Miscellany, Jul. 8, 1935

Trapper

At The Bronx's New York Zoological Park appeared Rupert Merkl, 52, Bavarian-born, Ossining, N. Y. farmer, claiming he had invented a snake trap. Said Curator of Reptiles Dr. Raymond Lee Ditmars: "Impossible. I have never seen an effective snake trap and I know of no poison that will lure one."

"Yah. Look," said Inventor Merkl. He produced a yard-long wire cage with open ends and a live mouse in a smaller cage inside. Dr. Ditmars produced a rattlesnake.

The snake took one look at the mouse, slithered in one end of the cage, tripped...

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