Workers are building a railroad bridge across the Mississippi. Grey and Bill are cruising toward it and are surprised to see that the bridge has recently been put up. They check it out and confirm that the work is going slow. A railroad approaches the bridge and Grey signals to it, but the engineer ignores him...Read the full recap
Bill: You'd let a railroad man on board?
Grey: You got any money, mister?
Jim Bledsoe: Sure have.
Grey: Need the business. Let the Devil come aboard if he had the money.
Jim Bledsoe: The Devil thanks you.
Grimes: See, I had a little talk with our Mister...
Grimes: Yes, our Mr. Bledsoe last night. And from what he told me, it's my opinion that your boat deliberately rammed our bridge.
Bill: Oh, you're so right, Mr. Grimes. I like running into bridges. It's a hobby of mine. That's the way I made my reputation as the best pilot on the river, by running into everything that got into my way!
Grey: It's--it's--it's easy to talk about competition. Make it sound like we're--we're greedy. There are people who live on this river and that's what I'm thinking about right now. Women, children, families of rivermen. What's going to happen to them? What will their future be now? Where will they go, where will they go if the river goes dead on them? Will the bridge take care of them, Mr. Lincoln? No, of course not. But the riverboats will. I'm not fighting competition, I'm fighting for a living for every one of us here on the river.
Grey: You know, you might have spoken up for progress, Mr. Lincoln. But you didn't make yourself so popular along the river.
Abraham Lincoln: I'd be lying if I said I wasn't sorry about that, Captain Holden. But that's the trouble with progress. Someone's always getting hurt by it, one way or another.