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--13-- for deep drilling, an experiment which has not yet been tried on an adequate scale. CONSIDER THE PUMP: IT PAYS. The entire Valley is underlaid with surface water at depths of from ten to seventy feet. Receiving scant attention at first, this water is now being developed by means of pumping plants and used for irrigation in portions of the Valley lying outside the artesian belt. LAS VEGAS: THE FIRST "PORT OF CALL," IN THE LAND OF SUNSHINE. It is not uncommon, when the people are wearing shirtwaists and straw hats in Las Vegas, to see cars coming in from the North covered with snow. Climatically, this is the place where time changes—to summertime. The climate of the Las Vegas Valley is that of the inland portions of Southern California. It is not ideal, but it is about as close to the ideal as things get in this imperfect world. The winters, if one can call them winters, are unsurpassed on the western hemisphere. Even the humble cottonwood keeps its foliage until Christmas time, and puts it on again in February. AND THE SUMMERS? The summers are hot—yes. But they are not as hot as Illinois or Iowa or Nebraska or Kansas or Missouri summers. The writer has tried both kinds, and humbly submits that he knows from experience. Summer heat is composed of two elements: temperature and humidity. We have the temperature, but we haven't the humidity. The Middle West has both. You can work all a summer's day in the Las Vegas Valley directly exposed to the rays of the sun and feel no ill effects. Nobody

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