HOW TO SOLVE THE WATER PROBLEM.
Two enthusiastic citizens of Fort Worth, Tex., claim to have invented a machine which will draw the world’s water supply from space and not from the ground, and thus put an end to droughts. They reason that, since “rain is simply atmospheric condensation,” if the atmosphere is condensed, “it becomes liquefied and furnishes the purest kind of water known. [ which ] falls in its liquefied form on the parched earth.” The method they would pursue is as follows: “We concentrate the air by means of a mammoth funnel. shaped like a phonograph horn, and have attached to the back end of it a powerful suction pump that sucks the air into the funnel, where it is so condensed that it is liquefied, becoming simply rain water. The bigger the funnel, the more air is sucked into it, and the amount that can be handled is unlimited. After it is liquefied it is distributed by means of pipe-lines connected with the big funnel, and there you have all the water needed for the whole world, and, as it rises into space again in the shape of vapor, the air supply is reinforced and can be sucked back again into the funnel and so on until time shall be no more.”