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November 26, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(22):1278-1281. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450220013002f

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This is one of the burning questions of the hour. It is not because there is a lack of water. We have an abundance of streams, from the smallest brook that rushes down the mountain side, meanders through the fields and meadows, between flowery banks, over gravelly beds or through rich soil in cultivated bottom lands to the great Father of Waters, fed by the hundreds of streams permeating the immense territory spread out in magnificence between the Alleghenies on the east and the Rocky Mountains, rearing their lofty summits to the sky on the west. This vast system of streams carries the almost unlimited supply of water that falls from the clouds, by day and by night, down to the boundless ocean, rendering the magnificent valley of the Mississippi the fairest, loveliest and most productive portion of the surface of our terrestrial sphere. We have that immense chain of

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