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Studies in the Art of Rat Catching


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STUDIES IN THE ART OF RAT-
CATCHING.
By H. C. BARKLEY,
AUTHOR OF"MY BOYHOOD," "BETWEEN THE DANUBE AND
THE BLACK SEA," ETC.
POPULAR EDITION.
LONDON:JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.1896.
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LONDON:PRINTED BY WILLIAM CLOWES AND SONS,
LIMITED,STAMFORD STREET AND CHARING CROSS.
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PREFACE.
My publisher writes to say that he, and he thinks others too, would
like to know how I ever came to write such a book as this! It came
about in this way. Some two years ago, I was about to leave England
for a considerable time, and a few days before starting, I went to stay
in a country house, full of lads and lassies, to say good-bye. One
evening, while sitting over the study fire, the subject of rat-catching
came up and, as the aged are somewhat wont to do, I babbled on
about past days and various rat-catching experiences, till one of the
boys
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