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A. S. Halsted letter to N. A. Williams, October 26, 1922

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Personal October 26, 1922. Mr. Williams: I have your personal letter of October 24 enclosing copy of Mr. Calvin's letter relating to the purchase of automobiles. Mr. Calvinrefers to the machines as having been purchsed for the use of "special agents", but I assume he refers to the machines purchased for the use ofGovernor Boyle of Nevada and the State Police. The history of the transactions is as follows: After the arrival of Governor Boyle at Las Vegas things became rather critical and there was a great deal of tension in the air. Mr. Renear, in charge of the State POlice, has an excitable temperament and on frequent occasions Mr. McNamee and myself had to use a great deal of self-control to avoid open rupture with him. A few days after the the Governor's arrival Mr. Renear came to Mr. McNamee and me and stated that he needed two good high power machines for the use of theGovernor and for emergency use of the police; that rumors had reached him of I.W.Ws. coming to Las Vegas from Needles by automobile and that he should have machines which he could load quickly with police and intercept them and take them out of state. We told him we would see what could be done.We found that a second-hand Packard in good condition could be purchased in Las Vegas for approximately $2300. Of course at that time no trainswere running into Las Vegas. Evidently you have forgotten that Mr. McNamee and I talked the situation over with you and we all decided that



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A. S. Halsted letter to N. A. Williams, October 26, 1922
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