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A Moment of Peril.

The following story comes from India, and told by an English officer who w^s stationed at Tonngoo :—" It was during the -wet monsoon. We were sitting aver our coffee, when a young lieutenant called out, ' I feel something creeping up my right; leg.' I niay mention that white canvas trousers are worn for the sake of cpolness. An old officer present told the young fellow not to stir, but sit perfectly quiet, adding that it was no. doubt a snake, and that, if he were to, change his position, he might b ; e fatally bitten. The young fellosw behaved with much nerve. His face, became a shade paler, but he took the advice given and remained quiet. He told us ma, low .voice that the creature, whatever it was, could not get past his knee, and that it had coiled itself around his leg, Not knowing how the affair might end, the colonel sent to town for a snake-charmer. Two of fche worthies soon made their ap-. pearance—one with a reed-pipe somewhat resembling a flageolet, the "other bearing a basket with flaps to^ it.. The basket with one flap up, ism set down behind, the yp.ujig officer's chair, the bearer squatting beside it. The other officers made room, for the charmers. The musician commenced to play a low, soft n\e,lo,c\y on his pipe, monotonous but pleading* In a few minutes the head of the reptile was seen to peep oufc of; the young officer's trousers and softer nodding jt about a little, peeping, time with the cadence of the music the snake slowly wriggled itself free from the young man's leg "and glided towards [ the piper. The music now became fast 1 and wild, the snake keeping time with it until with a rapid sharp movement, the man on the floor caught the snake by the neck, thus forcing his jaws apart., $^'o-.. ducing a steel instrument $$,$ operate? ' pulled the poison-bag- out with a dexterous jerk, then threVlhe snake into the basket;, and shutdown-the flap. On r&- ---| calving a rew rupees, the charii\e,i> made' a low obeisance and retired with their, prize. The snake £iwed to be a cobra, di capello, or hosr«ftect snake, about eighteen' iiie>»fj."i m length. After the reptile Ifrftd; i withdrawn from about his leg the yourur I fellow would have fainted from the reac- ■ tion, but an old. ©.ffteer had a tumbler of fyraiyly iwly, which ho made the youth swallow. This restorative soon put him to rights, although I don't suppose he forgot the incident for sonje time."

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A Moment of Peril., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2485, 7 August 1890

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A Moment of Peril. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2485, 7 August 1890