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Rat-Killing at Sporting Public Houses

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Rat-Killing at Sporting Public Houses

I thought it necessary, for the full elucidation of my subject, to visit the well-known public-house in London, where, on a certain night in the week, a pit is built up, and regular rat-killing matches take place, and where those who have sporting dogs, and are anxious to test their qualities, can, after such matches are finished, purchase half a dozen or a dozen rats for them to practise upon, and judge for themselves of their dogs’ “performances.”

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London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew - Published 1851 - Available from books.google.com
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