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Las Vegas, Nevada, where farming pays : the artesian belt of semi-tropic Nevada
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— 13 — 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. Strawberries, growing out of doors on the Eglinton ranch, bore ripe fruit in the middle of December, 1912. Roses bloom until well along in December, and begin again in February. Hardy varieties of garden vegetables grow all winter long. The lower limit of winter temperature is about sixteen degrees above zero; it is rarely reached. The days are warm and open and an overcoat is hardly ever required. 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 ever heard of sunstroke or heat prostration here. You have air to breathe, not steam. Autumn is all that a season ought to be. Winter is merely the dividing line where Autumn leaves off and Spring begins. An

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