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Fred R. McNamee letter to Governor Boyle, August 8, 1922, page 1

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Carson City, Nevada, August 8th, 1922. STRIKE SITUATION, CLARK AND LINCOLN COUNTIES. Honorable Emmet D. Boyle, Governor of Nevada, Carson City, Nevada. My Dear Governor: In compliance with your phone request of yesterday, I am advising you of the situation in Clark and Lincoln Counties, and especially at Las Vegas, since the beginning of the strike, as reported to me by the officers of the Railroad Company from time to time, and of matters that have come under my actual observation. From the 1st day of July the Railroad has been unable to work its passenger trains in front of the depot at its station at Las Vegas, by reason of strikers and pickets gathering in numbers in front of the depot, and by their actions in intimidating and putting in fear the employees of the Railroad to such extent that it has been heretofore and now is, icing, inspecting and working its passenger trains withing the stockade enclosing its shops and round-house at Las Vegas. I am advised that the local authorities, the deputy United States Marshal, and your representative at Las Vegas have advised the general manager of the Railroad to continue diverting trains within the stockade for inspection and other work, as it would be dangerous to attempt to work them or ice them in front of the depot in the usual and customary manner. By this method there is a delay of approximately three-quarters of an hour on every passenger and mail train moving through through Las Vegas. On July 8th a body of strikers, numbering from fifty to one hundred, stopped out train No. 20 at the west yards at Las Vegas, and forcibly and brutally beat up and dragged from the train five men employed by the Railroad at Los Angeles, and sent to Las Vegas to work in the shops. They also through mistake forcibly ejected a passenger, who was delayed for some days, and who I am advised the strikers caused to be removed from Las Vegas so as to preventidentification of any members of the mob. Between the 6th and 10th of July the Railroad was unable to secure safe conduct for its employees coming to work in the shops at Caliente from its station to its shop yards, and it was necessary on account of strikers and pickets blocking the

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