Image from page 218 of "St. Nicholas [serial]" (1873)
Title: St. Nicholas [serial]
Authors: Dodge, Mary Mapes, 1830-1905
Subjects: Children's literature
Publisher: [New York : Scribner & Co.]
Contributing Library: Information and Library Science Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Digitizing Sponsor: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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le six young barn-owls, ous disks around the eyes were bordered withwhich crouched in the farthest corner. The a band of brown, and for the first time youmother bird awaited my next move in a defi- realized that they were beginning to look likeant attitude. Quite arumpus was raised in thefamily before three ofthe younger memberswere induced to sit fortheir pictures on a near-by log, an honor whichthe mother positively de-clined. Possiblyshe mayhave felt ashamed of herbrood, for a more home-lylot of youngsters neverstood up to be photo-graphed. From head tofoot they were clothed ina suit of soft, yellowishdown, and their long,solemn faces and littleblack eyes gave thema grotesque appearance.They did not object atall to being handled. One little fellow was only about half as real owls. So interesting had they becomelarge as his brothers, and was probably fully a that I decided to take them home in orderweek younger. They were returned to the more leisurely to watch further developments.
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THEY HAVE CAST ASIDE THEIR DOWNY BABY-CLOTHES, AND ARE DRESSED IN ABRAND-NEW SUIT OF FEATHERS OF THE LATEST STYLE. 748 NATURE AND SCIENCE FOR YOUNG FOLKS. [JUNE, They showed great aversion to the cat, andwhenever pussy came near she was sure to begreeted with a loud snapping of beaks and athreatening chorus of hisses, andshe never seemed to desire anycloser acquaintance. Thomas H. Jackson. ANTS COW-SHEDS. One of the most interestingstudies of insect life is the rela-tionship between ants and plant-lice, or aphids. These plant-licesupply honeydew from the juiceswhich they take as food fromplants. The ants are very fondof this sweet substance, and carefor the aphids in a manner thatseems to us surprisingly intelli-gent. They sometimes carrythem bodily to a better feeding-ground and drive away certainof their enemies. It is claimed that they evenbuild sheds of mud in the crotches of shrubsand small trees. On account of this insectrelationship, one may truthfully call the ants THE BULLFRO
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