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Feathered Weather Pro phets. ---+- Singular as it may appear, we (" Hamilton Spectator ") are inform ed that in the matter of weather pro phecy Mr Wraggo and I)is Kosciusko Observatory have powerful rivals in the mniagies of the Western district. It is noted as a remarkable fact that these birds nre this year bnilding their "--."t ,?thi-ýýnwwth_ o glseo'mtrid: inst?.or.: On ttit ' ý res denb who'add tht therhe nd-'"'" "to be a tradition among the b'a'ks that when magpies built in this manner it was a .ura sign of aphenomenal visita tion of inrd in the spring. How birds comne to know such matters which ate rigidly excluded from the ken of lUn man beings we do not p ctend to dialne, but the theory is interesting, and many are inclined to attach toiet credence to it. It eeems to as, however, that the birds don't go far enough in giving effect to their theory. If tle wind in the near future is to he any worse than the gales Which lhave recently prevailed they would lshie their wisdom by building in a rabbit bueromy or other subterranean hole some distance below the eurface.