Canton Historical Society

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Is From The Canton Girl Scouts
Canton Bicentennial Historical Activity Book


Signs of Rain

Without satellites and meteorologists, people in the 1880s still knew rain was coming if:

* moles cast up hills

* swallows flew lower than usual

* crickets sang louder than usual

* frogs and toads croaked more than usual

* convolvulus and chickweed closed

* cats licked their bodies and washed their faces

* roosters crowed more than usual and earlier

* worms crept out of the ground in great numbers

* cattle stopped feeding and chased each other in the pastures

* seabirds flew toward land and land birds flew toward sea

* marigolds stayed shut after 7:00 in the evening.

* bees remained in their hives or flew but a short distance from them

* cows made a great deal of noise and flew around and around

* water fowls screamed more than usual and plunged into the water

* leaves of the trees moved without any perceptible wind

* fish bit more readily and came near the surface of streams and ponds

* sheep and goats sprang about in the meadows and fought more than usual

* peacocks and guinea fowls screamed, and turkeys gobbled, and quails made     more noise than usual

* horses stretched out their necks and sniffed the air and assembled in the
corner of the field with their heads to the leeward

* smoke from chimneys blew down or if soot took to fire more readily or fell     down the chimney into the grate


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