The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 61, July 1957 - April, 1958 Page: 115
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The Rainmakers in Duval
Among those who were not optimistic about the experiments
was N. G. Collins of San Diego. Contacted by a reporter at the
Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Collins expressed doubt as to the
practical side of the project. It was his contention that even if the
experiments were successful, the expense attached to the work
would be too great for the results obtained."
After the experiments at San Diego, Ellis spent a few days
in San Antonio making preparations for a visit to Mexico where
he was to discuss the question of rainmaking with certain Mexican
authorities and with the officials of the railroads running through
the northern part of that country.54
While waiting at the Menger Hotel, Ellis was interviewed on
October 23, 1891, by a reporter from the San Antonio Daily
Express. At this time Ellis attempted to dispose of his distractors
and critics. He emphasized once more that the people of San
Diego and Corpus Christi, who furnished the money for the ex-
periments, were well pleased with the whole procedure. Ellis inti-
mated that N. G. Collins was the only man not well pleased with
the tests. He explained Collins' lack of enthusiasm by saying
that he thought it stemmed from the fact that it had not rained
on Collins' land. Ellis further lashed out at Collins by saying
that he did not think Collins would have been satisfied if it had
rained gold dollars on somebody else's land."
The attitude of the section toward the theory of making rain
by concussion was probably well summed up by R. J. Kleberg
in his letter to Ellis. Kleberg said that from what he could learn
of the government experiments in other parts of the state, and
from his observations of the work in his own section, he believed
that the results were encouraging enough to warrant the United
States Government to make a liberal appropriation for further
s5San Antonio Daily Express, October 6, 1891.
4Corpus Christi Weekly Caller, October 24, 1891. Ellis was to be accompanied
by Casler and Jennings.
a5San Antonio Daily Express, October 23, 1891.
seSenate Executive Documents, 52nd Cong., 1st Sess. (Serial No. 2900), Docu-
ment No. 45, p. 56.
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