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    • Weedy was surprised by the praise from the older man. He was used to helping and receiving kind words from Addy but noone else. "Thank you, Mr. Ryker." He muttered. It gave Jays heart a little sting to know that Weedy's real parents never did or could do something like this for him and Addy was the nextbest thing to family. Maybe he should let the boy a little closer in as well. In a spur of the moment notion, he added. "Call me Jay."   Then he returned his attention on the lady of the house and had to laugh. "My speciality? Oh that's something very different." Like...robbing a bank....if you could call it that. He wasn't very good at that either because he wasn't quick with his colt and not cold blooded enough. There was something else he did very well, though. One or the other lady could attest to that. He would not brag about it though, so he simply smiled at Addy. "Yes, there is. Maybe one day, you'll find out." Then he took another bite and motioned to the meat. "I really don't have any cooking skills. So, yeah, This is my speciality and the only thing I can cook." It was surprisingly good though.  
    • Present:   Pronto, Clara, and Brendan   Clara almost was ready to argue the fine point that she only accused SOMEONE but not anyone specific for firing that shot. She did have her strong suspicions and it had easily been narrowed down back at the farm that day when Brendan stated he had ridden up with Greer and Billy. But she could not bring herself to press an accusation that might tag the wrong person and plus, as she stated, no one would be able to prove it if it came to a court case. It would only stir up more trouble.   But she was also relieved that Mr. ...errr... Deputy Pike was not about to press the issue. The man had just been doing his duty afterall and she understood that. She only hoped that somehow this would not hurt her relationship with Emeline, who was going to be marrying Pronto.   And ALL of this mess was because of the handsome young cowpoke standing in front of her! Why couldn't he be ugly and mean like Greer!   "Thank you, Deputy, I appreciate your understanding of the matter. If I ever have anything I can prove in a court of law, I shall indeed contact the local authorities. And I agree with you about the dance, let us all have a good time tonight," Clara replied to the man then added as an olive branch, "Oh and I greatly approve of your taste in women."
    • He gave her a side glance look, "We will do what has to be done, an' hopefully not alone, neither. You keepin' that scatter gun handy is a good thing, as is that pistol in yer apron. Hopefully you ain't never gonna need either of 'em."   A nice thought, but from where he stood it was doubtful. One of the reasons he had been cautious about her was the fact that there were men who would not hesitate where a woman was concerned, and he suspected that the Steelgrave riders were just the type to do such things. At least from what he had seen, and from what he had heard, there were some bad hombres associated with that spread.   "We'll weather this, an' likely many other storms afore we're done."   @Bongo
    • Present:    Pronto, Brendan, and Clara   Pronto fought the smile that choked off the laugh welling up. “Miss Redmond, I’m not in the habit of badgering anyone for anything. If someone took a shot you believe was directed at you, an’ you want to do nothin’ about it. That’s fine by me. But don’t go accusin’ anybody of somethin' like that unless you’re lookin’ to have ‘em locked up for it.”   “So now we can all get back to this here dance an’ havin’ a good time.” He added. That she had told her father was fine, that neither wanted to do anything about was fine, what bothered him was that someone on that ridge took a shot, wild or not.   @Wayfarer@Bailey
    • "Look here, before you go thinking that I'm back here because I want to be, I'm not.”   “Well, that’s telling us!” Arabella nodded. “So why are you back?”   “I just wouldn't be able to live the talking to I would get from my Pa, if I let you two go ahead on your own.”    Mention of Charlie’s Pa got Arabella excited and she shook Bridget’s shoulder, as if she had been asleep and needed waking up.   “Hey, Bridg’ do you know who Charlie’s Daddy is? Your nice Mr. Wentworth at the bank!”   Bridget opened her mouth in surprise and ducked her head around the other girl to look at the young man on the horse with new eyes. Eventually, Arabella gently pushed her back into her seat with a laughing admonition. “All right, that’s enough, it’s rude to stare.”   She turned to Charlie and explained, her jibing tone lost in a snap as her predilection for just plain jawing came into play. “See, Bridg’ found a penny on the sidewalk one day and took it in to the bank, cause I’d told her that’s where folks put their money. Anyhow, she was right serious about only giving it to the feller as owns the bank: that bein’ your good old pop. You with me so far?” she asked.   “And he took it right off her, and every time she finds a penny or a nickel in the dirt, she takes it right on in there and if your Pa’s there, he takes it right on off of her with all the kindliness and courtesy in the world. And if he ain’t there, them clerks and tellers can’t wrestle that penny from her grip to save their lives, can they Bridg’?”   Miss Monahan shook her head vigorously.   “An’ I even gave her a penny onest, so I could go with her and see this fernominom, and the second time your Daddy was there and, oh Charlie, he is such a wonderful and kindly old gentleman, he was so nice and gentle with her, what with her bein’ simple an’ all, why, it was a joy to see.” She smiled off into the distance at the memory of it.   “So that’s probably why you came back to protect us, you can’t help inheritin’ your Pa’s kindly ways” she philosophized.   “Besides, if something we're to happen and I wasn't there to stop it, I can kiss all of this good-bye as I would be sent packing back to college."   “College?!” yelped Arabella, loud enough to make Janella bray in alarm.   “You was in college?! Well what you doing out here moving cows around and escortin’ annoying girls to church, y'darn loon? Why ain’t you back in college. Oh, Charlie, what a wasted opportunity!! Why, if you go to college you could be anything: a doctor or a lawyer or a … a candy shop owner! Anything!”   Coming from a dirt poor background where education was a privilege out of the reach of all her peers, her brow was genuinely wrinkled in a frown as to why anyone would pass up such a chance in life.   @JulieS

