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hands' or dress', I shall not think them so very ugly after all'. I do think their colored wingssome red, and some yellow-are really beautiful."
15. "Are there many other insects that are as useful as the lady-birds, and the flies'?" asked Willie.
16. "What do you think of the bees, that make the honey you like so well?" asked Uncle John.
17. "Yes, Willie'," said Minnie, "we are to have some honey for tea. I think the bee is much more useful than the lady-bird."
18. "And I remember," said Willie, "that in the third chapter of Matthew, which we had for our Bible lesson last Sunday, it is said of John the Baptist, 'his meat was locusts and wild honey!' But is the locust, as well as the honey, really good food, Uncle John'?"
19. "I suppose the locust mentioned in Matthew was a kind of grasshopper," said Uncle John, "which is still found in immense numbers in some Eastern countries, and is used there as a common article of food."
20. "Are there any other useful insects'?" asked Willie.
"What do you think of the silk-worm, which makes all the silk that is used in silk dresses, and shawls, and gloves, and many other articles'? Is the silk-worm of any use' ?"
21. "But is the silk-worm an insect' ?" asked Willie. "I did not know that worms' were called insects'."
22. "The silk-worm," said Uncle John, "is a
caterpillar, which, after spinning its silk', and winding itself up in a little mass of it, called a cocoon', comes out a butterfly, or moth."
23. "I suppose just like the common caterpillar which you told us about," said Willie. "But is all the silk in
Silk-worm, Cocoon, Moth, and Moth's Eggs. the world made by such little worms' ?"
24. "Yes, all of it. But how many elegant ladies do you suppose ever reflected' that their most costly and most beautiful articles of dress are furnished by a mere worm-by a common caterpil lar!"
25. "But are there many other useful insects'?" asked Willie.
"T suppose all insects have their uses," said Uncle John, "and that our heavenly Father made all of them for wise purposes. But where do you suppose we get the red, and crimson, and scarlet colors, for coloring many of our silk and cotton goods'?"
26. "I'm sure I don't know," said Willie. But Minnie said that Aunt Mary bought some coch'-ineal' at the drug-store, a few days ago, to color a shawl; but what the coch'-i-neal was made of, she did not know'.
27. "The coch'-i-neal," said Uncle John, "which
was long thought to be the seeds of a plant, is a very small red insect', that is obtained in great numbers in Mexico', and in some of the warm countries of South America. It is found feeding on the cactus plant. If you should moisten some of the dry coch'-i-neal in vinegar, you might per haps see the ringlets of the insect's body, and also its little feet.
28. "But here I can show you a picture of the cactus plant on which the coch'-i-neal feeds, and also a picture of two of the insects, although both are here made much larger than they are in nature. The male insect is seen on the left, and the female on the right. It is the female insect-ugly. looking as it is here-which is so much prized for the beauty of its color."
29. "How strange?" said Lucy. "I wonder how many people know that coch'-i-neal is only a dried insect'! Poor little creatures! I wonder how many of you it would take to weigh a pound!"
a RE-FLECT-ING, thinking; considering. THRIVE, grow fat.
COR-DI-NA-RY, usual; customary.
d SA-LI'-VA, spittle.
Pu'-TRID, decaying; rotten.
f IM-MENSE, very great.
8 RE-MARK'ED, said.
h DAM'-AGE, injury.
1 REM'-E-DY, cure.
RE-FLECT -ED, considered.
K FUR-NISHED, supplied.
1 Pronounced kotch'-in-ēēl.
in PRIZED, valued.
[LESSON LXV. explains some of the uses of insects. What is said of spiders; of caterpillars, grasshoppers, flies, etc. How flies eat sugar. One of the important uses of flies. What is said of the lady-birds-what they eat, etc. Bees and locusts. The silk-worm. Cochineal.]
THE SPIDER AND THE FLY.-A Fable.
1. "Will you walk into my parlor'?" said the Spider to the Fly;
""Tis the prettiest little parlor that ever you did spy';a The way into my parlor is up a winding stair;
And I've many curious things to show whe
"Oh, no, no," said the little Fly; "to ask me is in vain; For who goes up your winding stair, can ne'er come down again."
2. "I'm sure you must be weary', dear', with soaring up so high';
Will you rest upon my little bed' ?" said the Spider to the Fly.
"There are pretty curtains drawn around'; the sheets are fine and thin';
And if like to rest a while', I'll snugly tuck you in'." "Oh, no, no," said the little Fly; "for I've often heard it said,
They never, never wake again, who sleep upon your bed."
3. Said the cunning Spider to the Fly, "Dear friend', what can I do
To prove the warm affection I've always felt for you`?
"Oh, no, no," said the little Fly; "kind sir, that can not be:
I've heard what's in your pantry'; and I do not wish to see!"
4. "Sweet creature'," said the Spider, "you're witty' and you're wise';
How handsome are your gauzy wings! how brilliant are your eyes'!
I have a little looking-glass upon my parlor shelf;
If you'll step in one moment', dear', you shall behold' yourself."
"I thank you, gentle sir," she said, "for what you're pleased to say;
And bidding you good-morning now', I'll call another day."
5. The spider turned him round about, and went into his den;
For well he knew the silly fly would soon come back again:
So he wove a subtlee web, in a little corner sly,
6. Then to his door he came again, and merrily did sing, "Come hither, hither, pretty Fly', with the pearl and silver wing';
Your robes are green and purple'; there's a crest upon your head';
Your eyes' are like the diamond bright'; but mine' are dull as lead'!"
7. Alas! alas! how very soon this silly little fly,
Hearing his wily, flattering words, came slowly flitting by'!