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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 22, 1912, Image 5

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THE TALE OF A FROZEN SNAKE, A PERSIAN CAT AND
A KIND-HEARTED HUSBAND '
Lenox, Mass., Feb. 22. Chas.
Caul, of this city, acquired a lot of
knowledge of the ways of snakes
last night.
Caul is a little man, with a big
wife, and like all little men with
big wives, he is very tender heart
ed TT icn't nnifp en tpnrlpr.
I hearted today as he was yester
day:
Caul was clearing the snow
out of his back yard last night,
when he saw what looked like a
four-foot long stick, imbedded in
ice. He stooped to pick it up,
rmrl nnticp'rl tlinf the stick had a.
' peculiar knob on the end ofit.
Why," he said, examining it
a little closer, "it's a poor little
snake, all frozen up."
"Poor, frozen, little snake,"
said Caul, and picked it up, and
carried it into the kitchen. There
he laid it in front of the fire, and
watched hopefully.
"Maybe I can bring the poor
little thing back to life," he said.
The ice began to melt, and
dirty up the kitchen floor, which
Caul later had a great deal of
trouble explaining to Mrs. Caul.
'And then Mrs. Caul's $200 pet
Persian cat, strolled in to see
what was doing.
"See the poor frozen snake,"
said Caul to the cat.
The cat saw the snake, and
looked doubtfully. All the ice had
now melted from the snake. The
cat reached out a paw, and
touched the snake, just to see
what would happen. The snake
giggled its tail. a.
"Oh, it's coming back to life,"
said Caul, much enthused over .
the outcome of his tenderness of
heart.
It was. First the tail wiggled
a little harder. Then the head
moved. Then the snake bunched
itself up like a man about to have
delirium tremens and stuck out
its tongue. (This is a snake's
way of informing he world that
there's achip on its shoulder.)
Mrs. Caul's cat was much dis- '
turbed by this performance. It
was a new one on it. If it had
been an ordinary, squaling, backyard-haunting
cat, it would have
known better. But a blue ribbon
Persian, accustomed to petting i
and chocolates, doesn't know i
much about snakes. It thought,-.,
it was a new thing for it to play-
with, and 'reached out a paw
again, and once more touched the
snake.
"S-ssssss!" said the snake,-,
meaning, what d'you want to do,"
you booh, start something? '
"Ps-sssst!" said the cat, and
jumped back.
Caul was much lifted by this.-:
performance. He remembered K
stories he had' heard of cats
I adopting chickens, and things
like that.
"Perhaps kitty will suckle the
snake, and then Mrs. Caul will
have two pets instead of one,'1 he
muttered.
Perhaps "kitty" intended to
suckle the snake. There's no tell
ing. If "kitty" did, the snake
didn't intend "kitty," should.

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