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William McDermott letter to C.O. Whittemore, November 29, 1902

San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad Company. T. E. GIBBON, General Counsel. C. O. WHITTEMORE, General Attorney. Office of General Attorney. COPY. Los Vegas, Nov. 29th, 1902. Hon. C.O. Whittemore, Salt Lake City, Utah. Dear Sir:- Your letter with enclosure of Nov. 22nd, received this evening via Manvel. We are still surveying as hard as we can from daylight until after dark and I must confess it is the hardest work I have done for many a day. We find many difficulties to contend with and now think the creek will be found to run off the property in one place and if so won't it be a serious matter as I understand it when a creek runs off the property on to the property of another, it cannot he so changed in its course as to prevent the water from running over this other land. Now if this be so, then the Vegas ranch owners could not do as they should do, such as bring down a straight ditch box or pipe which would prevent loss in evaporation, etc. However, I have requested Mr. McWilliams to write out a statement, and I will enclose same to you and I wish you would have copies of this letter and his statement sent to Mr. J. Ross Clark, as I presume they will reach him as soon from there as I can get a letter to him by next stage. I find other matters here unsatisfactory also which for certain reasons I cannot explain now but I will do my best to straighten out affairs. Mr. McW. makes some recommendations which might be well to consider, but since it has nothing to do with the present deal, I am at a loss to know what to say. I think I can give proof of bad faith on part of those people since the signing of the contract. Many things have been moved from here, and it looks very much like as if they wanted all the money they can get and give as little as possible for it. They are a strange people and all I ask is a fair deal just as you agreed on and I am going to have it unless recalled from my position. Mr. McW. thinks we can complete the survey in about two days more, then we will measure the water and I will be ready to make a definite proposition providing you post me in regard to the effect of having the creek run off the property, etc. Yours truly, Wm. McDermott.
William McDermott letter to C.O. Whittemore, November 29, 1902
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Letter discusses the survey of the Las Vegas Ranch and the concern that the spring may run off of the ranch onto adjacent properties.
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