National Geographic : 1894 Apr 25
48 M. W. Harrington-Weathermaking. side, notably in rain making, which can be pointed out here as well as elsewhere. It is this: The phenomenon to be produced cannot probably be controlled as to area covered, and may occur where it is not wanted. If we are clothing merchants and I carry over too large a stock of winter clothing into late spring, I may order a cold wave to help me reduce my stock. But you may have exhausted your winter stock and wish to have warm weather to start your summer stock. My cold wave affects your trade seriously; I may be sued for damages. Such a state of things is said to have actually happened in Kansas, where a rain maker was refused payment by his employer because of failure of con tract, and was sued by a neighbor of the employer because his crops were washed out of the ground. Should the weather maker prosper he will often find himself very much embarrassed until our law makers have caught up with our advance in the arts, and the volume of the statute books has been materially enlarged. RAIN MAKING. We come now to the subject of rain making, which has at tracted more attention, been more tried, and has more history than any other one method of weather making. It has attained the dignity of at least two patents and two congressional appro priations. A bibliography of the subject is appended, contain ing 64 titles, two of which refer to books devoted to this subject, respectively by Power and Gathman. First Method.-To clear the way for the American history we may note here as method number one a French method reported in the Conptes Rendus for October 23, 1893. M Baudouin sent a note to the French Academy of Sciences in which he wrote that in Algeria, earlier in that year, he used a kite to obtain electric connection with a cloud at the height of about 4,000 feet. As soon as this connection was made a few drops of rain fell and a local fog formed. These disappeared on breaking the connection, presumably by withdrawing the kite from the cloud. M Baudouin had obtained some rain in Algeria in 1876 by the same method. I know of no other experiments in this direction, nor do they involve anything in opposition to knowledge already acquired. It is a fair field for experiment, and it is remarkable that M Baudouin's experiments have not attracted more atten tion in the United States.
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