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Chapter 144: Maxwell & Wilson

January 2, 1908Pensacola, Florida According to Uncle Evelyn, this was not by accident; he says he recognizes my potential, my humility, my dedication to hard work and the law. I thought, perhaps, Uncle Evelyn might bring me into the firm sometime; but not a partnership! The transition to partner with […]

Chapter 143: Indebted

September 27, 1907306 Brent BuildingPensacola, Florida I’ve done what I’ve been told to do for one year; namely: to keep my head down, to work hard, to follow directions (specifically, of Kehoe, and my Uncle Evelyn Maxwell), to be serious. So far, their advice has paid off handsomely. The directions […]

Chapter 138: Calculations

February 26, 1907306 Brent BuildingPensacola, Florida Right now, I’m cleaning up my desk; organizing a few files at the end of a rather boring Tuesday. Most of the firm’s staff have gone home already, and I like this part of the day, when the office is empty, things are quiet, […]

Chapter 136: The Price of My Grand Scheme

October 16, 1906John Kehoe House221 W. Cervantes StreetPensacola, Florida The old man had a nice setup here, that’s for sure. I’m staying John Kehoe’s old room with Minnie and Fannie Kehoe. Even as the Kehoes were mourning their father, it all seemed serendipitous — at least that’s what Fannie said […]

Chapter 128: Obvious Inebriate

May 25, 1906Van Sant & WilsonSterling, Illinois4:45 pm There was a knock at my office door. “Come in.” The door opened slightly. Miss Delp stuck her head in. “Mr. Van Sant to see you, Mr. Wilson.“Please show him in.”  The door opened wider to admit Nick, who started a bit […]

Chapter 127: The Role I Play

May 25, 1906Van Sant & WilsonSterling, Illinois There are black circles under my eyes; a wrinkled red crease impressed on my cheek from my coat. I’d used it as a pillow, wadded up under my head, to sleep on my office sofa. I don’t remember doing that; hell. I don’t […]

Chapter 126: Worth Saving

May 24, 1906State Bank of SterlingSterling, Illinois The last bank customer had left over an hour ago; Nicholas Van Sant’s private secretary was straightening his desk and packing his briefcase prior to leaving. Frank came over to his desk. Howard glanced at Nicholas Van Sant’s closed door, turned to Frank, […]

Chapter 125: Ripple Effect

May 18, 1906Sterling State BankSterling, Illinois At 11:45 a.m., Frank Heflebower was climbing the stairs of the Van Sant & Wilson law firm, a little out of breath as he labored under the heavy ledgers. “Good morning, Mr. Heflebower. Thank you for being prompt,” said Miss Delp, who simultaneously stood, […]

Chapter 121: I Promise

March 13, 19066:45 pmLaw Offices of Van Sant & WilsonSterling, Illinois When I returned to Sterling later that evening, I went right to the office. Miss Delp had already left for the day. I was still somewhat panicked  — obviously, I couldn’t tell Nick about what happened. I didn’t know […]