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With: Leah Steelgrave, Dr. Jonah Danforth.
Location: Dr. Danforth's Office
When: Mid December 1875
Time of Day: Mid Day

 

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Leah Steelgrave had left Helena Montana by stagecoach just as the wave of storms approached. The coach eventually could no longer continue on, the sow was too deep for the fur up team and the heavy coach, so the trip almost ended in a return to Helena. Fortunately for her, there was a man with a pack mule team that was willing to fight the snow to see her through to Kalispell.

 

It had been a harrowing experience, but at last she found herself safe in Kalispell with all of her belongings tanks to one Abe Lyndowski and his team of mules. A fearless man the had been willing to fight through the adversity of the storms to deliver his charge safe and sound. She had amply rewarded him and offered him a place in the hotel, but he declined, spending one night in the livery before pulling out the next day during a lull in the continuing storm.

 

The following day found Leah trudging through the snow to Doctor Danfoth’s office to share the results of her mission to the capitol. She reached his doorstep finding it at the end of shoveled pathway. Smiling at effort she rapped on his door.

 

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There was something about impending storms that made people suddenly decide that ailments they had suffered with for days, or even weeks suddenly needed attention, and Jonah had been kept busy the past few days.  Finally, though, this morning seemed to be a lull, and the doctor was getting a chance to catch up on paperwork and whatnot that was amazingly boring, so he almost relished the knock on the door.  Hopefully, it was a delivery, or someone bringing him payment, preferably actual money, and not Mrs' Sutton and her 'rheumatic elbow'.

 

When he opened the door, he was pleasantly surprised to see Leah there.  "Miss Steelegrave!  Please, come in!"  He stood back so she could enter the large house that served as the clinic, too.  "I'm glad to see you back safely.  I trust your trip was profitable?"

 

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Leah smiled as she stepped inside.  “Profitable? Yes, beyond what I had hoped. We have the right away, but more important, we have a grant to help with expenses building the hospital from the governor himself.” She exclaimed, producing papers from her coat and handing them to Jonah.


“However, there is already a snag.” She continued. “ It seams the good Judge Robertson is delaying with the need for something akin to a town hall meeting to discuss the trading of land. Of course, since the property for the right away is already deeded to the township, we could be on the outside looking in.”

 

“The contingency is the grant money and my own if necessary. Perhaps being a Steelgrave means the sanctimonious of Kalispell will oppose anything and everything I try to do here. That is except for my money, they’ll take that.” Being rebuffed by the judge had not sat well with her. But she was determined to provide the town with a first rate hospital. With or without the support of Kalispell's stuffed shirts.

 

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“Profitable? Yes, beyond what I had hoped. We have the right away, but more important, we have a grant to help with expenses building the hospital from the governor himself.” She exclaimed, producing papers from her coat and handing them to Jonah.

 

Jonah took the papers, smiling.  "Splendid!"  Of course, any help they could get with the funding was a godsend, not only with expenses, but with the approval and support as well.


“However, there is already a snag.”

 

Of course, wasn't that always the way of it?  Nothing came easy.  "And..?"

 

“ It seams the good Judge Robertson is delaying with the need for something akin to a town hall meeting to discuss the trading of land. Of course, since the property for the right away is already deeded to the township, we could be on the outside looking in.”

 

"So, we need to clear this with the town council?"  He was suspecting the same thing she was...that there were those who would object merely because of her name, so they'd have to launch as strong campaign...such as, 'A hospital will save lives...'  How did you argue with that?

 

“The contingency is the grant money and my own if necessary. Perhaps being a Steelgrave means the sanctimonious of Kalispell will oppose anything and everything I try to do here. That is except for my money, they’ll take that.”

 

"So, if they want your money, they'll have to help you with the hospital."  And wouldn't that just be irksome to the old biddies!  "I can gather some statistics, we can sit down and put an argument together that they can't dispute."

 

That sounded simple enough to him, but he'd never dealt with grants before.

 

"But please, take off your coat and have some coffee...or a shot of whisky!"

 

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"So, if they want your money, they'll have to help you with the hospital."  And wouldn't that just be irksome to the old biddies!  "I can gather some statistics, we can sit down and put an argument together that they can't dispute."


“One would think so, however, there’s no telling about these people. Big fish, small pond. You know, stand firmly in the way of progress if it’s not their idea, but then, it could be just the one person. We’ll have to see.” Leah agreed with a sneer in her voice.
 

That sounded simple enough to him, but he'd never dealt with grants before.

