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The Mole Trap


If there is anyone subject upon which the ingenuity of the farmers

has been taxed, it is on the invention of a mole trap which would

effectually clear their premises of these blind burrowing vermin.

Many patented devices of this character are on the market, and

many odd pictured ideas on the subject have gone the rounds of

the illustrated press, but they all sink into insignificance when

tested beside the trap we here
resent. It has no equal among mole

traps, and it can be made with the utmost ease and without cost.

The principle on which it works is the same as the Fish Trap on

page 120.

Construct a hollow wooden tube about five inches in diameter, and

eight inches in length. A section of a small tree, neatly excavated

with a large auger is just the thing. Through

the centre of one of the sides a small hole the size of a lead

pencil should be bored, this being the upper side. About half an

inch distant from each end a smaller hole should be made for the

passage of the noose. The spring should consist either of a stout

steel rod, whalebone or stiff sapling, a foot or more in length,

inserted downward through holes in the side of the tube after the

manner of the Fish Trap already alluded to. No bait is required.

A simple stick the size of the central hole at one end, and an

inch in width at the other being sufficient. The trap is set as

described in the other instances, and as the introduction of the

spindle-stick is sometimes attended with difficulty owing to its

position inside the trap, the bottom of the latter is sometimes

cut away for two or three inches to facilitate the operation. The

trap is then to be imbedded within the burrow of the mole. Find

a fresh tunnel and carefully remove the sod above it. Insert the

trap and replace the turf. The first mole that starts on his rounds

through that burrow is a sure prisoner, no matter from which side

he may approach.

Immense numbers of these troublesome vermin have been taken in a

single season by a dozen such traps, and they possess great advantages

over all other mole traps on account of their simplicity and unfailing