The Eagle

Chapter XXI

ith all the problems they'd encountered in their use of undocumented, un-researched employees they decided it was time for a huge change!  They had several men within their law circle who were or had been Pinkerton Agency men, so why not use the resources?  Times were changing in Smile.

Smile wanted an atmosphere of safety, a safe place in which to raise their children, and that's exactly what they planned for.  Eventually, the culture of Smile would be such that many people would flock to the city of Smile.

One year to the day of their wedding, Carl and Rose sat on the park bench located in the arbor by The Bridge and just reflected on their lives the last year leading up to their first anniversary.  Ivy had been the last threat, Red had been the last Haddock.  But Smile was growing in spite of several 'incidents.'

Due to the last fire fight when a couple of drunks slapped leather and shot up the place killing the tavern owner and two of the patrons, Jasper had been cleaned out, leveled and annexed to the city of Smile.  Several bottles of whiskey had been broken as well as one of the kerosene lamps.

The resulting fire was reminiscent of the fire which burned Smile to the ground.  Jasper was built like Smile had been at first; with no facilities whatsoever with which to fight fire, and it was started in a bar like the fire of Smile.  The only difference was the number of people killed.  Less than fifty died in the Jasper fire but that included the shootings.

So now Smile had quadrupled in area of square miles in less than a month leaving an exhorbitant amount of land on which to build business and homes alike.  And all the riff-raff within a twenty mile radius had been booted out.  If you lived in Smile, you had to have gainful employment.  And there was a huge cry for workers.

A lone investment agency had purchased the land all the way to the Waverly township.  It would be over a hundred years before any development to speak of would go on with the exception of within the city limits, but it had certainly benefited Smile in the erasing of a seething sore.

Carl had built another huge house in which they would live but the bridge kept drawing them back to the original home and to it:  The Bridge.  Mysterious.  Beautiful.  A work of art.  And it did what all bridges do: offered a portal to 'the other side' of the river where loomed a whole different world.

Stepping across that bridge had been the beginning of their lives.  It had been a portal through which they stepped together as one to embark on the rest of their lives together.  There was a sendimentality to this bridge from its inception.  The moment Carl finished the last pencil strokes and held it up to inspect, at the same moment Rose had dared to look over his shoulder, it was magic.

It held within its walls and stiles two lives who were transformed into one life; yes, it was a very sentimental object to both of them.  Because of his love for his bride and his desire to spend every waking moment in her company he decided to put away his desire for more money and the pursuit of same through his business ventures.  He turned over vast holdings as co-ops for the workers who fared very well.

Even though he had curtailed the largest part of his out of town business, still Carl traveled a lot.  With Carl traveling so much, Rose also created large co-ops of the largest part of her investments.  Her sole desire was to be by his side a much as possible.

Carl and Rose Bowman became close friends with Tobe and Golden Eagle and Little Deer.  If Golden Eagle wasn't with him, she was with their collective children and vice-versa with Little Deer.  Carl was so much in favor of Tobes' work that he always kept an engine and a Pullman with crew close at hand for them to use in their work as Indian Agents for California Territory which had expanded to the Western District.  Since he had taken the position there had been no more "Indian Uprisings."

About three years into their marriage the Civil War began after the Confederate states seceded.  On April 12, 1861, the confederacy fired on Fort Sumter.  The fight had been heating up for several years over the fact that the Northern states wanted the South to provide them with cotton and textile goods a lower price than what these same products would bring abroad.

The North demanded the South pay export taxes.  It wasn't until later that the slavery issue was thrown into the foray.  The Union, or the North, had the support of the government and Congress as well as President Lincoln.  More than one of Carls' railroad appurtenances had been commandeered by both sides of the war.

As Carl and Rose sat in the pavilion close to The Bridge, they considered where the United States is heading with the country being torn apart with Civil War.  What could be more devastating than a divided America?

One thing for sure, they would do their part in the continual improvement of Smile and America.  But they would do it under reflection of the results of decisions made to fight wrong, keep America strong and ever keeping the Constitution in the fore front.

Whatever the cost, keep America looking forward and exploring the unknown . . . of the other side of The Bridge.

George Cavaness
2015

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