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THE WATCH AS A COMPASS

The watch is often used to give the compass-point exactly. Thus : Point the hour hand to the sun, then, in the morning, half- way between the hour hand and noon is due south. If afternoon, one must reckon halfway backward. .Thus, at 8 A. M., point the hour hand to the sun and reckon hack halfway; the south is at lo. If at 4 P. M., point the hour hand at the sun and reckon back halfway. The south is at 2 o'clock. The halfway " is because the sun makes a course of twenty- four hours and the clock of but twelve. If we had a rational time- piece of twenty-four hours, it would fit in much better with all nature, and with the hour-hand pointed to the sun would make 12 o'clock, noon, always south. If you cannot see the sun, get into a clear, open space, hold your knife-point upright on your watch-dial, and it will cast a faint shadow, showing where the sun really is, unless the clouds are very heavy.

OLD SAYINGS AND WEATHER SIGNS

When the dew is on the grass, Rain will never come to pass. When the grass is dry at night, Look for rain before the light. When grass is dry at morning light, Look for rain before the night. •fc>* Three days' rain will empty any sky. A deep, clear sky of fleckless blue Breeds storms within a day or two. When the wind is in the east, It's good for neither man nor beast.