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Black Widows Make Annual Appearance in NYC

Sept. 5, 1961 - Black widow spiders are making their annual seasonal appearance in New York City. This was reported today by John C. Pallister, an entomologist at the American Museum of Natural History. He said that, contrary to general belief, the bite of the black widow is almost never fatal. "People suffer more from fright than they do from a bite," he said. "The black widows only bite when frightened," he added. However, he said, in case of a bite, the victim should enlarge the wound to encourage bleeding to help carry off the poison.

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