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... water, the music rapidly spread until it reached the edge of
the thick woods, where it was taken up l>y thousands of singers,
and the concert was in as full hlast as it had been the previous
day. This continued a few minutes, until all had apparently taken
part and the song had reached its highest pitch, when it began to
gradually subside, and in a short time silence again prevailed. THE
SO-CALLED STING OF THE CICADA. With every general outbreak of this
insect are associated many accounts in local papers of its stinging
human beings, the sting often resulting, it is stated, more or less
seriously to the person stung. Such accounts were especially
abundant in the great Cicada year 1868, and in every important
Cicada year before and since similar reports have been made. So
great was the fear in 1868, as noted by Professor Kiley, that in
some cases fruits were avoided as being stung and poisoned, and
even drinking water was sometimes under suspicion. So far as
investigation of the reports has been possible they have proved to
be either utterly without foundation or much exaggerated. Referring
again to Dr. Smith's manuscript, it is seen that he spent much
labor in carefully investigating such accounts, and found in every
case that he followed up, where death had been reported as caused
by the "bite" or stiug of the "locusts," the story to be entirely
fabulous. In the cases of apparent stinging he suggests that the
sufferer had probably been stung by a wasp, as will be later
explained, and soundly argues on the susceptibility of some people
to whom the slightest scratch becomes a source of danger. Professor
Potter, referring to the Cicada, says in this connection: "It can
not defend itself against an ant or a fly. We have handled tliem,
male and female, time after tim...
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