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ýý ;T nb1lhbtd i at ,,. a.s Loose am a .atmam Swamp and Forest thbera ites,a ahmouse Traaera. sliest 4p Iteewa speies of Serpent ..fe5ake C1iharmers.ul xas Ti' etnrna Iimi, A BURNS. AN ANIMAL triner, who spent many ears tn he isploy of P. T. Barnum, yestr Ieved a communiestion from the 's faitr em. lsioners in relation to a a Intese for the exposition. Mr. he hid seonaiderable correspondenco the comimioniers over his proposed ihof froes two to a dose or more rep o't every fhn that inhabit all known of thetepth. .ewasiinformed yes S.atast lble aMsnements would be fdef gt ooeietldnf sunke, uad be n ali oetiblS assistance in evel specie of the reptilian l ;pcpeses to ik this great den hloekwill be laed in the a Sbulldla. one of the most t3iy realitie exhibitions ever known. !b he has more than fifty different is readiness for the fair, and his rri at weor all over the world in serpents in their great variety of gte said Mr. Barne, when I saw him rlay at No. 11 Roosevelt streetk "I e undertaken by the no means easy task iseppil every known species of snake Sthe World's fair. It will be the greatest i o oever known, and it will be made S of the poet rmarkable exhibitions of ever witnessed. My idea is not te to have the great den of serpents in l w,but also to uermit those who de ist t view the snakes at meal time. The tre of unbelievere as to the power se owts poes of swallowing a prey, the ameter of whos body exoeds many fold t of their own, wil, if they desire it, be enabledto witness this feat. c;Not long ago a naturalist came to New !a.k with ens of the most magnificent col leilonlof serpents I ever saw, and I have had the the pleasure of witnessing a great many. It was this gentleman's intention totke this splendid collection of snakes tLo gh the country and give a lecture on the." But the people displayed no inter t whatever, and this naturalist who had t the best part of his life in securing collection of reptiles and studying the Serpents of the world, went broke. He fiei foreed to sell the most rare and costly of his eolleetien for enough money to beep the weolf from the door. Now, if he ad gone to Europe his life work would have been appreciated and he would at ease have been recognized as a true natural Lh nad a man of science. The fellows who spin hair-raising yarns about snakes in the museums and circuses make a living out of it, while the true artist, as the gentleman I referred to certainly was, is forced to pov erty because he wanted to give the pablio enuine goods. Well, at any rate, I hope oibe able to interest the thousands who ..will visit the World's fair by its exhibition of reptiles. Two or more species of every known reptile will be shown in a great den. "'But as all snakes do not agree, will it be advisable to have them all together?" "Well, I have not as yet fully perfected :the arrangements appertaining to the dis of the reptiles in the natural history uilding. The idea that strikesme as most 'likely to be adopted is to have a great in closure of very heavy glass in the center of the building. There would be a miniature lake and swamp trees, rocks and dry asur 'lass for the reptiles. Now, of course, we would only put snakes in the den that agreed. The king snake that As common to the western and mid die 'states, where it is frequently eounfounded with the chicken snake, which it very much resembles, though its body is muon slimmer, would have to bhe put in a separate ease. This snake derives itsname ffom the implaeable hostility it manifests to all other reptiles. Nor are its attacks confined to the non-venomous, for I once saw a king snake par sed and kill a rattlesnake. It feds on rats, mice, frogs and birds. Some say that it swallows the snakes that $t kills. My idea is to let the public wit bess the reptiles at meal time especially. They can learn more in a few minutes by rNAE D __________A 1'Hi~ rAIR. praetleal observation than they could by reading a whole room full of books on rep tiles. Another species of snake which I now have, and which will not be placed with the happy family in the main den of reptiles at the fair, is the serpent-eating bamadryas. Mr. Burns exhibited this species of snake which is closely allied to the cobra, being almost as deadly. He had just secured a pair of them for the fair. It is an olive hue on the back and a dull orange below. The female is a dirty brown with cross bands of white. "The hamadryse," continued Mr. Burns, *is a very difficult snake to secure. It is peculiar in that its sole food seems to be reptiles, of which lizards and snakes, whether venomous or otherwise, constitute the principal part. It is industrious and aourageous in pursuit of its Orey. It erects its head very high, and with a dreadful hissing expands the hood, following every nmotion of its prey. At a favorable moment it launoes upon and at the same time gives its victim a bite which produces almost in sant death from poisoning. The swallow lag next follows, after which the reptile is in a state of coma for a dozen or more hours. It does not make another meal for ten or twelve days. Its bite is said to be asfatal as the cobra. being suffiient to roduce death in an elephant within two ours after b$tiae. Like