among the meadow people

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: THE ANT In one of the Ant-hills in the highest part of the meadow, were a lot of young Ants talking together. " I," said one, " am going to be a soldier, and drive away anybody who comes to make us trouble. I try biting hard things every day to make my jaws strong, so that I can guard the home better." "I," said another and smaller Ant, "want to be a worker. I want to help build and repair the home. I want to get the food for the family, and feedthe Ant babies, and clean them off when they crawl out of their old coats. If I can do those things well, I shall be the happiest, busiest Ant in the meadow." "We don't want to live that kind of life," said a couple of larger Ants with wings. " We don't mean to stay around the Ant-hill all the time and work. We want to use our wings, and then you may be very sure that you won't see us around home any more." The little worker spoke up : " Home is a pleasant place. You may be very glad to come back to it some day." But the Ants with the wings turned their backs and would n't listen to another word. A few days after this there were exciting times in the Ant-hill. All the winged Ants said " Good-bye" to the soldiers and workers, and flew off through the air, flew so far that the little ones at home could no longer see them. All day long they were gone, but the next morning whenthe little worker (whom we heard talking) went out to get breakfast, she found the poor winged Ants lying on the ground near their home. Some of them were dead, and the rest were looking for food. The worker Ant ran up to the one who had said she didn't want to stay around 'home, and asked her to come back to the Ant-hill. " No, I thank you," she answered. " I have had my breakfast now, and am going to fly off again." She raised her wings to go, bu...
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