. The book of bugs. Spiders. 149 tiful, milk-white spider with the crimson trimmings has a little runt of a husband that goes about in plain brown, with dark markings, and he is lucky to be alive. As a rule, in spider-land the males are undersized. They don't last long. It is a kind of a hard world for he- spiders. Imagine how it would be if a man's wife w^ere thirteen hundred times as big as he was. He would have to take all her im- p u d e n c e and back-talk without a whimper. I'm glad I'm not a spider—at least, not a he-spider. When he goes courting, his girl treats him meaner than a dog.

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. The book of bugs. Spiders. 149 tiful, milk-white spider with the crimson trimmings has a little runt of a husband that goes about in plain brown, with dark markings, and he is lucky to be alive. As a rule, in spider-land the males are undersized. They don't last long. It is a kind of a hard world for he- spiders. Imagine how it would be if a man's wife w^ere thirteen hundred times as big as he was. He would have to take all her im- p u d e n c e and back-talk without a whimper. I'm glad I'm not a spider—at least, not a he-spider. When he goes courting, his girl treats him meaner than a dog.
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. The book of bugs. Spiders. 149 tiful, milk-white spider with the crimson trimmings has a little runt of a husband that goes about in plain brown, with dark markings, and he is lucky to be alive. As a rule, in spider-land the males are undersized. They don't last long. It is a kind of a hard world for he- spiders. Imagine how it would be if a man's wife w^ere thirteen hundred times as big as he was. He would have to take all her im- p u d e n c e and back-talk without a whimper. I'm glad I'm not a spider—at least, not a he-spider. When he goes courting, his girl treats him meaner than a dog. But even the spideress with the highest principles will finally succumb to the charms of some y o u n g whiffet or other, but if he stays around the place he has to understand distinctly that he must keep out of the way. She's got a lot of things on her mind and she can't be bothered with him. He knows what she means. So he hops around, hangs to her when he can, drops when he can, dodges when he can, but you know what the upshot of it always is. One day there is a withered he-spider skin hanging in the web and the widow stops and looks at it before she throws it out. She smacks her mouth. Well," says she and draws a long breath, " he certainly was good to me." The jumping and running spiders are really most interesting to watch in Love's brief delirium. Then they put on their nicest clothes and do all sorts of cake walks. 33- Spider, exhibiting his charms before the female.. Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digitally enhanced for readability - coloration and appearance of these illustrations may not perfectly resemble the original work.. Sutherland, Harvey. New York ; London : Street & Smith