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road companies as a suitable resort for the pIulnlonary invalid, there is naught to object
to in the winter climate of San Antonio. To many these northers are a bugbear; to a
majority they are a real blessing.
In early times before the advent of railroads and the telegraph and signal service they
were dreaded by travelers. The usually open weather would cause people to go unpre-
p ared, and a norther, suddenly sweeping down from the Rockies, would necessarily
entail much suffering upon those who were exposed, and thus they came to be
d \ x looked upon with disfavor. Now, however, that warning of their approach is
\ given and that people are better prepared for tlheml, and that they have ceased
to be as severe as formerly, no harsm is known to result from them. I1 a
medical experience of nearly twenty years itn Southwest Texas, the writer has never known
an invalid to suffer real harm from a norther, and in hundreds of instances their bracing and
purifying effect has been attended with great benefit.
PURITY OF ATMOSPHERE.
But of all the features of climatic composition the one standillg pre-eminelltly above the
rest is I//'/v o f a/nmos/h('r. It is a s/'e, qua /non/, in the consideration of climate for diseases,
that purity of air shliould be paramount to all things else. And in this very essence of climatic
make-up San Antonio, and the hilly country adjacent to that city, stands fairly without a rival
in this country. In the hilly districts to the northwest of the Alamo City, fresh lleat or game
will keep for days iin the open air, unsalted, and the " jerked meat " of the ranchero is bult
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Fisher, C. E. Queer, Quaint Old San Antonio: Its Climate in Throat and Lung Diseases, book, 1895; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143545/m1/14/: accessed July 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.