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    • "Yes, water. You are buying my land so you can control the water when the railroad shows up. I know you think I'm stupid...think what you will, I am not," he replied then.   Crabbe held up his hands.   “Hey, I never said you were stupid, friend!” he said quickly, like he thought Robert was going to thump him. “I never said friend Bob here was stupid, did I Charlie?”   Charlie shook his head. “No, you just say he illiterate and ignorant, that all.” Said the Chinaman, unhelpfully.   "So how much you offering me?" actually Robert thought the man a bit foolish to reveal this because it seemed he could now ask for a much higher price than he would have just a minute earlier.   “I’m offering the man who owns this land…” because that was the rub, wasn’t it? Who legally owned this muddy patch of Montana. “… $300 down for a 25% share, Charlie there and our lawyer friend the same, so that’s $900 clear for you, with an option to join in any mining and/or water supply developments on consideration of payment of a directly correlating percentage of any development costs. Costs of reclaiming the claim in your name to be undertaken solely by the three new partners. Now… you must admit, that’s a pretty good deal considering, at the moment, you technically own jack shit of a non-paying claim.”   Charle Fa shook his head: Crabbe was making this sound too complicated for the young Irishman, and the boy was starting to look irritated.   “He mean, we get you land back, we give nine hundred dollar, we all invest in mining or water supply, make lot of money, all happy!” he explained to Robert.   @Wayfarer
    • "Well, now Dutton Peabody ain't no judge. Damn fine lawyer, 'scuse me, fergot myself there. But there's ol' Ben Robinson, he's a judge, but I' m thinkin' the pastor'll do, er priest, 'er whatever he likes ta be called. We'll be good." Barnabas commented with confidence, "An' the buggy, not even anythin' ta be worryin' about. Ever'thing's gonna be perfect."   "Best we start thinkin' about headin' back. Not that Speed cain't hold his own, but I like to check in time ta time, jest in case." The he laughed, thouuh he was serious. There was never any telling of what might happen at any given time. Mostly nothing. "Before you start ta thinkin' we could move in taday." @Bongo
    • "Guess if we don't go in they'll get suspicious, and we don't want anyone coming out to see what we're doing."  It was pretty obvious Weedy was not willing to share, Wyatt noted. In all fairness, his sister and that boy of hers found the chest. At times Wyatt could be pretty defensive about his sister, they were family after all.   The boys raced into the farm cabin but Clara never even let them get to the kitchen table.   "Ahhh, ahh ahh! You two wash your hands first. Wyatt you know better," she chided.   As the pair turned back then to go to the well to the side of the building, she loudly added.   "And Wyatt!  Will you kindly put your shirt back on, you are not some Indian savage!"   Wyatt rolled his eyes and glanced at Weedy, "Girls."
    • Suddenly the Reverend was speaking. he had been locked into the eyes of his bride to be, feeling the love that was between them. Their fingers intertwined, their eyes shining, and even he had a mist in his eyes. It was happening right then, at that moment, the words were being said, what they were for a moment, he did not know, but then, he understood.   "... in the presence of God and these people, to declare your intention to enter into matrimony, through the grace of Jesus Christ, who calls you into union with himself as acknowledged in your baptism. Will you give yourselves to each other, to live together in holy marriage? Will you love, honor, comfort, and keep each other, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, be faithful, as long as you both shall live?"   He heard her say "I will," and he smiled. There were a thousand other agreements pushing through his brain when he heard himself say, "I will." Like there had been a better one? Not hardly. Both had tightened their grip on one another slightly as they made their intentions know. A thought passed through his mind, 'might not be long enough.' @boshmi@Bongo@Wayfarer@Javia  
    • Now that the man explained it that way, Robert could get past in his mind this was not about any gold but water. Water rights. He slowly nodded but the man wanted him to say it aloud it seemed.   "Yes, water. You are buying my land so you can control the water when the railroad shows up. I know you think I'm stupid...think what you will, I am not," he replied then.   "So how much you offering me?" actually Robert thought the man a bit foolish to reveal this because it seemed he could now ask for a much higher price than he would have just a minute earlier.
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Helping secure the box, Weedy took the far end of the rope and dallied it around the saddle horn, then took Arabesque's lead again.  "Come on, girl." 

