Archive for April 7th, 2010

Bit by a Rattlesnake; Put in a Stupor

April 7, 2010

From Life Magazine

A DRUNKEN SNAKE-CHARMER BITTEN BY A HUGE RATTLESNAKE.

A teamster by the name of William Lydick, who pretends to be something of a snake-charmer, entered the saloon of John Smith, near the I. and St. L. depot, yesterday, and contrary to the commands of those present, took from the glass case the large rattlesnake on exhibition there. He took the snake twice from the case; and handled it with impunity, but upon doing so a third time it bit him upon the left hand and upon the middle of the right hand. He replaced the snake, but even then was too drunk to be conscious of his danger.

He was immediately given large quantities of whisky and put into a stupor, and Dr. Mann was summoned, who did all that could be done for him. The left hand is swollen some and the right hand and arm are very much. At about 5:30 P.M. the wounded man was removed to the residence of his employer, James Armstrong, upon North Sixth and a half street, where he is at present. He suffered much all night, and is still suffering, but Dr. Mann thinks that he will probably live.

The snake is in capital health and spirits, and at present writing feels able to take care of any number of charmers who may feel inclined to fondle him.

Kentucky New Era – (Hopkinsville, Kentucky) Sep 4, 1874

Puns on the Poets

April 7, 2010

Puns on the Poets.

Very fast indeed — Swift.

Worn on the head — Hood.

A lady’s garment — Spencer.

A slang exclamation — Dickens.

An interesting pain — Akenside.

Belongs to a monastery — Abbott.

Pilgrims kneel to kiss him — Pope.

A young domestic animal — Lamb.

The value of a word — Wordsmith.

To agitate a weapon — Shakespeare.

A sick place of worship — Church-ill.

Vital part of the human body — Harte.

Make amends for others — Makepeace.

A bearer built by an edible — Cornwall.

A worker in precious metals — Goldsmith.

What an oyster is apt to be — Shelly.

Small talk and large weight — Chatterton.

An American manufacturing town — Lowell.

Humpbacked, but not deformed — Campbell.

I can’t describe its pains and stings — Burns.

Roast beef, what are you doing? — Browning.

A disagreeable fellow at one’s foot — Bunyun.

A French preposition and an enemy — DeFoe.

An officer in an English university — Proctor.

Brighter and smarter than any one — Sparks.

One who is more than a sandy shore — Beecher.

What are you apt to do when sleepy — Press-cot.

A lion’s home is a place without water — Dryden.

Depicts the dwellings of civilized men — Holmes.

A chain of hills containing a dark measure — Cole-ridge.

A fraction in currency and the height of fashion — Milton.

Which is the greatest poet, Shakespeare or Tupper? — Will-is.

Not one of the points of the compass, but inclines to it — South-ey.

A ten footer, whose name begins with fifty — L-ongfellow.

A common domestic animal, and what it cannot do — Cow-per.

A well known game, and a male of the human species — Tenny-son.

What a rough man said to his son when teaching him to eat properly — Chaucer.

All is youthful, you see, but ‘twixt you and me, he was never much of a chicken — Young.

Each human hair in turn ’tis said,
Will turn to him tho’ he be dead — Grey.

Mamma is in good health, my child,
And thus she named the poet mild — Mother-well.

New York Express.

Kentucky New Era – Dec 11, 1874