and throwing her arms about the man with a kiss on his cheek. "It's done Jonah, it's finished! I have sent word for the men and supplies to come. Oh this is so wonderful!" She exclaimed, and it was. The long wait with it's many delays and distractions was now behind her and the business of building the hospital was at hand.

 

"Come, let's have breakfast and celebrate the beginning of the next step. Oh Jonah, I almost don't believe it. But I have the signed contract and it is true at long last! Oh I can't wait to get started."

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Both Cole Lathanm, and Nolan Ashworth exited the Municipal Building dreading what was next, the ride to the Evergreen and informing Elias that in fact, Leah had the contract to build the hospital and the orphanage on land donated by the Town of Kalispell.

 

What they didn't know was the drama playing out with one of Elias' men being shot and perhaps the opening of a range war with Lost Lake Ranch, and the mood that Elias would be in when they reached his ranch. They mounted up and trotted out of town, and anyone who happened to be on the street already knew of Leah's victory and where the two men were headed.

 

The ride would be longer than normal because they slowed to a walk once they cleared town.

 

"How do you think he'll take this news, Cole?" Nolan asked.

 

"Not well, not by a long shot. Why is beyond me, but he does not want her to succeed at anything. I mean, it a damned hospital for God's sake. He's not going to build one and it's something that the county needs, that the area needs. The orphanage, I dunno. Maybe it will be good , maybe not. But the hospital, that needs to happen." Latham expounded. It was needed, and the people of Flathead County wanted it yesterday.

 

"Well, I for one am not looking forward to his reaction to the news, nor am I going to be a party to what he'll do next, not as volatile as he can be at any given time. Thank God he's on the water wagon! Drunk he would be liable to kill the both of us." Ashworth exclaimed. "He's not right sometimes, Cole. Not right at all."

 

"He is not. But I doubt he'll kill us, Leah? Now that might be a different story. Cole stated, and they both fell silent.

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"Hector, that wasn't the message."

 

"Uh?"

 

"I was speaking to you, now the message for Mister Williams is as follows..."

 

"Oh!" Hector looked down at the paper and then grinned sheepishly. "Sorry Miss Steelgrave, got a little carried away there! All right, I'm ready!" he turned to the next page of his notebook. 

 

"Mister Williams, We begin construction upon your arrival with men and materials. Do not delay time is short before the first snowfall. I await your reply. Not to worry about saving any money, though I appreciate your thoughtfulness. Now, how much will that be?" She asked.

 

"A dollar fifty and I'll send it straight way with express delivery at the other end." Hector said efficiently. 

 

She then happened to look out the window to see an anxious looking Doctor Danforth on the boardwalk. She turned back retrieving a pair of silver dollars and laying them on the counter. "The Doctor is waiting for me, please, keep the change, and if you would, bring me his reply when it comes."

 

Hector gave a snappy "Yes Mam!" and followed her gaze out of the window to where the medical man was standing. Some fellows had all the luck! Oh well, at lest he got a big tip out of it, not to be sneezed at.

 

He went to wish her good luck and congratulations about the hospital, but a rustle of silk and crinoline and she was gone.

 

Hector got busy tapping out the message on the correct page of the notebook. 

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Jonah was startled by her greeting, although he didn't find it in the least unpleasant, and he returned the hug.  "Congratulations!  I knew you could do it!"  Well, at least he'd hoped so.  While he had no doubt in her ability and determination, he also had little faith in the process.

 

"I'd be delighted to have breakfast with you...I've been up most of the night with Mrs. McCann, the poor woman had twins, although all are doing fine."  Until tonight when there would be not one, but two wailing treasures in the small cabin.  "I could use a gallon of Mrs. Lutz;s coffee, that's certain!"

 

It was actually odd to think that this part of the struggle was over, Leah had been working so long and so hard.  On to the next phase, which he was sure would have its problems, but in the immediate future, there was promise.

 

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"Oh, the poor woman. Twins, my goodness, I can't imagine." She declared, "But yes Jonah, we can really celebrate that at long last Matthew Wentworth got it done, bless him. There may well be problems, Latham and Ashworth are most likely on their way to the Evergreen by now to let my father know what has happened."

 

And where is it you would like to have breakfast? Hotel, or the Lickskillet, since they are currently  the only choices, "Unless you'd like whatever they might have at the Stardust Saloon?" And then she laughed. It was a wonderful morning, no matter that Latham and Ashworth were on their way to tattle to her father. For at least this day, all was right in the world!

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"Lickskillet is good enough," he commented, offering his arm.  "I'm not really dressed for the hotel, anyway, and they have some fine flapjacks."  Even with Mrs. Blakesley...Pike gone, and young Mrs. Lutz in charge, the food had remained of excellent quality, and the price was good!

 

"I'm glad this part is over with, and I wish I could be there to see the look on your father's face when he hears the news!"  He chuckled, knowing that could be trouble as well, but knowing that Leah had her shadows to look after her. 

 

"And I doubt come tomorrow, Mrs. McCann will notice any difference, what with her other five offspring running wild!"  He couldn't imagine growing up in a large family, although there was a deep, distant part of his mind that thought that it might actually be nice...

 

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"So, that's what now, seven? Goodness, that's a handful if ever I heard of one. Why my mother ruled the five of us with an iron hand. Well except for Calvin. He was her favorite, and spoiled. I suppose that led to his death, I don't know, but he was a wild one." She said, almost without emotion, though it had been what? Fourteen years ago now. Things on the Evergreen haven't changed much, except the boys are gone.

 

"I'm sorry, not sure where all of that came from. Yes, the Lickskillet for breakfast. Grand idea!" She said quickly. "and the Pikes, still not home?"

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Jonah shook his head and patted her arm.  "That's all right, I don't mind."  He shrugged and chuckled.  "I always wondered what it would be like to have siblings, but I don't think I would have done well with the...competition." 

 

Opening the door to the little cafe, he stepped back to let Leah go in first, then followed her.  "This place always smells so...friendly."  That was the only word he could put to it, and he wasn't sure she'd understand, but the aromas of coffee, bacon, bread and pies was welcoming and warm.

 

"I'm not sure when the Pikes will be back.  I've heard that Mr. Pike has some sort of holdings in Nevada and is frankly very well-off.  Who knows, they may have run off to Paris!"  That would certainly be something!

 

@Flip; @Wayfarer(if you want to play!)

 

 

 

 

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