 

The horse moved forward, hesitating for a few steps as the weight started to drag, but then moving forward readily, towing the box through bushes and over dirt bumps.

 

Back at the barn, the chest and horse seemed unscathed, and now Weedy had another concern.  "We should hide it in the barn," he suggested, "in case your sister comes along and wants to take it."  After all, she'd given up her rights when she'd walked away from it, right?

 

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"We did it!" Wyatt declared with his hands on hips and bare chest puffed out with pride, "Alright so the horse did most of it."  Least he was willing to share the credit.

 

He then knelt down by the box to remove the rope.

 

"We should hide it in the barn," Weedy suddenly suggested, "in case your sister comes along and wants to take it."

 

Speak of the devil who should come out of the front door of the house and head straight for them.  Wyatt however wasn't worried and whispered, "No she's not like that."

 

Clara spotted the old chest and of course instantly recognized it from that momentous day at the lake with Jacob.  Why the pair had so ....busy ....that they had simply forgot they had retrieved it from the lake's bottom.

 

"Oh goodness, I see you boys found the chest. Jacob and I had quite a time pulling it out of the water," she remarked.

 

Wyatt nodded, "We're gonna open it up if we can. And keep whatever is in it, if it's something valuable."

 

"Well then, good luck with that. Weedy, I would watch out about sunburn. With your hair color, you probably burn easily," Clara observed.

 

 

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Weedy stiffened as Clara approached, certain that she was going to ask for a cut of the loot, and even after she only chided him about getting a burn, he wasn't convinced that she wouldn't come back, wanting in on anything good they'd find. 

 

"Yes, ma'am." He'd been too caught up in the treasure to worry about the shirt, but now it pulled it off the saddle and tossed it on without buttoning it, sort of a moot gesture now that they were in the barn!

 

"So..." he looked at Wyatt and shrugged, "you got an axe or something?"

 

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"And did we not discuss this previously? You do not need to call me ma'am, Weedy. Clara is fine," the older girl pointed out softly . At least the boy was respectful. Addy was doing a fine job with the child.

 

"Well, I came out to tell you that lunch is almost ready. You two should wash up and come in then," she apparently did not even notice the chest.

 

And with that she headed back into the farmhouse.

 

"So..." he looked at Wyatt and shrugged, "you got an axe or something?"

 

"We do, sure. But we also have a sledge hammer, Pa uses it to break up big rocks out in the fields," Wyatt declared.

 

"We should eat though, build up our strength for the work ahead of us," the boy grinned.

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While Weedy was itching to bust the thing open, he figured Wyatt was right...he was pretty hungry, and it might take some time to open the chest, then explore all the loot, so they may as well go in to eat now.

 

"Guess if we don't go in they'll get suspicious, and we don't want anyone coming out to see what we're doing."  He didn't want to share their treasure!

 

At least he knew that Clara was a good cook, so the food would be great!

 

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"Guess if we don't go in they'll get suspicious, and we don't want anyone coming out to see what we're doing."  It was pretty obvious Weedy was not willing to share, Wyatt noted. In all fairness, his sister and that boy of hers found the chest. At times Wyatt could be pretty defensive about his sister, they were family after all.

 

The boys raced into the farm cabin but Clara never even let them get to the kitchen table.

 

"Ahhh, ahh ahh! You two wash your hands first. Wyatt you know better," she chided.

 

As the pair turned back then to go to the well to the side of the building, she loudly added.

 

"And Wyatt!  Will you kindly put your shirt back on, you are not some Indian savage!"

 

Wyatt rolled his eyes and glanced at Weedy, "Girls."

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