Ways of the Six-Footed

9781493536894: Ways of the Six-Footed

An excerpt from the PREFACE

The stories in this volume were written with the definite purpose of illustrating the great primal truth that wherever there is life there are problems confronting it; and that the way of solving these problems has been the way to success in the evolution of a species. The writer has hoped to depict also, in some measure, the dignity of life's upward struggle, however humble the incarnation.

No excuse is offered that the facts herein given were not ascertained through original and personal investigations ; the object of the volume is not to give new facts, but rather to give another standpoint for viewing the facts already known. Yet the reason for selecting these particular stories out of a world full is that I have read chapters of them with mine own eyes, and have been able here and there to add something not before recorded. The complete story of the Ceratina was brought to me page by page from the fields by my husband for my daily entertainment while I was prostrated by a tedious illness. The Little Nomad was my special chum during a summer vacation. The Seine Maker is a water sprite that has lured me to various indiscreet excursions to the middle of swift streams.

And the crickets, bees, wasps, and ants have been our boon companions for many a happy summer and autumn.


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