Ella Lindstrom and her seven children lose her husband to a mysterious illness on the trail. Adams offers to allow her and the children to return to Boston if they desire but the family agrees in their family meeting to continue west. She asks the Major to take her to Dodge City to see a doctor as she believes she is expecting her eighth child. Her seventh child cannot speak as she had the measles while pregnant with him. The doctor tells her not to worry about the pregnancy. He is concerned but not knowing Ella is unsure what to do so he locates Major Adams and tells him what he found. Ella leaves town early so Adams is forced to tell her himself that the doctor found she is not pregnant but has a growth that is fatal and he gives her 5-6 weeks. In a family meeting she tells the family the situation. They decide to go on to California and the kids will locate foster families on the train. Unknown to Ella her oldest daughter Inga has been seeing a young man James Fitzpatrick but since... Written by
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The poem read at the end of the show is the second verse of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's A Psalm of Life. See more