DROUGHT IN THE SOUTHERN COUNTIES. A recent brief visit to a portion of the southern territory of the State convinces us, very much against our will, that the lands of that section, not irrigated, will be almost useless for crop raising the coming season. The fruit-growers of Los Angeles county, having a well-matured system of irrigation, will suffer no inconvenience or loss from the drought, but the lands not irrigated will fail to raise the supply of cereals and provender for animals usually produced in this county. A week's rain, even now, would materially change the grain and hay prospect of this section, but we fear it is too late to hope for such a streak of good luck. A like condition of drought exists, also, in Kern, Tulare and Fresno counties, as well as in the entire lengthy expanse of the San Joaquin valley. Where irrigation is not [present], the land is as dry as a volume of Patent Office reports, or a powder flask minus the powder.Nuff said.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.