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Location: Main Street locations
When: April 1876
Time of Day: Time of Day Morning.

 

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The day had started for Marshal  Henry 'Speed" Guyer just before daylight, as it generally did. He had a good bit of work to do in his capacity as town Marshal, and as owner-operator of Wood and Guyer Mineral Company, Kalispell office.  There were applications to have a look at for positions from office staff to field operators. All that without a sacrifice to his duties for the town. That had been the agreement with the Town Council when his request to operate a business in town limits had been submitted.

 

Of course he would seek reelection,confident he could mange both positions without conflict of interest.  The job of County Sheriff would of course, be on the ballot, but he had no desire to be all over the county whenever the need arose, and it would, more often than not. Even though there was little to no trouble in Kalispell, with the coming presentation of the plans for the hospital and later, the orphanage, he wanted to be on hand to see just how that would unfold.

 

The current edition of the Union was sparse on names or details, he was well aware of Miss Steelgrave and her plans. Also there were two medical men involved, both prominent in their own right, Doc Boone a bit more well known, and Jonah Danforth with an established practice and reputation. but it was clear that Leah Steelgrave would be a different problem. Yet, had she not presented the town with the deeds for the right of way for the railroad? had her efforts not exemplified  honesty and good will? And then there were the grants she had secured. With those, all she need to do was sign the grants over, but, would it be that simple?

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As he thought of Miss Steelgraves dilemma, if it was in fact a dilemma, he began to see that things really were changing for Kalispell. Of course the proposed railroad had not started because of the winter, and might not reach Kalispell for a couple of years, given the heavy winters construction would encounter.

 

The Council meeting would sole all of this, or set the stage for a fight, in court or otherwise as there would be several players involved, both for and against.

 

"Boss," Pronto's voice broke Speeds train of thought. "Be ridin' out to the property with Em fer a bit."

 

Speed looked up to the ma on his roan horse, "Take your time, I'm headed to the bank then rounds and back to the office. Should be a quiet day, so take your time, knowing she wants to see what's been done."

 

"Thanks, see ya when I git back." With that he wheeled his mount and headed to the livery to meet Emily.

 

Speed smiled, it had been some turnaround for the former ranger to find a place in the community, a woman to share life with, and relatively no problems to speak of. Of course he was headed into what Speed considered dangerous ground siding with Leah Steelgrave, but then, wasn't he as well? 

 

He arrived at the bank, knowing there had been some changes in management . He turned the white porcelain knob and stepped inside.

