If you're a Western Movie Buff... you've heard 'that sound.' It's the one that if it was thundering in your chest you'd either be in love... or having a heart attack. One is just as serious as the other. What am I talking about?
The stuttering heartbeat of the telegraph.
In one of the opening scenes, McLintock walks into the Mercantile and saves Davy a trip to take him a letter... while McLintock turns the letter over in his hands, Davy give a nice little extemporaneous speech that is a great little infodump about his character -
Davy: Yes, I know I'm an Indian, but I'm also the fastest runner in town. I've got a college education, and I'm the railroad telegrapher. But does anybody say, "Hello, college man," or, "Hello runner..." or "Hello, telegrapher?" No, not even, "Hello, knothead."
Davy: It's always, "Let the Indian do it."
The telegrapher, hearing the name of the famed gunfighter, hurries to send the message claiming a plot of land Quirt Evans. While the telegrapher taps furiously on the instrument, the exhausted gunfighter sits down nearby and collapses on her shoulder... sigh.
Think of all the messages sent back and forth across those lines... how many lives were changed? Especially those of the Pony Express riders whose whole lives were changed once the lines crossed the continent.
What message would you have sent across the wires?
I have an upcoming story called Home Signal centered around a Train Depot and yes... the Telegraph.
So expect to see more about the Telegraph leading up to that.... until then
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(see you soon)
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Yes, I know I'm an Indian. But I'm also the fastest runner in town. I've got a college education, and I'm the railroad telegrapher. But does anybody say, Hello, college man, or, Hello, runner... or, Hello, telegrapher? No, not even, Hello, knothead. Davey. It's always, Let the Indian do it. Will you go out in the store and help the ladies? All right. I'm also bookkeeper, part-time clerk. Always, Let the Indian do it. Read more: https://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/movie_script.php?movie=mclintock
Loved this peek into the telegraph!ReplyDelete
Excellent, and look forward to your next story. DorisReplyDelete