Shrewd Norfolk farmers in the east of England were reported last week to be bartering pails of milk for pints of water. Half round the world in Santiago de Cuba there were street fights and stabbings when the water-carts passed. Prolonged drought was parching many lands, but rural England and Cuba seemed to suffer most. Scientists recalled that, although man can go without food for two months and live, without water he shrivels and dies in from six days to ten.

So scarce grew water throughout the English midlands that numerous water-hogging textile mills were forced to shut down for one...

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