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155 The Indian Advocate. TO WHOM IT MAY CONOBRJST: WVSWNAAVy HAVING received lately many inquiries in regard to "Okla homa; we have thought well to give a description of the climate, natural features, products, population, etc., for the benefit of those who contemplate settling here. Having been a continual resident of Oklahoma for more than twenty years, and traveled much over the country, I can speak from practical experience, and personal observation. The climate is mild. The summers are long and warm, lasting from May 1st to September 30th; the thermometer ranging from 80 to 100 degrees. The heat is not very op pressive, it being tempered by an almost continual breeze. The nights are always cool and pleasant. The winters are very variable. The changes in the temperature are sudden and violent, and the cold sometimes intense, the thermometer' fall ing occasionally as low as zero, but this only occurs during a severe blizzard lasting from two to five days. Most of the winter is mild and sometimes even pleasant. Very little snow falls and that disappears in a few days. There are very few days that a farmer cannot work outside during the winter months. This part of Oklahoma consists of rolling prairie, and tim ber lands. The country is undulating and thickly wooded. The surface is cut up by numerous creeks, which, with few exceptions, are dry, except during and after rain. The rainfall is sufficient for most crops, oats suffering most during dry sea sons. The uplands consist of reddish clay, or light sandy soil, while the bottom lands are very rich. All the products of the north and south can be raised here. Corn and cotton are the staple crops, though of late years many farmers have engaged largely in raising wheat. Oats do fairly well in wet seasons, but cannot be depended on as a main crop. Two crops of early Irish potatoes can be raised on the same N piece of land, al- . . -'