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A Snake Story.

--‘"During the Florida war,"’ said the speaker,

‘ "I was in the American army. One day I shouldered my gun, and went in pursuit of game. In passing through a swamp I saw something a few feet a head of me, lying upon the ground, which had every appearance of a log, it being some forty feet in length, and about one foot in diameter. So positive was I that it was nothing but a log, that I paid no attention to it; the fact is, I would have sworn before a Court of Justice that it was a log, and nothing else. You see I never heard of snakes growing to such huge dimensions, and the fact is. I never should have believed it if I had. Well, between me and the log, as I took it to be, was a miry place, which it was necessary for me to avoid, I therefore placed the butt of the gun on the ground ahead of me, and springing upon it, lit right on top of — what do you suppose?"

’ ‘"A boa conatrictor,"’ said one.

‘"No."’

‘"An anaconda,"’ said another.

‘"No,"’

‘"What, then, could it have been?"’ asked a third,

‘"Just what I supposed it to be — a log,"’ said the wag.

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