6 JANUARY 1923, Page 25


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—Apropos the discussion in your columns as to whether or not it makes any difference what phase of the moon timber is cut in, I should like to ask whether the notion that " bolt- ing " rabbits by ferreting can only be practised successfully under a waxing moon is peculiar to Derbyshire, or is prevalent elsewhere. Also, has anyone ever fairly tested the matter and recorded results ? Do rabbits feel more hopeful and energetic during the first phases of the moon, and more inclined to be pessimistic and stubborn in the later phases ?