Snow & McCamant, Law Office, Suite33, Concord Bldg.
Zera Snow, Wallace McCamant.
Portland, Oregon, October 1st. 1902.
My dear Sir:-
Within the past two weeks Mr.Kinney has been to me twice for the special purpose of talking about the Coos Bay timber lands. He has not said very much but I am quite satisfied he is now regretting the turning down of you and Mr.Eccles. He mentioned that he had an offer for the properties which it was stated to him came from Mr.Eccles but that there were some restrictions on it in connection with the proposed Kinney railroad and terminal facilities for that road. I have not myself said very much to him, of course,and what I have said I have told him must be understood to be my own personal views and not speaking, for either you or Mr.Eccles, and so speaking I stated in substance that in my opinion you and Mr.Eccles did not do business through third parties; that if he had received any offers said to come from you he ought in my opinion to conclude that you had not authorized them. I told him that I thought his course in the matter was such as that he,Kinney, had substantially foreclosed any idea of either you or Mr.Eccles taking a hand in his enterprise and that I did not think that any expectation might be indulged in that you would ever listen to any overtures either to buy or to take an interest in the properties; that having once made as you supposed an arrangement and been so entirely mistaken in that supposition from his (Kinney's) standpoint that I did not believe that you could he again enlisted for fear that some such similar difference might again arise. I took occasion also, of course, to state very plainly what your standing and that of Mr.Eccles is and your business success and I am frank to say that I did this because I wanted to rub it into him hard so that he might appreciate that he had made a great mistake in crawfishing on your contract.
All of the above for your information. If you and Mr.Eccles should desire to entertain further overtures on the Coos Bay lands my opinion is, that Kinney is now in such a frame of mind as that he would be only too glad to present them. I thought best to advise you of these inter¬views about as much for your satisfaction as for anything else and, of course, you may rest assured that in anything I have said I have disclaimed at all times any authority to speak for you or Mr.Eccles.
Very truly yours, Zera Snow
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