Leadership

Watering the Great Plains.

Issue 9 and Volume 1892 11.

Watering the Great Plains. It is well known that the vast territory stretching from the Missouri to the Rocky Mountains and afar to the south is mostly arid, generally so dry and parched as to exclude in its present condition all possibility of utilising it for agricultural purposes. The southwest winds from the Pacific and the luxuriant valleys over which they sweep are strained of their humidity as they strike against the western slopes, and leap down the eastern slopes by pile upon pile of atmospheric strata, pressing to the foot hills much warmer than when they started, and, as they roll over the burning plains under the summer heat fall upon us with deadening, blasting malignancy, ruining more crops than even hailstorm or cyclone can. Thus we are every year subjected to simoons, with their sequential drouths, so dreaded by all our people of the prairies. Is there no…

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