 

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Charles had just stepped out his office at the same time, the marshal came into the bank.  He motioned to Luke that he would take care of it.  It had been a few days since he had taken over the bank and the transition had been smooth.  Luke Johnson, the bank's main teller was proving to be as good as Croft said he would be.  Maybe in a year or two when the town was a little bigger, and when Luke had more experience, he would like at promoting the young man.  To what position, he wasn't quite sure yet but it would definitely be a step up from the job of teller.

 

As for the rest of the staff which consisted of two part-time tellers who worked at one or two days per week depending how busy things got.  At the moment, Charles was content to leave things the way Croft had them but later on when he understood more about the town, the bank and its customers, he would be making changes.  For now that was in the future, and at present, he had the marshal to meet.

 

Walking over to the marshal, they met halfway across the bank lobby.  "Good morning, marshal.  Allow me to introduce myself.  Charles Wentworth Sr."

 

He held out his hand and waited for the marshal to respond.

 

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Walking over to the marshal, they met halfway across the bank lobby.  "Good morning, marshal.  Allow me to introduce myself.  Charles Wentworth Sr."

 

He held out his hand and waited for the marshal to respond.

 

“Guyer, Henry Guyer, folks call me Speed.”  Speed announced gripping the man’s hand. “Heard there’d be a change. Welcome to the community Mister Wentworth. I’ve come to open a business account in addition to my regular account.”

 

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Charles nodded, "Yes, the change was very unexpected, even for me. Let's go to my office and we can discuss your new account."

 

Upon entering the manager's office, Charles showed the marshal to his seat and then he took his own on the other side of the desk.  "I've been going through the files of the local businesses around so that I can get familiar with what's what and who's who.  I have your file right here."

 

Rifling through the stack of files on his desk, Charles soon found the one he was looking for.  Opening it, he briefly perused it before looking at the marshal, "The former owner, Mr. Croft spoke highly of you and your business.  From what I've read so far, it looks very promising."

 

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"Well I'd say that at the moment, promise is about all it's got." Speed said with a smile. "Got to get some employees on board to get things rolling. Glad to hear that Mister Croft though so highly of the idea." People were aware  that the Marshal had connections with his firm in New York, but the truth was, Speed was a tad slow on the uptake for the business.

 

"Wood and Guyer Mineral Company. Sometimes called Mining Company, depends on the locale. We locate mineral deposits and begin the process of ownership.  We also are on the lookout for other minerals, timber is a part of the business, though we don't actually get involved with developing  the mines, or logging, we get things going and then sell." He smiled, "So we need an account that will handle not just wages, but expenses as well."

 

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"Sounds good.  We can open an account now."  Charles leaned over to another stack of papers, found the relevant form and then handed it over to the marshal.

 

"It's a good thing, I'm going through all the bank's paperwork to make sure everything is up to scratch, " he said with a smile.

 

As he waited for Guyer to fill out the form, he leaned back in his chair a little.  There were a number of things he wanted to know about the town and in particular Leah Steelgrave.  Even though, he now owned the bank, the town council still wanted to look into the possibility of building the hospital without her input.  If that wasn't possible then they needed to work out some sort of proposition that would allow the town council to takeover the project in the event of Miss Steelgrave reconciling with her father.  There were many options to consider and he had promised to help find the one most suitable.

 

"Marshal, when you've finished with that, there are a couple of questions I would like to ask you about the town and some of its residents.  I hope you won't mind answering them."

 

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"Marshal, when you've finished with that, there are a couple of questions I would like to ask you about the town and some of its residents.  I hope you don't mind answering them."


“Questions? Not at all.”  He replied, “There, finished. Now, what can I do for you. Mind, I’m no busy body but I know folks around here well enough.” To Speed the man’s interest in his new community was a real plus. Especially when he ran the bank and everyone’s financial situation who had money in the bank.

 

“You’ve picked a fairly peaceable community to call home. Not too many problems where the law has been called, and that’s a good sign for anyone wanting to re-locate here. Of course the area has it’s problems, as all towns do, but nothing that can’t be overcome."

 

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Charles nodded, "As a banker, you have to know the difference between a good and a bad risk. So, I like to find out as much as can about those I may have to deal with.  I'm after is a general opinion of what the law in town thinks.  All I ask is that you be honest in your opinion and hold nothing back."

