I have spent that afternoon searching for articles about the interesting character, Frederick Fox, from yesterdays post, and came across this great article from 1909 which appears to be about him.
It doesn’t give a name for the much bitten snake-man it refers to, but describes him as “wearing his hair fairly long, and there is something about his personality that removes him from the ordinary run of men.”
That seems to fit the photo from yesterday, doesn’t it?
It is a great tale of a side-of-the-road exchange between a snake lover who describes himself as “Half English and half snake juice” and an interested (but sightly nervous) group of bystanders.
“He was wandering about Castlereagh-street with three chaff bags over his shoulder, and a suspicious-looking bulge of his shirt, just above the waist band, while his roomy cloth cap occasionally moved with a peculiar perkiness.”
If you want to read the whole thing click the article and it will take you to a better sized version.