Skip to main content
Hide Articles List

16 articles on this Page

----DEATH FROM A SNAKE BITE.

News
Cite
Share

DEATH FROM A SNAKE BITE. According to tha Melbourne Age a fatal accident happened on the 14th to a gentleman who had just arrived in Melbourne, through incautiously playing with a snake. It appears that a medical man, whose name is sup- posed to be Burnstall, arrived in Melbourne one Sun- day by the iiilil steamer from Point de Galle, having been on a visit to Ceylon, where it is stated he had property. He was formerly a resident in the colony, but had been i ( nt from it for some time. He took up his t Tankard's Hotel, with two of his fellow pasSd¡gEI'S, early in the morning. At about twelve o'clock he entered the smoking saloon, where his compan ons and some gentlemen were seated, with a very fine specimen of the pale cobra de capella snake round his throat, and which he had promised to show his friends. The snake, which is considered one of the most deadly kind. measured from five to six feet in length.V t r playing with it for some time, and handling it in a familiar manner, much to the alarm of those in the room, he used it somewhat roughly; and the snake then fixed itself very tightly round his hand, and he had some difficulty in unfastening it. Having, however, succeeded, he placed It. on the ground, when it made a spring at him, and bit him just above the joint of the third finder of his left hand. When spoken to, he said it did iiot matter, as he had often been bit before. In fact he professed the greatest unconcern regarding it. He took the snake away, and shortly afterwards ISM id he would go to bed. Nothing more was heard of him until about two o'clock, when a gentleman named Mr. Fielder, in passing by the bed- room window, heard a peculiar noise like the whining of a dog. He looked in at one of the windows, and saw Mr. Btirristall lying on his bed groaning, and holding the left wrist with his right hand. He at once told Mr. Finale, and they entered the room, when the deceased said he had been bitten by the cobra, which, he added, was locked up in his box. He asked for water, and Mr. Fielder, having had some experience of snake bites, sent for a doctor, whilst he administered brandy to the sufferer. Medical assistance was sent for, and promptly attended. At first the deceased de- clined to see a doctor, and Mr. Fielder applied a strong ligature above the wrist. The case seemed almost hopeless from the first, as the patient was rapidly sinking into a state of coma. At twenty minutes to five he was removed to the Melbourne hospital, where he died within half an hour after his arrival. He was perfectly unconscious some time previous, and was unable to give any account as to his friends or rela- tions. According to the Bendigo Independent, Mr. Burnstall was formerly proprietor of the Sydenham Gardens, near Sandhurst, and resided at the White- hills. Twelve months ago, in consequence of the delicate state of his health, he took a voyage to India.

EIGHT YEARS OF THE COUNTY…

GARDENING OPERATIONS FOR THE…

INCREASE OF THE POPULATION…

TAXES ON CIVILIZATION.

FACTS ABOUT THE BEAVER.

THE NUMBERS ENGAGED AT THE…

PECULIAR STATISTICS.

A LITTLE LOVE AFFAIR!

THE PARIS EXHIBITION OF 1867.

REPRESENTATION OF SCOTLAND.

DUTIES OF VOLUNTEERS IN TIME…

ATTEMPTS ON THE LIVES OF SOVEREIGNS.

IT'S A WISE JOKE THAT KNOWS,…

OUTBREAK OF PLAGUE ON THE…

AN INTERESTING CEREMONY.