 

Picking up the form, Guyer had just filled out, Charles went over to the office door and opened it.  He called for Luke to come over and gave him the form.  After asking him to take care of the formalities, he closed the door and returned to his chair.

 

Leaning slightly forward, he looked straight at the marshal's face, "What can you tell me about the Steelgraves?"

 

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Charles nodded, "As a banker, you have to know the difference between a good and a bad risk. So, I like to find out as much as can about those I may have to deal with.  I'm after is a general opinion of what the law in town thinks.  All I ask is that you be honest in your opinion and hold nothing back."


“Of the town? That won’t be too difficult.” Speed replied. And it would not. Kalispell was pretty much a quiet town, filled with hard working folks, which included the immigrants from Whitefish. They had made themselves right at home and a valued part of the community.
 

Picking up the form, Guyer had just filled out, Charles went over to the office door and opened it.  He called for Luke to come over and gave him the form.  After asking him to take care of the formalities, he closed the door and returned to his chair.

 

Leaning slightly forward, he looked straight at the marshal's face, "What can you tell me about the Steelgraves?"


‘Ah right to the crux of the matter.’ He thought to himself. “Of the whole family, not a great deal. I do know that Missus Steelgrave left the country, supposedly for Saint Louis, but that’s hearsay. She did leave however. Of his boys very little, except for Case Steelgrave who was Marshal up to Whitefish before it was destroyed in a storm last winter. Fire actually.” He paused a moment, “Which leaves us with Elias and his daughter Leah.”

 

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"I've heard some about the troubles between the Steelgraves and the Thorntons.  Most people that I've talked to speak very highly about the Thorntons but in a way some of it could be seen as being a biased since three of them work for them.  What I'm after is an unbiased opinion and I figure the law would have to be one.  I plan to ask others but I want to know what you think of Elias and in particular, his daughter and if you think that there is any possibility that she is working for her father or is it as some say that there is an estrangement."

 

He paused for a moment, and smiled a little, "I'm sorry for all of the questions but I am interested in knowing what the state of affairs in the Steelgrave family are. The town council has asked me to look into the matter before they make a final recommendation.  They believe I can form more fair judgement of the situation since I am new in town and have no pre-conceptions."

 

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"I've heard some about the troubles between the Steelgraves and the Thorntons.  Most people that I've talked to speak very highly about the Thorntons but in a way some of it could be seen as being a biased since three of them work for them.  What I'm after is an unbiased opinion and I figure the law would have to be one.  I plan to ask others but I want to know what you think of Elias and in particular, his daughter and if you think that there is any possibility that she is working for her father or is it as some say that there is an estrangement."


“Well yes, there is some bad blood between the two families, as one would expect when a Steelgrave was killed by a Thornton, but, to this point it seems to be on a low boil.” Speed responded, based on what knowledge he had of the feud. “At this point, the reasoning matters very little.”

 

“Now Elias Steelegrave seems to be secluded on the Evergreen, sending riders in for supplies as needed. He had control, to a large degree, in Whitefish, whose destruction I’m sure you’ve heard about.” He added.

 

He paused for a moment, and smiled a little, "I'm sorry for all of the questions but I am interested in knowing what the state of affairs in the Steelgrave family are. The town council has asked me to look into the matter before they make a final recommendation.  They believe I can form more fair judgement of the situation since I am new in town and have no pre-conceptions."


There it was, the Town Council, Leah, and the right of way for the railroad. “Leah Steelgrave is in no way in league with her father. I’m not sure just what you may have been told about her. Estrangement is to my understanding, a mild way to put their relationship. And let me add this, having seen the documentation first hand, the woman single handedly went to Helena and wangled not just the right of way, but grants as well. She gave the right of way deeds to the town, and simply asked for some property to build a hospital and an orphanage, which would also benefit the town. Now it seems, the town wants to renege on the deal, so they have asked you to investigate Miss Steelgrave and give them a way out.”

 

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"I'm of the understanding that no deal has been reached and they are looking at their options before they present the project to the town for a vote," Charles frowned, "This is beginning to look like a very complicated matter."

