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Sadie was Happy to be Teaching School in this Farm Community
Sadie was excited to be in a
place where everything was new to her.A
good night’s sleep took care of her tiredness from her journey on the
The next day some of the
ladies from town came to meet her and they discussed the opening of the school
again for it had been closed for some time. Over the next week the women got
everything in order and the school was ready to open once again.
Sadie was amused by the big
school bell outside the school and felt it was the call to action when it was rang.
After a few problems she
finally got a handle on how to deal with these rowdy kids. They were certainly
different from the city kids she was familiar with.
One of the biggest problems was
when the folks kept the kids home because they needed some extra help with the
farming. Some times most of the kids stayed home and she had to adjust the
lessons to meet the farming schedule instead of the school's agenda.
Six weeks later Lacey came to
town again and Sadie was glad to see him.
There had been several men
calling on her against her wishes which she made known to them. These vulgar
men made their wants known like Charles had done, only they were a lot cruder
than he was. Seems they felt since she
was alone they could be more forward which caused her to be more stringent and
severe in her rebuke of them.
Lacey was completely
different for he was unimposing but pleasantly charming. She actually didn't know anything about him
for he didn't talk about himself.
Several of the women would
bring up his name in conversation and Sadie found out that he was their hearts
Problem was he paid none of
them any attention. He had a way about him where he could be friendly but
unobtainable. This really put off the “would be suitors” but hope remained
He would always bring some
food with him for Lacey, and he would have a meal with her. They would talk way
into the evening and she could tell he was well read even though he was a farmer.
He could discuss almost any subject which was refreshing to her.
Then things changed. Her
trial period of one year was up and so far she hadn't been paid. They set up an
account where she could charge a small amount each month but it wasn't enough
to get by on. By this time she had spent
all her savings so she went to the county clerk and asked for her year's wages.
Over the year the clerk had
been rebuffed by his advances so he was put off by that and rude to her.He
said she had not been satisfactory so she would only get half of her promised
wages. This was quite a blow for she was counting on that money.
After listening to his
sullied verbalizations she finally gave up and left.
A man followed her out of the
clerk’s office and pushed her into a narrow alleyway and took the rest of her
money. She saw him go into the saloon so she went to the sheriff and told him
He said it would be her word
against his so it wasn't worth the effort to try to accuse him.
In tears, Sadie took off to
her home crushed at what had befallen her. Now she was broke and without a job. In the
midst of her crying jag, Lacey showed up and she told him the whole story
She wasn't sure if it was a
smile or a smirk after she finished but he said, “C'mon lets go.”
Their first stop was at the
clerk's office. Lacey had strapped on
his six gun and loaded his double barrel shot gun. He went in to the clerk's office and grabbed
him with one hand and shoved the shot gun under his chin with the other.
He firmly said, “Give her the
money that's coming to her or say goodbye to this world.”
As the clerk heard the
hammers on the shot gun click as Lacey pulled them back, the clerk was
screaming, “Be careful with that gun it might go off.”
He said, “Here is her money
except the sheriff had taken half of it.” Lacey said, “Give her all of it and you deal
with the sheriff.”
A minute later Sadie had her
money and as they were leaving Lacey said, “Let's go get the rest of it.”
Sadie followed Lacey into the
saloon and pointed to the man who robbed and hurt her.
With that Lacey hit the man
with the barrel of the shot gun and knocked him down. Then he shoved the double
barrel under the man's nose so hard it was bleeding profusely. He said, “Return
the money you stole from her - - now.”
The man emptied his pockets
and then said, “I spent some of it.”
Lacey said, “Then I guess we
will have to take your six gun.” With
that he unbuckled the man's gun belt and took it off of him. He then took the scoundrel outside and asked
which horse was his.
When he pointed it out, Lacey
hit the man and knocked him senseless. He tied the horse behind his wagon and drove
to Sadie's place where they loaded up all her goods. She didn't ask where they
were going but just leaned over on him and went to sleep.
When he stopped she woke up
and saw they were at a nice looking home. Coming out to greet them was a
Mexican couple smiling and glad to see them both. From behind the Mexican couple came running
four young children the oldest being about eight years old.
Sadie was taken aback at what
she saw. She said, “You are married?”
He said, “I was married but
my wife died. This is my brood so far.”
“So far?” she replied. He laughed and said, “Yes, so far.”
It was getting late so they
had dinner and he said it has been a long day so let's get some sleep and
tomorrow I have something I want to talk to you about.
The Mexican woman, Elena
showed Sadie her room and in a few minutes all was quiet except for a coyote howling
in the distance.
Sadie was tired but her mind
was rehearsing the day's events and she kept wondering what Lacey had on his