"Flying Dust Dries Up Hope for Southwest's Salvation"
Flying Dust Dries Up Hope For Southwest s Salvation Editor's Note The United Press sent a staff writer into the dust storm ravaged sections of five states to get a first-hand first-hand first-hand report of what the dust has done to once fertile wheatlands and rich cattle pastures. The second dispatch follows: By FRANK McNAUGHTON Copyright. 193 by United Press BOISE CITY, Okla., April 16 Only two things can bring the dust country back, rain and grass. Many discouraged farmers believe it is futile to hope for rain, and without it there can be no grass to 3 hold the anchorless soil in place In an auto journey Sunday from Felt, Okla., to Clayton, N. M., I drove through the worst dust storm of the season. In two hours dust drifted two feet high against my car while I sought refuge in a barn. In the thick of the storm I could not see my hand before my face. I could breathe only by holding a moistened handkerchief to my nose, nose. Since February dozens of storms of only slightly less intensity have whipped the top-soil top-soil top-soil from millions of acres in the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles. Southwestern Kansas, Southeastern Colorado and Northwestern Northwestern New Mexico. Fields Barren Today I visited communities where the desolation was typical of that throughout the region. I drove past fields blown as bare as a roadway; roadway; saw pastures covered with sand, miles of fences buried under drifted silt, 20-foot 20-foot 20-foot dunes pressing ! against buildings or invading orchards. There is not a green thing: in Cimarron County except a little soapweed and sage brush." In 1929 this county produced 3,000,000 bushels bushels of wheat. Farmers say it will harvest only a few hundred bushels this year. I saw farmers burning the thorns off cactus plants to make them edible for cattle. In Union County, N. M., the relief director, Joel P. Montgomery, has five grinding machines machines crushing soapweed so livestock livestock will eat it. The residents of this part of Oklahoma Oklahoma are pioneers they came here when the Cherokee strip was opened. They have suffered hardship hardship before, but nothing like this. Soil Rises in Air There has been no general rain in the corner sections of the five-state five-state five-state area since 1931. That is why the soil rises into the air with the first puff of wind. Joseph T. Brown, whose weather-beaten weather-beaten weather-beaten face attests 30 years passed in overseeing cultivation of his 10,000 acres, said wearily: "I'm sick; in 30 years we never had anything like this. "We still have hope but it's getting getting mighty meager. Two-thirds Two-thirds Two-thirds of the people have left this trade territory. territory. Half of the balance will be gone in 15 days. The county will have to be repopulated after the rains come if they come." The dust has broken the spirit of many and the health of others. Dr. D. W. Ward of Boise City said last winter he treated five pneumonia pneumonia cases. This year, since the dust came, he has treated 25. Four died. Each storm leaves behind new cases of sinus infection, bronchitis bronchitis and mastoid trouble. I have seen people shaking with what is called "dust chills." Not "even jackrabbits have a chance against the dust. Better equipped than any other animal for survival in this country, thousands are dying from starvation or outright outright suffocation. I saw big jacks hopping about dazedly, running into soapweed stalks. They had been blinded by the dust. "The situation is the worst I ever saw," said Colonel Jack Potter, who 50 years ago blazed the famous Potter and Bacon cattle trails. "The country will be forever ruined unless unless we get rain and get the grass started again." There are 10,000 people in Union western dust storms, passed over New York and out to sea early today. Air pilots reported encountering the layer of fine dust at varying altitudes through a 200-mile 200-mile 200-mile belt in the Atlantic Coast states. For several hours, the cloud hov ered over New York's skyscrapers, creating a brownish haze. SALESMAN SUED Firm Charges Agent Kept $3,923 In Gems When He Resigned Suit for $3,923, the value of jewelry jewelry samples which the plaintiff alleges Irvin H. Steinsapir of Ho- Ho- bart St., a former jewelry salesman, failed to return, was filed yesterday yesterday in U. S. Court by J. R. Wood & Sons, Inc., of New York. Steinsapir, it is charged, was given 333 rings, 143 pins, three gold nuggets and other articles, in his capacity as salesman. When he resigned resigned last Dec. 21 he failed to return return the jewelry, the plaintiff alleges. alleges. County, New Mexico. Twenty-two Twenty-two Twenty-two hundred families are on relief. 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