Bracken informing the Las Vegas Land and Water Company Vice-President that unless the railroad stopped pumping oil from their sump into the creek, he would terminate his lease on the Las Vegas Ranch.
hln000834. San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad Company Records, 1901-1976. MS-00007. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada. http://n2t.net/ark:/62930/d1v40nz88
Las Vegas, January 17th, 1908 Mr. H. I. Bettis, Vice-President and Auditor, Las Vegas Land and Water Company, Pacific Electric Building, Los Angeles, California. My dear Mr. Bettis: I am enclosing you copy of a letter to the President of the Las Vegas Land and Water Company in reference to my lease on the ranch. This is certainly a most disgusting nuisance, and I have tried to put the matter up to Mr. Whittemore in the exact, true light of the sane. Of course, if it is the wish of the railroad company that the sump at the roundhouse be emptied into the waters of the creek, I would like very much to cancel my old lease and make a new one which will not hold me in any way responsible for the shrubbery, trees or other growing vegetation on the ranch, nor do I think I should be required to pay any-thing like the amount of rent I am now paying, as it will be impossible to have garden or hay crop by irrigating with these oily waters. Wish you would kindly let me have your opinion in this matter, so that I may know what to do. Yours veryW atlterr uRl. Byr,ac ken fAWraso nmIt Hatamor dcienoefm.eo r-imWne. dR w.MiBrt..h iWn . a ifs eiw n dGaoylsd, faise lId , htahvoe uag hpt rboepsots ittoi osn etnod syoubu mtiht iys ocuo py.