Clipped From Miami Daily News-Record
Three Little Words * * * IF IT RAINS # # * Echo in Dust Bowl By ROBERT GEIGER , (Associated Press Staff Writer) ( i GUYMON, Okla., April 15— UP) $ —Three little words—achingly fa- 1 miliar on a western farmer's tongue —rule life today in the dust bowl of the continent— If it rains ... Ask any farmer, any merchant, any banker, what the outlook is, and you hear them—if it rains . . If it rains . . . some farmers will get a wheat crop. If it rains . . . fresh row crops may flourish. If it .rains pasture and range for livestock may be restored. If it rains . . . fields quickly listed into wind-resisting clods may stop the dust. If it rains ... it always has! Next Three Weeks to Tell The next three weeks will tell the story. Black and saffron clouds of dust —spectacular, menacing, intensely irritating to man and beast alike, choking, blowing out tender crops, and lasting without mercy for days —have darkened everything but hope and a sense of humor in the dust sector of the Southwest. The Southwest is big and the dust area is only a small chunk of it. Roughly, it takes in the western third of Kansas, Southeastern Colorado, the Oklahoma Panhandle, the northern two-thirds of the Texas Panhandle, and northeastern New Mexico. It always has been a region of sparse rainfall] The World war, •with its high wheat prices and urgent demands, sent the plow into the sod and turned this into wheat country. Before then it was range land, and the erop was native buffalo grass, which held the soil firm against insistent winds. Three Years of Drouth Thq,,last three years have been years of drouth, with this spring's field-eroding dust storms their stifling climax. But dust storms are nothing new in the Southwest. Favty years ago—decades before the wheat farmers came with their combines—a dust storm of such violence swept western Kansas that it stopped trains, just as they were stopped last week. "This is a tough, hardy country," its farmers say, "it will come back over night."