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Sagacity of Ants

Articles from the Clunes Guardian and Gazette-April 1905

A friend of mine was greatly pestered with ants. In order to keep them off certain edibles, he surrounded the dainties with a belt of sticky material too tenacious for the tiny feet of the pests. But they were equal to the emergency. Some repairs had been effected in the adjoining yard, and the bits of plaster were lying there. The ants made a concerted effort and carried off fragments of the plaster, and placed them on the adhesive mixture until it was bridged over, and they could continue their feast. What Japanese engineer could have done that better?