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understood, and added, `to lay the table, I promised to do it.' He would be at home doing that, I judge later, when the thunder came, and rainspots the si of sixpenny pieces appeared on the dry stones. I mil pose that he had at least sixty years of weather to behind his prophecy, and perhaps even ten more.




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The elderly clergyman who stopped near at har 1- seemed to me to be well equipped to prophesy abo

looked for the horizon and said, '1 have lived here a my life, and when a haze comes down on the wat, the weather is unhealthy.' I had been thinking th the haze indicated heat and weather set fair. Weath

class with readers of teacups, and there is nothir local weather knowledge. 'Yesterday,' said the clerg

thought it would rain by noon. ,I was four hours ot. We'll have rain and thunder this afternoon, and must go home.' He made to go, giving me a friend smile, and I knew that his was a modest prediction and he wasn't departing to endorse his remarks, the he turned, realising that he might have been mi