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John McIntire sends Robert Horton to take a section of wagons who are
not making the whole trip through a section of lowland area that when
it rains it becomes a swamp. For good measure he sends Frank McGrath
and Terry Wilson along with him. Something happened with Flint
McCullough on that last trip and Chris Hale knows what it is. That's
why he sends Wooster and Hawks with him.
It rains soon enough and the swamp fills up and strange noise comes from far off. It turns out to be a musical instrument, first an organ and then a piano.
They belong to Philip Bourneuf who lives in the swamp and has totally lost it. It's about his musical instruments which he would not abandon on McCullough's last trip so McCullough and the rest abandon him. His wife chose to stay and she died there.
It's funny because I have some insight into the thought processes of Bourneuf's character. I know someone who is a member of the American Theater Organ Society and not only does he play, but he also builds and maintains organs. A hand created job like the one Bourneuf is trying to protect are a labor of love and I'm here to tell you that those organs are regarded as almost living creatures. Knowing that I could identify somewhat with Bourneuf's thought process but hardly sympathize with it.
An interesting and somewhat personal tale for me.
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