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On this day (March 24) in the year 1851, the following appeared in the 
"Daily Republican" (Springfield, Mass.) page 1:
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   A HARD KNOT.--Mr Hirst, Daguerrian Artist, of this village, showed 
us a few days since, a steel rat-trap, which had been sprung by 
pressing a stick some five inches long upon the pan, the stick 
remaining between the jaws of the trap.--It seems that a gentleman rat 
has very uncermoniosly visited his rooms quite frequently of late, but 
had eluded every attempt to be decoyed into the "tub of meal."  The 
trap has been set for him several nights in succession, but each 
morning finds the trap sprung with some stick or other hard substance 
fastened in it, and his Ratship as free as ever.  Mr. H. says the trap 
is set in the room where no person enters during the night, and in such 
a position that the rat must pass through it to enter the room.--
Pittsfield Culturist.


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Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     
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03-24-99


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