A Plausible Theory of Rain-Making to be Tried.
In spite of all the cold water which Secretary Morton has poured on the science of rain-making, the spring has no sooner arrived than there are indications that the experiments of last year are considered a scientific success, and will be resumed this year with renewed vigor. The first notes of preparation are heard from Chicago, and from the officials of the Rock Island Railroad Company. This company’s road traverses Western Kansas in two directions, branching out from Topeka, one line skirting the northern part of the State, and the other running directly to Montezuma in the southwest corner. These two lines of railroad run through a section of what was formerly called “ the Great American Desert,” part of which is in Eastern Colorado. The farmers in this country have always suffered for the want of rain. The Rock Island Railroad last summerset one of its employes to rainmaking. This was C. B. Jewell, the company’s train dispatcher at Goodland, not far from the Colorado line. His efforts were astonishingly successful, both in Kansas and in Colorado. Mr. Jewell’s method is the one invented by Louis Gathman, of Chicago, whose theory is that rain is never produced naturally except by the vapors of the atmosphere becoming agitated and mixed with the colder upper strata of air. lie, therefore, fires up into the air metallic bombs filled with liquefied carbonic acid gas. When these bombs explode the liquor expands instantaneously into gas, producing intense cold and immediate precipitation. Mr. Jewell will give the people of the West an ample opportunity this summer to enjoy the benefits of this discovery. -Chicago Tribune.