 

"But please, take off your coat and have some coffee...or a shot of whisky!"


“Thank you, coffee might be the better choice. This damned snow is going to slow everything down. I wish I’d never given the papers to Ben Robertson, but the damage is done. The man has the power to do what he wants with the deed to the land.” She was angry, mostly with herself. Leah had expected that perhaps the town council to perhaps delay a decision but at the moment it seemed that perhaps, the judge could just bury the deed until it was needed to receive payment.


“I wanted to ask you, what do you think of bringing Doc Boone into our little plan here. Another doctor, gives us a bit more credibility as we move forward, and we will move forward!” She said determinedly, while another plan was forming in her head.

 

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"Oh, certainly," Jonah agreed as he led the way to the kitchen, then motioned to the table there -- he wasn't in the mood for the formal dining room, and besides, that was too big and impersonal.  "He has far more experience and knowledge in the specifics to the area, and I'm sure he'd have good ideas."

 

He poured them both coffee, then sat across from her at the small table.  "And you are right, he has a stellar reputation, and many patients who respect him, so having him with us will give detractors more to have to push against."  And maybe he'd have some good ideas for what we need?"

 

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 "Oh, certainly," Jonah agreed as he led the way to the kitchen, then motioned to the table there -- he wasn't in the mood for the formal dining room, and besides, that was too big and impersonal.  "He has far more experience and knowledge in the specifics to the area, and I'm sure he'd have good ideas."


“Indeed, and that’s what I had been thinking since we saw him in Whitefish. Having two medical men involved with this hospital plan can be nothing but helpful.” She explained. “I have no idea why I thought that...” Her voice trailed off, and her head dropped a bit.  


He poured them both coffee, then sat across from her at the small table.  "And you are right, he has a stellar reputation, and many patients who respect him, so having him with us will give detractors more to have to push against."  And maybe he'd have some good ideas for what we need?"


“I’m fine, Jonah. I had this thought that maybe someone besides Marshal Guyer would be happy with the deal.” She said, a touch of disappointment in her voice. “And I certainly agree, Doctor Boone adds even more credibility to this project and I’ll be damned if I’ll stand by like the proper woman and take what some old men have to say about a place that will save lives. Where babies will be born safely.


And there's something else. I had not thought to use it, but I will go to the Union and Mister McVay with the story and we’ll see what his readers think, elections are coming.” The smile would be deceptive, there had been venom in her voice, no longer any disappointment.

 

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Jonah couldn't help but wonder what she had left unsaid, but he wasn't going to push her on it, and he couldn't help but chuckle at her convictions.  If anyone could get this done, it was Leah Steelegrave! 

 

"The paper can be a good ally, that's certain."  Jonah sipped his coffee, then added, "perhaps just a small story to start, but reserve anything major in case there's a great deal of resistance?"  If they did a big story on the dealings too soon, then, if her father started pushing too hard, they could use the paper as a means of fighting back.

 

"I can send for Dr. Boone, if you'd like?  Weedy is around here someplace..."

 

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"The paper can be a good ally, that's certain."  Jonah sipped his coffee, then added, "perhaps just a small story to start, but reserve anything major in case there's a great deal of resistance?"  If they did a big story on the dealings too soon, then, if her father started pushing too hard, they could use the paper as a means of fighting back.


“Of course you’re right, and I knew that a big blow up now in the midst of winter, simple a waste of ink. But I do like the idea of a small story, just about the initial plans, focused on you and hopefully Doc Boone. Get people thinking how good it would be to have a hospital." Leah agreed.
 

"I can send for Dr. Boone, if you'd like?  Weedy is around here someplace..."


"Please do. Let’s get the project moving, if ever so slowly." She urged. "They may want to stifle what I offered them and just outright take the deed and the credit, but if we add bits and pieces to the story as we move forward, people will see that it is not this Steelgrave they need to be concerned about. Their problem is right her in town."

 

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"Just a moment, then."  Jonah stood and headed to the back of the house, where Weedy was working on painting a small table...the boy wanted to earn money to get Miss Addy a present, and this nickle Jonah offered him to fetch Doc Boone would help.

 

He returned to the kitchen, refreshing their coffee before sitting again.  "It's a smart idea, having some sort of documentation that this was your idea, and where you want it to be, and the work you put in.  That newspaper man seems a good sort, but I don't know him personally, but it might be an idea to actually bring him in to the planning?"

 

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(You can assume Weedy fetched Dr. Boone ;) )

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