Tick-tock pebbles

Prompt  ….

This week's photo prompt is provided by Louise with The Storyteller's Abode. Thank you Louise!

Blacksmith Jones looked forward all day for the newspaper. He scanned for the news of the war but the head line caught his eye and he read about the Pacific Railroad Act of 1862. It would aid in the construction of a continental railroad and telegraph line. It said that Lincoln and his Union promised it would stretch from the Missouri river to the Pacific-ocean. The blacksmith jeered mentally and searched for the war-news.

However, the word ‘telegraph’ nagged at him. He did not understand it. He enquired about it and followed it up.

A decade later, his son Dick prided himself on being the fastest telegraph reader and transmitter using a code called Morse.  On his first day at the job the blacksmith had presented him with a new suit and a time piece from an old wooden box.

What are those pebbles,  Pa?

I shall tell you  – before I die.

Words  ~ 154

Thank you Priceless Joy



14 thoughts on “Tick-tock pebbles

  1. To be continued (I hope!). Nice story, YS, to go with the lovely image. I like the mystery of and having to read it several times and feeling I probably still don’t know the connections between the pebbles, Morse code, and the timepiece.

  2. Great story set in that particular time. Yes amazing how morse was such a helpful and “new” technology. Now we are so far past it, its unbelievable. Loved how the son got the time piece, the watch. Perhaps, that is a piece which can be passed down, for the clock has still stayed relatively the same. NIce write!

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