from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Davy lamp, with the addition of a glass cylinder outside the gauze.
- n. Same as jack, 11 (j.)
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Cyrus and Neal took their places in the stern; while Dol disposed of himself snugly in the bow, right under a jack-lamp which Herb had carefully trimmed and lit.
He had been turning the jack-lamp on either side of him, trying to discover the "blazes," or notches cut in some of the trunks, which marked the "blazed trail" -- in other words, the spotted line through the otherwise trackless forest, which would lead him whither he wanted to go.
But the moose evidently regarded the jack-lamp as a supernatural, terrible phenomenon.
Once only, when paddling on a still pond with his experienced guide for company, the latter suddenly closed the slide of the jack-lamp, hiding its light.
This was the deer-hunters '"jack-lamp," familiarly called by Neal's companion the "jack."
He is speared with a frog-spear; caught under the chin with snatch-hooks; taken with hook and line, or picked up from a canoe with the aid of a headlight, or jack-lamp.