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Klingman, Nellie 188? - 1889


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 5/3/2013 at 21:33:34

Postville Review, Sat., 17 Aug. 1889.

Nellie Klingman, an eight-year-old girl, living on a farm about 7 miles from Volga City, Clayton county, was bitten by a rattlesnake last Thursday, and died 12 hours afterward, in great agony. She started with her mother to go to the well and had only crossed the threshold when confronted by the venomous reptile, which was coiled ready to spring. Before the girl could get out of the way, the snake had darted its fangs into the calf of her leg. Physicians were promptly summoned, but were unable to save her life. The snake was afterward captured and cut in two with an ax. After it was thus decapitated it bit the family dog, which died in six hours. Rattlesnakes were formerly numerous in that vicinity, but have been pretty well thinned out.- Ex.

A pint of whisky would undoubtedly have saved her life. This is perhaps about the only thing that stuff is good for. It would be a poisonous reptile indeed that could neutralize a pint of whisky.


Note: The first paragraph seems to be taken from another unnamed paper...Ex., and the second paragraph apparently added as the thought of the Postville Review editor.

Submitter is not related.



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