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Can you tell what the woodchuck does in mid-winter, and on what day ?
Have you learned to know the pale villain of the open woods—the deadly amanita, for whose fearful poison no remedy is known?
Have you proved the Balsam Fir in all its fourfold gifts— as Christmas Tree, as healing balm, as consecrated bed, as wood of friction fire?
Can you read the story on the Council Robe?
Have you tasted the bread of wisdom, the treasure that cures much ignorance, that is buried in the aisle of Jack-o'-Pulpit's Church?
Can you tell what walked around your tent on the thirtieth night on your camp-out?
Then are you wise. You have learned the twelve secrets of the woods.
Signs of the Weather
Of all the weather signs made by birds, none is more reliable than this one—that high flight means fine weather. Swallows fly high in the evenings, and their loud twittering notes are heard when bright weather prevails; but their low flight is an indication of rain. One reason is that when the air is dry, gnats and flies soar high, but they keep near the ground when the air above is damp. Another reason is that when the weather is clear the air is heavier and more sustaining, and so birds soar with less effort than when the air is light. The barometer tells the story. When the barometer is high, birds fly high, and they fly low when the barometer is low.
When cats sit with their tails to the fire and wash their faces; birds preen and oil their feathers; fish swim near the surface; trout leap high and feed eagerly; bees stay at home or fly only a little way, as they will not be out in a rain.
When walls are unusually damp; flies are especially trou-