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REMARKABLE RECOVERY FROM A SNAKE BITE. + The British and African Company's steamer which arrived at Liverpool on Friday morning from West Africa had among her passengers Mr. F. T. Summers, who was brought from Opobo. Mr. Summers (says the Liverpool correspondent of Reuter's Agency), who was chief engineer of the steamer Ebani, had an encounter with a double-horned viper. The snake was about 7ft. long, and Summers is said to be the only man in Africa who has ever sur- vived a bite from a snake of this species. It seems that the natives of Opobo reported a wild elephant in the bush, and District Commissioner Stein, of the Niger Coast Protectorate, and Mr. Summers went in pursuit. The snake, which made a dash at Summers unobserved, fixed its fangs in the ankle of the right boot. After getting free Summers, who shewed great pluck, managed, with the aid of his companions, to despatch the viper by blowing its head off. Immediately after being bitten Summers' leg commenced to swell, and he was carried with all speed to the Consulate. In less than an hour the leg was three times its natural size, and the clothing had to be cut from Summers' body. Dr. Thompson, of the Protectorate, who treated the injury, twice injected into the wound ether iodine or bromide of potassium. The poison of the viper had entered Summers' body, and even the doctor thought death would take place within nine hours. The chiefs and natives, who had been consulted by the doctor to see if they knew of any native antidote, said all persons previously bitten bad died in about an hour. Summers was eleven days in the Consulate, receiving the unremitting attentions of Dr. Thompson, and although he was at times delirious, he pulled through. His re- covery created great astonishment, and Dr. Thompson has written to a medical journal an I account of his treatment of the bite.

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