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Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_204683
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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fore 1 destroyed this, and the insect set
about another. When I destroyed the
other also, its whole stock seemed entirely
exhausted, and it could spin no more. The
arts it made use of to support itself, now
deprived of its great means of subsistence,
were indeed surprising. I have seen it
roll up its legs like a ball, and lie motion-
less for hours together, but cautiously
watching all the time; when a fly happened
to approach sufficiently near, it would dart
out ail at once, and often seize its prey.
Of this life, however, it soon began to
grow weary, and resolved to invade the
possession of some other spider, since it
could not make a web of its own. It form-
ed an attack upon a neighbouring fortifica-
tion with great vigour, and at first was as
vigorously repulsed. Not daunted, however,
with one defeat, in this manner it continued
to lay siege to another's web for three
days, and at length, having killed the de-
fendant, actually took possession. When
smaller flies happen to fall into the snare,
the spider does not sally out at once, but
very patiently waits till it is sure of them;
for, upon his immediately approaching, the
terror of his appearance might give the
captive strength sufficient to get loose: the
manner then is to wait patiently till, by
ineffectual and impotent struggles, the cap-
tive has wasted all its strength, and then
he becomes a certain and easy conquest.
The insect I am now describing lived
three years; every year it changed its skin,
and got a new set of legs. I have some-
times plucked off a leg, which grew again
in two or three days. At first it dreaded
my approach to its web; but at last it be-
came so familiar as to take a fly out of
my hand; and upon my touching any part
of the web, would immediately leave its
hole, prepared either for a defence or an
attack.
To complete this description, it may be
observed, that the male spiders are much
less than the female, and that the latter
are oviparous. When they come to lay,
they spread a part of their web under the
eggs, and then roll them up carefully, as
we roll up things in a cloth, and thus
hatch them in their hole. If disturbed in
their holes, they never attempt to escape
without carrying this young brood in their
forceps away with them, and thus frequently
are sacrificed to their maternal affection.
As soon as ever the young ones leave
their artificial covering, they begin to spin,
and almost sensibly seem to grow bigger.
It they have the good furtune, when even
but a day old, to catch a fly, they fall to
with good appetites; but they live some-
times three or four days without any sort
of sustenance, and yet still continue to
grow larger, so as every day to double
their former size. As they grow old, how-
ever, they do not still continue to increase,
but their legs only continue to grow longer;
and when a spider becomes entirely stiff
with age, and unable to seize its prey, it
dies at length of hunger. (Goldsmith.)
162. SAGACITY OF A DOG.
In the neighbourhood of Wawaring lived
a person whose name was Le Fevre; he
was the grandson of a Frenchman, who,
at the repeal of the edict of Nantes, had,
with many others, been obliged to flee his
country. He possessed a plantation near
the Blue Mountains (which cross a part of
the state of New York), an enormous chain
abounding in deer and other wild animals.
One day the youngest of Le Fevre's chil-
dren disappeared early in the morning —
he was four years old. The family, after
a partial search becoming alarmed, had
recourse to the assistance of some neigh-
bours. These separated into parties, and
explored the woods in every direction, but
without success. Next day the search was
renewed, but with no better result. In the
midst of their distress Tewenissa, a native
Indian from Anaguaga, upon the eastern
branch of the river Susquehannah, who
happened to be journeying in that quarter,
accompanied by his dog Oniah, happily
went into the house of the planter, with
the design of reposing himself Being in-
formed of the circumstance, he requested
the shoes and stockings last worn by the^
child to be brought to him. He then com-
manded his dog to smeU them; and taking
the house for a centre, described a semi-
circle of a quarter of a mile, urging the
dog to find out the scent. They had not
gone far before the sagacious animal be-
gan to bay. The track was followed up
by the dog with still louder baying, till at
last darting off at full speed, he was lost
in the thickness of the woods. Half an
hour after they saw him returning. His
countenance was animated — bearing even
an expression of joy; it was evident he
had found the child — but was he dead
or ahve? This was a moment of cruel sus-
pense, but it was of short continuance.
The Indian followed his dog, and the ex-
cellent animal quickly conducted him to
the lost child, who was found unharmed,i
lying at the foot of a great tree. Tewen-