"Take it away!"
Mr. Ditmars went to the king cobra's cage, ana witn the aid of a lantern and small cigar box succeeded In capturing the tarantula without disturbing the slumbers of the cobra. - He brought It into hia office and showed It to his friend. The big spider was apparently in a dormant condition, and the friend asked It it was really alive. - .; - i - . I will put It on the floor and we will see," said Mr. Ditmars, suiting the action to tne wora. une Dig spiaer for a lew sec onds after it was laid on the carpet did not exhibit the slightest alam of lite, and Mr. Ditmars's friend, who had heard that tarantulas were peculiarly active Insects and who had consequently kept at what he tnougnt was a sate aistance irom it, toox a step toward it. temarklnsT at the same time thit he thought the creature was dead. He had hardly -- completed, the observation when the huge Insect gathered its assortment of hairy leas together and executed a leap of about three feet across the carpet. Mr. Ditmars a friend became pale, and with surprising agility vaulted to tne top or a table, exclaiming, " Take it away: "