the cobra it is -lprou ind bee for its enemies certain `urs that destroy the eggs, and the ichnen Son, which will not only eat the youngl but does not hesitate to attack the largest *,r u A fight between the ichneumon, dly called the mongoose. and the a affords a sight memorable for matig'g warsnes and celerity of action y attains a ur A en feet. The 4. S T.BI NET. Z4F ...F. WATGME& BIAMONBD. STERLING SILX1BRWARB. A Complete Line of the Finest Jewelry. RARE GEMS OF MONTANA SAPPHIRES. Largest Stock and Lowest Prices in the Northwest,\ Largest Stock and Lowest Prices in the Northwest, smake now in Mr. Burns' strong box is about eleven feet long. M . Burns also hae in his fair colleetion two cobras. They arrived from the East Indies last week. "This dreadful snake," said Mr. Buras, "has a large range over the East Indies, where it is everywhere regarded with the horror of a pestilence, a feeling most nat ural when we consider that not less than 5,000 persons annually pe: ish from its bite.. in the Indian peninsula alone. The Hindus hold this reptile in reverence and resent any attempt at its destruction. In coloring this reptile diffe a mrterially, according to season and locality. Most frequently it is of a deep olive on the back, white below,. with hooded neek on which aopears mark ings somewhat resembling eyeglasses, ex cept that the bow is longer. But again it may be brown, with black eyeglasses: or the body may be deep brown with no eye glasses at all, or only a couple of white spots on the neck; again the reptile appears with black body with a sin gle white spot on the neck. Numer one and variable as the markings are they belong to a single species. As the collection of snakes I am gathering for the fair is intended to becomplete in every re spect, I will have the hooded snake in its various colorings. The most peculiar thing about the hooded snake, or cobra di capello, is the curious dilatable seek, which it spreads on the slightest irritation. This power is afforded by means of elongated ribs, which maya be thrown out or depressed at will. When exuanded the neck is several times the width of the head, by which a covered hood is formed, on the back of which is the singular decoration called eye glass marks. The superstitions Buddhists regard this marking as the imprint of Buddha, and explain it by declaring that whoe Buddha became weary with the work of creation he sought repose under the shade of a tree. but the sun moving while he thus slept poured its rays into his face. A cobra, perceiving the exposure of the philosopher spread its hood and re mained bent over him, thus shading his face until his sleep was finished. Upon waking Buddha perceived what kind office the aerpent had rendered him and there apon promised to repay the cobra with a like kindness. This promise he soon for got, but was reminded of it under peculiar circumstances. Years afterward a great bird hovering over the earth began devour ing the cobras until the species became well nigh extinct. Thereupon, in a spirit of despair, the cobra that had shielded Buddha besought him, and referring to his premise, petitioned the god to give protec tion to his species, which uddhba did b placing the markings upon the cobra . head, thereby frightening the great bird and preventing its farther attacks. 'l h natives, therefore, regard the reptile that once received the favor of the founder of their religion as too saered for molestation. although its bite is so venomous that none ever recovers from it. "It is also my intention to have Hindus at the fair," continued Mr. Burns. "What .more interesting exhibition could there be than a couple of Hindus sitting outside their hats, which will be reproduced true to nature, charming cobras with music, and men and women snake charmers will be se cured, and the tnousands of visitors will be convinced of the truth of the stories of snake-charming by music. It is a strange fast, not less diffllcult to understand than the accepted scienee of mesmerism, that music exerts a fascinating power over many creatures, and sensibly and powerfully on the oobra. Sometimes, it is true, the fangs of these performing reptiles are drawn, but not alwpys, nor by any save the eounterfeiters and fakirs. Those who have studied the habits and dis position of this snake are able to handle it with impunity, and seemingly to make it dance to their pipings. Thus may be seen in every part of India Hindus going about from place to place with baskets filled with cobras. When e/er an audience seems premising the bas kets are deposited, music of fife, tambour and drum starts up, at which the snakes crawl forth at their own volition, and go writhing among the charmers. I want to reproduce this very interesting exhibition true to life at the fair." "How many snakes will be seen at the fair?" "Well, in round numbers, about 2,000. Of course, there are not that number of dif ferent species, but I will have them of all sizes, shapes and colors. Reptiles are classed by naturalists as ophidia, a Greek word, meaning serpent, and under this head follows the numerous species which have been divided by Lacapede into eight genera, each of which are again subdivided into several classes. 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