Old Newspapers: Huge Snake Attack and Ching Chong (1902)

Old Newspapers: Huge Snake Attack and Ching Chong (1902)


The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. November 20, 1902.
24 Foot Python on Bridge Terrorized Ship’s Crew. Captain Golding Alone Fought and Killed
a Big Snake on the Afridi. Cut into Twelve Sections. Mate Flashed a Bullseye Lantern
Upon the Scene, but Avoided Close Quarters. A huge python broke out of its cage, took
possession of the bridge and held the crew of the British ship Afridi terrorized for
nearly two hours the night after leaving Singapore on the voyage which ended with the tying up
of the ship at Pier 33, East River, Manhattan, early this morning. The article later goes
on to say that after the snake slithered up on the bridge and most of the crew had locked
themselves below out of fear, the mate shined a lantern. The captain said, “I armed myself
with a broadax and after a half hour of skirmishing for a chance I got a crack at the snake. The
ax hit it just about the middle and cut clean through. Then I had two snakes instead of
one to fight. The two halves writhed and wriggled around the bridge and it took me another half
hour watching my chances to cut the two sections of snake into smaller pieces. I did not succeed
in killing him until I finally got a good blow in about three feet from the head, which
did the business. When it was all over there were twelve sections of snake lying around
on the bridge.” The article took an unexpected turn when I read that the Captain had been
in Singapore in search of a snow leopard. He did a little digging around and was told
to find a man named… Ching Chong. Ching Chong wanted a big price for the snow leopard,
but Captain Golding offered a really rowdy tiger as a trade. Ching Chong changed his
mind about wanting money and agreed to the trade. You can read the full article in the
Brooklyn Daily Eagle archives from November 20, 1902, page one. Please click thumbs up
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