Bitten by Katipo.
William Green, aged 23, the son of Mr Green, carpenter of Kurip^us has had a terrible experience from the bite of a katipo, or poisonous spider, HeNras rabbiting ao Riversdale on the East Coast, and on Wednesday' night "was sleeping on the beach with a companion under a tent erected within, a large shut. Before going to sleep, they, had? gathered firewood on. the shore, and placed ifc under cover a few feet from the terit. The decayed timber on the beach is the favourite haunt of the katipo. About 2 a.m. Green was aroused by something picking his arm just above the elbow It seenied like the sting of a bee. Striking a match, he noticed a poisonous spider crawling over the folds of the blankets. The Katipo was dispatched with the bottom of the matchbox. Green's companion wanted to suck the wound, bub it was hardly perceptible, and the young man thought this would be useless. As the pain increased, he got Up, dressed and reached' Riversdale station an hour later. Mr Meredith applied, whisky and other remedies, and m the morning Green hastened into Masterton. In the meantime his arm had swollen and his body was affected. On reaching home Dr Beard was called m, and by active remedies endeavoured to allay tlie sufferings of his patient, who had passed, through an ordeal he will never.forget. The effect of the poison has been to produce muscular pains, all over his body even to his legs, riralj^ng the tortures of rheumatic foyer. He has been seized with fits of shivering followed witli an outbreak of clammy prespiration, and his clothes have had to be changed repeatedly, being wringing wet. It is believed that he will now slowly regain convalescei.ee, but on Saturday night his parents informed state that his sufferings were still almost indescribable.
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Bitten by Katipo., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2462, 9 July 1890
Bitten by Katipo. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2462, 9 July 1890
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