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A SNAKE IN THE ROOM.
of an Odd Adventure
"Mr. Edward H. Cooper's article
on South America and his refer
ence to its poisonous snakes re
mind me of an interesting, adven
ture of -a friend of mine in northern
j My friend was making a collec
j tion of the poisonous snakes of the
! neighborhood, and as every one
1 round us was aware of the fact
, many gifts of the kind were offered
to him. One evening he was writ
ing at a table in our hut when a
local person brought him a small
. living specimen of one of the most
deadly poisonous snakes of the
neighborhood. My friend, who was
very busy, asked him to put it in a
glass jar on the table, which was
Unfortunately the hot night and
other soporific influences proved too
much for my friend's waking pow
ers. He went to sleep with his head
on the table and slept peacefully
till awakened by a fearful crash.
, He had knocked the table over,
with the lamp on it; the lamp had
naturally been put out, and. as his
senses slowly returned, the awak
ened sleeper remembered that the
glass jar also had fallen to the floor
and the snake must now be loose.
Obviously the best thing to do
was to jump on the bed and shout
for help and light. But the hut
was empty, and no help came. One
could not spend the night standing
on a bed roaring ,or help; so, as
there was only a space of about
eight feet between him and the
door, the snake collector jumped
down vfrom the bed, resolved to
make a rush for it. He had taken
his boots off at an earlv part of the
evening, and as he jumped he felt a
sharp, vicjous nip in the heel of his
My friend was a person with plen
ty of cool presence of mind. A serv
ant entered the hut at the mo
ment. He summoned him, told him
curtly that he had not five minutes
to lire and proceeded to dictate a
will and various directions to his
traveling companion and one or two
other persons. But death tarried
an unaccountably long time, and
presently the reason of this became
apparent. The snake was curled up
in a far corner of the room, sway
ing and hissing angrily, and my
friend had jumped off the bed on
to a piece of the broken glass with
which the floor of his room was.
liberally strewn. London , Saturday
j Pat's Narrow Escape.
; During the South African war an
'Irish trooper on outpost duty one
night felt so desperately tired that
he thought he would have a five
minute nap. Placing his helmet on
a rock, he lay down and was soon
in a sound sleep. Waking suddenly,
he mistook his helmet for one of
the enemy, drew his sword and
dealt it a severe blow.
Perceiving his mistake, the troop
er picked up his helmet, which he
had cut in two, and gave thanks to
heaven that he had taken it off be
. fore lying down, "for' he solilo
quized, 'Tiad my head been inside
; that it's 10 to 1 a dead man I would
; have been seeing meself at this
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