J. Ross Clark letter to Bettis p 1
November 22,1904. 60-AMr. H.I. Bettis,Auditor. Dear Sir:-I beg to acknowledge receipt of yours of the 17th, which refers to Las Vegas Ranch, giving a report after you had made a careful examination of our properties there, including the hotel, store and ranch, riding over the ranch and out upon the range to see the horses, cattle, etc. Also, that an inventory was taken of the merchandise in the store as of November 1st, 1904. Also, enclosing detailed statement of the matter.Also note what you say about Dr. Bracken ordering further stock, which I presume is necessary to keep the business going as long as we decide to continue it.Also note what you say in regard to the amount of cattle killed and the supposed amount that should be on the range. While the cattle dress very light, I understand the meat is very good. Also note what you say in regard to the cost of rounding up the cattle, and opinions vary from 50 cents to $5.00 per head. The latter would seem an unreasonable amount. I do not think we should sell the cattle for a lump sum as I believe we can round them up and realize more money. I was informed some time ago that a party came down and looked at the wild horses and made Mr. Bracken a small offer per head if he would round them up, which Bracken said would not pay the expense.
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