National Geographic : 1939 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart "A BLIZZARD IN A FREIGHT CAR" SOLVES THIS SHIPPING PROBLEM After the ice-and-vegetable "sandwiches" are piled in the cars, shaved ice is blown from a nozzle between and over the baskets. Armored thus in cold, the shipments can move as far as Boston or Seattle or Canada without stopping, as under the old practice, at re-icing stations. This system, to gether with improvements in railroading, has reduced surprisingly the time between the winter harvesting of vegetables in their south Texas fields and their appearance on dinner tables of the North, Northwest, and Northeast (page 73). ducted mass sales tours worked out pretty well. Thousands of people bought good land and became enthusiastic citizens of the country. At its worst, the system un doubtedly resulted in hardships and losses. Some of the excursionists, excited by the fanfare and the showmanship, invested far more money than they could afford. Others got poor land. When hard times came, some of these purchasers were unable to keep up payments and a number of orchard tracts were abandoned. At any rate, the trainload method of sell ing land is probably a closed chapter in the history of this region-a chapter that could be written only under the influences of the hectic "boom psychology" of the whole country during the late nineteen-twenties. Conducted parties are still brought in. I was continually encountering them at pumping plants, in orchards, in canning fac tories, and at seaside resorts. But they are smaller now; and they stay longer and see more of the country. Homeseekers are coming on their own initiative in their own automobiles to combine a vacation in a mild winter climate with leisurely land hunting. The more careful members of this group are obtaining expert advice on soils, titles, water rights, fruit varieties, and marketing possibilities before they buy. "VALLEY" IN REALITY A DELTA "Why does everyone insist on calling this delta a valley?" I asked a geologist friend, soon after I reached the Rio Grande.