The Artificial Spider





Cut a piece of burnt cork, about the size of a pea, into the shape of

a spider; make its legs of linen thread, and put a grain or two of

lead in it to give it more weight. Suspend it by a fine line of silk

between an electrified arch and an excited stick of wax; and it will

jump continually from one body to the other, moving its legs at the

same time, as if animated, to the great surprise of the unconscious

spectator.





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