FATAL CASE OF SNAKE-BITE.
A promising boy named Charles Mason aged 10 years, son of highly respected resi- dents in this locality, lost his life yesterday through being bitten by a tiger snake. With other boys he.was passing along a bush track about 9 o clock in the morning, when he trod upon the snake without having seen that it was lying across the path. The reptile doubled up instantaneously and bit him on the leg. He was taken back home and a ligature applied by the mother who also roughly scarified the wound, giving him whisky and other stimulants. As soon as possible he was removed to the Stawell Hos- pital, reaching the institution fully two hours after the occurrence. He was attentively treated by the resident surgeon, Dr. Hopkins, but although no fatal result was feared at first, a change for the worse took place at 3 p. m. and the boy died about 5 oclock ín the afternoon.