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time and, cheered by the steamy at-
mosphere carrying the flavor of suc-
culent food. I looked around behind
and under the stove and back of the
kitchen door for Mr. Rabbit but could
not locate him.
"Where’s Bunny?” I asked.
With a grave, almost sorrowful face,
Pete raised the cover of the boiling pot
and pointed in.
Of course the stew was excellent. I
imagine that the fine, friendly quali-
ties of Mr. Rabbit detracted nothing
from the appetizing qualities of Buols’
Just what effect that rabbit stew had
on the political career of Pete Buol and
made him mayor of Las Vegas some-
thing like seven and one-half years
later (June 1912) I cannot say.
This I remember — Peter’s ambition
knew no bounds when it came to pro-
moting Las Vegas. He believed in this
area completely when others went
around with sour-puss faces and com-
plained. Among other very fine enter-
prises, Peter Buol got control of a large
acreage of land south and west of Las
Vegas, went to London, England, at
his own expense, stopped at the best
and highest priced hotel where he suc-
ceeded in meeting Sir John Murray and
telling him about Las Vegas.
Sir John was interested and invested
a large amount of money in ‘The
Scotch Syndicate” which took over the
Vegas acreage. Pete came home quite
happy at his success and at once
started improvements by drilling ar-
tesian wells, starting a series of drain-
age canals (the remains of which may
still be seen).
There were some unsolved problems,
such as building streets, gutters, curbs,
sidewalks, etc., but the compelling is-
sue was construction of sewers.
We went through the formalities of
a bond issue by the county commis-
sioners as the governing body of the
Unincorporated Town of Las Vegas.
Peter went East and found a bond
house which agreed to buy the bonds,
but when the attorney for the bond
house came to Las Vegas he ruled that
the county board had no such author-
ity under the law, and the bond sale
The need for sewers still existed —
in fact, was getting worse every day.
So we took the next year fighting a
campaign to incorporate the City of
Las Vegas. The incorporation special
election June 1, 1911, carried and Peter
Buol was elected the first mayor of
In spite of our thought that every-
thing would go swimmingly for Las
FABULOUS LAS VEGAS