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Man-Traps

MAN-TRAPS, mechanical devices for catching poachers and trespassers. They have taken many forms, the most usual being like a large rat-trap, the steel springs being armed with teeth which met in the victim's leg. Since 1827 they have been illegal in England, except in houses between sunset and sunrise as a defence against burglars.

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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