Snatching up a big blacksnake whip that lay on the ground, she caught the hames, stretched along the horse's neck, and, for the first time, the fine, big fellow felt on his back the quality of the lash that Duncan was accustomed to crack over him.
Eddie Elf laughed, Tilly and Timothy Toad chuckled, Gerty Gartersnake giggled, Wallie Woodpecker beat a tattoo on wood, Billie Bumblebee buzzed and Winnie Woodchuck sang a woodchuck song.
Native superstitions.--Charming a bewitched woman.--Exorcising ghosts from a field.--Witchcraft.--The witchfinder or 'Ojah,'--Influence of fear.--Snake bites.--How to cure them.--How to discover a thief.--Ghosts and their habits.--The 'Haddick' or native bone-setter.--Cruelty to animals by natives.
Hot streams containing Fish.--Snakes.--Incantation.--Moorish Village.
There is the snake-skin willow and snake's-girdles;--snake's-tongue being a name given to the bane-wort (Ranunculus flammula).
The other noted Negro of North Carolina was mentioned in 1799 by Buchan in his Domestic Medicine as the discoverer of a remedy for the bite of the rattlesnake.
I recall once when a ratsnake gave me a bite on the nose.
Ratsnakes are non-poisonous.)
But that fatal spirit of unrest from which I thought to escape, and which ruled my life for so many years, sometimes asserts its power, and at those times my thoughts turn back to the days when we were all Lieutenants together, marching across the deserts and mountains of Arizona; back to my friends of the Eighth Infantry, that historic regiment, whose officers and men fought before the walls of Chapultepec and Mexico, back to my friends of the Sixth Cavalry, to the days at Camp MacDowell, where we slept under the stars, and watched the sun rise from behind the Four Peaks of the MacDowell Mountains: where we rode the big cavalry horses over the sands of the Maricopa desert, swung in our hammocks under the ramadas; swam in the red waters of the Verde River, ate canned peaches, pink butter and commissary hams, listened for the scratching of the centipedes as they scampered around the edges of our canvas-covered floors, found scorpions in our slippers, and rattlesnakes under our beds.
--Bronze Tomb of Maximilian I.--Entrance into Bavaria Letter VII.--An Excursion to Rock River in Illinois.--Birds and Quadrupeds of the Prairies.--Dad Joe's Grove.--Beautiful Landscape.--Traces of the Indian Tribes.--Lost Rocks.--Dixon.--Rock River; beauty of its banks.--A Horse-Thief.--An Association of Felons.--A Prairie Rattlesnake.--The Prairie-Wolf; its habits.--The Wild Parsnip Letter VIII.--Examples of Lynch Law.--Practices of Horse-Thieves in Illinois.--Regulators.--A Murder.--Seizure of the Assassins, their trial and execution.--One of the Accomplices lurking in the Woods.--Another Horse-Thief shot Letter IX.--An Example of Senatorial Decorum.--The National Museum at Washington.--Mount Vernon.--Virginia Plantations.--Beauty of Richmond.--Islands of James River.--An Old Church.--Inspection of Tobacco.--Tobacco Factory.--Work and Psalmody.--Howden's Statue of Washington.
CHAPTER X. Tom Pope the Scout.--His Report.--An Expedition planned.--Tom's Story.-- A Comanche Village.--The Prisoner.--A New Way of Cooking Steak.--Big Eagle the Chief.--An Escape, and Pursuit.--Soldiers from the Fort.--Our Expedition starts.--The Organos Mountains,--Ned's Adventure with a Rattlesnake.--We strike the Trail and follow it.--Hard Riding.--A Discovery.--Is it Comanche or Apache?--The Moccasin.
Use curbs the snake and tiger, and doth train Fierce woodland lions to bear chastisement; And the young artist, all with toil forspent, By constant use a giant's strength doth gain But with the force of flame it is not so: For while fire sucks the sap of the green wood, It warms a frore old man and makes him grow; With such fine heat of youth and lustihood Filling his heart and teaching it to glow, That love enfolds him with beatitude.
A couple of years ago I was informed of a case where one of these king-snakes was put into an enclosure with an Indian snake- eating cobra or hamadryad of about the same size.
