Who Were the First Weavers?

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T.Nelson and Sons, 1874 - China - 72 pages
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Page 13 - These webs were not single filmy threads, floating in the air in all directions, but perfect flakes or rags ; some near an inch broad, and five or six long, which fell with a degree of velocity that showed they were considerably heavier than the atmosphere.
Page 9 - I took, early in the morning, a good dose of elixir, and hung three spiders about my neck ; and they drove my ague away. Deo gratias.
Page 49 - ... very imperfectly. This latter circumstance insures to us the eggs for the following season, thus completing the adaptation of the insect in its different stages to the purposes it is destined to fulfil for our advantage. To my mind this striking peculiarity in the habits of the silk-worm beautifully illustrates the care and kindness of the Almighty, in thus making an apparently insignificant reptile the means of conveying so many important benefits to man.
Page 13 - About nine an appearance very unusual began to demand our attention, a shower of cobwebs falling from very elevated regions, and continuing, without any interruption, till the close of the day.
Page 66 - The length of the unbroken thread in a cocoon varies from six hundred to a thousand feet ; and as it is all spun double by the insect, it will amount to nearly two thousand feet of silk, the whole of which does not weigh above three grains and a half : five pounds of silk from ten thousand cocoons is considerably above the usual average.
Page 35 - They have a skin of a shell-like texture, furnished with curious processes, in some long, in others short, in some few, in others numerous ; but are found of this description only in thick woods and...
Page 47 - It is this : that while the caterpillars of all the other tribes of moths and butterflies, when they have arrived at a certain state of maturity, show a restless disposition, and wander about and hide themselves in a variety of places, in order to spin their cocoons, preparatory to their making...
Page 48 - After consuming its immediate supply of mulberry leaves, it waits for a further quantity. And when the period arrives for spinning its cocoon, instead of showing any migratory disposition, it seems to place itself with confidence under the care of man, to provide it with a suitable place for its convenience and protection. In the fly or moth state, the female is quite incapable of flight; and the male, although of a much lighter make, and more active, can fly but very imperfectly. This latter circumstance...
Page 21 - When it had suffered itself to descend nearly to the surface of the water, it stopped short, and by some means, which I could not distinctly see, broke off, close to the spinners, the smallest thread, which still adhering by the other end to the top of the stick, floated in the air, and was so light as to be carried about by the slightest breath.
Page 47 - in reflecting on the benefits accruing to mankind from a remarkable instinct impressed by the great Creator on that insignificant insect the Silkworm. What 68 INSECT ARCHITECTS. \ warmth and comfort does it afford to us ! How useful, convenient, and elegant is the clothing we derive from it ! But this is not all. Let us, for one moment, consider how many thousands of persons are indebted to it for almost their very existence, in consequence of the employment it affords to man in nearly every country...

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