Pin searched the room while Mayor Lafayette told his story. It was imperative that they show no signs of worry. The Pick Axes mustn’t know that Sgt Silver had learned their plan. It was up to the Mayor to sell this as just a normal campaign speech.
“Great Grandpa made an honest fortune in spite of himself.” That is how Carl Lafayette’s story always began. It had been honed by his Grandfather and his Father before him. Carl had added a touch here and there, no altering of the fact, just pauses and colorful phrases.
The Lafayette family was the richest and most powerful family in town politically. Carl was the third Mayor in the family, and he was grooming his three sons for bigger things. “One day, not to far off, this will be a state. States need Senators and Representatives, you boys can decide which you would rather, the loser gets to be Governor.” Then he would laugh and hug them all.
Carl was an honest man, and a real public servant. Which is why the criminal organization had sent him a death threat. They had threatened to kill the Mayor at his own rally if he didn’t resign.
Lafayette’s would not be bullied. The only criminal connection he had, was the con man ancestor they always talked about. Even Allen was only a con man until he met Gilda. She was one of his pigeons. Gilda turned the tables, talking him into buying back his own phony gold mine. His reaction, was to marry her.
The problem was, they still had the phony gold mine. That solved itself when it turned out to be more real than either expected. Between Great Grandmother and the gold, Great Grandpa became an honest man, and a proper citizen.
Now, his descendant was working to end crime in America. Even if it meant risking his own life for what he believed in. At the climax of the Mayor’s speech, the lights went black, a shot was heard, and a window was broken.
Find out next week what happened when the lights come back on in next week’s “Alaskan Silver”!