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THE AUG ORCHESTRA IS TUNING UP
Do You Know How the Katydid, the Grasshopper and the Others Play Their
Fiddles and Fill the Summer Air With Music?
The bug symphony orchestra is about to start its annual series of
concerts in the fields and on-.the lawns and in the trees. How many people
are there who know something of these little fiddlers and the way they pro
duce their sounds?.1
With the katydid playing first violin, the common grasshopper operat
ing his" horse, fiddle and the cricket playing his fiddle with the. xylophone
like sounds, the concerts that are to be heard "daily and nightly are much
more wonderful than those that come from man-made musical instruments.
The katydid is'perhaps the. leading musical figure among the bugs. He"
is equipped by naturewith' a most curious instrument wherewith to make
the sounds. It consists.-o'f a; pair of wings. A katydid, you know, has two
pairs of wings. The larger-upper wings he uses to fly with and the smaller
or lower wings are vhisv violin. They are provided with very large, strong
veins. ' As he settles down for a solo he simply rubs the lower wings against
the upper ones and produces the sound that rings out on the sil5- summer,
Tie cqinmoh grasshopper the little green fellow that everybody is
familiar with plays' all the accompaniments for the" singers and instru
mentalists with a slightly, different form of fiddle. He has the big veins
on his ribs, too, but he uses 'his leg as..a bow. The leg has a number of "lit
tle beads on it and these are filled with fine hairs. When he draws his leg
back and-forth over- his-wing the sound that is made is heard for a long
distance. His" poor littlemate hasn't a musical ear, however. She can't
play a note.
The locust the 17-year variety is the big drummer of the orchestra.
He has two little drums firmly attached to his abdomen and beats, on these
when he wants.'tojmake music. The death .watch beetle keeps 'the time
for the players with his regular rythmical tap, tap which he makes as he
burrows in old woo'd. The'longhonr beetle makes a rattling sound tjy wig
gling his head and causing the scales on his neck to rattle with-the friction
thus set up..
There are a-lot of other bugs that play in the orchestra occasionally,
some of them drummers, some of them with fiddles. Altogether they are
a wonderful lot -and will bear watching and studying! 1
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FOR MOTHER'S SAKE
Widow's Daughter; Mamma, why
did you tell Mrs. Lamode that I am
onlyeighteen when'f am really twen-'
Widow Because- eighteen is six
years under twenty-four, my- dear.
Daughter Yes, I know; but surely
I. don't need the benefit of those six
years at my age, do I?
Widow Not at all, my child; but
I do. i
BY A REPORTER
Oh, fair is spring,
That joyous time
When 'sidewalks swin in mud;
When raincoats bloom.
And under foot
The sweet galoshas bud.
Girl Are you the man who was
washed ashore from the wreck last
night? Tramp No, miss; I never
was washed ashore in my life nor
afloat, either" for. the matter of that.