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Rebel Treasure eighteenth post

Rebel Treasure eighteenth post

MONTAGE OF THE CAPER
(As described in the past and as it happens.)

LON (V.O.)
Like clockwork–

Romeo follows behind the regimental cook with an arm-load of firewood.

LON (V.O.) (CONT’D)
One of us – my servant – will hire out to the 13th New York. He’ll go between us and Jimmy here–

Jimmy sees a copy of the order and its details, which he reports to Romeo and Romeo passes the information on to Lon.

LON (V.O.) (CONT’D)
He will help as they transfer the gold from the dock to the railroad depot. And just before they leave–

Romeo appears with Jimmy at the open door to the boxcar and shouts up to the platoon of soldiers.

ROMEO
There’s been a holdup, we’re going to get to eat before we leave after all.

All the soldiers hop down from the car except HIRAM, one of the guards, who shuts and bolts the door behind them.

HIRAM
(through the door slot)
Bring me something, Smitty!

LON (V.O.)
Jimmy will go forward and slip up into the engine cab, and announce the departure. And then we’ll take the train!

Lon helps Jimmy bound and gag the ENGINEER and FIREMAN. In seconds, Jimmy has the train underway.

LON (V.O.) (CONT’D)
Meanwhile, Louis, with the prior help of Romeo will have secreted himself in a box inside of the rail car.

The guard, sensing the movement of the car, sits down on the box.

INSERT
inside the box, Louis, his knife at the ready, presses up on the lid and it won’t budge. He’s trapped.

LON (V.O.) (CONT’D)
As I said it should all come off like clock work.
(pointedly to Jesse)
And we’ll meet you and the wagon at the water-stop.

EXT WATER-STOP – NIGHT
In a cloud of steam the train glides to a stop, with the railcar door on a level with the bed of the wagon driven by Jesse and Jonah the naval petty officer. Lon hails him from the cab.

LON
All secure?

JESSE
Aye. The telegraph wire is cut. And won’t no one be bothering us.

He chuckles and exchanges a sly look with the petty officer. Jimmy hops up to the bed of the wagon and tries the door. It won’t budge.

JIMMY
Come on, Louis. Open up! You can’t keep all that gold for yourself!

HIRAM (O.S.)
Who goes there?

INSERT
the guard has his rifle held at the ready. Behind him, boxes have been stacked on top of the box with Louis inside.

JIMMY
(to Lon)
It’s Hiram. I guess he must have discovered Louis.

Lon  joins Jimmy.

LON
You may as well open up, Hiram. We don’t want to hurt you.

HIRAM (O.S.)
No, sir. I won’t. I can’t let you in.

Jesse strides over to the door and pounds on the wood.

JESSE
You open this door, soldier, or we’ll burn you and the car to the ground. You hear me?

HIRAM (O.S.)
All I hear is a lot of noise.

Lon puts a calming hand on Jesse and motions to Jonah.

JONAH (saluting)
Sir?

LON
Let’s get our gear set up.

Jonah, Romeo, Jimmy and Lon soon have a tripod erected over the railcar, and a series of pulleys are hooked to its roof. And to Jesse’s amazement they commence hauling away, and lift the roof right off of the car.

Jimmy makes to leap up to the top of the railcar wall, but Lon holds him back, and a shot RINGS out.

LON (CONT’D)
Now! Before he reloads!

Lon and Jimmy clamber over the top and soon subdue Hiram and release Louis.

LOUIS
(coming out of the box)
Let me at him!
(brandishing the knife)
When I’m through with you–

Lon jerks him back and takes the knife away.

LON
You’re wasting time. We have things to do.

EXT. WATER-STOP – LATER
Louis places the last of the boxes onto the stack loaded in the wagon. Lon shuts the door.

LON
Jimmy! Get the engine ready. Jonah! Jonah you go with Jesse. Romeo you’ll take the horses and follow after us.
(to Jesse)
We’ll meet up at the property.

The sound of pounding hooves rumbles in the distance.

FURTHER BACK DOWN THE TRACK
A company of cavalry pulls up with the water stop in view.

CAVALRY SERGEANT
There she is!

But the train is clearly pulling away and picking up speed.

CAVALRY LIEUTENANT
We’ll cut across to the toll road and cut them off by the stone bridge!

[next pt 19]

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