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fresh beef or mutton, hung in strips to dry in the open air, its " cure " being effected without
decay. Wounds heal with wonderful rapidity, so that it has come to be known tlt rgical
operations may be undertaken in this air which are hazardous in the extreme irl atmosphere
charged with foul gases and other impurities.
This is a very marked feature of the atmosphere of the section under cons leration, and
its effects are most satisfactory upon the suppurative processes common to the throat and lung
invalid. Abscesses of lung and pleura, catarrhal bronchitis, nasal catarrh, and suppurative
conditions generally, are early modified and often completely removed by residence in
South est---exas ; the purity of the air, thoroughly aseptic as it is, being the chief
factor in accomplishing the cure.
So wonderfully pure and transparent is the air of the hilly country to the west
t and northwest of San Antonio, that the Pecos Divide Mountains in Mexico, at
the distance of one hundred and sixty miles, are easily seen by the naked eye.
DIroves of antelope, far beyond rifle shot, seem as if but a hundred yards distant, aind
on El, Llano Estacado, villages are plain to view half a day's horseback ride away.
The Summer moonlight is so clear and bright that ordinary news print can be easily
read thereby. The crowing of the chanticleer, the bleating of the flocks, the whistle
of the thrush, the song of the mocking bird, are to be heard at distances almost
incredible, all attesting to the purity of the air of this country.
One has but to enjoy a residence in the hilly country adjacent to San Antonio
to fully appreciate the purity and dryness of atmosphere, and its exhilarating
.. - and regenerating effects upon thle human system. In every town, village, and
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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/m1/15/: accessed April 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.