National Geographic : 1928 Jun
SEEING SNAKES IN A SAFE, SANE WAY Man may crush the serpent with his heel, but he saves the hide. Tanned snake skin, sold to the trade at 40 or 50 cents a running foot, is used to make belts, hatbands, purses, and shoes. An "animal farm" near Browns ville, Texas, buys many of its "diamond back" rattlers from Mexico, and also markets snake oil, rattles, and venom. MISS TEXAS TIPS IER IIAT In the popular mind, Texans wear bigten-gallon cowboy hats, "with rims so wide that swallowsbuild mud nests under them, mistaking them for the eaves of a barn." But these light hats, made atBrownsville (see, also, page 661), are much worn along thelower Rio Grande and onthe hot coast.