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light showers, the chilly evenings, the over-cool nights, and, in the dry season, the intolerable dust
encountered on every roadway. That there are Elysian fields in California is not to )be denied,
and that there are special localities of limited area that are exceedingly salubrious is not gainsaid.
But as a whole it is not to be compared with the climate of Southwest Texas, and the objections
named place it beyond the pale of consideration \witli most invalids.
MinLnesola lays claim to some consideration as a pulmonary resort, placing stress upon
the dryness of its atmosphere. It is true that Minnesota possesses a dry climate compared to
some northern States and that her people generally are rosy and rugged. But it is equally true,
beyond question, that her blizzards, her long dark winters, her severe cold, her overbountiful
supply of ice, snow, and frost, and her villainous ''Spring break-ups' do not compose the
elements of a high-class climate for puliionic patients.
Colorado and New cr.1/rco have had their praises sung by their medical men. All that
has been said of the Winters and Springs of Minnesota applies with equal force to these claim-
ants for the health seeker's favor. And when we couple with these highly objectionable feat-
ures in climatic comipositioii the wintry blasts from the Rocky Mountains, blasts that chill the
marrow of one's bones and burst the mercury bulb of one's enthusiasm over their scenic attrac-
tions, and when we take also into consideration the b)aneful influences upon most delicate con-
stitutions of the rare atmosphere and high nerve tension, incident to the altitude of these
climates, it would seem that no comparison, creditable to them, is to be made between them
and the climate of San Antonio. The extremes of temperature between midday and midnight
in Colorado and New Mexico are serious drawbacks. The too crisp atmosphere from the snow-
covered mountains superinduces lobular congestion, pleurisy, catarrhal hyperemia, neuralgia
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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/m1/52/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.