An Invention to secure fine weather,
There is now before the Academy of Sciences at Paris
, ‘"a wonderful invention"’ of Mons. Helvetious Otto
, of Leipsic
, by which he promises to ‘"insure fine weather." ’ He erects a platform at a considerable height in the air, on which he places a ‘" propeller,"’ or huge bellows, worked by steam.
With these bellows, which are ‘" very powerful,"’ he blows away the clouds as they gather; and, as rain comes from the clouds, it must necessarily follow that where clouds are not allowed to gather there can be no rain.
He maintains that if a certain number of his rain propellers, or ‘"pluvifuges," ’ as he has named them, are placed at intervals over the city, he can provide for the inhabitants a continuance of fine weather, and a certain protection from sudden showers and muddy streets, so long the terror of fair pedestrians.