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  • noun A stick with a split at one end, once used by runners to carry written messages


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  • "Procure a cleft Stick, and put into the Notch of it, a Quantity of the bruised Leaves of wild Pennyroyal; direct the End of the Stick towards the Serpent's Nose; as he avoids it, still pursue him with it; and in half an Hour's Time he will be killed by the mere Scent of the Herb."

    - Captain Silas Taylor, 'A Way to Kill Rattlesnakes', 1751.

    August 21, 2008

  • "Procure a Shovel, and with both Hands, wield it high in the Air; bring it down with vigour upon that of the Serpent, uttering Words of no more than four Letters; and in half a Dozen Repetitions' time, the Task may be so completed as to facilitate relaxation with a Stubby or two; or mayhaps a Dozen thereof."

    - "An Australian Way to Kill Snakes"

    August 21, 2008