Century-old Ti — Snake that swallowed the glass egg

Maury Thompson
2 min readAug 22, 2021

This is the latest in a series of posts about news reported a century ago in the Ticonderoga Sentinel.

You’ve heard about the goose that laid a golden egg.

But have you heard about the snake that swallowed a glass egg?

Don’t wait for the punch line.

This is an allegedly true story, published July 21, 1921 in the Ticonderoga Sentinel.

“Adolph Lendesdt of Crown Point shot a big black snake in the hen house and conducted a post mortem examination to find out what it had in its stomach, which was distended by a large bunch,” the Sentinel reported. “Instead of the chicken he expected to find, he found a glass nest egg.”

Nest eggs, made of hollow glass somewhat like a light bulb, were placed in nests to encourage chickens to lay more eggs.

“The snake evidently had full confidence in its digestive machinery to tackle such a proposition, and he couldn’t have been afraid of a mere tummy ache, either.”

In other July 21, 1921 Ticonderoga Sentinel news:

  • Excavation for the cellar and foundation of the new Knights of Columbus hall on Montcalm Street was almost finished.

“The forms for the walls are built, and the men are now engaged in pouring the cement.”

  • A storm severely damaged the new state road Hamilton Construction Co. was constructing between Graphite and Hague.

“The cost of repairing the damage, Mr. Hamilton says, will be in the neighborhood of $5,000.” — the equivalent of $77,119 in 2021 dollars — “an expense that has to born by the contractor.”

  • Car dealer H,F. Huestis was displaying a twin-six Packard seven-passenger touring car.

Click here to read the most recent previous post in this series.



Maury Thompson

Freelance history writer and documentary film producer from Ticonderoga, NY