It might be--rats, it might be a bandicoot; it could hardly be a jackal; it might be a SNAKE,--and Trooper Matthewson's carbine clattered to the ground and his knees smote together as he thought the word.
"--Hal a Victim.--I endeavor to comfort him.--A Promise.--The Black-tailed Deer.--The Call and the Snake.--Another Attempt.--Defeated by a Panther.--The Rio Pecos.--The Country through which it runs.--Old Acquaintances in the Distance.--On a Bender.--Ned to the Rescue.--Old Jerry's Bear Story.
The reptile's way of moving himself without legs is his most striking peculiarity; and if we derive dragon from the root meaning to drag, to draw, (because he draws himself along,) we find it analogous to serpent, reptile, snake.b The relation between Greek: trechein and dragan may be seen in G. ziehen, meaning both to draw and to go.
Snakebirds and buzzards resort to the same device, but I cannot recall ever seeing any Northern bird thus engaged.
Footnote 5: A North Carolina Negro had discovered a cure for snakebite; Henry Blair, a slave of Maryland, had invented a corn-planter; and Roberts of Philadelphia had made a machine for lifting railway cars from the tracks.
1691): 'He wore snakebone bandstrings (or bandstrings with huge tassels).'
On the outer end of that line snaked a sixty-foot stick, five feet across the butt, but it came down to the chute head, brushing earth and brush and small trees aside as if they were naught.
Dearest had been taken in.... He said the prayers she taught him mechanically, and when he felt the need of real prayer--(as he did when he had dreamed of the Snake)--he always began, "If you are there, God, and are a good, kind God" ... and concluded, "Yours sincerely, Damocles de Warrenne".
Mingled with these grow, lower, the spiraeas, white and pink, yellow touch-me-not, fresh white arrowhead, bright blue vervain and skullcap, dull snakehead, gay monkey-flower, coarse eupatoriums, milk-weeds, golden-rods, asters, thistles, and a host beside.
He related his own past experience of delirium tremens,--how an iron rod in his hand became a snake,--how a many-bladed knife pierced his flesh,--how a great face on the wall grinned at and threatened him; "and yet," he added, "I knew it was a delusion!"
The blade flashed snakelike in his powerful grasp, the soldiers falling back before the fierce onslaught.
Nearly three months earlier my dad had written to Romulus Whitaker the legendary snakeman who now runs the Croc Bank asking whether I could spend some time there.
a snake!--of the lascar; for I fainted away for the first time in my life.
It is not yet known whether they are due to influenza or to the native custom of partaking heavily of snakepie on the eve of Lent.
There were snakeplants, East-India cherries, coffee-bushes, custard-apples, and the hinano, the sweetness of which and of the tiare made heavy the air.
=12.= THE GINSENG AND SNAKEROOT PLANTS.
There are the tame snakes, the baffled suitors' heads staked to terrify other suitors, and the hero using red-hot iron and spear to slay the two reptiles.
In Gloucestershire the fruit of the Arum maculatum is snake's-victuals, and snake's-head is a common name for thefritillary.
Yes, it is only through the ghastly alcohol-tinted glasses that you can "see snakes"--any fool knows that.
His snakeship was pointed out as lying at the roots of a large tree which had been torn up by a whirlwind.
Bradford, therefore, adopted the Indian method of communicating this reply by expressive signs; and, taking the arrows--which appeared to be poisoned--from the snakeskin, he placed some gunpowder and balls in the significant wrapper.
I was assured that this was not the case in St. Lucia; that the snake attacks no oftener than other venomous snakes,--that is, when trodden on, or when his retreat is cut off.
We walked into the middle, which is formed by a half-moon of wired boxes, all mansions of snakes,--whip-snakes, thunder-snakes, pig-nose-snakes, American vipers, and this monster.
SNAKE.--The only thing that opposed our passage was a large serpent in the centre of the channel, whose liberty being impinged, coiled himself up, and raised his head in defiance.
He likewise collected a number of herbs and simples; as Virginian snakeweed, contrajerva, pestilence-wort, angelica, elecampane, zedoary, tormentil, valerian, lovage, devils-bit, dittany, master-wort, rue, sage, ivy-berries, and walnuts; together with bole ammoniac, terra sigillata, bezoar-water, oil of sulphur, oil of vitriol, and other compounds.