TEXAS: The Unhappy Land

Down from the snow-covered Rockies shrieked a chill gale one day last week, sucking up the powder-dry top soil of southeastern Colorado, tossing clods and pebbles across the cracked farm lands of the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles, blasting at the withering roots of range lands through central Texas, and blowing on out across the Gulf of Mexico. Across the prairie dust clouds boiled up as high as 20,000 feet in the worst duster since the black days of 1936.

Within 24 hours the dust was gone again and the storm had passed into dry statistics. But beneath the deceptive electric-blue...

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