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several times, and once pinched A short time had elapsed, me on the side so violently, when some voices were heard, that the pain nearly brought and from the corner of my eyes forth an exclamation of anger. I saw two athletic youths making I looked at him; his eye met their entrance, bearing a dead mine, but his look was so for- stag on a pole. They disposed bidding, that it struck a chill of their burden, and asking for into the more nervous part of whisky, helped themselves freely my system. He again seated to it. Observing me and the himself, drew his butcher-knife wounded Indian, they asked from its greasy scabbard, ex- who I was, and why that rascal amined its edge as I would do (meaning the Indian, who they that of a razor suspected dull, knew understood not a word of replaced it, and again taking English) was in the house. The his tomahawk from his back, mother-for so she proved to filled the pipe of it with tobacco, be-badethem speak less loudly, and sent me expressive glances made mention of my watch, and whenever our hostess nced took them to a corner, where to have her back towards us. a conversation took place, the
“Never until that moment purport of which it required had my senses been awakened little shrewdness in me to guess. to the danger which I now sus. I tapped my dog gently; he pected to be about me. I re- moved his tail, and with indeturned glance for glance to my scribable pleasure, I saw his fine companion, and rested well as eyes alternately fixed on me, sured that, whatever enemies I and raised towards the trio in might have, he was not of their the corner.
I felt that he pernumber. I asked the woman ceived danger in my situation. for my watch, wound it up, and The Indian exchanged a last under pretence of wishing to glance with me. see how the weather might pro • The lads had eaten and bably be on the morrow, took drunk themselves into such up my gun, and walked out of condition, that I already looked the cabin. I slipped a ball | upon them as hors de combat; into each barrel, scraped the and the frequent visits of the edges of my flints, renewed the whisky-bottle to the ugly mouth primings, and returning to the of their dam I hoped would hut, gave a favourable account soon reduce her to a like of my observations. I took a state. Judge of my astonishfew bear-skins, made a pallet of ment, reader, when I saw this them, and calling my faithful incarnate fiend take a large dog to my side, lay down, with carving - knife and go to the my gun close to my body, and grindstone to whet its edge. I in a few minutes was to all ap- saw her pour the water on the pearance fast asleep.
turning machine, and watched
her working away with the dan-defenceand vociferations, shared gerous instrument, until the the same fate. The Indian fairly cold sweat covered every part danced with joy, and gave us of my body, in despite of my to understand that, as he could determination to defend myself not sleep for pain, he would to the last. Her task finished, watch over us.
You may supshe walked to her reeling sons, pose we slept much less than and said, “ There, that'll soon
The two strangers settle him! Boys, kill you gave me an account of their and then for the watch.” once having been themselves
'I turned, cocked my gun: in a somewhat similar situation. locks silently, touched my faith-Day came, fair and rosy, and ful companion, and lay ready with it the punishment of our to start up and shoot the first captives. who might attempt my life. The They were now quite sobered. moment was fast approaching, Their feet were unbound, but and that night might have been their arms were still securely my last in this world, had not tied. We marched them into Providence made preparations the woods off the road, and for my rescue. All was ready: having used them as regulators the infernal hag was advancing were wont to use such delinslowly, probably contemplating quents, we set fire to the cabin, the best way of despatching gave all their skins and impleme whilst her sons should be ments to the young Indian warengaged with the Indian. I rior, and proceeded well pleased was several times on the eve of towards the settlements. rising and shooting her on the ‘During upwards of twentyspot; but she was not to be five years, when my wanderings punished thus.
The door was extended to all parts of our suddenly opened, and there en-country, this was the only time tered two stout travellers, each at which my life was in danger with a long rifle on his shoulder. from my fellow-creatures. InI bounced up on my feet, and deed, so little risk do travellers making them most heartily wel run in the United States, that come, told them how well it no one born there ever dreams was for me that they should of any to be encountered on the have arrived at that moment. road; and I can only account The tale was told in a minute. for the occurrence, by supposThe drunken men were secured, ing that the inhabitants of the and the woman, in spite of her cabin were not Americans.'
‘Time and experience have con- of him, without showing the vinced me that there is not least inclination to make a much danger in roving amongst spring at me.
