RAILCAR GOLD Chapter 6 . . Independence . . Part 5
RAILCAR GOLD is a historically accurate multi-generational fictional tale of hidden treasure, primarily set in York County, Pennsylvania during the latter half of the Nineteenth Century. This is Part 5 of Chapter 6 . . . Independence. A new part will be posted every Thursday. New readers may want to start at the beginning.
CHAPTER 6 . . . INDEPENDENCE . . . Part 5
George lamented that neither driver passed the weeding-out interview. He told Dan, “I bet you’d get a kick out of watching Dad put drivers through his series of carriage driving skills, just as much as I get a kick out of it.”
Dan boasted, “I know I could pass the weeding-out interview with very few or absolutely no mistakes; what kind of carriage driving skills?” George questioned Dan, “How did you obtain your skills with a horse and carriage.” Dan confessed to George, “My Guardian worked me long hours to learn those skills. I kind of like it here. Maybe I can use those skills to stay.”
George told Dan, “Wait here;” then he ran into the house. Dan waited and waited until George finally returned, “I put in a good word for you with my Dad. He has to go to the factory for a few hours, however he is going to give you a chance later today.”
Dan thanked George for his help, and then asked again, “what kind of carriage driving skills?” George proclaimed, “I’ll show you.” George got a page from a roll of old newspapers on the porch. He tore off a square piece of paper and gathered a twig, fallen from the trees. George laid the piece of paper on the ground. He pushed the stick through the paper and into the ground.
George revealed, “Dad sets up a series of these to form a course. The horse or carriage wheels can’t knock over any of the sticks. What makes it so much fun to watch; following the first stick knocked over by the driver, Dad pretends that twig represented his foot and gets very aggravated with the driver. In fact with every stick that gets knocked over, Dad pretends that somebody or something has been hit; resulting in a chewing-out. Dad really gets into his act. I’ve seen some drivers quit without finishing the carriage driving skills part of the interview.”
Dan felt confident, proclaiming to George, “I know that I can do a good job!” George responds, “I hope so. Now, come with me, I’ll show you the local swimming hole.”
They spend most of that hot afternoon playing in a deep pool along the Codorus Creek. It was a relaxing time for Dan; playing with children his own age. George introduced Dan to a new gang of friends. That afternoon reminded Dan of the good times when he hung out with his hometown friends at their swimming hole along the Big Timber Creek; not so long ago.
George pointed out his Dad’s factory, the York Car Works, as they walked back along Queen Street. They discovered that Charles had not yet returned from the factory as they arrived back at the house. When Charles returned, he asked Belle to set another place at the table. Dan was invited to join the family for supper; after which he could prove his skills with a horse and carriage.
Dan met the rest of the family; George’s younger brothers Charlie and Bill, plus their one-year-old sister Mary. Charles’ mother-in-law, Eliza, was also staying with the family. It was quite the experience for Dan; he never had such an elegant supper, let alone in such an ornate house.
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