 

He tapped his fingers on his desk for a few seconds before continuing, "From my own experience, I know that having a respected name can get you into a lot of places.  Even if Miss Steelgrave achieved getting right of way and the grants on her own, there would be those who only agreed to it because of her name and her father.  As for Elias Steelgrave, he sounds like the type to go and find another door if one is locked to him.  The Whitefish door is now closed and the Kalispell one is wide open.  If he has any designs on this town, he will use any means to get what he wants, including reconciling with his daughter, who now holds one of the keys."

 

A knock at the door alerted him to the fact that Luke had now finished opening up the marshal's new account.  Standing up, he smiled apologetically at Guyer, "All I can say is that i will need a lot more information about this before I make a recommendation to the town council."

 

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 "I'm of the understanding that no deal has been reached and they are looking at their options before they present the project to the town for a vote," Charles frowned, "This is beginning to look like a very complicated matter."


“Oh, you are correct there was no deal in place. Personally, sir, it’s not complicated at all. Miss Steelgrave got the right of way and presented it to Judge Ben Robertson for the town, the right of way deeds are already in the name of Kalispell Montana.” Speed stated accurately.
 

He tapped his fingers on his desk for a few seconds before continuing, "From my own experience, I know that having a respected name can get you into a lot of places.  Even if Miss Steelgrave achieved getting right of way and the grants on her own, there would be those who only agreed to it because of her name and her father.  As for Elias Steelgrave, he sounds like the type to go and find another door if one is locked to him.  The Whitefish door is now closed and the Kalispell one is wide open.  If he has any designs on this town, he will use any means to get what he wants, including reconciling with his daughter, who holds one of the keys."


“I don’t understand you, sir. Leah Steelgrave does not hold any keys to control Kalispell, or it’s destiny. That would be the Town Council who hold all of the keys. But of course you are certainly free to believe whatever you like. Elias Steelgrave has no part in her plans.”  
 

A knock at the door alerted him to the fact that Luke had now finished opening up the marshal's new account.  Standing up, he smiled apologetically at Guyer, "All I can say is that i will need a lot more information about this before I make a recommendation to the town council."


“Thank you about the account, that will make doing business for my business much simpler and apart from my personal one. As far as Leah Steelgrave is concerned, you needn’t worry about her designs for Kalispell, I can tell you, she has none, save for building a hospital today and an orphanage tomorrow.” Speed explained. He did not like what this felt like.

 

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Charles raised an eyebrow at the marshal's response.  He hadn't expected the man to be so defensive of Miss Steelgrave.  Having already heard some things about the lady that were both good and bad, Charles surmised that the town was indeed divided in their opinions of her.  It looked like the marshal was in the camp of those who admired her.

 

"Well, it seems that we are at an impasse about Miss Steelgrave and what her intentions," he said solemnly, "I do have one more question and that is, do you think Leah Steelgrave is truly her father's daughter or is she something else entirely?"

 

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Guyer though a moment, smiled and said, “Her fathers daughter? She seems to be her own woman, but what I think you might do is, next time she’s in, talk to her. Ask her the questions about her plans. I should think that her obtaining the right of way and having it put in the towns name would speak well enough for her, but then I’m not trying to deny her the trade either.”

 

There was a pause as he looked at the new bank President. “No disrespect you understand, just trying to figure out why anyone would be against a hospital. Especially the Town Council.”

 

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"No, that is a fair question.  I'm not against a hospital and the town council aren't either.  What they are against is a Steelgrave running or being the power behind it.  They asked to get an impartial view of the situation and to determine if there is another motive behind it.  There are a lot of questions that they want answered before they put it to the town for a vote."

 

Charles paused for a moment.  The scepticism that Leah Steelgrave did this for purely philantropic reasons was running high.  Considering the bad blood and the reputation of the Steelgraves, he didn't blame them.  Part of him was also wondering why all of a sudden the woman decided that the town needed a hospital and an orphanage.  He, himself had been in towns a lot larger than Kalispell and they had no hospitals.

 

"I'm sorry, if I put you at a disadvantage.  All I am trying to get is the both sides of the story and I do plan on talking to Miss Steelgrave.  The last thing the town council wants is for all of this negatively effect the town."

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