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Fred R. McNamee letter to Governor Boyle, August 8, 1922, page 3

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-3- The Sheriff of Clark County has prevented the arming of our guards, and I am advised that he informed our general manager and others, that if he found our guards within the stockade or elsewhere on the Company's property were armed, that he would disarm them, regardless of your proclamation, and would make a test case out of it. Strikers congregate on the Comapany's right-of-way in front of the depot and elsewhere at all times of the day and night, and especially on the arrival of passenger trains; and as I am informed, use vile and opprobrious names to the Company employees, call them scabs, and offer other indignities. The Sheriff has from time to time promised protection, and after each recurring act of violence claimed that he had been double-crossed,and that the strikers had gone back on their word to him. There appears to be in a sense a certain friction between the local and State and Federal authorities. Mr. Gay withdrew four of the deputies that he has employed at the county's expense just as soon as the injunction was served and posted. There is no question [t]hat the injunctions had a very beneficial effect, both in Clark and Lincoln Counties, from the time they were served up until the 2nd and 3rd of August, when the proposition of the settlement submitted by the President was rejected, in so far asseniority was concerned, by the railroad presidents. There is a quiet, acrimonious, resentful and envious feeling existing among the strikers at both Las Vegas and Caliente, and this is openly sanctioned in most instances by the residents of both places. The class of people among the shop craft now on strike at Las Vegas and Caliente, is principally short time men, some are floaters, and few identified as property owners, thereby making conditions very different along the lines of the Central Pacific and the other railroads in Nevada. Besides, the remoteness of these localities affords ample opportunity for I.W.W.'s and professional agitators to drop in and stir up the local situation. I have given you the history of the situation in so far as I have have observed and can get it from information; and I realize well that it is your first thought and object to preserve law and order throughout the State of Nevada, and to bring about the enforcement of the laws of the State by local authorities. I will ask you, Governor, to request the District Judge of Clark County, Nevada, to immediately call a grand jury to investigate the situation and the unfortunate occurrences growing out of this strike. You have a representative at Las Vegas of whom I have no criticism, and you are receiving your reports from time to

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