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THE WEATHER PROPHET
By Gertrude Mary Sheridan.
(Copyright, 1916, W. G. Chapman.)
Crabbed, miserly old vjared Dunn,
seated on the porch of his low one
story house, bent his ear and listened
His thin sour lips formed an ex
pression of comprehension and satis
faction. He smiled in an eerie way.
"You beat 'em all, old bird!" he
chuckled, "and I get the credit for it.
Mornin' neighbor," he bobbed to a
passing asquaintance "mowing?"
"Meadow strip hay, yes."
"Get it in afore Wednesday, then,"
advised Jared, with a wise look at the
"Sure thing, within- twenty-four
The sky was clear and spotless, but
Rufus Dawes quickened his step. If
there was one weather-versed man in
Bridgeton, it was Jared. He never
prophesied wrong. The almanac
might err, the signal service quibble,
but Jared never made a mistake.
Hence, his neighbor hobbled off at an
accelerated pace to save his menaced
Then Jared Dunn, double-faced old
skeesicks that he was! ambled enjoy
ably around to his extensive poulary
yard. It was with eyes of pride and
exultation that he viewed one partic
ular fowl among the numerous. This
'was a gloriously streaked and crested
goose. It was pacing about in a con
sequential way, as though aware of
the extreme approbation of its own
er. It was still honking, but low and
crooning, as though talking to itself.
"Daily report, all the same, old
Honolulu!" approved Jared. "I
wouldn't care to part with you."
Honolulu was a bird of passage,
stroay domiciled in an alien land.
A wild jose of superior endurance
and flying ower, it had landed down
in the poultry yard among other more
civilized fellows about a year previ
ous. There was a jagged wound in
its neck and as Jared came to exam
ine this, he found imbedded within it
the broken off stone head of an ar
row. It was by pure accident that this
arrow had played an important part
in the fortunes of Jared. He chanced
to relate the incident to a college .pro
fessor, whose fad was archeology and
"I Wouldn't Care to Part V."lh You."
kindred sciences. The professor took
an interest in the circumstance. The
arrow head was one identified as used
by ah obscure tribe in the Sandwich
Islands. It was apparent, therefore,
that Honolulu had winged a memor
able flight over land and sea thou
sands of miles, to domesticate itself
in an humble poultry yard in a
strange land. The incident of the long
flight of the fowl, was published in
several scientific journals, the naina
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