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Mature Content: Yes, threat of violence, possible language.

With: Marshal Guyer, Deputy Pike, Layton Harris, Arlen Granger, Amos Conroy
Location: Add specific location information here.
When: Monday, April 24, 1876
Time of Day: Nearly Noon.

 

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The west was a place where men started over. Where they put aside the past, either the good or the bad of it, such as the war now eleven years gone. The trials and tribulations of moving west, such as the perils of new country. Indians, drought, lawless men and women that preyed on the wagon trains, stage coaches and the like.

 

But the men and women who built the towns in this new country were strong, brave and determined. There were no gangs of men that took over towns, with the possible exception of small start up places. There were too many men and women who had fought their way to the place they called home, and they'd be damned if anyone was simply going to come in waving a gun around and demanding surrender of what they had built.

 

But on the morning of Monday, April 24, 1876 riders from the Evergreen Ranch were headed for Kalispell with the idea of breaking Case Steelgrave out of jail. They knew that no town ever buckled under such a threat, but they came at a canter, hard men, dangerous men, armed to the teeth, riding into harms way on the orders of one man, a man that would see them shot if they failed him.

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As the day was beginning to unfold, Amos Conroy stopped for a late breakfast at the Lickskillet Cafe. The one Speed Guyer had bragged on. He took out his pocket watch noting it was nearly nine and he had a ten o'clock appointment with a Miss Ada Fetterman. Speed's office clerk about the job he had been hired for.

 

So, there was time for his breakfast. Alice would be at the ranch, awaiting the delivery of their furniture and other belongings. She was a good woman, he reflected as he entered the eatery. Stubborn as all get out, but good none the less. She had stuck with him through thick and thin to be sure. Turned down several men for reasons she kept to herself, but Amos did not worry about her. There would come a time when a man would come along for her where you couldn't say no.

 

He found a seat and sat down, a fair amount of customers were inside, a couple of hands in town for some reason or other enjoying cooking that was not the cookies, four old times drinking coffee and talking quietly, except for an occasional burst of laughter. He looked up as the waitress approached.

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"Good morning."  Emeline smiled as she approached the table, not recognizing the man, but always pleased for new customers.  She had to wonder if he was a newcomer to town, or just a newcomer to the cafe, or perhaps someone just passing through.  Maybe she'd ask later, but first things first.

 

"Good morning.  Would you like some coffee to start?"  She indicated the pot she was carrying in one hand, and the mug she had in the other.

 

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“Now yer talkin’ ma’am. Coffee’d be right nice.” Amos answered with a grin. Mebee ya got some side meat an’ eggs? Like the meat medium and the cackle-berries over medium if ya do ‘em that way. Name’s Amos, Amos Conroy. The daughter and I got a place east of town. Rafter A.”  

 

So introductions were made from his side of the table, he smiled at the woman, not knowing if she was the owner or hired help.

@Bongo-Maybe move this to the Lickskillet?

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"Pleased to meet you, Mr. Conroy, and welcome to town."  Emeline smiled as she jotted down the order.  "I'm Emeline, I own the place, and we're always happy for new customers.  I'll get that order started for you.  Oh, and just keep in mind that pie is good any time of day!"

 

Giving the man a friendly wink, she headed for the kitchen, returning several minutes later with a steaming plate of steak, eggs and potatoes, as well as a fresh pot of coffee.

 

"There you go, sir.  Will there be anything else?"

 

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(Moving would be okay, but I don't know how to do that!)

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"There you go, sir.  Will there be anything else?"

 

"'scuse me, Ma'am, but Marshal Guyer has an office fer his minin' operations, where would that be?" He asked. "Have me an appointment with a Miss Ada Fetterman."

 

He looked at the plate and smiled. "Now that's a breakfast, Thank ya Ma'am."

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"Oh, I believe the mining office is on the other side of the road, a block or so up."  Emeline wondered if he was looking to speculate, but it was none of her business, and she certainly didn't begrudge anyone who was willing to do it. It was long, hard work, and only a small percentage ever actually made a good living at it.

 

She glanced up as another customer came in and settled at the next table.  "Good morning, Dr. Danforth."  Without having to ask, she filled a mug with coffee for him.  He was a regular customer, trading any manner of goods he got in payment for his services, such as eggs, milk, preserves, for meals.

 

"Are you having the usual?"

 

"Yes, thank you, Mrs. Blakesley."  Jonah smiled and sipped the coffee as Emeline went to prepare his flapjacks and eggs.

 

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Amos looked up from his meal, "Doctor is it? Now that's a bright spot in this town. An honest to by-God goodness medical man. Amos Conroy." He reached across the open space, which required a bit of a lean, his hand open. "This here's quite the place. Mostly towns of this sort aren't what I've found here. Meanin' a lot more friendly than most places I've been in my time."

 

"Real pleased to meet you Doctor. Real pleased." Amos stated. "Got a daughter out to our pplace east of here, she'll be glad to hear of a Doctor in town, I can garen'tee you that."

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"Good to meet you, sir."  Jonah smiled as he shook the man's hand.  "And not just one, there's another doctor as well.  I know it's unusual for a town this size, but it has its advantages.  We're even working to bring a hospital to town."  A huge advance, if Leah could pull it off, and if anyone could do it, it would be that young woman.

 

He chuckled.  "It's friendly enough here, but not without its troubles."  It was a territorial mining community, that brought all sorts of characters, criminals among them.  "Wasn't long ago some men tried to rob the bank, as a matter of fact."

 

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 "Good to meet you, sir."  Jonah smiled as he shook the man's hand.  "And not just one, there's another doctor as well.  I know it's unusual for a town this size, but it has its advantages.  We're even working to bring a hospital to town."  A huge advance, if Leah could pull it off, and if anyone could do it, it would be that young woman.

 

“Two Doc’s in one little town.” Amos declared. “You folks are certainly blessed. And a hospital.My my. I’d believe I was in Omaha or Council Bluffs. This place’ll be boomin’ with that addition. ‘Course folks have been friendly, prices are fair, an she seems peaceable enough.”

He chuckled.  "It's friendly enough here, but not without its troubles."  It was a territorial mining community, that brought all sorts of characters, criminals among them.  "Wasn't long ago some men tried to rob the bank, as a matter of fact."

 

“You don’t say.” The bounty hunter in him came to life almost instantly. “Well I’d bet my friend Marshal Guyer got ‘em all. Know’d him since the war, I have. Odd to see him him behind a badge though. Mines an’ minerals, that was what he was doin’ last I saw of him. Got me an appointment with a Miss Ada Fetterman at his business this mornin’.”

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