He would apsnakes and wild beasts, pro- pear to keep his eye fixed on vided only you have self-com- me, as though suspicious, but mand. You must never ap- that was all. Sometimes I have proach them abruptly; if so, you taken a stick ten feet long, and are sure to pay for your rashness, placed it on the labarri's back. because the idea of self-defence He would then glide away withis predominant in every animal; out offering resistance. But and thus the snake, to defend when I put the end of the stick himself from what he considers abruptly to his head, he immean attack upon him, makes the diately opened his mouth, flew intruder feel the deadly effect at it, and bit it. of his poisonous fangs. The ‘One day, wishful to see how jaguar flies at you, and knocks the poison comes out of the you senseless with a stroke of fang of the snake, I caught a his paw; whereas, if you had labarri alive. He was about not come upon him too sud- eight feet long. I held him by denly, it is ten to one but that the neck, and my hand was so he had retired in lieu of disput- near his jaw, that he had not ing the path with you. The room to move his head to labarri snake is very poisonous, bite it. This was the only and I have often approached position I could have held him within two yards of him without in with safety and effect. To fear. I took care to move very do so, it only required a little softly and gently, without mov- resolution and coolness. I then ing my arms, and he always took a small piece of stick in allowed me to have a fine view the other hand, and pressed it
against the fang, which is invari- and as often been disappointed. ably in the upper jaw. To-One Sunday morning I met one wards the point of the fang, of them in the forest, and asked there is a little oblong aperture him which way he was going; on the convex side of it. he said he was going towards Through this there is a com Warratilla Creek to hunt an munication down the fang to armadillo; and he had his little the root, at which lies a little dog with him. On coming bag containing the poison. back about noon, the dog Now, when the point of the began to bark at the root of a fang is pressed, the root of the large tree, which had been upset fang also presses againt the bag, by the whirlwind, and was lying and sends up a portion of the there in a gradual state of depoison therein contained. Thus, cay. The negro said he thought when I applied a piece of stick his dog was barking at an to the point of the fang, there acouri, which had probably came out of the hole a liquor taken refuge under the tree, and thick and yellow, like strong he went up with an intention to camomile tea. This was the kill it; he then saw a snake, and poison, which is so dreadful in hastened back to inform me its effects, as to render the of it. labarri snake one of the most *The sun had just passed the poisonous in the forests of meridian in a cloudless sky. Guiana. I once caught a fine There was scarce a bird to be labarri, and made it bite itself. seen; for the winged inhabitants I forced the poisonous fang of the forest, as though overinto its belly. In a few minutes come by heat, had retired to I thought it was going to die, the thickest shade: all would for it appeared dull and heavy. have been like midnight silence, However, in half an hour's time were it not that the shrill voice he was as brisk and vigorous as of the pi-pi-yo every now and ever, and in the course of the then resounded from a distant day showed no symptoms of tree. I was sitting, with a little being affected. Is, then, the life Horace in my hand, on what of the snake proof against its had once been the steps which own poison ?
formerly led up to the now • There was a person making mouldering and dismantled shingles, with twenty or thirty building. The negro and his negroes, not far from Mibiri- little dog came down the hill in hill. I had offered a reward to haste, and I was soon informed any of them who would find a | that a snake had been disgood-sized snake in the forest, covered ; but it was a young and come and let me know one, called the bush-master, and where it was. Often had these a rare and poisonous snake. I negroes looked for a large snake, instantly rose up, and laying
hold of my eight-foot lance, name Brouwer, killed a boa which was close by me, “Well, twenty-two feet long, with a then, Daddy,” said I, “ we'll go pair of stag's horns in his mouth. and have a look at the snake." He had swallowed the stag, but I was barefoot, with an old hat, could not get the horns down; check shirt, and trousers on,
so he had to wait in patience and a pair of braces to keep with that uncomfortable mouththem up. The negro had his ful till his stomach digested the cutlass; and as we ascended body, and then the horns would the hill, another negro, armed drop out. In this plight the with a cutlass, joined us, judg-| Dutchman found him as he was ing from our race that there going in his canoe up the river, was something to do. The and sent a ball through his little dog came along with us; head. and when we had got about 'On ascertaining the size of half a mile in the forest, the the serpent the negro had just negro stopped, and pointed to found, I retired slowly the way the fallen tree. All was still and I came, and promised four silent. I told the negroes not dollars to the negro who had to stir from the place where shown it to me, and one to they were, and keep the little the other who had joined us. dog in, and that I would go in Aware that the day was on the and reconnoitre.
decline, and that the approach 'I advanced up to the place of night would be detrimental slow and cautious. The snake to the dissection, a thought was well concealed, but at last struck me that I could take I made him out; it was a him alive. I imagined, if I coulacanara, not poisonous, but could strike him with the lance large enough to have crushed behind the head and pin him to any of us to death. On mea- the ground, I might succeed in suring him afterwards, he was capturing him. When I told something more than fourteen this to the negroes, they begged feet long
This species of and entreated me to let them snake is very rare, and much go for a gun and bring more thicker in proportion to his force, as they were
sure the length than any other snake in snake would kill some of us. I the forest. A coulacanara of had been in search of a large fourteen feet in length is as serpent for years, and now, havthick as
a common boa of ing come up with one, it did not twenty-four. After skinning this become me to turn soft. So, snake, I could easily get my taking a cutlass from one of the head into his mouth, as the negroes, and then ranging both singular formation of the jaws the sable slaves behind me, I admits of wonderful extension. told them to follow, and that I
‘A Dutch friend of mine, by would cut them down if they