The Ant's House
"What a curious picture that is at the head of this story." That is what I
think I hear some of the "Little Ones" say. "What does it mean?" some one
asks. It looks like a procession of ants. That is just what it is. A
procession of ants all marching off to find a new home. Some one has
destroyed their old one. Let us hope no one did it on purpose.
The ants are very busy and very nice little creatures. If their houses are
stepped upon, or injured so as to be useless the ants immediately go to
work to repair damages. They do not sit down and fuss about it first, but
I have no doubt they let each other know what they think. And how do you
suppose they do this? By touching each other with their tiny feelers.
After they have talked in this way, and decided what is to be done some of
them take the eggs from the ruins and carry them to a safe place. Look
carefully at the pictures, and you will see that almost every ant is
carrying an egg. They know that if they lose the eggs all the young ants
inside the eggs will be lost too.
While ants do not seem to have a very keen sense of hearing, their sense
of smell is very strong. And where do you think it lies? In the same
little feelers with which they talk to each other. The first ant's house
seen in the round picture has been cut in two to show you how wonderfully
these little creatures can build.
It was made by the ants that live in tropical countries. The house at the
back of the picture has not been disturbed. Does it not look as if an
architect had planned it? Ask some of the older people in your family to
tell you something more about ants. There is much more of interest in
regard to them than I have space to write you.