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James and Betsy were better acquainted as they discussed the
future and made some tentative plans.
When they arrived at Betsy’s home they went in and her
father was there also.
James just came out and said, ‘Betsy and I want to be
married in about a year from now if that is alright with you folks.”
Her Pa started to hem and haw when her ma spoke up and said,
“That will be just fine.”
Then James headed to the home ranch to tell Les and Sarah
about his decision.
Betsy’s pa asked, “How come you are so dirty.”
She laughed and said, “I was just getting engaged.”
He said, “Seems to me you could do that without getting so
dirty. You didn’t get too familiar did
Betsy continued smiling and said, “NoPa, not
yet, but you can’t ever tell about him.”
Her dad was still talking as Betsy walked out of the room for
she had the future on her mind.
talks of his future
Instead of going to Billy’s place, James went to Les’s and
sat down with his folks and laid out his and Betsy’s plans.
Les asked, “Have you decided to be a rancher.”
James said, ‘Yes, I want to get me a spread and build it up.
I have worked for you for a number of
years and I was hoping you might help me get started. I need to have something
going before I marry Betsy.”
Les said, “Billy is all set with his ranch and I’ve also given
him the ranch Jones is living on so I was hoping you would take over the main
James was stunned by what Les had just said. It was more that he could ever hope for. It was in that moment that James really grew
The fact that he would be running the Riley spread was more
than he could have imagined.
He wanted to talk to Billy and see how he felt about Les
giving him control of the big ranch. His
horse was still saddled so he headed for Billy’s spread.
When he arrived, Billy was down at the corral brushing his
old horse he had taken for a ride. Ever
so often he would do that for the horse was his since he was four years old.
James said, “I just talked with Dad about getting a place of
my own since me and Betsy will be married when I finish school and he said he
wanted me to take over the running of the Riley ranch. I need to know how you feel about that.”
Billy said, “Les and I have discussed that for some time now
and decided if you ever decided to become a serious rancher, then we would like
for you to have the ranch. Of course you know with all our holdings joining
each other it will still be one big ranch in people’s eyes.”
“Then you are not against me having it?”
Billy said, “No I have more that I can handle with what I
have. With Jim there and Les isn’t going anywhere they will have your back and
I’m always here if you want to discuss anything. You are going to do fine. You know it will be
some time before you actually take over and run the place.”
James said, “Yes I know but I suspect Les wants to be
relieved of the responsibility sooner than we might suspect.”
What he had just learned changed the way James viewed his
future. He felt older having a new
responsibility placed on his shoulders and he wanted to get things in order as
much as possible.
The next day he went and told Betsy what had happened and
she related it to her folks while James went to town. He went to the general store and picked out a
He came back and told Betsy’s folks the wedding day had been
moved up. He told them he had to return to school in a month for his last term
but wanted to marry Betsy before he left.
This was news to Betsy but she was all for it.
He said, “They would get married next week and go on a
honeymoon like Billy and Mamie did.”
Her father didn’t know what to say but her mother said, "That
will be a load off my mind so go ahead with your plans.”
James tried the ring on Betsy’s finger and I fit close
enough. He said they could get another
one on their honeymoon if that one didn’t work out.
She told him she would keep the one she was married with as
long as she lived.
He said we will live at our ranch after the honeymoon and
while I’m at school this term I want Betsy to live there.
James told Sarah he wanted Betsy there so she could watch
over her. He didn’t want her at her mother’s home for they weren’t able to keep
her as secure as she would be on the Riley ranch.
He said Betsy could continue her studies and be taught by
Les took James aside and explained the how to about married
life and said you might as well go talk to your mother for she is waiting for
His Ma went over the same stuff she told Billy and added a
Like it was to Billy this was information he appreciated
more as time went along.
The wedding was on Saturday and the party afterward was well
Just before they left Les said there is one more thing you
need to know and that is ; women will cry for no reason or a perceived reason
and when they do don’t try to make any sense out of it.
Just give them some
room and they will get over it and act as if it never happened.
James had a lot of information to digest but felt he was
prepared for wedding bliss.
over in ten
The wedding ceremony had been brief and ten minutes later
they were man and wife. James didn’t
know what to expect but didn’t feel much different than he did before the I
After greeting the guests Jim took them to town and they
checked in to the hotel. It wasn’t a fancy hotel but it had a lock on the door.
They spent two days at the hotel before heading to Chicago.
Billy had told him about the long trip to New York before he and Mamie had some
privacy so James didn’t want that to happen.
After two days they wanted to get out of their town and see
some sights other than a cow town. Les gave them each a present, a two shot
He said you won’t be wearing your six guns so I wanted both of
you to have a weapon to defend yourselves and I hope you won’t need them.
Once in Chicago
they stayed in a fine hotel and had a good laugh about the small room they had
in the hometown. They both were glad they did it the way they did for they
thought the long trip would have been unbearable with their passion being as
high as it was.
James now fully embraced Betsy whereas before they just
desired each other with reservations.
They both now felt a oneness that hadn’t been there before
they gave themselves to one another.