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Snake-Charmer in Tunis Exhibiting His Influence Over the Immemorial Enemy of Mankind

SNAKE-CHARMER IN TUNIS EXHIBITING HIS INFLUENCE OVER THE IMMEMORIAL ENEMY OF MANKIND

All over the East the snake-charmer is to be found, with his pipe and basket and serpents, whose venomous powers he insistently proclaims, although, in fact, these are destroyed by removal of the fangs. Squatting on the ground, the charmer breaths softly on his pipe until the snake raises itself in the basket and sways in rhythm with the notes, and performs other gyrations in obedience to its master's behest. In Tunis the snake-charmers, whose power over the reptiles, though unexplained, is undeniable, usually give performances in the Souk el Aassar, and always draw an interested audience