It was October and the indians on a remote reservation asked their new
chief if the coming winter was going to be cold or mild.

Since he was a chief in a modern society he had never been taught the
old secrets. When he looked at the sky, he couldn't tell what the winter
was going to be like.

Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he told his tribe that the winter
was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the village should
collect firewood to be prepared.

But being a practical leader, after several days he got an idea. He went
to the phone booth, called the national weather service and asked, "Is
the coming winter going to be cold?" "It looks like this winter is going
to be quite cold," the metorologist at the weather service responded.

The chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect
every scrap of firewood they could find. Two weeks later the chief
called the national weather service again. "Are you absolutely sure that
the winter is going to be very cold?" he asked. "Absolutely," the man
replied. "It's looking more and more like it is going to be one of the
coldest winters ever." .

"How can you be so sure?" the chief asked. The weatherman replied, "The
indians are collecting firewood like crazy."