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SPIDERS.

"THE spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in king's palaces. — PROVERBS xxX, 28.

OF all the little folks about us but few are more common than spiders ; none are better worth study, and yet they are neither liked nor admired, and but few give them careful attention. They are not properly insects but more nearly related to scorpions and crabs. It is a very large group, embracing many genera and species. With rare exceptions, and they do not exist with us, spiders are entirely harm-less. They are not inclined to bite ; occasion-ally they do, but I have never heard of such a wound causing much pain but in one instance. These animals are not only harmless but they are very good friends of mankind. They live altogether on insects except when the females turn cannibals and devour their feebler mates. Unless one carefully took into consideration the great numbers of our spiders, he would scarcely do justice to their good services in our behalf.


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